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Winter Rules and Ready Golf

Winter Rules

Winter Rules are in effect as of 1st November 2017.

Click Winter Rules for a full explanation of the main rules - and check the whiteboard outside the Pro Shop for any additional temporary rules that are in place.


Ready Golf

In a continued effort to combat slow play this winter we are adopting the “Ready Golf” initiative, championed by the R&A.  There is no official definition of the term, but examples of ready golf in action are:

Click here for further details including a video.

 It is not an attempt to spoil your game, simply to enhance the experience for all. There is nothing recommended that should cause any issues, it’s just common sense.

Please give this your support and urge your fellow competitors to follow suit.

Created: 01-Nov-17 14:55

Open AM-AM 7th October: results

Mapperley Open AM AM  7th October 2017

A big thank you to all those who supported yesterday’s event.  We were particularly pleased to host the party of 20 golfers from the Waterfront Golf Club near Rotherham, who travelled down to sample our course.  Their compliments after playing might have been influenced by managing to get two teams in the winner’s enclosure!  Our congratulations to them and all other prizewinners.

This was Mapperley’s first October Open and following yesterday’s feedback will now become an annual fixture.

Voucher winners are:

1st           D Boulter, S Boulter, D Brewster, M Leadbetter                                                           89(B9)

2nd          G Chapman, A Hall, M Wilde, P Wilson                                                                           89

3rd           T Burrows, J Cooper, R Godfrey, S Lambert                                                                    86(B9)

4th           G Barlow, M Barlow, P Herrington, J Stead                                                                    86

5th           A Crawford, D Pennycook, T Rawlinson, M Tagg                                                           85(B9)


Nearest pin on 8th                                               Greg Smith                  

Nearest pin on 18th in 2                      Martin Millichip



D Brewster                            11th

P Wilson                                11th

G Hall                                      8th

R Devine                                8th

N Burton                                8th

C Carlin                                  11th

D Traynor                              11th

G Birchnall                             11th

C Walker                                11th

L Ravenscroft                        8th

G Smith                                  8th and 11th

D Peck                                    8th

G Tordoff                               8th

G Bramley                              11th

D Daws                                   8th

M Hardwidge                        8th


Vouchers can be collected and redeemed from the professional’s shop.  Please contact Jon Newham on 0115 9556673.

Created: 08-Oct-17 10:36

New Local Rule: Ball accidentally moved on a putting green

As described in the recent email to members from Stan Simpson, there has been a new Local Rule introduced by the R&A and USGA which has been adopted by Mapperley Golf Club with immediate effect:-

Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. 

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. 

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.  

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”


Click the this link to see a video which further explains the rule.

Graeme Bunting

Created: 03-Jan-17 16:15

Winter Mat Rule

So far this winter we have been very fortunate to have had such a mild spell of weather with very few ground frosts, however on the few occasions we have been affected by slippery conditions underfoot it has been brought to our attention that a number of members have lost their footing on the winter mats.

As you will be aware we are fortunate to have some of the largest and best winter teeing areas in the county, using the latest technology in artificial grass. However these surfaces do get a lot of usage and during a winter they do get very compacted with dirt and mud off golfers shoes which makes traction in frosty conditions much more difficult.

The greenstaff will continue to try and maintain the mats and make them as playable as possible but IN VERY FROSTY CONDITIONS we have introduced a WINTER RULE where a player may tee up anywhere within two club lengths behind the pots if they feel it necessary not to stand on the mat, as of 22 December 2016.

The professional staff are also aware that many of our members may not be wearing golf shoes with the appropriate winter spikes and soles for play at this time of year. They will therefore be offering a free spike check for all members with advice on appropriate spikes so please take advantage and drop your shoes into the pro shop for your free check and stay upright and safe in 2017.

Created: 22-Dec-16 10:38

Any tee for casual play

Following on from the introduction of the blue academy tees the use of “any tee for casual play” was trialled for an initial four weeks period, commencing on 1st November 2016. This policy has now been made permanent, subject to confirmation at the next meeting of the Competitions sub-committee.

It is hoped that our members and visitors will enjoy the added flexibility to choose whichever tees they wish to play to best suit their game and time constraints as well as course & weather conditions on the day.

We also plan to utilise the new blue academy tees to trial shorter course competitions for both the men and the ladies in the depth of winter, thus maximising daylight hours and consequently the number of holes available to play.

Created: 22-Dec-16 10:38
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