Winter Rules and Ready Golf
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.
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:
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot
- Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off
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.
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.
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.
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.
Winter Pace of Play
The Winter Pace of Play for 4-balls recommended by CONGU (and allowing one extra minute per hole) is:
Par 3: 10 minutes
Par 4: 14 minutes
Par 5: 15 minutes
Mapperley front 9
8 par 4’s @ 14 minutes = 112 minutes
1 par 3 @ 10 minutes = 10 minutes
Halfway House = 10 minutes (or less)
Total time = 132 minutes (2 hours – 12 minutes)
Recommended Pace of Play
9 holes 2 hours – 12 minutes
12 holes 2 hours – 50 minutes
14 holes 3 hours – 20 minutes
16 holes 3 hours – 40 minutes
18 holes 4 hours – 15 minutes
Please do your best to maintain the recommended pace of play (or better) - and remember that if you loose ground on the group in front or are searching for a ball, you should invite the group behind to play through.