Appendix Y: Covid-19 Restrictions
The following temporary measures are in place during the Covid-19 restrictions:
All competition tee times must be pre-booked via the pro shop or the BRS members’ account. Online tee booking for most competitions is available from 7:00am a week before the date of the competition.
Reserved tee times from 07:00 to 16:00, daylight permitting. Enter in hourly slots for a re-draw in mid-week. Pay on the day.
Sunday & Thursday: Open to All
Make up with your own group and make a casual tee time booking at any time during the day. Pay on the day.
Make up with your own group and book a reserved tee time during the following times: 9:00 to 10:30, 14:00 to 14:30, 16:30 to 17:00. The 10:20 and 10:30 tee times are usually reserved for 9 hole competitions.
Booking is subject to having a positive balance in your Competition Purse.
Wednesday: Seniors 16 hole competitions
Book a reserved tee time from 07:00 to 09:20 (daylight permitting) for a re-draw on Sunday. Booking is subject to having a positive Competition Purse balance.
Wednesday: Seniors 9 hole competitions
Make up with your own group and book a reserved tee time from 09:30 to 10:00. Casual tee times later in the day when buggies are available may be booked for 9 hole competition play.
Booking is subject to having a positive Competition Purse balance.
Modifications to the Rules of Golf
The following temporary modifications to the Rules of Golf are in place during the Covid-19 restrictions. The modifications are considered acceptable for the submission of Qualifying Scores by the R&A and England Golf:
Recording of Scores
Methods of scoring in that do not strictly comply with the normal methods used under Rule 3.3b are allowed:
- Players must not physically exchange scorecards.
- Players should record their own scores on their own score card or an electronic device.
- The ‘marker’ should not physically certify the player’s hole scores, but some form of verbal certification must take place.
- The score card should not be physically returned to the Committee. See separate guidance on how to return scores.
Bunkers: Preferred Lies
When your ball lies in a Bunker, you may mark your ball, lift and clean it, before replacing it in the bunker within 6 inches no nearer the hole, using the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.
Note: the area cannot be smoothed before placing.
Flagsticks and Ball Holed
- Flagsticks must not be removed from the hole at any time.
- Players may centre the flagstick in a safe manner which does not involve using the hand, even when wearing a glove or using a towel (for example, by using a club).
- The centring of the flagstick is allowed while another player putts (this may be desirable in windy conditions when the flagstick is leaning towards the player making the stroke).
- The ball is considered holed if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green, even if not lodged against the flagstick.