ToC Appendix Y: Covid-19 Restrictions

The following temporary measures are in place during the Covid-19 restrictions:


Competition Entry

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.


Saturday: Men
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.


Tuesday: Ladies
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 07:10 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 at 07:00 or 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.

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