Winter Rules

Winter Rules are normally in force from November 1st until March 31st, although the Committee may sometimes extend the period when course conditions dictate.


1. Teeing Grounds

When the tee markers are situated on an artificial mat, the player must stand on the mat to play the tee shot.

Exception: when the artificial mats are slippery due to frost or snow the player may stand off the mat to play the tee shot as long as the ball is still on the mat.


2. Preferred Lies on Closely Mown Areas

When your ball lies in the General Area on grass cut to fairway height or less, you may mark your ball, lift and clean it, before replacing it within 6 inches no nearer the hole, using the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

When course conditions warrant it, ‘pick and place’ or ‘pick and drop’ (within 1 club length) are sometime extended to all parts of the General Area. A notice will be posted on the whiteboard outside the Professionals Shop when this is in effect.


3. Teeing Grounds and Temporary Greens - Compulsory Relief

If your ball comes to rest on a Teeing Ground or Temporary Green you must mark your ball, lift it and drop it within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, no nearer the hole in accordance with Rule 16.1.


4. Relief in Bunkers

If your ball is in a bunker you may without penalty mark your ball, lift and clean it, rake the bunker and place the ball as near as possible to the position from which it was lifted.  Please re-rake the bunker before moving on.

This Local Rule is not available in Qualifying Competitions or other competitions so designated by the Committee.


5. Looking After the Course

To help maintain the course in good condition during the winter and for your own safety:

  • Try to avoid walking through muddy areas and use the paths and matting where possible.
  • Don't take your trolley or buggy within 6 feet of a green, or into areas that are roped off or marked with a white line.
  • Consider if you can use a carry-bag rather than a trolley or buggy.


6. Alternative to Stroke & Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds

When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be Out Of Bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance:

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the relief area described in Committee Procedure 8E-5.

  • This option is not available if the player has put a Provisional Ball into play.
  • The ‘Fairway Reference Point’ may be on a grass path or a Teeing Ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less. However, the ball may not be dropped on or come to rest on a Teeing Ground.
  • This Local Rule is not applicable in Qualifying Competitions or other competitions so designated by the Committee.


Click to download a printable copy of the MGC Winter Rules  (last updated 27 September 2019)


For details of any other temporary Winter Rules, see the whiteboard outside the Professional's Shop or check with the guys in the shop.

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