R & A Rules
All rules are as per the Rules of Golf as specified by the R&A, plus selected Local & Club Rules.

Local Rules
As per the scorecard plus any amendments since the last print run.

No current amendments

Club & Competition Rules
General
The Rules of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club shall apply, with the addition of this set
of rules and the Local Rules of the course. It is the responsibility of every player to
be aware of these rules. Local rules are published on the scorecard, and additional
local rules may be published on the notice board. If in doubt or if a ruling is needed,
contact a member of staff or a member of the Competition or Handicap Committee.
The Competition Committee reserve the right to make any decision which in their
opinion is both justified and in the spirit of the competition. Anyone who feels that an
improper decision has been made may appeal to the Club Committee in writing, within
7 days of the ruling.
Fees
Competitions are open to members of the Club who have paid their membership for
the year. Some competitions will have additional qualifying requirements, and these
will be clearly indicated on the entry sheet for the individual competition. Entry Fees
for Knockout Competitions, Winter League, Opens and Board Majors, must be made
on the displayed entry sheets and fees paid on entry. Entries for all other competitions should be made on the day of play on the entry form on the counter, entry fees for these Competitions must be paid before teeing off. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
Majors
All Majors are to be played from the Blue Tees (Ladies - Reds). For any member
to enter a Major competition for which there is a winners board (except the Club
Championship), he must have a competition handicap (max 28). This is to ensure
that his handicap has been recently monitored, however, it is expected that players
enter club competitions and not just Majors, so a player entering just Majors may have his entry not accepted for a certain competition, if he is deemed as playing in just the Majors. To enter the Club Championship, players must be home club players only, no away players may enter. Some Majors may have drawn tee times where entry must be made on an entry sheet and the draw will be made 1 or 2 weeks prior to the event. For these events it will be allowed to play with a specified partner, ie to share a buggy, or if playing with a junior, or family member, but as a pair you must be prepared to be drawn with another two players. Also on these occasions you must play in the specified draw slots and not at your chosen tee times, as is normally allowed in other competitions.
Juniors
Junior and Youth members may enter competitions as per any other member. When
playing in a Major a Juniors scorecard (not Youth) must be marked and signed by
an adult member who is not related. Juniors and Youths should play off their normal
handicap (max 28) and play from the competition tee of the day.
Knockout / Matchplay / Order of Merit / Tied Competition Rules
Knockout Competitions should be played over 18 Holes from the White Tees with the
exception of the the Final which should be played from the Blue Tees. If a match is
all square after 18 Holes it shall be continued until a hole is won. The play off hole is
no.18 and shall be played sudden death until the match is decided. Handicap strokes
continue to be received at the indexed holes during sudden death.
Singles matches are to be played off full handicap difference and pairs matches using
the 90% difference of handicap. The first player on a draw sheet is responsible for
contacting the second player, but the second player may make contact if he wants
to. No extension of time will be allowed for Individual Matches except in special
circumstances where application to the Committee should be made. Competitors shall
acquaint themselves with the draw when posted. All players are equally responsible
that the match is played by the due date. When two players or pairs find it impossible
to arrange a date for their match they should try to make a decision themselves. i.e.
by conceding or by lot or any other mutually agreed method. Failing agreement as
above, the matter will be left to the Competition Committee. Winners of matches
are responsible for writing their names on the Draw Sheet for the next round. In the
event of an Order of Merit competition being tied, the players will be asked to play off
(Matchplay) from the white tees to decide a winner. If more than 2 players are tied
then all tied players will play a stableford over 18 holes at a mutually agreeable time.
In the event of the Club Championship being tied after 36 holes, the players shall play
the 18th hole sudden death until a winner is decided.
Handicaps
It is the player's responsibility to check the competition computer before each
competition and to ensure that he applies the correct handicap. If a player uses
a higher handicap than he is entitled to, he will be disqualified. It is the player's
responsibility to sign and hand in all cards, including No Returns. Cards not signed,
returned or filled in correctly will lead to disqualification. The following information must
be filled in on the card, or it will be disqualified: Competition name and date, Players'
name(s), Handicap(s), Gross score for each hole. The only instance where a card is
not required to be handed in is in the Knockouts or Winter League.
Tee Times
Players must be prepared to join up with other players if asked to do so. They must
also always have a valid green fee ticket which is produced upon check in. Players
should arrive 15 minutes prior to Tee-off, and be ready to Tee-off 10 minutes before
their Tee time. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Repeated offenders may
be disciplined by the committee whose decision will be final. If a member cannot play in
a competition that he has entered for, they must inform the player(s) they are playing
with and inform the Golf Shop of their unavailability.
Distance Measuring Devices / Golf Buggies
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance
only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device
that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g.
gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used. The use of golf buggies is allowed in all competitions.
Slow Play
Beware of slow play! Keep up with the group in front, and wave players through
rather than delaying them. Consistent slow play will result in players being reported
to Committee and appropriate action being taken. If you hit a ball, which may be lost
(i.e. in the rough) or may be out of bounds you should play a provisional ball. If the
first ball is not found within 5 minutes then it must be declared lost and the provisional
ball played. (Note that, if the first ball is found within the first 5 minutes, and it is not
out of bounds, it is "in play", and the provisional ball cannot be played under any
circumstances. Consider your club selection and next shot while others take their own
shots, not when it becomes your turn to play. Mark cards on the next tee, not on the
green, but not when it is your tee shot; wait until after you have played.
Bad Weather
We do not issue weather warnings, but recommend that in the event of thunder and
lightning approaching, that you mark your ball, leave the course and return only when
the storm has passed. If you continue to play or remain on the course you do so at your own discretion. During frost conditions, any scheduled competition will be cancelled or rescheduled. As per the rules of golf, rain is not a reason for a player to abandon a competition, in severe cases, the committee may abandon a competition.
Prize Giving
Prizes for day to day competitions will be in the form of prize money which will be added to the players club card to be spent in the bar or shop. 65% of the entry fund will be awarded as follows; for 8 14 entrants, money will be paid out - 1st place 100%, 15-24 players, 1st 70%, 2nd 30%, 25-32 players 1st 60%, 2nd 25%, 3rd 15%, 33+ players 1st 45%, 2nd 25%, 3rd 20%, 4th 10%. Major winners will be awarded prizes which will be given out at the annual Captains Dinner, and will be advertised in advance on the notice board. It is the responsibility of prize winners to make sure that they turn up to collect their prize or arrange for someone else to collect the prize on their behalf, or tender their apologies to the Captain, in advance, if unable to attend.
Failure to Comply with Rules
It is the player's responsibility to familiarise himself of the Rules of Golf and of the
individual competition being played. Failure to comply with the rules will result in
disqualification in which case the player will be informed of this by the committee. If
three disqualifications are received within a three month period then the player will not be eligible to take part in any competition for one month.
Ladies Rules
In addition to the rules in this document, the Ladies have certain competition rules
which may differ slightly, please see the noticeboard in the Ladies Locker Room for
any additional rules.



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