Course Information
Local Rules

EATON GOLF CLUB LOCAL RULES

 

  1. 1.     OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18.2)
  2. Beyond the course side edge of any wall or fence or trunks of hedges defining the boundary of the course.
  3. Beyond the course side of any line of white posts surrounding the clubhouse patio, practice putting green, practice area and the greenkeepers’ area.
  4. c.      Beyond the course side of the line of white posts by the woodland to the left of the 2nd hole and by the hedges to the left of the 3rd and 5th holes.
  5. During play of the 14th hole, the area on the left side of the hole defined by white posts, beginning and ending with double white posts, is out of bounds. These white posts are treated as boundary objects during play of the 14th hole. For all other holes, they are immovable obstructions.

 

  1. 2.     ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS (including immovable obstructions)

(Rule 16.1)

  1. All roads and paths on the course outside penalty areas (excluding grass pathways), even if not artificially surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1a
  2. The stone parapets bounding the culverts on the 13th and 14th holes are immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1a
  3. In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is on the player’s line of play, and is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and is within two club-lengths of the ball. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable)
  4. Heavy tractor tracks may be treated as Ground Under Repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1a

 

  1. 3.     NO PLAY ZONES
  2. The young trees protected by stakes or rabbit spirals are no play zones: If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, free relief must be taken under Rule 16.1f
  3. Areas of Ground Under Repair defined by white lines or marked as GUR are no play zones from which free relief must be taken under Rule 16.1f

 

  1. 4.     TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

These will be detailed on Notice Boards from time to time.

 

  1. 5.     PENALTIES

Penalty for Playing a Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of a Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

 

                                                                                                                              Jan 2019

Suspension of play guidelines

The club has recently carried out a review of its rulesfor suspension of play and has modified them in line with current R & A recommendations (Rule 6-8b, Rule 33-2d andAppendix 1 Part C Section 4).

When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstance warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

The signal for suspension of play due to a dangerous situation will be one prolonged note of the siren.

NB Examples of a dangerous situation are lightning and fog.

When play is suspended by the Committee for a non-dangerous situation, if the players in amatch or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they have started play of a hole, they may discontinue play immediately or continue play of the hole, provided they do so without delay. If the players choose to continue play of the hole, they are permitted to discontinue play before completing it. In any case, play must be discontinued after the hole is completed. The players must resume play when the Committee has ordered a resumptionof play.

The signal for suspension of play due to a non-dangerous situation will be three consecutive notes of the siren, repeated.

NB Examples of a non-dangerous situation are the course flooding and high winds.

In all cases resumption of play will be signalled by two short notes of the siren, repeated.

Don’t forget that under rule 6-8 a(ii) a player ispermitted to discontinue play, even if the siren has not been sounded, if he believes there is a danger from lightning.

Whenever possible, it is recommended that players take shelter from a thunderstorm in the clubhouse. Please study the new notice displayed on notice boards for advice regarding actions to take and not to take in the event of lightning.

REMEMBER :

ONE PROLONGED NOTE OF SIREN – DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY

THREE CONSECUTIVE NOTES OF THE SIREN, REPEATED – DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY OR AFTER COMPLETION OF HOLE ALREADY STARTED

TWO SHORT NOTES OF SIREN, REPEATED – RESUME PLAY

Course closure information

Note that this Policy is in addition to the Policy which relates to suspension of play and course closure due to electrical storms.

We should endeavour to keep the course open as much as possible. 

The procedure is that the course IS inspected by the greens staff when they come in to work.  In the Winter this is at 07:30 and much earlier in Summer months.  If they believe the course must be closed then they  inform the Pro’s Shop and a recorded message regarding the status of the Course is available from our telephone menu.  This is updated each morning and is available from 0800.

The course will be closed if any of the following criteria apply:

  • Conditions under which the ground is likely to be significantly damaged by traffic, especially in close-mown areas.  Damage includes churning up the ground, compaction, lasting damage to the turf, etc.
    • Ground conditions which are considered to be dangerous due to slip hazards
    • Other factors which affect the safety of players e.g. fog.

In the specific instance of fog then the professional (or Course Committee representative) will make the decision, but no-one may play if they anticipate being able to hit the ball further than they can see sufficiently clearly. If conditions worsen during the day players will be instructed to leave the course by the sounding of a Klaxon.