Welcome to the "Captains Page"

On this page you will find details for competitions in the future, advice on the game and the latest news from the Captains and the Match and Handicap Committee.

Our thought for the day comes from the rear cover of the rule book.

"Play the ball as it lies. Play the course as you find it and if you can't do either do what is fair. But to do what is fair you need to know the Rules of Golf"

Kart Rules
Please ensure that Golf Karts stay at least 3 metres from the edge of greens and well clear of tees. Members who ignore this risk a ban on their use of Karts    

Booking in for Competitions
Members are asked to abide the club rule regarding booking in. The Match and Handicap Committee will now do random checks on bookings and members who are disregarding the rules may have their bookings cancelled!

Practice on the Course
Members are reminded that practice on the course proper is NOT permitted by council. Practice sessions should be limited to the practice area after reporting your intentions to the Pro Shop.
Practice rounds (payed for at the pro shop) on the course proper are to be played off the daily markers at all times.
Failure to comply with these rules will lead to suspensions.(No further Warnings!)

Nearest Point of Relief- Understanding the Rule

The reason that it is so important is that you cannot play many rounds of golf without coming across one of these four circumstances that require dropping at the nearest point of relief:
1. Interference to your stance, or area of swing by an immovable obstruction. Examples of immovable obstructions are artificial paths, fences, bridges, or fixed course furniture, like ball washers, benches or direction posts.
2. Interference from an abnormal ground condition. Under the Rules there are three types of abnormal ground condition; areas of casual water, ground under repair as designated by a Committee, or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, reptile or bird.
3. When your ball lies on a wrong putting green, which is any putting green other than the one on the hole being played, including the practice putting green.
4. When there is a Local Rule protecting young (staked) trees, flower beds, environmentally sensitive areas, etc.)

In the first three situations the Rules state that players may take relief, without penalty, by dropping a ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief, whereas Local Rules usually make it mandatory to take relief from staked trees, and often from ground under repair.

This is the point that most, yes most, players get wrong.
There is only one physical point on the golf course that qualifies as the nearest point of relief, very occasionally there could be two equidistant points.
That nearest point could be in deep rough, in the middle of a bush, behind a wall that is not in the intended area of swing, or even within the trunk of a tree. Yes, you did read that correctly, the nearest point of relief may be within the trunk of a tree. So, how do you measure the club-length, in which you must drop your ball, if that is the case? The answer to that is that you have to estimate the distance. So, if nearest point is in the centre of the tree trunk and the radius of the tree is half a club-length, then you may drop within another half club-length from the edge of the tree, not nearer the hole.
The mistake that many players make is that they think that when they are taking relief in one of the above circumstances it means that they get relief from anything that makes their next stroke more difficult and drop a ball where it suits them.

This is wrong.
It is always the nearest point of relief from the interference from whatever circumstance is permitted by the Rules (e.g. pathway, bench, casual water and a hole made by greenkeeper) and nowhere else.
The player may not choose the nicest point of relief; you may only drop within a club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole. For this reason you should always determine where the nearest point is before you lift your ball, in case it happens to be in a position that is even more unfavourable than your current lie.

R&A Rules Academy
Follow the link to learn all about Etiquette and the Basic Rules of Golf