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2019 Rules of Golf
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As you will be aware, major changes to the rules will come into play from 1st January. Over the next few weeks, Jim Payne our Golf Manager will summarise some of the main rule changes here in the newsletter.

The unofficial winter comps in January and February will allow us a ‘trial period’, but by the time of the official club competitions from mid March onwards, you will need to be clear on the new rules, otherwise you will be caught out by players or opponents who know these better than yourself.

There are excellent explanations and video clips on the R&A and England Golf websites. We also have the new rule books available from the Pro Shop.

As mentioned, Jim will summarise here but it is impossible to condense all things into a few lines, so it is your responsibility to gather more information. Main points for now:

- All areas of the course will fall into one of the following categories. Terminology has now changed and the course will include: Teeing Area (of the hole being played); Putting Green (of the hole being played); Bunkers; Penalty Areas; General Area (previously known as Through the Green).

- A player will have 3 minutes to look for their ball (not 5 minutes).

- Dropping procedure – mark your reference point and then drop from knee height. You can stand upright or kneel on other leg but the ball must be dropped from normal knee height when you would be standing normally.

- Unless there is a local rule in place, you are now able to: use distance measuring devices; remove stones, leaves and loose impediments from bunkers; an embedded ball in the general area can be lifted and dropped.

- Unplayable ball in a bunker – if you deem a ball unplayable then you have the usual options but additionally can now drop outside the bunker, keeping the ball and flag in line with where you drop, for a TWO shot penalty.

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