Higher Clatcombe, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4RN

Local Rules


This list is generated by “The Committee” as mentioned in the Rules of Golf:
They are: The Professional, Handicap & Competitions Secretary, Course Manager and Chair of the Course Committee.
Other Local rules are on the scorecard, see picture at the bottom of this page.


1.         Definitions:  All GUR will be marked by a white line or blue stakes. If both exist, the blue stake takes precedence – the line has not yet faded.  When the margin of ground under repair is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the ground under repair, and the margin of the ground under repair is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level.
2.         GURGreen-keeping Access Path  If a player’s ball in-play comes to rest on the following established green keeping access paths relief may be taken in accordance with Rules 25-1 and 24- 2b.
a.         10th and 11th holes: From machinery shed to left of 11th across the 10th fairway to include first cut semi-rough.

b.         12th hole: To left of the fairway up to and including a drain cover beside the temporary green and 70 yards from 12th green (approx.).

c.         18th hole: To the right of the fairway and paths across the fairway at 50 yards and 200 yards (approx.) from tee; to include first cut semi rough.


3.         Bunkers  Flooded bunkers with a blue stake in are designated “through the green” and GUR.  If a player’s ball lies in the bunker or the bunker interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player may take relief outside the bunker, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-1b(i). All other bunkers on the course, regardless of whether they contain water, maintain their status as hazards and the rules apply accordingly.

4.         Obstructions  The fairway yardage marker discs, sprinkler heads, inspection covers and drain hole on the 1st green (if in the line of the intended put) are immovable obstructions under Rule 24-2.

5.         Aeration Hole   On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot, not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

6.         Ropes and Stakes  The ropes and their supporting stakes used to protect the Course from excessive wear must not be moved as they are deemed to be immovable objects and relief can be taken Rule 24-2(i).  If a ball hits a rope or supporting stake protecting areas on the course, a player may take the shot again from its original position without penalty.


7.         ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN  Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:


When a player’s ball lies on a putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, by his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.  The moved ball or ball marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.  This local Rule only applies when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

May 2018