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The Chase Golf Club : Club Rules

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday play regulations and administration

  1. Enter your name on the appropriate play sheet. Choose to play Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday - one day only.
  2. Any person wishing to play in the afternoon should affix "pm" to their entry - all other entries will be assumed as morning tee times.
  3. Until the draw is made on the Monday evening, 9 days prior to the Wednesday of play, members can change their day of play. Please score out your name from the sheet carrying your original preference and re-enter your name on the other day's play sheet.
  4. After the draw has been made, no change to the day of play is permitted,unless sanctioned by a Committee member. Where only one member is listed to play on a designated date that member will be given the option to transfer to another date of play. Club members are not allowed to make that transfer themselves - that decision must be sanctioned by a Committee member (a phone call will suffice).
  5. If a member finds himself, through no fault of their own, left as a single player after withdrawals from a match, and if there are no spaces in games on the original play date then a member of the Committee may sanction a change to the existing groups to enable everyone to play eg if we have 2 games scheduled to play but only 5 players then we would encourage the groups to change to a 2-ball and a 3-ball thus allowing everyone to play
  6. If a member withdraws from a game but wishes to re enter the competition then they must play on the original play date via the Reserve list and a committee member (excluding 4 above).
  7. Reserve list - if you add your name to a reserve list after the draw has been made it can only be to one day, not all three.
  8. You are of course still able to withdraw your name completely if unable to play, under existing rules.
  9. All matches on the blue sheet must have a starting time.
  10. Once a player has entered his name against a starting time that starting time has the status of a time fixed by the Committee and therefore cannot be altered without the Committee's authority
  11. In cases where a member decides voluntarily to change their day of play, after the draw has been made, subject to there being a space, that member can play on the alternative date, BUT NOT IN THE COMPETITION unless sanctioned by a Committee member. Where members represent the Club in any Club match, they shall be accommodated by being given an option to change their day of play and play in the Competition.
  12. Should weather conditions dictate that SAC decide to close a course on any of the designated play dates, the competition will be decided by results on the day(s) where play was possible, provided 50% or more of the total entrants have been able to complete their designated round. It cannot be allowed that members listed to play on the day the course was closed then play on another day when the course was open - if the course is closed on the Sunday then those players have no alternative day to play.
  13. If an adverse weather event closes any course or makes it impossible for more than 50% of the total entrants to complete their round, then the Committee will look to reschedule the event where possible.
  14. All participants are reminded that the Chase Golf Club requires anyone marking a competition card that their score as marker must be entered on to the card being marked - failure to do so will lead to disqualification - no exceptions will be made.
  15. Cards must be returned by 10.00 pm on the day of play.
  16. The Committee retain the right to amend these rules at short notice eg moving venues, if members are unable to obtain tee times due to prior events taking precedence e.g. South Ayrshire close a course for a competition.
  17. The objective of the Club is to encourage as many members to play as possible and all steps will be taken to accommodate members using as much flexibility and common sense as provided within the confines of these guidelines
  18. By mutual agreement players may exchange games if playing on the same day but must contact playing partners in both games to let them know.

Chase Golf Club Local rules

Following consultation with South Ayrshire Council the Chase Golf Club will immediately amend it's local rules to align with other Clubs and SAC with regard to Seafield Golf Course

  1. From October until end of March any ball PLUGGED IN THE CUT ROUGH may be lifted (not cleaned) and dropped not nearer the hole without penalty.
  2. 7th hole on Seafield course - from the bunker on the left side of the fairway - the fairway may be treated as Ground Under Repair and relief taken as per Rule 25 clause 1b (you may lift and drop the ball within 1 club length of the nearest (not best) point of relief but not nearer the hole with no penalty.
  3. The Chase Golf Club will permit the use of Distance Measuring Devices. For all play, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. 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, windspeed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
  4. The Electricity sub-station and the surrounding fence located on the left hand side of the 6th fairway are out of bounds. (No attempt should be made to retrieve any ball within the boundary of the fence as this is considered too dangerous). This area will shortly be marked with white posts.

Club Championship and Handicap Championship Challenge Rules

  1. Both players are expected to communicate and arrange a date.
  2. If match is not completed by due date both players will be eliminated.
  3. If difficulty is encountered contacting an opponent, communicate with the Handicap/Match secretary for a ruling. BEFORE THE DUE DATE!!
  4. Competition tees (white)are to be used unless otherwise stated.

Options for Unplayable lies in a bunker

Following consultation with the Decisions on the Rules of Golf, issued by the R&A, the Chase Golf Club is UNABLE to make a Local Rule allowing players to receive a free drop within a bunker where footprints or other damage has arisen. The options available to players are:-

  1. Ball can be deemed unplayable and replayed from previous position under penalty of one stroke
  2. Ball can be deemed unplayable and dropped within two club lengths, WITHIN THE BUNKER, under penalty of one stroke

Away Scores

Members of away clubs whose home club is the Chase and home members playing in away competitions are reminded that Qualifying Scores from away competitions MUST be recorded in the away book which is located in the return box. This includes no returns and disqualified scores. They are also reminded that if this score merits handicap adjustment the onus is on the player himself to make the appropriate adjustment based on the Course Standard Scratch if the away book has not been updated.

Failure to comply could mean disqualification from all competitions played with the incorrect handicap and more seriously suspension of handicap altogether.

A Smeeton : Handicap Secretary