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Members Rules

LOCAL RULES
1. Out of Bounds

(a) Beyond any line of white stakes bordering the course including any part of the Academy Course
(b) To the right hand side of the 4th fairway beyond the white markers
(c) In or beyond the River Trent
(d) On or beyond the Clubhouse patio to the rear of the 18th green
(e) Beyond the path to the right of the 18th green
(f) The ditch behind the 4th green is a lateral water hazard, beyond this hazard is out of bounds

2. Obstructions:

(a) Staked trees: A free drop at the nearest point of relief MUST be taken to avoid damage to saplings
(b) Stones in bunkers are deemed to be moveable obstructions
(c) Both red and yellow stakes marking hazards are moveable obstructions and players are entitled to relief from them under rule 24-1
(d) The white posts defining out-of-bounds to the right of the 4th hole that are placed on the 3rd and 5th holes are to be regarded as immoveable obstructions on those holes

3. Integral Parts of the Course
No constructions on the course are deemed to be integral parts of the course.

4. Lost Balls
All balls lost or abandoned within the confines of the course become the property of Branston Golf & Country Club

5. Water Hazards

(a) Behind the 9th Green is a lateral water hazard
(b) The ditch behind the 4th green is a lateral water hazard and beyond this hazard is out-of-bounds

6. Overhead Lines
A ball striking any overhead power line MUST be abandoned and replayed without penalty

7. Smartphones
Smartphone GPS applications are allowed in Qualifying Competitions provided the smartphone does not contain an anemometer or thermometer and the player does not use the smartphone to attempt to actively measure or gauge specific current weather conditions at Branston at the time of playing.

8. When playing the 18th hole, if a ball is in or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the lateral water hazard by the 9th green, the player may:
(a) proceed under Rule 26-1; or
(b) as an additional option, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the dropping zone.

Additionally, when playing either the 9th or 18th holes, if a ball comes to rest on either of the two bridges and the path that connect the 9th and 18th green, the player may:

(a) proceed under Rule 26-1; or
(b) proceed under Rule 13-4; or
(c) as an additional option, drop a ball, without penalty, in the dropping zone

9. Marking of cards
Any member of the Club can mark a card for any competitor in any competition run by the Club as long as he or she holds a valid CONGU handicap.

10. Embedded balls

(a) On greens and closely mown areas, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball, when dropped, must first strike a part of the course through the green.
(b) Additionally, when Winter Rules are in effect relief may be taken through the green.

11. Professionals
If spaces are available, Professional golfers may enter non-drawn and non-Major competitions run by the Club and pay the appropriate fee but cannot win the competition and their cards must not be included in the calculation of Competition Standard Scratch

Penalty for breach of Local Rule: Matchplay - loss of hole; Strokeplay - two strokes.

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NOTES ON LOCAL RULES

2. Rule 24-1 provides for moveable obstructions to be moved without penalty

3. All pylons, the metal post, wire stay and concrete footing slab to the left of the 11th hole, the President’s Way construction between the 12th and 17th holes and the concrete pillar box to the left of the 14th hole were previously defined as integral parts of the course but have now been redefined by the Committee as obstructions

8. Rule 26-1 provides for relief under penalty from a water hazard

8. Rule 13-4 provides for prohibited actions concerning a ball in a hazard and Decision 13-4/30 defined a bridge over a water hazard as an obstruction within a hazard, enabling a player to ground their club while playing the ball as it lies

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OBSTRUCTIONS

Obstructions are either moveable or immoveable: if you can move them they are moveable if you can’t move them then they are immoveable. If an obstruction is moveable and you move it, you must always put it back again afterwards.

The only exception to this is if they are specifically defined in either the Rules of Golf or Local Rules. For instance, one of our Local Rules states that all red and yellow hazard markers are moveable obstructions and that the white posts defining out of bounds to the right of the 4th hole that are placed on the 3rd and 5th holes are to be regarded as immoveable obstructions on those holes.

If an obstruction is immoveable and you take relief from it, you are entitled to take a free drop upto one club length from the nearest point of relief – the nearest, not the nicest! – and the ball must roll no more than two club lengths after it hits the ground.

Relief from an obstruction is ONLY available if the ball lies on or in the obstruction or if the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his swing. You CANNOT claim "line of sight” from an obstruction. "Line of sight” relief may be granted by the Committee for temporary structures (such as the gazebo that is often situated around the 10th tee on Captain’s, Lady Captain’s and President’s Day) but this will always be detailed as part of the competition rules on the day of the competition.

The following are all obstructions at Branston:-

  • All pylons
  • The metal post, wire stay and concrete footing slab to the left of the 11th hole
  • The President’s Way construction between the 12th and 17th holes
  • The concrete pillar box to the left of the 14th hole

(These first four were previously defined as integral parts of the course but have now been redefined by the Committee as obstructions)

  • The Halfway House, including the stairs leading to the toilets
  • Paths (including their concrete edging)
  • Bridges (except those parts of a bridge that are within hazard lines: in this case the ball can be played and the club grounded)
  • Footpath marker posts
  • Distance marker slabs set into the fairways
  • Sprinkler heads
  • Direction signs and posts
  • Information signs and banners
  • Ball washers
  • Tee stones
  • Seats and benches
  • The white posts defining out of bounds to the right of the 4th hole that are placed on the 3rd and 5th holes (defined under our Local Rules as immoveable)
  • Yellow and red hazard markers (defined under our Local Rules as moveable)
  • Distance marker posts
  • Divot boxes
  • Tee markers

NB. The white posts defining Out of Bounds are not obstructions – they are defined by the Rules of Golf as Integral Parts of the Course and you do not get relief from them.

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COURSE ETIQUETTE

If there is a breach of protocol the Golf Team have the right to ask a player to leave the course. In the case of a visitor or guest this will be without a refund of the green fee. Please observe the following:

  • General Play: In the interest of all, players should play without delay. No player should play until the players in front are out of range.
  • Green fees: A visitor or guest must be a regular golfer and behave in accordance with the rules of the Club regarding dress and order of play. All visitors and guests are required to have a competence of play before being allowed on the 18 hole golf course. The appropriate green fee must be paid prior to the round and all visitors and guests must display their tag on their golf bag to indicate that they have paid their fee. The Club reserves the right to refuse players onto the course at any time.
  • Membership Bag Tags: Members should display their bag tag prominently in order for the Golf Team to properly check it without disturbing your play.
  • Tees: All general play must be off the yellow tees unless prior permission is given by the Director of Golf, who will notify the Golf Lodge.
  • Visitors and Guests: The same visitor or guest is not permitted to play the 18 hole golf course more than six times in any one calendar year whether playing with a member or not.
  • Arrival Time: Please arrive promptly on the 1st tee ten minutes before the allocated tee off time, in this way the Golf Lodge will be able to verify each player’s arrival and ensure that everyone tees off on time. Please do not practice on the tee areas.
  • Equipment: The sharing of golf clubs on any part of the course is not permitted. Please take care not to be heavy-handed when placing bags on the ground.
  • Golf Buggies: In order to hire a buggy a driver must possess a full driving license. No more than two persons are to share a buggy and there should be a maximum of two golf bags on the back. The pulling of trolleys behind a buggy is not permitted. Trolleys, buggies or golf bags are not to be taken on to the tees or the greens or their perimeters.
  • Mobile Phones: Mobile phones should not be used to make calls (other than emergency calls) on the golf course, in the Clubhouse or on the patio overlooking the 18th Green.
  • Bunkers: Please fully rake the bunkers after a bunker shot has been taken and place the rake completely inside the bunker.
  • Trolleys: Do not take trolleys onto tee boxes or the fringes of the greens and do not take trolleys between bunkers and greens.
  • Divots: Players should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by them is replaced at once and pressed down, except on the tees where these should be smoothed and reseeded using the sand provided. In the growing season divot bags are available beside both the first and tenth tees: please take at least one bag per round and repair any unfilled divots you see.
  • Pitchmarks: These should be repaired using a pitchmark repairer. These can be purchased from the Academy or Golf Lodge prior to the commencement of play.
  • Lost Balls: Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found and should not search for five minutes before doing so. Players shall avoid slow play at all times.
  • Speed of Play: Slow play is frustrating for everyone so players are asked always to keep up with the group in front of them. If a group loses more than one hole in front and the group behind is close then they must be invited to play through.
  • Halfway House: The Rules of Golf are strict about continuity of play without undue delay so, especially in competitions, if you stop at the Halfway House please make every effort to move to the tenth tee as quickly as possible.
  • Greenkeeping staff: The greenkeepers have priority on the course. Please respect them while they are doing their work and they will endeavour, if at all possible, not to disrupt a game. Please show the same consideration to them as would be shown to other golfers using the course at the same time.
  • Juniors: Under-12s must be accompanied by an adult at all times while on the golf course.

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GOLFERS DRESS CODE

  • Hats or headwear are to be worn the correct way round.
  • Shorts: Tailored shorts only are permitted. Shorts with side pockets on the outside are NOT allowed on the course.
  • Trousers: Tailored or golfing trousers only are permitted. Denims, cut-offs, three-quarter trousers, tracksuit bottoms or combat trousers with pockets on the outside are NOT allowed on the course. Trousers must not be tucked into socks.
  • Only soft-spiked golf shoes may be worn and trainers are NOT allowed.
  • Gents: Shirts must have sleeves, a collar or a polo neck and must be tucked in at all times. No football, slogan shirts or tee shirts are allowed.
  • Ladies: Shirts/blouses may be worn outside of the skirt/trousers if they are designed to be worn that way.

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TEE TIME BOOKING PROCEDURES

The Club’s aim is to maximise the number of tee times available and give members the best opportunity possible of getting his or her preferred tee time.

  • The name and membership number of each individual must be stated when booking. Any use of a false name will lead to immediate suspension of membership for an indefinite period.
  • The Club reserves the right to make up games into fourball matches and single players hold no booking rights unless joining a twoball or threeball match that is already booked, or unless there are no part-booked time slots available: in such cases a singles list will be compiled by the Golf Lodge staff to fill slots that become available.
  • Members may book up to 14 days in advance. The booking sheet for the date 14 days ahead will be released when the Golf Lodge opens every morning.
  • Booking is restricted to one tee time slot for four named players. Members’ guests qualify for a reduced rate and the appropriate green fee must be paid prior to playing. If the Golf Lodge is closed, members should report to Reception or the Academy to pay the appropriate fee before playing. The Member will be liable to pay the green fee for any guest not honouring a pre-booked tee time.
  • All members are required to display their relevant bag tag when playing either of the courses. Their guests will also be given a registration card to display on their bag upon payment of the relevant green fee.
  • Cancellation of bookings can be made at any time of the day or night (there is an answering machine in the Golf Lodge) as long as the cancellation is made at least two hours before the tee time. Tel 01283 528320.
  • Any member not honouring a pre-booked tee time will be reminded by letter that they are expected to make a cancellation. Any repeat of this within twelve months will require an explanation in writing to the Director of Golf. Failure to give such written explanation for absence will result in the member’s booking privileges being withdrawn for one month.
  • Inclement weather will not normally be considered a reason for non-arrival, unless the course is closed. (So even if it is pouring down with rain players who do not intend playing must still phone to cancel their tee time).
  • Every member must inform the Golf Lodge of their arrival before teeing-off and will be expected to register at least ten minutes before their tee time.

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HOLE POSITION FLAGS

Our hole flags are colour coded to illustrate the position of the hole on the green:

WHITE – Back of green

YELLOW – Middle of green

RED – Front of green

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HOW TO ENTER A CLUB COMPETITION

Detailed information on all competitions can be found on the golf notice board. You are required to hold a CONGU handicap before you may enter any competition.

Medal or Stableford competitions: Book a tee time and pay your entry fee at the Golf Lodge before you play (ladies should pay in their locker room). Juniors whose handicaps exceed 28 are not allowed to play in Medal or Stableford competitions.

Majors: To be entered into the draw, write your name on the sheets in the locker rooms. Start times are published 16 days before the competition, both on the golf noticeboard in the Locker Room and on the Master Scoreboard website. For further details on Master Scoreboard, and to obtain a password, please ask at the Golf Lodge or call 01283 528320.

Knockouts (gents): Write your (and your playing partner’s, if applicable) name, telephone number, membership number on the outside of an envelope containing your entry fee and post in the red letter box in the Gents’ locker room before the stipulated closing date. Late entries cannot be accepted and details of the draws and deadlines for each round of the competition will be posted on the golf noticeboard in the Locker Room and on the Master Scoreboard website.

Juniors are required to hold a CONGU handicap (boys max 28/girls max 36) to be eligible to win a Junior Major Competition. However, if their handicaps are above these limits they will still be welcome to take part in a separate competition.

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GENTS’ MAJOR COMPETITIONS

These competitions are usually run from the Golf Lodge or the St Andrews Room and prizes are presented at the Annual Golf Presentation Dinner and Dance.

EASTER BOWL: Stableford; Maximum handicap 18; white tees; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

MAY MEMORIAL TROPHY: Pairs betterball Stableford; maximum handicap 18; ¾ handicaps; white tees; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

BERNARD NEALE: Medal; maximum handicap 18; white tees. pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

EARLY BIRD: Medal; white tees; gross and Nett prizes but the gross is the Major winner; shotgun start at 6.00am; drawn competition; entry via the notice board; entry limited by numbers; entry fee includes breakfast; pay on the day; prize presentation following breakfast; cards issued from St Andrews Room.

CAPTAIN’S DAY TROPHY: The format of day is the choice of the Captain; white tees; pay on the day; cards issued in the St Andrews Room; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board; prize presentation the same evening.

CHARITY SHIELD: Stableford; maximum handicap 18; white tees; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: 36-hole medal over two days; white tees; entry fee paid on the first day; cards issued in the St Andrews Room; drawn competition played in handicap order; all players must have a competition handicap of 28 or less; entry via the notice board; players may not play in the Club Championship unless they have played in three Qualifying Competitions (at Branston or at their previous club if they have joined during 2015) in the 2015 calendar year upto the date of the Club Championship (gents) or the 12 months prior up to the date of the initial draw (ladies); no reserves will be added to the draw sheet or the draw sheet amended within the last six days prior to the event; prize presentation after the event on the 18th Green and at the Annual Golf Presentation Dinner and Dance.

SCOMARK TROPHY (handicaps 0-15) and ANSELLS TROPHY (handicaps 16-28): Stableford; white tees. pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

PRESIDENT’S DAY: The format of day is the choice of the President; white tees; pay on the day; cards issued in the St Andrews Room; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board; prize presentation the same evening.

AUGUST VASE (handicaps 0-15) and ROGER BULLIVANT TROPHY (handicaps 16-28): Par/bogey; white tees; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

ELLERINGTON/ROSS (handicaps 0-15) and GREENACRE TROPHY (handicaps 16-28):

Medal; white tees; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry via time sheets posted on the notice board.

BRANSTON MASTERS: Medal; maximum handicap 28; white tees; pay on the day; Field limited to winners of weekend and midweek individual strokeplay and bogey Qualifying competitions; winners of May Memorial Trophy, pairs’ and singles’ knockouts are ineligible; list of qualifiers posted on the notice board; open to seven-day members only.

RIVERSIDE TROPHY: Best six nett medal scores over the season.

RL KNIGHT TROPHY: Best six gross medal scores over the season.

BAILEY SCRATCH: Scratch knockout competition open to the top 16 placed players in the 2014 Club Championship who are members at Branston in 2015.

ALLISON and BELL: Singles handicap knockout open to players with active handicaps 0-14 (at time of draw) only; entry forms available in the Locker Room at the start of the season.

BEWT: Singles handicap knockout open to players with active handicaps 15-28 (at time of draw) only; entry forms available in the Locker Room at the start of the season.

SUMMER PAIRS: Pairs handicap knockout competition; no handicap restriction but both players in a pair must have competition handicaps; entry forms available in the Locker Room at the start of the season.

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NON-MAJOR GENTS’ COMPETITIONS

ANDY DUGHAN: Team am-am; entry forms available in the Locker Room; cards issued in the St Andrews Room; all players must have CONGU Competition handicaps; prize presentation the same evening.

INVITATION DAY: Pairs betterball Stableford; entry forms available in the Locker Room; cards issued in the St Andrews Room; all players must have competition handicaps; prize presentation the same evening.

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LADIES’ MAJOR COMPETITIONS

All ladies’ Majors are played from the red tees, are paid for on the day of the competition and the maximum handicap is 30. Players with handicaps greater than 30 may still enter and play off their full handicap but for the purposes of the competition their score is reduced to that of a player with a handicap of 30.

MAY MEMORIAL TROPHY: Pairs betterball Stableford; ¾ handicaps.

JEN TATUM: Stableford.

TOMKINSON TROPHY: Pairs betterball Stableford; ¾ handicaps.

CHARITY SHIELD: Stableford; Qualifier for McTier Cup.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: 36-hole Medal over two days; entry fee paid on the first day; drawn competition played in handicap order; Entry via the notice board; prize presentation after the event on the 18th Green and at the Annual Golf Presentation Dinner and Dance.

BAILEY KNOCKOUT: Handicap knockout competition open to the top 16 placed players in the 2014 Ladies’ Club Championship who are members at Branston in 2015.

ELIZABETH PLOWMAN: Par/Bogey.

PAUL WINSHIP: Medal.

BRANSTON MASTERS: Medal; list of qualifiers posted on the notice board; open to seven-day members only – full entry criteria available in the ladies’ Locker Room.

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NON-MAJOR LADIES’ COMPETITIONS

LADY CAPTAIN’S DAY: The format of day is the choice of the Lady Captain; pay on the day.

WILLDIG SHIELD: Par/bogey; no handicap restriction; pay on the day.

ERNIE KAY: Stableford; no handicap restriction; pay on the day;

WOOLLETT CRYSTAL CUP: Ladies aged 50 and over; Stableford; no handicap restriction; pay on the day.

LADIES’ ANDY DUGHAN: Am-am team of three; pay on the day; prize presentation the same evening.

PING 4BBB: Pairs betterball Stableford; ¾ handicaps; no handicap limit; winning pair may qualify for national final at Gainsborough.

PINK RIBBON: The format and entry criteria are the choice of the Lady Captain; pay on the day.

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MIXED MAJOR COMPETITIONS

BEDFORD TROPHY: Greensomes Stableford; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); handicap allowance = (lower handicap x 0.6) + (higher handicap x 0.4).

HUSBAND and WIFE: Foursomes Stableford; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); ½ combined handicaps.

SUZANNE MILNER: Pairs betterball medal; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); ¾ handicaps.

ROSE ‘N THORNS: Teams of two gents and one lady; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); Waltz (1-2-3) Stableford scoring format.

DEAKIN TROPHY: Foursomes Stableford; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); ½ combined handicaps.

NB: In line with the CONGU recommendation, all mixed competitions are played to the Ladies’ par and stroke index.

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OTHER MIXED COMPETITIONS

INCOMING CAPTAINS’ EVENT: Shotgun start; mixed Texas Scramble; white and red tees as applicable; pay on the day; drawn competition; entry sheets available at the AGM and subsequently via the notice boards; entry limited by numbers; no handicap restrictions.

HIM and HER: Foursomes Stableford; maximum handicaps 18 (gents) and 30 (ladies); ½ combined handicaps.

KERRY CUP: Am-am team of four; entry forms available in both Locker Room; prize presentation at 8pm the same evening.

NB: In line with the CONGU recommendation, all mixed competitions are played to the Ladies’ par and stroke index.

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JUNIORS’ COMPETITION TEES

BOYS: Handicap 29+ play from the RED tees, handicap 28 and below play from the WHITE tees

GIRLS: All handicaps play from the RED tees

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JUNIORS’ MAJOR COMPETITIONS

BLADON POWELL: Stableford; full handicap allowance; maximum handicap 28.

TOON TROPHY: (Junior and Adult over 25) Greensomes medal; maximum handicap 28; handicap allowance = (lower handicap x 0.6) + (higher handicap x 0.4).

JUNIORS’ CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: 36-hole gross medal with rounds commencing 9am and 2pm; trophy presented immediately after event; maximum handicap 28; additional nett competition with full handicap allowance.

TREVOR WASS: Bogey; maximum handicap 28; full handicap allowance.

JUNIOR CUP (Formally the Matthews Cup): Stableford; maximum handicap 28; full handicap allowance.

ATHOL JAMIESON TROPHY: Matchplay competition; maximum handicap 45; full handicap allowance.

JUNIORS’ RIVERSIDE CUP: 18-hole Stableford; played on the Academy Course; full handicap allowance; maximum handicap 45.

JUNIORS’ RIVERSIDE TROPHY: Eclectic scores competition; best score on each hole calculated throughout the season; full handicap allowance; maximum handicap 54.

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OTHER JUNIORS’ MAJOR TROPHIES

Junior Open: 18-hole medal; full handicap allowance; maximum handicap 28 (9 holes for 29-45 handicaps).

Outstanding Achievement (chosen by the Director of Golf).

Most Improved Golfer of the Year (best handicap reduction).

Junior Clubman of the Year (chosen by the vice-Captain).

Junior Team Player of the Year (chosen by the Junior Team Organiser).

Junior Team Outstanding Performance of the Year (chosen by the Junior Team Organiser).

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OTHER JUNIOR COMPETITIONS

JUNIORS V LADIES: Pairs betterball matchplay; maximum handicap 54; ¾ combined handicaps.

JUNIORS V SENIORS: Pairs betterball matchplay; maximum handicap 54; ¾ combined handicaps.

JUNIORS V GENTS: Pairs matchplay; maximum handicap 28; ¾ handicap difference.

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HOW TO GET A CONGU HANDICAP

Men: Maximum 28

Ladies: Maximum 36

  • The player must be an 18-Hole Member
  • Men/boys play from the yellow tees, ladies/girls play from the red tees
  • The player must submit three 18-hole score cards within a six month period, a member with a handicap must mark the card and one card has to be 110 or better (130 or better for ladies)
  • All three cards must be submitted at the same time in an envelope addressed to either the gents’ or ladies’ handicap secretary. Gents should post their three cards through the slot in the shelf in the Golf Computer Room. Ladies should post theirs in the red letter box in the ladies’ locker room.
  • The player’s handicap certificate can be obtained from a member of the Handicap Committee or be collected from the Golf Lodge.
  • The cards must be clearly marked with:
    • The player’s name and membership number
    • The marker’s name and membership number
    • The signatures of both the player and the marker
    • The date
    • Whether the card is the first, second or third one

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SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS

  • Any category of player may return a supplementary score card but these cards may only be returned for rounds played at Branston Golf and Country Club. The player must sign their intention to play in the Supplementary Card Diary at the Golf Lodge before they play. The card must be signed by both the player and the marker and must be completed over 18 holes but may be a Stableford or medal card. Supplementary cards cannot be submitted if temporary greens or tees are in use. After playing, the card should be placed in the box in the computer room (ladies should put theirs in the red box in their locker room).
  • Players in Category One with a non-competition handicap on March 1st may submit up to three supplementary cards only in order to regain competition handicap status.
  • Players in Categories Two, Three and Four may return up to a maximum of ten supplementary cards within a 12 month period but no more than one in any week, and the card must be the player’s first card of the day.
  • NB. A handicap can go up as well as down by entering a supplementary card as entering a supplementary card is equivalent to entering a competition.
  • Players and their markers must sign the Supplementary Cards book in the Golf Lodge before they play, indicating their intention to return a supplementary card.
  • Every supplementary card should be clearly marked with the following details:
    • The fact that it is a supplementary Card
    • The date
    • The player’s name
    • The player’s membership number
    • The card marker's name
    • The card marker's signature
    • The player’s signature
    • The Golf Lodge has a list of members (markers) who have offered to mark cards if needed.

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COMPETITION HANDICAPS

A player needs to enter a total of three cards from either qualifying competitions or returning supplementary cards (or a combination of both) in every year, commencing March 1st, to maintain a competition handicap; failure to do so will result in the player having a non-competition handicap.

In order or regain a competition handicap a player must return either three qualifying scorecards or three supplementary scorecards or a combination of the two during the previous 12 months. Nil returns do not qualify.

A player with a non-competition handicap may enter and play in all club competitions with the exception of the Club Championship and the Knockout Competitions but will not be eligible to win vouchers or trophies.

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TEMPORARY GREENS

  • Temporary greens will be positioned on the approaches to the main greens if, in the opinion of the Course Manager, the weather conditions merit it. The priority is to prevent long-lasting damage to the main greens and ensure that the whole golf course is in optimum condition during the peak season.
  • The temporary greens will NOT have holes cut in them. Players “hole out” once their ball strikes the log bearing the flag.
  • In the case of top-lying frost play on the front nine holes will transfer to temporary greens but the back nine will remain on main greens. If the frost is prolonged and/or underlying then play on all 18 holes will transfer to temporary greens.
  • If the Academy Course is on temporary greens the chipping green will also be closed. If any of the holes on the 18-hole course are on any temporary greens then the putting green will also be closed.
  • A decision on the protocol to be followed for each day will be taken at 8am that day and communicated to the Golf Lodge: either the situation will remain as it was at 8am or, if the frost is due to clear, play will transfer back to main greens between 10am and 11am.
  • In the event of extreme weather conditions or green/fringe repairs, play will be temporarily transferred onto temporary greens for as long as is necessary.
  • Players are asked to respect the decisions of the greenkeepers and thanked in advance for their co-operation.

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WINTER RULES

  • Unless advised to the contrary by the Course Manager, Winter Rules will be in effect from October 1 to March 31.
  • Placing on fairways and closely mown areas in October and March.
  • Teeing-up or use of mats on fairways and closely mown areas in November, December, January and February.
  • No placing, teeing-up or use of mats in rough ever.
  • Plugged balls may be lifted, cleaned and dropped through the green.
  • No requirement to have flag removed when putting (general play only).

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LIGHTNING / FOG

  • In the case of lightning or fog, play will be delayed or suspended and this will be indicated by the blast of a klaxon.
  • All play must stop immediately.
  • Balls should be marked where they lie and all players must leave the course completely.
  • Play must not resume until the all clear is sounded by a second blast of the klaxon from the Golf Lodge.
  • All tee times on the day will be moved back by the exact duration time that play was suspended.
  • Please check your reallocated tee times with the Golf Lodge before commencing play.

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CANCELLATION OF GOLF MEMBERSHIP

Golf members, regardless of payment method, are committed to their membership up to the annual renewal date of 1st March. Any cancellation of membership has to be in written form and sent at least one month prior to the annual renewal date