Just unpacked my referee's bag after the Hampshire Open last week (Pro's & elite amateurs) and noticed that 3 of the 7 decent balls (there were a couple of others that I wouldn't expect these players to be using in a competition) that I found on the course during the day do not have specific … Continue reading Put Your Own Markings on Your Ball
The 13th starts the last loop of 6 holes so playing away from the clubhouse again. Hitting the correct line of the tee is crucial. The tighter left you can keep it the shorter your shot into the green will be, as long as you are far enough to clear the trees on the corner. … Continue reading 13th @Brokenhurst – On a movable obstruction
The 12th is Brokenhurst's signature hole. A par 3 usually with a small well bunkered green and the clubhouse watching over from the far side of the 1st fairway. You might have enjoyed a snack at "The Sett" while sizing up which club to play - the back of the green is wider than the … Continue reading 12th @Brokenhurst – On a path (Immovable Obstruction)
A simple question I've been asked which might create a chase through the rule book. Matchplay, both players played approach (lets say 2nd shots) to slightly hidden green. Player A found ball, Player B didn't and conceded the hole. As they were leaving the next tee having driven off the players behind called that there … Continue reading Matchplay – ball holed but not found
Aprons / fringes can get worn and some areas may get marked as GUR before a big competition. This gives us a few learning points: For the players - what to do if: your ball or your feet are in it, orit is on your line of play For those setting up the course:How best … Continue reading GUR Next to a Putting Green
Following the construction of some new ponds at Brokenhurst we have some large areas of Ground Under Repair (GUR) which are also No Play Zones (NPZs) on the 12th and 13th. One edge of the GUR is bounded by a ditch (Penalty Area), the path runs through the middle of them, and the new ponds … Continue reading Coping with a large area of GUR / NPZ
Several new trees have been added to a few existing ones to provide a better screen between the 2nd and 4th holes at Brokenhurst. The new ones are a similar size to the existing trees and need some support from stakes until they get fully established. The existing trees, being already well rooted, aren't staked. … Continue reading Staked and Unstaked Trees
CALLING ALL REFEREES Please can you help out with this question that Bob has posed - We would very much appreciate your thoughts and citations in the discussion below. A player in a stroke play competition leaves a putt short and on the lip of the hole. In disgust they attempt to knock the ball … Continue reading Is missing the ball in anger a “Stroke”?
The 11th is a fairly straightforward Par 4 - just over 400 yards from the white tees and 363 from the red markers. It often plays a bit shorter than its length as the prevailing south-westerly wind is helping and it also runs slightly downhill. Bunkers on the left to avoid off the tee, trees … Continue reading 11th @Brokenhurst – Out of Bounds
Concessions do not apply in strokeplay - you (and your fellow competitors) must hole out at each hole to return a score for that hole. In matchplay, a player may concede their opponent’s next stroke, a hole, or the match at any time. Concessions must be clearly communicated and are final - they cannot be … Continue reading Matchplay – Concessions and what if you disagree with your opponent?