Temporary Water in a Bunker

We play golf in (almost) any weather and the rules need to take this into account. While we can get puddles on the course at any time of year, we are perhaps more likely to need to cope with them through the winter months - what relief is available? Playing out of a puddle should … Continue reading Temporary Water in a Bunker

The Referee Gets in the Way

A true tale from a recent competition. When refereeing a stroke play (or matchplay) competition you do your best to keep out of the players way and not to interfere unless you are called in or spot a situation where a player may need a bit of help to apply the rules correctly. It doesn't … Continue reading The Referee Gets in the Way

9th @BrokenhurstGC – No Play Zone

The 9th at Brokenhurst is a Par 5 for ladies and a tough Par 4 for men to finish the front nine. Playing slightly up hill and often into the wind you need to be on your game. https://videopress.com/v/YmjP5U4r?preloadContent=metadata One of the delights of playing the course is the wildlife you will see on your … Continue reading 9th @BrokenhurstGC – No Play Zone

6th Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Animal Holes

The 6th marks the end of the first, and easiest loop, at Brokenhurst and brings you back close to the clubhouse. A shortish Par 4 which could well give a birdie chance although a new back tee will restore a bit of the challenge for the longer hitters. You will hopefully be ahead of the … Continue reading 6th Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Animal Holes

2nd Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Staked Trees

The second at Brokenhurst is a well designed risk and reward Par 5. A drive down the right might allow you to go for the green in two by going over or around the stand on pine trees. Beware however as there is a ditch short and left while thick rough and out of bounds … Continue reading 2nd Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Staked Trees

1st Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Abnormal Course Condition on the line of my putt

A short par 4 with a generous fairway to get us underway. Long hitters may be having a go for the green in pursuit of a birdie to start with. Be wary of the firm green however as you need to strike the ball precisely to get it to stop. Over the back is a … Continue reading 1st Hole @BrokenhurstGC – Abnormal Course Condition on the line of my putt

Immovable Obstructions and Penalty Areas

I had a couple of instances at the Rose Series event with balls lying in a Penalty Area but also close to an Immovable Obstruction. The photo below shows the first one. What do we do here? As you can see, this young lady's ball ended up on the bridge across the ditch just short … Continue reading Immovable Obstructions and Penalty Areas

Misunderstood Rules 10: Placing under winter rules when you should drop

When winter rules / preferred lies are in place more than a few golfers feel they can place rather than drop when taking relief on the fairway. https://videopress.com/v/AS3LDm2z?preloadContent=metadata You may feel that the drop then place procedure as in the video doesn't make much difference to just placing in the first place. However when the … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 10: Placing under winter rules when you should drop

Saving Strokes 5: Consider all your options & keep a clear head

I'm sure you remember Jordan Spieth on the 13th at Birkdale in the 2017 Open. Way off line and in a bush he had possibly just lost his chance of winning. However with David Bonsall, Chair of the R&A Rules Committee as the referee for his match he was in very good hands to be … Continue reading Saving Strokes 5: Consider all your options & keep a clear head

Saving Strokes 4: When you have a choice on which condition to take relief from

This is a bit involved so quite a long video. In summary, if your stance and / or area of intended swing is interfered with by more than one condition from which you could get free relief you may choose which condition you take relief from first. This decision can lead to very different places … Continue reading Saving Strokes 4: When you have a choice on which condition to take relief from