Playing Bexleyheath for the First Time

1st / 10th holes (par4 )dog leg right. If players on the ninth hole have a ball on the green, they have the right to continue if they wish to do so that is to say you should not tee off. After that alternate. Do not tee off until the corner is clear and players ahead are out of sight.

2nd /11th ( par 3) down hill

3rd /12th (par 3) straight flat hole

4th (par4) green in front of white houses to right of pimple. Do not tee off until all players both on the 4th and 9th are out of range. If players are on the 9th tee alternate tee shots. After tee shot and approaching your ball listen out for bell which indicates players are teeing off on 18th. If heard do not proceed past a line level with the 6th /15th tees to your right. Continue play when you can see players walking down pathway from 18th tee.

5th /14th (par4). Tee shot down hill into valley. Second to green between trees on top of hill. Players on 6th / 15th tee to your right have right of way and you must let them tee off and pass through before playing your approach shot. Most golfers either take all clubs up to the green, or leave their bags at the bottom of the steps, taking the clubs they may require up to the green with them. Having completed the hole please access the 6th / 15th tees from the rear, using the steps.

6th /15th (par 4) . Elevated green to left of poplar tree. You have right of play over those playing from beyond the poplar on the 8th / 17th fairway directly ahead. Having teed off, please leave the tee via the rear steps and do not walk off the front. When approaching second shot look out and give right of way to those driving off 8th / 17th tees which are directly ahead of you (the 17th tee may be obscured by the poplar tree).

7th / 16th ( par 3) downhill . Do not tee off until ladies tee in front of green is clear.

8th /17th ( par 4) drive straight to bottom of hill on left. Second shot up hill using marker posts for line. Green is set back right. Second shot must pass to the left of the white marker post on the bank (See local rule on card for more detail).

9th ( par 4) Tee is at bottom of path follow signs. If players are on 4th tee then alternate tee shots. Do not tee off if people are playing 4th and are in range. You are likely to have to walk to the tree with the seat beneath it to see (if players are on the 4th tee, they can give the “all clear”. Green is left of pimple and a white marker post is visible behind the green.

Second nine

As above but for :

13th ( par 4) as 4th but with elevated tee up path visible to your right. Marker post indicates line of play. Do not walk up to tee and commence play until players in front or those playing the 9th are clear of grass mound. Ring “bell” before playing.

18th ( par 4) follow sign from 8th /17th green . Do not play if players are in the valley below playing the 4th /13th. Once they are clear and beyond pimple ring bell in amongst conifers to the right before playing. It is likely to be necessary to walk well forward to check that the way is clear.

In the event of any damage or potential damage caused by balls going over boundary fences then please report incidents to the secretary ASAP after the round.

Bexleyheath Golf Club Local Rules January 2019

1. For the purposes of Rule 1.3 a, the Terms of the Competition shall include the Competition Conditions on the entry form for the relevant competition, the last published General Competition Conditions of Kent Golf Union (KGU), KGU’s Code of Conduct and Pace of Play Policy each which are deemed to be incorporated into these Local Rules.
2. Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2);
a) The course-side edge of any wall, fence, hedge or line of white stakes defines the boundary of the course;
b) On or beyond any white line defining the boundary of the course including, in either case, the edge of any internal out of bounds.
3. Penalty Areas (Rule 17.3);
All penalty areas are Red Penalty Areas from which relief may be taken under rule 17.3. The edges of the penalty areas are defined as follows:
a) where stakes and lines are used, the edge of the penalty area is the course side edge of the line and the stakes are solely for visibility to players;
b) where stakes alone are used, the edge of the penalty area is defined by the lined between the course side edge of the stakes at ground level and the stakes themselves are in the penalty area;
c) where there are no stakes or lines, the edge of the penalty area is, on both sides, the natural margin of the ditch concerned
4. Ground Under Repair (Rule 16.1) – PLAYERS MUST TAKE RELIEF FROM GUR
a) Any area encircled by a white or blue line.
b) Any area of damaged ground in the general area that is considered by a referee to be an abnormal course condition.
5. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1) include:
a) All artificially surfaced roads, paths and winter tees on the course, including those covered with wood chips and areas where the artificial surfacing material has been transferred. All other paths and tracks are integral parts of the course.
b) White lined areas adjoining any immovable obstruction are part of the obstruction and not ground under repair.
c) Stone-filled drainage ditches or channels.
d) Sleepers or wooden boards within bunkers.
5.1. Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.
5.2. The player also has the option to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play as follows:
Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play, and within two club-lengths of the putting green, and within two club-lengths of the ball.
Exception - No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule 5.2 if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
6. Young Trees identified by being staked (whether attached or not) or plastic protected are no play zones:
If a player's ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player's stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f. If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player's stance or area of intended swing exists from such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17.1e(2).
7. Restricted approach to certain holes
When playing the 8th / 17th holes, a ball coming to rest above a line defined by the blue marker posts and the blue upright on the handrail down from the 5th / 14th green (the b-b line) may be played directly towards the 8th / 17th hole. Care should be taken that no players are on the 5th / 14th green in so doing. A ball coming to rest below the b-b line must be played to the left of the white post located on the grass humps between the 5th / 14th green and the 8th / 17th fairway. A ball played to the right of the white post in this situation is out of bounds and a stroke and distance penalty applies.
8. Areas Requiring Preservation.
Tees: When playing the 1st / 10th holes a ball coming to rest on the 2nd / 11th tee and the adjacent path must be lifted and dropped without penalty in the dropping zone behind the 1st / 10th green.
9. Suspension of Play: Players must comply with KGU’s Suspension of Play Policy.

THE PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE SHALL, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED, BE THE GENERAL PENALTY (namely loss of hole in match-play and two strokes in stroke-play)

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