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THE FABULOUS COURSE
SURREY DOWNS GOLF CLUB
The safe side is the left half of the green, but don’t overdo it, there’s a hidden bunker left of the green.
A true Par 5 to finish, which requires a laid up second down the right side. An elevated approach shot is needed to this double green to avoid both the water and front bunker.
SURREY DOWNS LOCAL RULES
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18)
a) Beyond any white marker stakes, fences, footpaths or hedges bounding the course.
b) 3rd Hole. On or beyond the road that runs parallel to the hole.
c) When playing the 8th hole, that part of the 13th hole defined by white stakes is out of bounds.
When playing the 13th hole, these stakes are immovable obstructions.
d) On or over the pathway behind the 9th / 18th green. In the direction of the 1st hole, this lasts for the duration of the path. In the direction of the Golf Academy, the out of bounds applies until you reach a white stake.
e) Beyond the white stakes to the left of the 9th hole that continue to the path behind the 9th / 18th green.
f) When playing the 18th hole, a ball finishing on or beyond the 9th fairway is out of bounds, if it is not beyond the line between the two blue stakes.
g) The driving range as defined by the white marker stakes.
h) Over the fence bounding the reservoir between the 8th, 14th and 15th holes.
2. NO PLAY ZONES
Young trees, identified by stakes or artificial supports, are No Play Zones. If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course, except in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or the tree or its supports interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief, without penalty, under 16.1f.
3. WATERING SYSTEM
All sprinkler heads and control covers are immovable obstructions and relief from interference may be obtained under rule 16.1b. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a penalty area and such an obstruction is on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball and intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
4. PENALTY AREAS
Penalty Areas are marked by either red or yellow stakes and/or lines. If a player’s ball lies in a penalty area, they should proceed under Rule 17.1.
All buildings, roads, bridle paths, steps and artificial paths are immovable obstructions.
Rule 16.1 applies.
In the general area, wood chips shall be treated as moveable obstructions. Rule 15.2 applies.
6. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 16.1)
If a player’s ball lies in or touches an area defined as G.U.R. or if the area interferes with the player’s stance or the area of their intended swing, then the player MUST take relief from interference without penalty. If any bunker contains a G.U.R. sign, then the entire bunker is ground under repair.
ETIQUETTE / INFORMATION
1. BUNKER RAKES
After use, bunker rakes should be placed outside the bunker.
2. TROLLEYS AND BUGGIES
To be kept well away from teeing and greenside areas. Buggies are not allowed in the car park.
3. COURSE RESPECT
Please replace your divots, repair your pitch marks and if you visit any bunker, use a rake.
150 & 100 yard markers are to the centre of the green.
5. SPEED OF PLAY
Play at a good pace. Ready Golf is actively encouraged.
6. PRIORITY ON THE COURSE
Greens staff and the public (on bridle paths) have priority on the course.
The ball must not be played when they are in range. Greens staff will give way when practical and safe. Please wait until they are out of range, or you are called through.
If you hit a wayward shot, shout “FORE”. If in doubt, please shout.