This week we’ve continued with tree removal and worked extensively on the 1st and 6th greens – these greens continue to recover well from the specialist drainage work, and we still expect them to be back in play before Christmas.
We’ve removed the remaining Leylandii behind the 11th green and two willows behind the 15th green.
The ditch and hedge behind the 14th green have been cleared – this work is is part of a process of making the greenkeepers compound clearer, which will make it easier for you to find and identify your ball, which in turn will allow you to use our Local Rule 5 to gain relief. This rule, based on Golf Rule 25-1(b), allows you to lift your ball and drop it without penalty, as follows:
Mark your ball, lift it and clean it. Find the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole, not in a hazard and not on a putting green. Mark this point. Drop the ball within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than this point. When you drop your ball, it must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference from the greenkeepers compound and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
If your ball rolls nearer the hole than the marker of your point of relief, or if it rolls back into the compound, then re-drop it without penalty. If it does this twice, then place it at the point where it hits the ground on the second drop.