Local Rules  

1 The Committee referred to in all instances is the General Committee of the Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club.
2 All additions or changes to the Local Rules shall come into effect immediately that such additions or changes are posted in the Club house.
3 Separate copies of the current issues of the Local Rules and their amendments will be kept:-
a) The Secretary’s Office.
b) In the Professional’s Shop.
c) In the Ladies’ Section Office.
d) Behind the bar in the Clubhouse.
e) On the Club Notice Board.
All queries pertaining to these Rules are to be addressed to the Secretary.

There are four categories of Rules upheld in the Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club. They are:-
1 The Rules of golf laid down by the R. & A.
2 The Club Rules passed by the membership.
3 The local Rules as decided by the General Committee.
4 The G.U.W. Rules.
In addition to these main categories, there are rules for handicapping for the men’s and ladies section of the Club, (which comply with the CONGU handicap policy,) and those additional rules laid down by the L.G.U. governing ladies ‘golf.
This publication is concerned only with the Local rules as determined by the General Committee to ensure the well being of the Golf Club where the other rules fail to meet the needs of members.
Committee Responsibilities:
Even when a competition is not being contested, it is still important for the Committee to ensure that the Rules of Golf can be followed by golfers playing casual rounds or playing their own competitions. This type of play is referred to as general play throughout the Committee Procedures.
During general play, the structure of the Committee is often more informal than in competitions, and in many cases the responsibilities of the Committee will be delegated to or undertaken by one or more course representatives, such as the golf professional, course manager or other employee of the course. The duties of this Committee include:
• Ensuring the course is properly marked
• Establishing any Local Rules for general play.
• Establishing and enforcing Pace of Play and Code of Conduct guidelines.
• Considering when to suspend play because of weather or other conditions.
• Providing Rules support for players when they have a question regarding general play.


The Committee recommends that each and every member of the Club be aware of the various Rules, as ignorance of them is in itself not an acceptable excuse for erring. It also recognises that the greatest aggravation between members is caused by lack of etiquette and that good etiquette can be summed up as courteous behavior and proper care of the course


Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

1. If a dispute, doubt or query arises on any local golfing rule, then the players are to refer it to the Secretary for the attention of the Course Committee. Should they find the decision of the Course Committee unsatisfactory they can, by writing to the Secretary, refer the matter to the General Committee, whose decision is final.

2. Out of bounds (Rule 18-2)
A ball is out of bounds if it lies:-
a) Outside the boundary of the Course or
On or over the main road.
b) The area alongside the first tee and behind the 9th green all indicated by white stakes.

3. Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 16-1) Including immovable obstructions.

Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions)
This Rule covers free relief that is allowed from interference by animal holes, ground under repair, immovable obstructions or temporary water:
• These are collectively called abnormal course conditions, but each has a separate Definition.
• This Rule does not give relief from movable obstructions (a different type of free relief is allowed under Rule 15.2a) or boundary objects or integral objects(no free relief is allowed).

4. Practice Bunkers part of general area.
The practice bunkers located near the tee of hole 11 are ground under repair and as such free relief is available under rule 16-1b

5. Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

Rule 17 is a specific Rule for penalty areas, which are the bodies of water or other areas defined by the committee where a ball is often lost or unable to be played. For one penalty stroke, players may use specific relief options to play a ball from outside the penalty area.
When a player's ball is in a penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area even though not found, the player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d.

6. All score cards must clearly show :-
a) The full name of the competitor and his signature.
b) The name and date of the competition.
a) The competitors gross score on each hole in the appropriate column and their handicap
b) The markers signature- only members with an official club handicap may act as a marker
c) The scores of both competitors must be shown separately in four ball better ball competitions.
d) All cards must be returned in Club competitions. Failure to comply with this rule will lead to :-
Card not physically returned disqualification Rule of Golf 6-6b local rule 1future competition ban.
Card handed in but scores not entered on computer - 1 future competition ban.
Card not handed in and scores not entered on computer – 2 future competition bans.
7. The handicap differences used in club tournaments will be :-
a) Full handicap in Medal and Stableford competitions.
b) 90% difference in handicap in 4 ball B/B Competitions.
c) Full handicap differences in singles match play.
d) 1/2 difference between aggregate handicap in Foursome match play.
e) 90% differences in 4 Ball B/B/ match play,
Differences being taken from the lowest handicap player.

8. Halved and Tied Matches. Tied scores in stroke play competitions will be decided on the best score over the last 9,6,3,2, and last hole. Sweep monies will however be equally divided between those players tying.
Sweep options as follows :-
First -Half
Second - One third.
Third – One sixth.
a) Halved matches in Match Play handicap competitions will be decided by competitors playing “the best of the next three holes” continuing round the course (in 3s) until they reach a decision. Strokes will be given as and when they were given in the first 18 holes. Should for any reason the match be suspended, then it must be played from where the competition had been suspended. Competitors must ensure that the winners name or names are entered on the draw sheet by 22.00hrs on the last day of the round.
b) A halved match in a scratch competition will be decided by a sudden death play off over extra holes.

9. Distance Measuring Devices
For all play at this course a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. Rule 4.3a-1
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a
stipulated round a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a-1 for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

10. Preferred Lies.
At any time specified by the committee:
"When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
• Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
• Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: [one scorecard length] from the reference point, but with these limits:
• Limits on Location of Relief Area:
o Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
o Must be in the general area.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e. (This rule does not apply to cut paths as they are not cut to fairway height.)
13. Winter Rule – October to March All bunker faces are deemed to be Abnormal Ground Conditions and relief must be taken under rule 16-1

14. The penalty for breach of Local Rule – Strokeplay 2 strokes, Matchplay loss of hole.


1. Power assisted and wide wheeled trolleys ONLY are permitted on the course. Buggies are allowed by Arrangement with the Secretary or Professional upon production of a current medical certificate detailing a player need to use such a buggy in order to play.
2. Golfers will start from the tees specified on the starting boards other than on recognised competition days when competitors will have priority. In official Club match play competitions, players shall have priority at all times.
3. Non competitors on competition days will need to choose starting times so as to avoid unreasonable interference with the competitors. To assist members that a competition is taking place. A notice will be placed on the starting board and advice will be available from the official Starter or Club Professional. Only the Captain or Secretary has authority to vary the starting times or tees from those shown on the board.
4. The laying of golf bags or the taking of trolleys on the greens is prohibited.
5. Trolleys are not allowed on teeing areas.
6. Competition Rules
Ladies. See separate Ladies’ Rules.

7. Competition Rules

Entries must be made via the BRS computer system by a member of the playing group from 5pm on Fridays for the competition taking place two weeks later, or in person or by telephone to the professional shop. Players must ensure that their name is not entered more than once on the competition entry sheet. Should this occur the earlier time slot counts and if this is missed the following rules must apply.
A starting time sheet will be posted for each day that a stroke play competition is to be played.
(a) Players must report to the Starter 5 minutes before their starting time, if a player arrives late at the starting point but within 5 minutes after the starting time, the penalty is 2 strokes at the first hole or loss of hole in match play. If the player is more than 5 minutes late the penalty is disqualification.

(b)If a player who has an official starting time does not turn up and leaves his fellow competitors without a third person then that person will have a two match ban. The remaining two players will be permitted to play in the competition in their normal allocated time slot.

(c) Procedure for having a one or two match ban.
As competitions are entered approx two weeks in advance then it would be unreasonable for the ban to take place for a competition already entered into. The ban would therefore take effect from the next competition not already entered into.

(d)Players are not to tee off until their allocated starting time.

(e)Male juniors with handicaps of 18 and below are permitted to play in Men’s competitions but would have to have one adult present in the match.

(f)The Starter has been given authority by the General committee and it is not proper for Members to argue with him whilst he is carrying out Club Policy as instructed by the General Committee. Any complaints should be directed to the General Committee not the Starter.

The sheet will state the relevant details of the competition.
A Draw Sheet for match play will be displayed on the notice board.
Competitors withdrawing from competitions without advising their partners or the Secretary or notification to the Pro Shop by 6.00p.m. the day before the competition will be subject to a two match competition ban.

8. All Club competitions other than matchplay must start from the first tee.
9. It is a condition of entry that a competitor ensures his name is entered in the competition book and has paid an entry fee in the Professional’s Shop before playing in a competition. Any member entering a club knockout competition must have an active handicap.
10. Country Members are eligible to play in Club competitions but not to represent the Club in any team match.
11. Competitors in Medal, Stableford or Bogey competitions will play in threes. However with permission of an organising official or Club Starter, four ball matches may play in the morning or afternoon sessions providing that the combination is casually arranged on the day and does not interfere with the speed of the competition.
12. It is the duty of the player at the top of the draw to contact his opponent, but it is recommended that both players get in touch as soon as possible to arrange their next round match.
13. Where in match play competitors are unable to agree on a date and time to play, then the competitor who is on the tee at 17.30 on the last day of the round can claim the match.
14. In all finals of Club Match Play Competitions the players shall be accompanied by a referee appointed by the Captain. All players entering knockout competitions MUST be available for the Finals Day. (Refer to booklet for date).

15. New Members.
To obtain an official handicap, three cards of 18 holes must be submitted having been marked and signed by members with official Club handicaps.

16. Visitors.
a) It is the responsibility of each member to sign in and play with his/her guests, up to a maximum of three, and be responsible for their conduct on the course and in the clubhouse.

17. Practicing
Practicing must never interfere with play on the course.
Practicing is permitted in the following areas:-
a) The practice putting green.
b) The area behind the practice putting green, though chipping on to and off the putting green is forbidden.
c) Practice shots may be played from the rough on the “A” holes, but away from the greens. Balls MUST NOT finish within 75 yards of the green.
d) The practice ground, north of the ground staff accommodation.
f) Chipping to the greens is allowed only from the rough at a maximum distance of 15 yards on academy greens only.
g) Any such area which may, from time to time, be designated by the Committee.
Practicing is prohibited on the course other than from defined areas a) to g).

18. Priority on the Course.
On Wednesday when the Ladies have a competition, they will have priority on the Course.
19. Junior members have equal standing on the course, only when accompanied by a Full or Lady Member. (Junior members have priority on the loop holes :-see Junior Policy Document)
20. Matches starting and matches in progress must alternate on the 1st. and 10th. tees.
21. Players having played the “A” holes have no standing when attempting to rejoin the proper course.
22. Only societies of more than 12 players will be allowed reserved tee times which must strictly be adhered to. Smaller societies must conform to Club starting times
23. Members not playing a full 18 holes have no standing on the course.
24. Members are not permitted to have dogs on the course with them when playing or practicing.
25. Ground staff have priority on the course for maintenance and when necessary may take a hole, tee, or green out of play to do so.
26. Single players should adhere to the starting times for 2 ball format.
27. Penguins Society - On Sundays after British Summer Time ends, players may start on both 1st & 10th tees between 11.45 am and 12.30 pm. This however does not imply that the tees are reserved and matches other than the Penguins starting on the correct side will have right of way.


The Cocks of the North Society – On Sundays after British Summer Time ends, players may start on both 1st and 10th tees, both tees being reserved from dawn until 10.30am after which other members wishing to play, should abide by the published starting times and should alternate between the Cock of the North matches as per rule 20 above.

Dress on the Golf Course.
28. Suitable golfing attire will be worn on the course at all times. Jeans, trainers, denim clothing, “football” type jerseys, training shorts, tee shirt singlets, and tracksuits will NOT be allowed on the course. Shirts must be tucked into trousers at all times on the course.
In the summer tailored shorts (not tight fitting or athletic shorts) may be worn on the course with appropriate golfing socks which can be purchased in the Pro Shop.
29. Strictly no changing of shoes in the car parks.
30. Members MUST NOT park cars on the common, the course or on the verge of the main road. Parking in any of these locations is a violation of the by-laws of the Kenfig Corporation Trust and the Rules of Pyle and Kenfig Golf Club.
31. Personal Liability Insurance Cover.
All categories of members are advised to make adequate arrangements to insure themselves for damage against property such as vehicles and personal injury caused by them when playing or practicing on the course. Members and Visitors playing on the course are covered under the Clubs personal liability insurance policy. Members are also covered on other courses when representing the Club in league or cup matches. (This does not include theft of any personal equipment).
32. Buggies
Members and Guests are reminded that they are not covered by insurance when using their own buggies on the course. They should obtain their own RTA insurance.


Updated January 2019