Over the coming weeks you will see some changes to how our current penalty area’s are marked. To assist our ground staff, we will be removing the red stakes and progressively marking the penalty area with a line. The Yellow and Blue topped areas will remain as they are at present.

Just for clarification

penalty area is:

  • Any body of water on the course (whether or not marked by the Committee), including a sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open watercourse (even if not containing water), and
  • Any other part of the course the Committee defines as a penalty area.

If the colour of a penalty area has not been marked or indicated by the Committee, it is treated as a red penalty area.

When the edge of a body of water is not defined by stakes or line, the edge of that penalty area is defined by its natural boundaries (that is, where the ground slopes down to form the depression that can hold the water)

Rules will remain the same, if there is no line marked, the drop can be taken two club lengths from the edge of the penalty area as defined above.