New Rules 2019

We are sure by now most if not all our members have heard about the new rules of golf being implemented on 1st January 2019, but heres a quick reminder:


1. Search time- Reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes

2. Ball moved during search- Replace no penalty

3. Embedded ball- Free relief anywhere through the course

4. Measuring a drop- Use longest club (except putter)

5. Dropping- Drop from knee height rather than shoulder

6. Taking stance on wrong green is not permitted

7. Ball unintentionally hits player or equipment- No penalty

8. Double hit- No penalty, now only counts as the 1 stroke

9. Touching sand in bunker incidentally is permitted

10, Loose impediments can be removed anywhere including hazards

11. Dropping a ball out of bunker- 2 penalty strokes

12. Water hazards- Now called "Penalty areas"

13. Touching ground in penalty area- No penalty

14. Ball moves on green after being marked- Replace no penalty

15. Ball accidentally moved on putting green- Replace no penalty

16. All damage to green can now be repaired

17. Positioning a club for alignment is not permitted

18. Caddie assisting with alignment is now not permitted

19. Putting with flag stick in hole is now permitted

20. Ball wedged against flag stick and side of hole is deemed as holed


The new 2019 R&A rule book is now available throughout the club house. For the more Tech savvy amongst us please find a link to the R&A's 2019 app for mobile below:

iOS R&A App: https://itunes.apple.com/ro/app/rules-of-golf-2019/id1435204099?mt=8

android R&A App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.randa.android


"The most important shot in golf is the next one"....Ben Hogan




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North West Golf Club