As golfers of ability, the new owners take great pride in the presentation of their courses. At 6,500 yards, the par 71 design meanders through hundreds of mature trees in a naturally free draining location.
Under the gaze of fallow deer, it’s easy to forget how close you are to the City of London but not hard to see why Golf Monthly features it on its ‘must play’ shortlist.
Hampton Court Palace Golf Club – Local Rules
1. OUT OF BOUNDS
A ball lying beyond the line of posts or in the trench marking out of bounds to the left of the 18th fairway and green. On or over the road to the left of the 14th fairway. On or over the road to the rear of the 5th and 9th greens.
2. STONES IN BUNKERS
are movable obstructions, Rule 24-1 applies.
3. TREE GUARDS
There are an integral part of the course and the ball must be played as it lies. If the ball is unplayable the player must proceed under Rule 28, Ball unplayable.
4. WATERING SYSTEM
All fixed sprinkler heads, control cover etc are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief, without penalty, as follows: if the ball lies off the putting green but not in the hazard, and is within 2 club-length of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which A (is not near the hole) B (avoids such intervention) C (is not in a hazard or on a putting green).
5. GROUND UNDER REPAIR
Surface damage to the course caused by deer is GUR and relief may be taken under Rule 25-1. IN a bunker if a ball lies in a deer footmark, it may be placed as near as possible to the place where is lay which avoids interference with the lie of the ball. Player’s would give their opponent/marker the opportunity to observe and agree on a condition before a ball is lifted.
6. SURFACE DAMAGE BY ANIMAL ON GREENS
Relief may be taken under Rule 25-1(iii).
7. PATHS AND VEHICLE TRACKS
Provide the ball is not out of bounds, relief may be obtained under Rule 24-2 .
8. PLAYING GROUPS
Groups of players must be no larger than 4 players. The club also reserve the right to pair up small groups during busy periods on the golf course.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES
Match Play – Loss of hole: Stroke Play – Two strokes.
PACE OF PLAY
Maximum allotted time for an 18 hole round for a 4ball is 4 hours.