With effect from 1st October 2021 the following local rule for Preferred Lies is in operation.
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: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
- Limits on Location of Relief Area:
- Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
- 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.
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.
Course Rating and Slope Rating Changes
As you may now be aware the golf course was recently rated by representatives of England Golf. They have now published the outcome of this rating exercise on their website and other platforms. We have also updated all the course data onto Intelligentgolf so that it matches that held on England Golf.
As a result you will see that our Slope Ratings have gone down on all of our Tees (White, Yellow and Red for Men and Red for Ladies). For information a Slope Rating is an indication of the relative difficulty of a golf course for players who are not Scratch players (a player with a Handicap Index of 0.0) compared to players who are Scratch players. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest is 155.
Also the Course Ratings – which is an indication of the difficulty of a golf course for the scratch player under normal course and weather conditions – have also changed generally downwards for too.
We also have a new set of measured Tees which will be Blue Tees and are from the mats. This will enable us to play qualifying competitions using these Tees.
Our new Course Rating and Slope Ratings (which became effective from Monday 6 September) are:
|Tee name||Gender||Par||Course Rating (18)||Bogey Rating (18)||Slope Rating (18)||Front (9)||Back (9)|
|Blue||Male||70||67.9||89.9||118||34.0 / 117.0||33.9 / 119.0|
|Red||Female||70||72.6||100.9||120||36.2 / 117.0||36.4 / 123.0|
|Red||Male||70||66.4||86.9||111||33.1 / 109.0||33.3 / 112.0|
|White||Male||70||68.8||91||120||34.3 / 118.0||34.5 / 121.0|
|Yellow||Male||70||67.7||89.6||118||33.7 / 116.0||34.0 / 119.0|
We have taken down the old slope rating boards from around the club; new ones will be available shortly. However Intelligentgolf and England Golf websites and Apps do carry the new calculations for Course Handicaps and Playing Handicaps.
As the Course Ratings and Slope Ratings have gone down you will more than likely be using a Playing Handicap that is lower than you have been used to lately (as in effect you are deemed to be playing an easier course!). Your Handicap Index has not changed.
Entry to Mens’ Competitions
All entries to Mens’ Competitions are now online only.
Your options are:
- Use your IgMember App to enter and pay.
- Use the Intelligent Golf Site on this website to enter and pay. https://ryde.intelligentgolf.co.uk/
- Call the club between 8am and 2pm and we will enter you and charge the payment to your card.
NB: If you don’t have sufficient funds on your card you can also call the club and we can take a debit card payment to top up your card.
As you may be aware we have switched over to Intelligentgolf; a platform that helps us to distribute information about competitions throughout the club. It has information about upcoming competitions, past results and handicaps that are easily accessible to all.
Competition Start Sheets
These will be available on the Intelligentgolf website, which is accessed through the Members tab.
All competition results can be found in the Intelligentgolf website which is accessed through the Members tab.
You can access the site via any of three ways.
i) via the link in the member’s area of the club website.
ii) via the Intelligentgolf website. Copy and paste this URL into your address bar at the top of the page. https://ryde.intelligentgolf.co.uk/
iii) via the Intelligentgolf App.
You will need to download the App and log in. To log in you will need to confirm your Date of Birth and Postcode. If the club does not have a record of either of these you will not be able to log in until this information has been updated.
Ryde House Road Housing Development.
At present there will be no changes to the layout of the golf course.