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The Hertsmere

Course Rules

Our course is not just a place to play; it’s a sanctuary for golfers who appreciate the sport’s integrity and values. To ensure an enjoyable and respectful environment for everyone, we kindly ask that you familiarize yourself with our course rules and etiquette guidelines. These policies are in place to maintain the pristine condition of our course, uphold the pace of play, and foster a respectful atmosphere among all players.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the greens, adhering to these guidelines will enhance your experience and that of your fellow golfers. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to seeing you on the course.

Please also see our visitor information page for services and facilities available on your visit.

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

Out of bounds are defined as: over all hedges, fences, where white stakes
mark the boundary of the course, on or over the path running between
the 1st and 11th tees (as defined by white posts) behind the 10th and 18th
greens; to the left of the 11th hole on or over the path from the tee to the
green; internal out of bounds are marked by white stakes: to the left of
the 9th, 12th and 13th fairways and to the right of the 15th and 17th
fairways, for which the penalty is Stroke & Distance. White stakes relate
only to the relevant holes mentioned, and not to the adjacent holes.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

Penalty areas include all ditches and ponds, whether or not they contain
water. Yellow penalty areas are defined by yellow lines or stakes (Rules
17.1d(1) and (2) apply). Red penalty areas are defined by red lines or stakes
(Rule 17.1d (3) applies). All bridges within the bounds of a penalty area are
part of the penalty area. The ball is to be be dropped in the dropping zone,
if one is marked or the nearest point of relief if no drop zone is marked.

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16)

Immovable obstructions are defined as White out-of-bounds stakes on
holes to which they do not apply; Yellow and Red stakes provided the ball
lies outside the penalty area; manhole covers; staked trees; sprinkler heads;
stakes and ropes delineating course works; all roads and paths; fairway
distance markers; and fixed benches.

Ground Under Repair (Rule 16)

Ground under repair are areas marked with a GUR sign, or ringed with a
white line; debris from work being carried out on the course, including
holes made for stakes, which have not been filled in; drainage ditches on
the fairway; tyre tracks. The ball is to be dropped in the dropping zone, if
one is marked.


Pace of play and presentation of our golf course is important for all
golfers. Please remember to:

• Call the players through in the game behind, if you lose one hole on
the match in front
• Repair your pitch marks, no matter how small
• Rake bunkers after use
• Replace your divots