Local Rule Change

The R & A has suggested that golf courses add a local rule to deal with a golf ball moving on the green, and this has now been incorporated at Monifieth. There was some controversy at the 2016 US Open when Dustin Johnson’s ball moved, and the rule making bodies have sought to clarify the rule, and make it fairer. The additional rule is now incorporated into our local rules and reads as follows.

“When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball marker must be replaced.”

Note: This local rule only applies when the player’s ball or ball marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental; if a player’s ball on the putting green is moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location; a ball marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Mats now in operation

From 1st December mats are now in operation on both courses.  These can be purchased from the Pro Shop. Additionally the pin position flags have been taken in for the winter and will remain out of operation until March next year.

Finally we have put a supply of pitch mark repairers on some tees. Please help yourselves to one and use it to repair your own and any other pitchmarks that you see. This would be much appreciated.

Winter Arrangements 2016/7

The following arrangements will apply for the forthcoming winter season.

  • Measured course for handicap purposes until Monday 31 October.
  • November – full course; preferred lies on fairways.
  • December to February – shortened course; use mats from fairways and all areas of cut rough.
  • March – full course; preferred lies on fairways.
  • Measured course for handicap purposes from Saturday 1st April 2017; preferred lies until end of April.

Members are reminded of the local rule – On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

Slit Seeding Greens

It is planned to slit seed the Medal greens on Monday 5th September, followed by the Ashludie greens. The whole operation should be complete within 2 days. This was done last year, and has proved to be the most successful way of getting the correct grasses to germinate and grow. It is one of the keys towards smooth putting surfaces.

The slit seeding operation is noticeable visually to golfers after it has been done, but the disruption to the putting surface smoothness is minimal. Every effort will be made to minimise the visual impact, and that should disappear within a few days.