Mats will come out of play on Friday 26th of March for the summer season.
The course handicap chart for the 1562 Course can be viewed by visiting here
We are in the process of introducing a new stroke index for Ladies on the Broomfield Course as the current index predominately favours the Gentlemen. Representative of Montrose Golf Links and the two golf clubs met on Friday 19th March to agree the Ladies index.
Both courses will have scorecards in place for the 2021 season for both Ladies and Gentlemen.
Golf Course Etiquette
As we are now back to playing in 2, 3 and 4 balls, can I please remind all golfers when moving around the course to always observe the Rules and in particular the following : –
Player conduct and spirit of the game
It is one of the central principles of the game of golf that players play by the Rules and in the spirit of the game. Rule 1.2 is an important Rule in the Rules of Golf as it details the conduct that is expected of all players and what is meant by spirit of the game.
Rule 1.2 reads as follows:
All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by:
- Acting with integrity – for example, by following the Rules, applying all penalties, and being honest in all aspects of play
- Showing consideration to others – for example, by playing at a prompt pace, looking out for the safety of others, and not distracting the play of another player. Respect your fellow players – be sportsmanlike and polite at all times
- Respect the course – leave the course as you would like to find it by repairing pitch-marks, replacing divots, smoothing bunkers, and not causing unnecessary damage to the course
Pace of play
Over the past few years there have been changes made to R&A Rules regarding Etiquette on the Golf Course. The most recent changes has involved some significant changes with the intent on reducing slow play on the course. Some of these are already having a positive impact on the speed of play, including:
- Play Ready Golf
- Putting with the Flagstick in
- Time allowed searching for a lost ball (reduced from 5 to 3 minutes)
However, as we will all be aware, from time to time, we still find ourselves in a situation where groups lose their position on the course. This may be due to any number of factors from a single individual in the group being slow or from time taken to find balls that are proving difficult to find.
How long should a round take – there is no simple answer to this as it depends on factors such as
- Size of group – 1/2 and 3 balls will play quicker than a 4 ball for example, it is inevitable in these situations that the smaller size groups will have to wait at times on the course
- Player ability in the groups – higher handicappers will generally take longer than lower handicappers
- Weather conditions – wind and/or rain can slow down the pace of play
To try to avoid slow play, or if we find ourselves in a situation where we are playing more slowly than usual: –
PLAY READY GOLF – Play when ready even if it’s not your turn to play
PLAY PROVISIONAL BALL – If a player feels their ball is either lost or may be Out of Bounds play a provisional at all times (30 seconds extra rather than walking back to tee to play again)
KEEP UP WITH THE GROUP IN FRONT RATHER THAN AHEAD OF THE GROUP BEHIND – Be aware of your position on the course and how it could be affecting others behind you
IF YOU HAVE LOST A HOLE ALLOW THE GROUP BEHIND TO PLAY THROUGH – Consider playing up to the green at the same time as the group being let through, allow them to putt out and go to next tee and then putt out yourselves – this will minimise impact of other groups following behind