Course Open (updated 21 July at 08:18)
The Course
     

The course on the Common is the second oldest continuing golf course in England and Wales. It was first played on in 1865. So it is not surprising the greens are so good - they have had plenty of time to mature!

The single-figure handicappers from Golf Monthly played the course in our Centenary year (2008), and proclaimed the greens as being as good as any they had played that year - and they had played at some prestigious clubs!

 

 

Scorecard

Click on the hole numbers to see more information about each hole!

HOLE

NAME

WHITE
YARDS

PAR

S.I.

LADIES
YARDS

PAR

S.I.

1

Plateau

223

3

7

198

3

6

2

Hope Grant

437

4

1

433

5

3

3

Nest

276

4

14

247

4

9

4

Spinney

170

3

11

138

3

10

5

Blockade

280

4

18

269

4

15

6

Heather

392

4

3

386

4

5

7

Windmill

330

4

10

308

4

8

8

Elcho

225

3

8

225

4

17

9

Big Ravine

259

4

16

236

4

11

10

Long Butt

311

4

15

281

4

14

11

Running Deer

382

4

4

366

4

4

12

Queen's Mere

237

3

6

230

4

16

13

Sand Pit

282

4

13

255

4

12

14

Paradise

383

4

2

382

4

1

15

Birches

288

4

12

283

4

13

16

Caesars Well

130

3

17

120

3

18

17

Caesars Camp

318

4

9

298

4

7

18

Long Hole

473

5

5

461

5

2

IN

   

2804

35

 

2676

36

 

OUT

   

2592

33

 

2440

35

 

TOTAL

   

5396

68

 

5116

71

 

Distances are measured to the centre of the green.

 

 

 

Local Rules

Gravel Paths
There are free drops from the gravel paths on hole 6, 10, 11,12, 13, 14, 18. Rule 25-1(b) applies.

Out of bounds
The following is out of bounds:

- A ball played on to or over any motor road, except the motor road crossing the Long Hole fairway.
- A ball played on to or over the horse ride on the right of Heather Hole
(Note: A ball coming to rest on any other roadway or path, apart from those indicated on the course planner, must be played as it lies.)

 

Horse Rides
A ball lying on a horse ride MUST be picked and dropped on a direct line between where the ball lay and the flag (Rule 33-8a refers) within two and four club lengths of the edge of the horse ride, not nearer the hole, without penalty.

On the Long Hole a ball lying on the horse ride MUST be picked and dropped within two and four club lengths of the ditch furthest from the horse ride crossing the fairway, without a penalty.

A ball lying within two club-lengths of a horse ride MAY be picked and dropped within two and four club lengths of the edge of the horse ride, not nearer the hole, without penalty.

On the horse ride to the left of Nest Hole, a ball lying on the horse ride MUST be lifted and dropped either side of the horse ride within two club lengths of the edge of the horse ride, not nearer the hole, without penalty.

A ball lying on the horse ride behind Caesar's Well green MUST be picked up and dropped within four club lengths of the edge of the horse ride; not nearer the hole and without penalty.

On the course a requirement of the Conservators is that all players must wear a plain pillar-box red outer garment. This is so that we can easily be seen by members of the public, who have ‘right of way’ on the common. We do not wish to risk endangering our insurance policy by playing shots which could endanger the public. The Rangers, who patrol the common, are empowered to stop people playing if they contravene this rule.

Red garments and waterproofs can be hired from the club for a nominal fee. Visitors must wear golf shoes and proper golfing attire on the course - no jeans, tee shirts or tracksuits please.

 

Playing Conditions

Please note that play cannot take place on any Sunday after 2pm or on any Public Bank Holiday.

Report All Incidents to the Clubhouse

For the protection and representation of the Club and our individual golfers, it is essential that all incidents on the course involving members of the public, other golfers, or Conservators' staff are reported to the Club.

A supply of report forms is now available in the lobby and behind the bar. Any golfer involved in any incident should fill in a form and deliver it to the club office. It is important that details of any witnesses are collected at the time of any incident, especially independent witnesses if present or nearby. Submissions may in addition be made to Chairman Neil Herbert or any Management Committee member.

Golfers are also reminded of our policy that confrontations should be avoided if at all possible.