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Rules & Information at Bedfordshire Golf Club 
Bedfordshire Golf Club - Course Dress Code - January 2020 
 
Members may be aware that we have over the years relaxed our dress code on both the Par 3 Academy Course and in the Clubhouse to allow members and Visitors to wear more relaxed clothing to suit the current era and encourage a wider range of Members to the Club. 
 
We have however, retained a slightly stricter dress code on the 18 Hole, Stagsden Course to ensure that we maintain standards more appropriate to a Premier Members' Golf Club. See example photos here of appropriate golfing wear. 
 
With this in mind, we would like to remind Members that Tailored Shirts/Tops and Tailored Trousers/Shirts and Skirts are allowed, whilst leggings, jeans, cargo shorts and other forms or more relaxed wear are not. The link below, takes you to our Dress Code leaflet for full details: 
 
 
Please ensure that you adhere to this dress code to avoid any embarrassment on the course. Thank You. 
Key Changes to Rules of Golf - 2109. One Month On How Familiar With Them Are You? 
 
There are a number of key changes to the rules of golf with effect from January 2019, we strongly recommend that all golfers familiarise themselves with the changes as soon as possible. Please take copy of the 2019 players rule book available at the club, also please download the R&A 2019 rules of golf to your mobile phone or tablet for easy reference and help on understanding the new rules. The app is very useful and has an interactive rules quiz for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels which is excellent. In addition, the new BGC Local Rules can be downloaded via the links below. 
 
Some of the key changes are listed below to get you off the mark and be your starter for ten (or 20)! 
20 Must Know Rules of Golf Changes 
 
1. Search Time – Reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes 
2. Ball moving during search – replace (no penalty) 
3. Embedded Ball – Free relief anywhere within the General Area 
4. Measuring a drop – use longest club 
5. Dropping – knee height rather than shoulder 
6. Taking Stance on wrong green not permitted 
7. Ball hits player or equipment – no penalty 
8. Double hit – counts as one stroke 
9. Touching sand in bunker incidentally is permitted 
10. Loose impediments can be removed anywhere 
11. Drop a ball out of a bunker – 2 Penalty strokes 
12. Water hazards are now Penalty areas (You’ll see some changes on the course) 
13. Touching ground in water / penalty areas acceptable 
14. Ball moves on green after being marked – put back without penalty 
15. Ball accidentally moved on putting green – replace (no penalty) 
16. Can repair all damage on green 
17. Positioning a club for alignment not permitted 
18. Caddie assisting with alignment not permitted 
19. Ball hitting flag stick on putting green allowed 
20. Ball wedged against side of hole and flag stick deemed as holed 
Changes to Rules Terminology: 
 
Old New 
Through the green General Area 
Teeing ground Teeing Area 
Water/lateral hazard Yellow and red penalty area 
Wrong putting green Wrong Green 
Outside agency Outside Influence 
Abnormal ground conditions Abnormal Course Conditions 
Casual Water Temporary Water 
Play prohibited No Play Zone 
Nearest point of relief Nearest point of complete relief 
 
A helpful video guide on the key changes is available via YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chPOtfLUHC0 
 
Further reminders will be posted over the coming weeks in advance of the launch as we realise that there is a lot of information to take on board. We encourage Members to watch the video and get a copy of the rule changes from the Clubhouse, so that you can all familiarise yourselves with the rule changes to avoid confusion during play once they have been implemented. 
 
The Competitions Committee 
 
Bedfordshire Golf Club has also issued new LOCAL and TEMPORARY LOCAL rules which come into effect in August 2020. 
 
Copies of these can be downloaded via the following links: 
 
Tee Off Arrangements & Golf Course Etiquette - March '19 
TEE ARRANGEMENTS (Weekdays Only) 
Members are reminded that during weekdays, the following arrangements apply: 
07.30 - 09.15 
First tee - 3 & 4 ball games/matches only. 
Tenth tee - Singles and 2 ball games/matches only. 
09.15 - 11.30 the opposite arrangements to those above will apply. 
From 11.30 onwards - no tee priorities apply. 
 
COURSE ETIQUETTE 
Please ensure that your group keeps up with the pace of play of the group in front. Normal golf etiquette is to call faster groups to play through at the first opportunity (regardless of the number of players in the group), particularly those playing formal Club competitions. 
This applies to all members - please adhere to this course etiquette. 
Reminder to all Members - If it's Still Dark - Please Don't Start! 
As the days grow shorter, members are reminded that they should not tee-off in the mornings until it is light enough to see well beyond the distance of a drive. On the first hole of the Stagsden Course, this means that unless you can see beyond the first bunker for whatever reason, you should not tee off! 
 
The courses are officially closed until first light as they are when foggy. 
 
The Greens Team have reported incidents recently of 'near-misses' whilst they are preparing the course for play before sunrise. At this time of year, the greens team start work in the dark to prepare the course for members to enjoy their golf from first light.  
 
Also, members must respect the club rule, that the greens team have priority on the course when they are working on it - at any time. Balls should not be played when a shot might reach them. We look forward to your full support on this issue. 
 
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