Hever Castle Golf Club


1. Players should play at a good pace and show due consideration to other players whether in front or behind, greens staff and members of the public. (Rule 1.2)

2. Out of bounds (Rule 2.1)

The course side edge of any wall, fence, hedge define the boundary edge of the course. In addition the practice ground and any other areas defined by white stakes, the clubhouse and it’s tarmac standing and carparks are OOB.

3. Abnormal Course Conditions (Rule 16.1)

Immovable Obstruction. Ball in general area. A player may take relief under rule 16.1b. if an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play.

Ground under Repair. Marked by blue lines.

Ground under Repair- play prohibited. Marked by either a blue line with additional white dots or a notice.

Ground under Repair includes deep ruts caused by vehicles on the course, but interference does not exist if this only interferes with the players stance.

4. Penalty areas (Rule 17.1)

When playing the 13th hole, players taking relief from the main water hazard (marked with red stakes/black tops) in addition to the relief options available under 17.1.b the player may drop the ball, or substituted ball, for the same penalty stroke using the point on the opposite margin the same distance from the hole as the point the ball was estimated to have last crossed the margin of the penalty area. The reference area will extend 2 club lengths from that point, not nearer the hole and not in the penalty area.

When Winter Rules are in play the following additional LRs are applicable.

1. Preferred Lies - When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area: Reference Point: Spot of the original ball. Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6” from the reference point, must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and must be in the general area. In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

2. Aeration Holes - If a player’s ball is on the putting green and lies in, or on, an aeration hole, the player may take free relief by placing the original ball or another ball on the spot of the nearest point of complete relief, using the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e. 

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