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Distance Measuring Device Changes

January 2014

New Zealand Golf has received news from the R&A Championship Committee informing us that they will be allowing Distance Measuring Devices at all of their championship events (excluding The Open and The Open qualifying events) in 2014.

This is a significant decision and one that illustrates the progression of the game in regard to this kind of technology.

Based on this decision New Zealand Golf will immediately allow the use of distance measuring devices at all New Zealand Golf events including the Charles Tour.

Therefore the following local rule will be introduced:

"In the <Name of Event> a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used."

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Principal Changes Introduced into the 2012 Code

Changes have been introduced to the following code and rules:

  • Definitions - Addressing the Ball
  • Rule 1-2. Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical Conditions
  • Rule 6-3a. Time of Starting
  • Rule 12-1. Seeing Ball; Searching for Ball
  • Rule 13-4. Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions
  • Rule 18-2b. Ball Moving After Address
  • Rule 19-1. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped; By Outside Agency
  • Rule 20-7c. Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play
  • Appendix IV - A new Appendix is added to prescribe general regulations for the design of devices and other equipment, such as tees, gloves and distance measuring devices.
  • Rules of Amateur Status 2012-2015.

For detailed information about these changes, refer to the R & A website.


  • Keep up with the group in front of you.  We have a large membership with great demands on the course, and slow play may deny another member a round of golf. 
  • If you cannot keep up, call the players behind to go through.  There is no shame in this and the players will appreciate not being held up.  
  • REMEMBER:  Your place in the field is just behind the group in front – not just in front of the group behind. 
  • Your round should take less than 4 hours.
  • Practice swings should be kept to a minimum.  1, or maybe 2, is generally sufficient.  Multiple practice swings wastes time. No divots with practice swings.
  • From time to time we have Course Marshals on duty.  They are directly responsible to the Golf Committee and have FULL authority to direct players to ensure that there is uninterrupted play.  Please make sure that you obey their directions.
  • If you are playing a Nett competition, you are required to hole out at each hole.  However, if you are playing in a stableford competition, and you can’t score a point, we suggest you pick up your ball at that point.
  • When you have the “honour”, play your tee shot before marking your card for the previous hole so there is no undue delay.


  • GREENS STAFF – have right of way at ALL times. Do not hit up on them. Wait until they have given you instructions to play on.
  • MOBILE PHONES – These must be turned off at all times to prevent inconvenience to other players. If you wish to check for messages, do this between shots but ensure you do not slow down play.
  • NEVER take your trundlers on the tees or greens.  Apart from causing damage they are also inconvenient to other players. Keep your trundlers OUTSIDE the mounds around the greens.
  • Keep quiet when others are playing any shot.  Concentration can be broken when there is any noise.
  • Once you have teed off, walk briskly towards your ball for the next shot. 
  • Play in sequence, furthest from the hole first, and always stand clear of the person hitting, so as not to cause a distraction.
  • DO NOT hit up on the players in front of you.
  • NEVER walk in front of a person who is about to hit.
  • REMEMBER to leave your trundler slightly behind you when you are hitting.  Striking your trundler with your ball incurs a 2 shot penalty.
  • Leave your trundler to the side of the green, in the direction of the next tee.  This saves valuable time once your have putted out.
  • Repair your divots – take a sand bucket with you on every round.


  • Repair ALL pitch marks – even if they are not yours.
  • The closest person to the hole marks their ball, and then “attends” the flagstick.If a player wants it held, ensure that you are standing so that:
    • You do not cast a shadow across the line of the putt.
    • You are not standing within half a metre of the hole.
    • You can remove the flagstick as soon as the player has putted. Should the ball hit the flagstick while it is in the hole, the player incurs a 2 shot penalty.
  • If there is no reason to mark a ball, putt out, particularly when the putt only requires a “tap-in”.  Reducing the need to mark balls on the green saves time.
  • If you are holding the pin away from the hole while others are putting out, DO NOT LEAN on the pin – the indent marks the green.
  • When all players have putted out, move briskly from the green towards the next tee.
  • The player with the honour should go directly to the tee whilst other players mark their score cards. DO NOT MARK THEM ON THE GREEN.
  • Another player in your group must sign your card at the end of the round.


Enjoy the conviviality and comradeship in the clubhouse where our caterers will make every effort to ensure that your after-round “celebrations” are a success. Refreshments and counter snacks can be purchased at reasonable prices.

As a member, should you need a venue for a special function, the clubhouse is available to you at reduced rates for your personal and private use.  Information on hireage and catering is available from our caterers.

Dinners are available on Friday nights and during summer on Wednesday evenings after Twilight tournaments.  Dinners are also available after some special events and these are usually pre-advertised.

The club has other functions, and again these are advertised giving members plenty of notice. We want you to enjoy the facilities of the club, but do believe in being “Responsible Hosts”, and we do ask you to take care.

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