Copyright 2024 - Beith Golf Club (Est. 1896)

Out of Bounds and Course Boundaries [Rule 18.2a Applies]

Beyond any wall, fence, hedge, white lines or white stakes defining the boundary of the course.

Penalty AREA [Rule 17.1d Applies]

Water hazards are defined with yellow stakes &/or yellow lines.  Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes &/or red lines.

Abnormal Course Conditions and Integral Objects [Rule 16.1 Applies]

  • Ground Under Repair play is prohibited - marked by closed white lines or blue stakes. Any outcrop of rock in the semi-rough or a closely mown area, Seeded ground NOT seeded divots, French drains (stone-filled drainage ditches).  The player MUST take relief under Rule 16-1.
  • Immovable Obstruction - Artificial surfaces and sides of roads, paths and bridges within the boundary of the course except within the upwards margins of a hazard. Artificial & winter teeing grounds (when not in play).  Distance markers on closely mown areas.  Sprinklers & drainage covers, Concrete distance markers (not on the hole in play).  Concrete, stone or wooden steps, Metal or Wooden Benches & their supports. Electricity/Telegraph Poles & Attached Supports.  Water Fountain at the 8th Green.  Pots or Barrels containing soil &/or plants, The cairns on the 1st & 3rd Holes.  Warning bells used to alert that it is safe to play.  Unless dropping zones are in use, you must drop the ball at the nearest point of relief, NOT the nicest!
  • Animal Hole includes: The loose material the animal dug out of the hole, Any worn-down track or trail leading into the hole, and Any area on the ground pushed up or altered as a result of the animal digging the hole underground. The player MUST take relief under Rule 16-1
  • Temporary Water - Any temporary accumulation of water on the surface of the ground (such as puddles from rain or irrigation or an overflow from a body of water) that: Is not in a penalty area, and Can be seen before or after the player takes a stance (without pressing down excessively with his or her feet). It is not enough for the ground to be merely wet, muddy or soft or for the water to be momentarily visible as the player steps on the ground; an accumulation of water must remain present either before or after the stance is taken.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE – Unplayable Ball [Rule 19 Applies]

All walls within the boundary of the course & stiles over boundary fences.  The ball must be played as it lies or declared unplayable by taking penalty relief under Rule 19.2


Stones in bunkers, Black & White Marker Poles.  Water & Lateral Water Hazard Marker.  Decorative Fences, Ball Washers, Distance markers NOT on closely mown areas.


If a ball strikes an electricity/telegraph pole or its attached supports or overhead wire(s), the stroke MUST be cancelled & replayed, without penalty as described in Rule 14.6.

PROMPT PACE OF PLAY [Rule 5.6b Applies]

Players should play at a prompt pace throughout the round.