Course Open - Summer greens in play but extensive tining tee to green has taken place to improve conditions after recent heavy rain. (updated 30 January at 18:15)
Local Rules

OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18.2)

Beyond any fence or hedge bounding the course.  In or beyond any ditch bounding the course and beyond the white stakes on the right of the 5th hole.

On or beyond the white line or stakes to the right of the 18th green.

The Clubhouse and car park, all artificially surfaced paths and roads in the surrounding area and including the area enclosing the practice nets.



Penalty areas include any body of water whether or not marked. Relief is available for a player’s ball in a yellow penalty area. Rule 17.1d applies.  Lateral relief is also available for a player’s ball in a red penalty area. Rule 17.1d (3) applies.



All staked trees are immovable obstructions. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted without penalty and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 16.1f.



The white capped granite markers are immovable obstructions. Rule 16.1b applies.



Relief is available from greenkeeping vehicle marks in the General Area. Rule 16.1b applies.



All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief may be obtained under Rule 16.1. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green in the general area, and 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 between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and dropped in the general area at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, and (b) avoids interference. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.


PRACTICE (Rule 5.2b)

Practice before play or between rounds of a Stroke Play Competition is allowed on the practice ground situated in the area between the 7th and 13th holes, the chipping area by the 3rd tee, and the practice putting greens in those areas. During play these practice putting greens are defined as wrong greens (Rule 13.1f). A practise stroke intentionally struck outside of these areas is classed as practising on the course.



Match Play: Loss of hole. Stroke Play: 2 strokes


TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES - Updated October 2020

There will not be any rakes in the bunkers due to Covid-19 protocols.
When a player's ball lies in a bunker, 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.
A relief area of 6 inches from the Reference Point, but with these limits on location of the Relief Area:

  • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and

  • Must be in the bunker.

The spot must be marked before the ball is lifted;
The relief area must not be smoothed or touched other than in lifting or replacing the ball.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule.

There has been substantial drainage work carried out resulting in many areas of unmarked ground under repair, primarily in the form of drainage channels. The drainage channels and associated workings within the General Area are classed as abnormal ground conditions. The infill has now settled leaving uneven furrows.
Interference is now deemed to occur when the player’s ball touches or is in the condition.
Additionally if the player’s stance or area of intended swing is affected, that is also classed
as interference under this Rule.
If relief is sought, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green.
If further interference arises, the ball may be re-dropped

The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule.


1. Improved Lies conditions are in operation from 1 October 2020.

In the General Area, relief may be taken by marking the ball, lifting and placing it within 6 inches of the spot, not nearer the hole. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. The lie may only be improved once.

2. In addition, in non-closely mown areas – Winter 2020-21

When a ball comes to rest in a non-closely mown area in the General Area (Defined in Rule 2.2 as the entire course except the teeing ground and green of the hole being played, penalty areas and bunkers) the ball may be marked, lifted and cleaned.

After cleaning the ball, it must be dropped from knee height as close as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

The provisions in the 2nd part are applicable for all golf at Bromborough Golf Club except; Handicap Qualifying Competitions, Supplementary Score recording, Foursomes Qualifier, and Initial Rounds of Summer Knock-Out Competitions.

The penalty for breaching the local rule is: Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes

Notes regarding relief for the ball in non-closely mown areas.

This local rule was previously referred to as the mud-ball rule. As the interpretation could not be accurately determined in each situation, the rule has been extended to all such situations.  As close as possible is interpreted as being over the spot from which the ball was first lifted, but not nearer the hole.

If other conditions are encountered where relief is available, such as tractor marks or an embedded ball, relief must be taken in accordance with the relevant rule. 

When Summer Conditions are introduced this Local Rule will lapse.