Deanwood Park



WINTER RULES ARE NOW ON - 18th October 2021

Winter Rules

  • "A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may, without penalty, be moved or may be lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it originally lay, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard or on a putting green. A player may move or place his ball once and after the ball has been so moved or placed, it is in play.
    Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.



Many of the golf rules will be different from January 2019. This page will evolve over the next 2 months to help guide you through the changes.


New procedure for dropping a ball

Measuring where & how to drop 

Procedure for taking back on a line


Under the new rules all "Water Hazards", as well as other types of areas so deemed by the "committee", will be referred to as "Penalty Areas". They are now allowed to, and will be at Deanwood, marked with red stakes which allows lateral relief. See next video.

Procedure for taking lateral relief

You are no longer penalised for grounding your club in a water hazard (now called Penalty Areas). See....

Touching loose impediments or the ground in a penalty area


If you find yourself in an unplayable position in a bunker or decide that you are not able to play the shot required to get out of the bunker you now have an option to drop outside the bunker for a 2 stroke penalty. See....

Unplayable ball in a bunker

Loose impediments can now all be removed from a bunker without the need for any local rules and incidental touching of the sand, for example leaning on your club while waiting to play, is now allowed. Some contact with the sand is still NOT allowed. This rule is likely to be confused with the new rules for grounding your club in a Penalty Area, so beware! See....

Moving loose impediments or touching ground in a bunker


The most talked about change to the rules is probably the new option of a local rule allowing an alternative to a "stroke & distance" penalty if your ball is lost or out of bounds. This local rule is not suitable for competition play and to avoid confusion or misuse this local rule WILL NOT be applied at Deanwood for the time being. In casual play it is, as always, up to the players involved to agree any such "allowances" and that is no problem.



From 1st January 2019, you will have just 3 minutes to look for a lost ball, not 5 minutes as you do now. As before, the clock starts ticking once the player reaches the area and starts to search for the ball. 

However if you move or tread on the ball during your search there will be no penalty. See the following link...

Ball Moved During Search

It can happen that you or another player mistakenly picks up another ball that is "in play". In that case....

Replacing ball when original spot not known

Identifying a ball may require you to lift and possibly clean part of the ball to see the markings. You will no longer be required to announce your intention to lift your ball but you must mark it and only clean as much as necessary to identify your ball. Watch this demonstration...

Elimination of requirement to announce intent to lift ball


More rules updates and information will continue to appear here............




For all your questions you can email John Bowness - General Manager on . Alternatively you can speak to John or Nigel Hart, our PGA Professional in person. The club number is 01635 48772.

If you have any other issues or subjects you would like covered on here please let us know.



Deanwood Local Rules (additional to the scorecard)

Preferred Lies Explained (click here)


Etiquette & Getting Around the Course 

Marking your ball on the green (click here)

Marking/identifying your ball (click here)

Replacing divots (click here)


*NEW* Repairing a pitch mark




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