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Winter Rules

Winter rules are introduced by England golf and are implemented by golf clubs from October 1st until April 30th. These rules are designed to make the game more enjoyable and fair for golfers during these times.


The most common winter rule is the preferred lie rule. This rule allows golfers to lift, clean, and place their ball within 6 inches of its original spot on closely mown areas. This can be helpful if the ball is lying in a muddy or wet spot.


Another common winter rule is the casual water rule. This rule allows golfers to take relief from casual water without penalty. To do this, the golfer must find the nearest point of relief that is not nearer the hole and drop the ball within one club length of that spot.

Other winter rules that may be implemented include:

  • Embedded ball rule: This rule allows golfers to take relief from an embedded ball in the ground without penalty.

  • Ground under repair rule: This rule allows golfers to take relief from ground under repair without penalty.

  • Temporary green rule: This rule allows golfers to play from a temporary green if the regular green is unplayable.

It is important to note that winter rules are not implemented automatically. Golf clubs will typically post a notice on the first tee or on their website if winter rules are in effect.

Here are some tips for playing golf in the winter:

  • Dress warmly and in layers.

  • Wear waterproof shoes and clothing.

  • Use a rain glove.

  • Keep your clubs dry.

  • Play the ball as it lies.

  • Be patient and have fun!

Golf winter rules can make the game more enjoyable and fair for golfers during adverse weather conditions. By understanding the rules and following these tips, you can make the most of your winter golf experience.

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