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Local Rules apply to individual golf courses and are in addition to published ‘The Rules of Golf’.  Local Rules will be specific to the hazards, boundaries, obstructions etc of that particular course.  Here’s ours:

Out of Bounds – A ball is out of bounds beyond all boundary fences and walls, beyond all white upright posts and balls landing on the driving range.  You must not play a ball from where it lies if it is out of bounds.  Out of bounds is there for a reason – mainly because your next shot could endanger someone on another part of the course, or you could get injured playing your ball from where it lies.

Water Hazard – Water hazards are identified by yellow posts, lateral water hazards are identified by red posts

Immovable Obstructions – All artificially surfaced paths and roads including the bridges over the water hazard on the 2nd, 4th and 9th fairways

Ground Under Repair – Ground Under Repair will only be as designated by GUR signs

Fixed Sprinkler Heads – All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from them may be obtained under Rule 24.2.  Additionally, if a ball lies off the green but not in a hazard and such an obstruction on or within 2 club lengths of the green and within 2 club length of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:  The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where they ball lay which is not nearer the hole, avoids such intervention and not in a hazard or on the green.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Penalty for breach of local rule:     Match Play – loss of hole     /     Stroke Play – 2 stroke loss



We want all our visitors to enjoy their time with us.  Please read these notes on course etiquette which explain what is expected from all our guests.

All green fees must be paid before play commences and whereupon players agree to abide by the rule regulations

Players are expected to have consideration to other players whilst playing the course and let faster groups through

Players doing 18 holes have priority on the 10th/1st tee, however as we now use an online booking system, all players should have a start time for each round.

Players must wear a shirt or suitable top at all times – you’re not on Skeggy Beach!  Golf shoes are strongly advised too.

All divots must be replaced and pitch marks on the green repaired – you must produce a pitch repair tool to reception staff every time you play.  No pitch fork = no round.

Trolleys and golf bags must not be taken onto the tees or greens

All players must have their own clubs in their own bag.  No bag sharing allowed.

All players must have adequate personal insurance including public liability.  Barlborough Links Golf & Leisure Ltd accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury of any description, howsoever arising, to any player and/or spectator

Strictly one ball per round



The code of conduct is there to ensure everyone can enjoy their time at Barlborough Links Golf Club.  We are proud of our club – its a family friendly environment with people of all ages welcome.

We therefore expect all players to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, regardless of how competitive they are.

We expect all visitors to:
–       Demonstrate the utmost respect for all other players and our staff
–       Show respect for the course and facilities at all times
–       Treat everyone as you would wish to be treated

We do not expect players to:
–       Use foul language of any kind, be it directed at someone or not
–       Demonstrate aggressive behaviour of any kind
–       Distract other players through unnecessary noise levels either on or off the course

Note: Failure to abide by the code of conduct may result in the offending individuals being asked to leave the premises, and in more serious cases, be banned from the club and the relevant authorities informed.


Why Can’t I Share My Mates Clubs?

You wouldn’t share their trunks if you went swimming would you?  Although you play golf with up to 4 other players, it’s an individual sport so you need your own equipment to play.  One of the biggest complaints golf clubs across the board receive is concerning the pace of play.  Bag sharing really slows down the pace of play and can lead to delays for the following group/s.  If you hit your ball left and your playing partner hits it right, and you both need a 7 iron for your next shot you can see how easily the pace of the game can be slowed down.  With golfers teeing off every 10 minutes here (some clubs its much less than that between start times), we need to keep everyone moving, so we insist on all players having their own set of clubs in their own bag, no exceptions.


Why are Pitch Repair Tools Compulsory?

We have a big problem with pitch marks here.  James from our team popped a ball in each pitchmark on the 6th green for a visual representation – there were 61 just on that one green.  We took the decision in May 2021 to make pitch repair tools compulsory so that no-one could claim they didn’t have a repair tool as an excuse for not repairing pitch marks.  You need to produce your repair tool to staff on every visit – we work on a rota so you may not always see the same person – and repair your own pitch marks please.  If you haven’t made one but spot one, then we’ll be your bestie if you would take a few seconds to repair whilst waiting for the next tee or for your partners to hole out.  Everyone wants a smooth putting surface and repairing your pitchmarks, along with the tireless efforts of our staff, really helps us keep the greens in good condition.  And no, you can’t share – one pitchmark per player please.


Why Can’t I Play before 8am?

Start times from 07:30 are reserved for full members who have paid their annual fee and do not need to pay at Reception on arrival.  If you want to play from 07:30, you’ll need to be a full 5 or 7 day member.  Reception staff start at 07:45 ready for the paying affiliate and non-member players from 8am.  Our Greenkeeping team is here earlier to get ahead of players and cut, so we don’t allow any play before 07:30 to give our team the chance to get a good chunk of cutting done before the opening hours of the course.