The Modernised Rules Of Golf Effective From January 1st  2019

The Modernised Rules Of Golf Effective From January 1st 2019

As I am sure most golfers are aware, the new Rules Of Golf will come into effect on January 1st 2019.

Three important publications, were distributed in September, they will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:

The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.

The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.

The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication.

The transition to the new Rules Of Golf should be relatively straightforward so here is a quick look at some of them:

  • Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).Diagram14-3-ENG


  • Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement). 
    The diagram assumes the player is right-handed. Free relief is allowed for interference by an abnormal course condition (ACC), including an immovable obstruction, when the ball touches or lies in or on the condition (B1), or the condition interferes with the area of intended stance (B2) or swing. The nearest point of complete relief for B1 is P1, and is very close to the condition. For B2, the nearest point of complete relief is P2, and is farther from the condition as the stance has to be clear of the ACC.




    Free relief is allowed when the ball is in the general area and there is interference by an abnormal course condition. The nearest point of complete relief should be identified and a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area.



  • Removing the penalty for a double hit:  The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.  (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).


  • Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance:  A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)



A ball is out of bounds only when all of it is outside the boundary edge of the course. The diagrams provide examples of when a ball is in bounds and out of bounds.

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.Diagram15-2a-ENG


  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.


  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.


  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.diagram12-1c-eng.png0.png


  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.


  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.


Helpful links:

For the first time ever a print and digital copy of the Player’s Edition has been introduced as a shorter, more user-friendly version of the rules and will serve as the primary publication for all golfers. Players Edition

Visual Search The purpose of this visual search is to help you the golfer, find the Rule relating to your situation within the Player’s Edition more easily. It is intended to cover the most common scenarios that you might find yourself in on the golf course and so it does not cover every eventuality. The Visual Search assumes you are playing either Individual Stroke Play or Match Play.


Pace Of Play

The pace of play is a topic of conversation that crops up every day of the week throughout the country and can sometimes become a major frustration. So as well as implementing the new rules we must also play “ready golf” when we can.

None of us likes to be hurried along but we all must endeavour to keep up with the group in front, so with that in mind playing “ready golf” should help us all achieve this objective. “Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest away from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules Of Golf.

There is understandably strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play.

When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

Examples of “ready golf” in action are:

  • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
  • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
  • Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
  • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.
  • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
  • Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a green-side bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.
  • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of the green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot.
  • Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.

If you are ready to play and it’s safe, then play.

When not playing your shot, you should be preparing to play your shot.

Joe and Marian Enter Tees Fore Two’s History Books

Our inaugural event took place at the award winning Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Ten couples took to the fairways for three scorching hot days competing for a slice of Tees Fore Two history.


Day 1

The tournament commenced in high spirits after England knocked out Sweden in the quarterfinals of the World Cup the previous day. Even the prospect of being told there were 104 bunkers on the course didn’t daunt these avid golfers.

Most couples opted for a buggy for the day, taking advantage of the shade it offered as well as the breeze it provided between shots… Smart move when the temperature topped 28 degrees.

The dry fairways gave up a lot of yardage to all competitors so it was tough to figure out when and where the ball was going to stop. Hitting the ball straight was key as well as avoiding the numerous bunkers dotted around each hole.

After the round of golf in relentless heat, two couples had edged in front but not too far behind them tied third with 39 points were Ted & Sarah Rees and Peter & Josie Sheridan. Joint leaders sharing top spot for the first day’s proceedings posting solid cards of 41 points were Frank Gregory & Tina Harwood and Peter & Gillian Lamming.

Nearest the pin was on the 8th hole and went to Josie Sheridan and nearest the pin in two was on the 15th hole and went to Joe Annett. Both competitors winning a bottle of wine and a sleeve of Vice Pro+ golf balls for their efforts.

Day 2

The sun was cracking the flags again but the heat felt much kinder. More competitors used the unique driving range today, maybe because it was one of the few places in the shade apart from the clubhouse. It’s the only place I know where the range is the lake and you’re encouraged to hit floating balls into the middle of it. It’s great fun too.

It was definately moving day today at The Mere, with yesterday’s leaders turning in mediocre performances. Ted & Sarah and Peter & Josie kept up the pressure with two consistent rounds of 38 points each to tie in third place. Joe & Marian moved through the ranks with their 40 point card to take second spot but just beating them by one point, which made the birdy on the 18th all the more relevant were Mark & Judith Heffer.

After 36 holes played, three couples were tied on 77 points, Ted & Sarah, Peter & Josie and Mark & Judith. Tied in fourth place were yesterday’s leaders on 74 points after both posting cards of 33 points.

Nearest the pin was on the 3rd hole and went to Peter Sheridan, he obviously loved playing with his wife’s new Vice Pro+ golf balls so much he had to win his own. Nearest the pin in two was on the 11th hole and that went to Joe Annett for the second day in a row for his brace. Both competitors winning a bottle of wine and a sleeve of Vice Pro+ golf balls each.

Day 3

Egyptian ducklings would take over our first Tee box this morning under the watchful eye of their parents, so we were thankful that our starter, Steve from The Mere laid his life on the line and shooed them off the first Tee so Ken & Barbara Paterson and Graeme & Carole Mackay could lead proceedings for our final round of the tournament.

Unfortunately, as soon as the couples were heading off down the fairway the persistent ducklings returned. They seemed to love feeding on the lush part of the Tee box, a welcome distraction at least from the ever increasing heat.

Second off was Mike & Dot Simpson and Ayman & Victoria Ileiwat followed by Peter & Gillian and Frank & Tina. Next up were Joe & Marian and Mark & Judith, last to go out were Ted & Sarah and Peter & Josie.

Only five points separated the last three groups that teed off…

Another blistering day unfolded but Michelle and Lee were at hand again and kept everyone hydrated throughout the day with a choice of Pims, lager or water. More takers for the water today and everyone seemed more focused. Were their eyes on the prize maybe?

Quick Stat: Every player in the tournament has been in at least one bunker on every day that they have played… That’s a lot of raking!

Nearest the pin was on the 12th hole and went to Ted Rees. Nearest the pin in two was on the 17th hole and went to Joe Annett who completed his hat-trick and clean sweep. Both competitors winning a bottle of wine and a sleeve of Vice Pro+ golf balls each.

As the final cards came in we had a three-way tie for second place for the day. Scoring 36 points were Ted & Sarah, Graeme & Carole and Mark & Judith but coming home with the best score of the day with 41 points were Joe & Marian.

So Close…

So with 54 holes played over three extremely hot days the final results couldn’t have been any closer. A tie at the top between three couples on 113 points each. Coming third on count back were Mark & Judith with a back nine of 17 points. Runners-up were Ted & Sarah with a back nine of 18 points.

Winning our inaugural event at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa 2018 were Joe & Marian with their 41 point card for the day.

Congratulations Joe & Marian for entering Tees Fore Two’s history books.


We hope you to see you all at another Tees Fore Two tournament.

Together, it gets BETTER.

The RAC Golf Club at Woodcote Park

“What a fantastic and relaxed days golf in great company…”


It’s August 2018 and I have just returned from my first Tees Fore Two mixed pairs event at the prestigious (not to mention exclusive) RAC Golf Club at Woodcote Park in London.

The Royal Automobile Club – About the Club….

The Royal Automobile Club was founded in 1897 by Frederick Richard Simms with the primary purpose of promoting the motor car and its place in society. In 1907, King Edward VII awarded the Club the royal title, which they hold to this day.

Whilst many people know the Royal Automobile Club and its association to Motoring, this venue is now well established as one of the premier golf locations in the capital. However, the RAC still continue to develop and support motor sports through our promotion of motoring events and the Club’s representation on the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) and the RAC Foundation.

RAC Golf Club at Woodcote Park is part of a huge estate which stretches across the Epsom Downs and is one of the foremost private members’ clubs in the world with a diverse membership, an extensive events programme, and two beautiful and unique clubhouses, alongside first-class accommodation, dining and sports facilities. In short, the only way you can play at a course like this is via an event company like Tees Fore Two!

The Royal Automobile Club – The courses….

Woodcote Park offers members and their guests the opportunity to play two exceptional downland golf courses, the Old Course and Coronation, in the beautiful surroundings of the Epsom Downs. Sweeping down towards Epsom racecourse, the tree-lined grounds make for a dramatic backdrop to a round of golf at any time of year and offer the perfect downland setting for any golf day.

The Royal Automobile Club – The Experience….

As you drive through the gates of this historic golf club you are immediately transported into another world. One of beauty and history. In addition, the environs of the club are immaculate in every respect; it has maintained its charm in 2018 without being stuffy or pretentious.

I was welcomed by our hosts Lee & Michelle Warden for registration, and was immediately introduced to all the other guests in The Derby Room with whom I would be sharing my day with, this was also where we enjoyed our bacon rolls, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice.

There were 16 of us on the day and I had the pleasure of meeting golfers from all over the UK and as far away as France and Russia. A truly international gathering.

After golf and a well deservered  drink on the terrace, we made our way up to the Derby room where we were treated to a superbly prepared and presented three-course dinner with views over looking the 18th green of the Old Course.

The Royal Automobile Club – And finally….

 “As a golf event organiser and formerly the Marketing Director of the London Golf Show and current Managing Director of the UK biggest online golf club, I know how much work it goes into organising these style of events.”

 “As such, I would like to congratulate Lee & Michelle on a very successful 2nd event and I wish them every success in building their portfolio of tournaments for 2019 and beyond. We will be supporting their company in any way we can and look forward to playing some fantastic golf courses with them. What a fantastic and relaxed days golf in great company, with a great setting and excellent food!”

 Ian Mullins

New Golf Tournament Provider Tailored Towards MIXED PAIRS Prepare To Host Their First Events This Summer

A vibrant new company dedicated to organising and hosting premium mixed pairs golf tournaments, have just opened their virtual doors to golfing couples and enthusiasts of mixed pairs events.

Tees Fore Two caters to golfers of all generations who like friendly competition and love socialising.

Husband and wife co-founders, Lee and Michelle Warden, launched Tees Fore Two in January this year. Ardent golfers themselves who are based in South London were inspired to form their new business after experiencing difficulties finding premium mixed pairs golf tournaments that suited their competitive needs.

Commenting on their new venture Lee explained: “For our multi-day events, we want to offer the full experience of playing great golf courses, dining on fine cuisine and relaxing in luxurious accommodation.

That is why for our inaugural event in the UK we chose The Mere Golf Resort & Spa in Cheshire.”

“Our 54-hole mixed pairs golf tournament from 8th – 10th July is proving to be very popular with very good reason; as well as all the accolades and awards this four star-rated golf resort continually receives, The Mere golf course has played host to the Open Championship Qualifier for seven consecutive years”

 Michelle added: “As well as multi-day tournaments we will also hold one day events throughout the year at some very esteemed golf clubs, first of which is at The Royal Automobile Club on 3rd August in Surrey.”

 “All our tournaments and events will be organized to the highest possible standards, they will be fun and relaxed whilst allowing golfers to play in beautiful surroundings.”

 We truly believe meeting like-minded people from all walks of life is a tonic that soothes the soul”enthused Michelle.

“ Like our tag line suggests, Together, it gets BETTER.”

Tees Fore Two is a London based company focused on providing exceptional mixed pairs golf events.

All events are open to those with an active CONGU handicap or hold an active handicap on

For more information on Tees Fore Two’s forth-coming schedule visit or email or call Lee on 0800 8303 648