Local Rule for Distance Measuring Devices (DMDs)

The Local Rule about Distance Measuring Devices has been up-dated to comply with the Rules of Golf (Effective January 2016) - Rule 14–3, Appendix I-A-7, page 153 and Appendix IV-5, page 181.

Distance Measuring Devices (DMDs)

For all play at Yelverton, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

The device must not be used for any purposes that are prohibited by Rule 14-3, including but not limited to:
•    the gauging or measuring of slope;
•    the gauging or measuring of other conditions that might affect play (e.g. wind speed or di-rection);
•    recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in his play (e.g. club se-lection, type of shot to be played, green reading or any other advice related matter); or
•    calculating the effective distance between two points based on elevation changes or other conditions affecting shot distance.

A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), may be used as a distance measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.

First offence:  Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.
For subsequent offence – Disqualification.
In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.

Making/sending or receiving calls and texts

Mobile phones may not be used on the course by players or caddies for making/sending or receiving calls or texts, except in the case of emergencies.

Steve West
General Manager
12 April 2016