Be Careful After Making That Putt
Hole edges damaged as players take ball out of the hole
Members Only
Diary Event

bigpic
Under the new Rules of Golf, there is no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flag left in the hole. As a result, leaving the flag in the hole while putting is becoming a popular option. Anecdotal reports suggest that pace of play has improved as a result of this change. However, an unintended consequence has also been observed at lots of courses throughout the UK including here at Rookery Park.
Some of the problems are attributed to golfers inadvertently damaging the edges of the hole with their hand as they attempt to retrieve their ball with the flag in the hole. Obviously, when the flag is in the hole there is less room available for your hand, so extra care is required to be sure you don’t accidentally damage the edge of the hole. Golf course staff have also observed golfers using the base of the flag to remove their ball, or even inserting their putter alongside the flag and causing damage.
Whether the flag is in the hole or not, golfers should carefully remove the ball with their hand. Never use the flag as a tool to remove the ball because doing so can damage both the hole and the flag.

Course Status
Currently open
01.05.2019 07:26
View Status
Open: From 1st May Preferred Lies No Longer in Operation
Book a Tee Time
Ready to book?

Our booking system will make it easy for you.
Weather
  • 2019-09-17
  • 2019-09-18
  • 2019-09-19
  • 2019-09-20
  • 2019-09-21
Need to know more weather details? Click here to see the weather for the next 5 days.
News
  • Cook & Cocca have the recipe for success
    newsthumbnail
  • Be Careful After Making That Putt
    newsthumbnail
  • Mining Bees
    newsthumbnail
  • Club Success in Southwold Seniors Challenge
    newsthumbnail
  • Leighton Speake Success for James & Steve
    newsthumbnail
  • Haskell Success For Carole & Hannah
    newsthumbnail
  • Junior Academy back after Summer Break
    newsthumbnail
  • Superb golf from David to win Seniors Club Champs
    newsthumbnail
  • Tom Martin success for Stephen
    newsthumbnail
  • GreenKeepers Revenge
    newsthumbnail
  • Josh wins 1st Junior Club Championship
    newsthumbnail
  • Rushmere Joins Stowmarket & Tilsworth
    newsthumbnail
  • New Par 3 Membership Packages to Launch in January
    newsthumbnail