Rules & Policies

Local Rules

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)

a) Beyond any fence, wall or hedge bounding the Course.

b) At the 17th Hole to the left of the Cart Path

c) At the 18th hole, to the left of the fairway defining the Practise Ground and the white line or white posts surrounding the Clubhouse.

NOTE: Where there is double fencing, the inner fence defines the boundary.

2. WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)

a) Yellow posts define water hazards

b) Red posts define lateral water hazards


a) All man-made paths, roads, wooden steps, posts, stakes and supports are immovable obstructions.

b) All fixed sprinkler heads and other irrigation system installations are immovable obstructions. If such an obstruction on or within 2 club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief, without penalty, as follows: If the ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard and is within 2 club-lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids such intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.


a) All areas defined by white lines is G.U.R If a player's ball lies in such an area or if such an area interferes with the players stance or the area of their intended swing, the player may take relief.

b) Plantations enclosed by fences are ground under repair from which play is prohibited.

5. STONES IN BUNKERS (Rule 24-1)

Stones in bunkers are removable obstructions.

6. BUNKER FACES (Rule 25-2)

The face of a bunker which consists of stacked turf is neither a) part of the bunker nor b) a "closely mown area".


If a young tree or shrub supported by stakes or protected by wire, plastic or other material interferes with a player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure given in Rule 24-2b(i). The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.


If a ball strikes a telegraph post / cable or surrounding stays the player must replay the shot. Rule 20.5 applies.


Match play - Loss of hole;

Stroke play - Two strokes.

Trolley Policy

Below are the Trolley policies which may be in force on any given day.


A – No Restrictions: Trolleys and Buggies may be used

B – No Buggies: Trolleys to be used in the rough

Bm – No Buggies except for individuals with official medical certificate. Trolleys to be used in the rough.

C – Carry Only: No Trolleys or Buggies to be used

Cm – Carry Only, trolleys to be used in the rough for individuals with official medical certificates


Course conditions will be decided by the Head Greenkeeper at the start of each day and updated by 8am on 01373 454200 (option 2) or by clicking here.

Course Policy

The purpose of this policy document is to set out details of the Management of the Golf Course at Orchardleigh Golf Club (OGC), which have been approved by the management and made freely available to all Members to keep them well informed. This is to be used as a working document; any future revisions must be approved by the Management after due consideration.

Orchardleigh is regarded as one of the best courses in the area and at over 6800 yards; it is a fair test for any golfer. Designed by the former Ryder Cup player Brian Huggett, Orchardleigh's parkland course offers 18 spectacular holes routed through mature trees with water coming into play on seven. It certainly is a challenging but rewarding golfing experience. Yet amidst the stunning Somerset countryside it's a haven of peace and tranquillity. The course has undergone many changes in subsequent years, and still continues to develop.

As a result of all the planning and dedication, Orchardleigh is now without doubt one of the best tests of golf in the South-West of England. The course is a regular venue for County Matches, and has hosted numerous prestigious competitions. These include top class amateur events.

Orchardleigh is a classic golf course. Every hole presents its own particular challenge to both high and low handicap players. This heritage has to be protected, and where appropriate improved, for the benefit of the Club's Members, present and future. Continuity of policy is essential in golf club management, and nowhere is this more important than on the golf course.

Many of the problems inherent in golf course management were addressed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) in its publication "The Way Forward" issued in 1988. One of its key recommendations was that Clubs should formulate and publish their own course management policy document, working to a five-year plan at least. This approach has been strongly endorsed by both the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) and the English Golf Union (EGU).

To ensure such long-term policy is put into effect, it is essential, therefore, that a Course Management Policy Document should be drawn up, and approved by the Management.

The full Orchardleigh Golf Course Policy document can be obtained by emailing a request to:

General Manager

Telephone: 01373 454200 ext 5
Email: info@orchardleighgolf.co.uk