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NGC Playing Members

(Including NGC Juniors)

GPLCGC Playing Members

(Including GPLGC Juniors)

Guests of NGC Playing Members

(Including NGC & Juniors & Children of Members)

Other Visitors
 Monday Dawn - Dusk Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - - Dusk Dawn - Dusk but only by prior arrangement with the Office
Tuesday (March - Oct)  12 noon - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk 12 noon - Dusk 12 noon - Dusk but only by prior arrangement with the Office
Tuesday (Nov - Feb)  Dawn - Dusk (first tee reserved for GPLGC Playing Members only)  Dawn - Dusk By prior arrangement with the Office  11 am - Dusk but only prior arrangement with the Office 
Wednesday (No Competition)  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk but only with prior arrangement with the Office 
Wednesday (Competition)  Dawn - Dusk 

- By prior arrangement with the Office 

- 6pm - Dusk 

- Before 6pm only by prior arrangement with the Office

- 6pm - Dusk 

Dawn - Dusk but only by prior arrangement with the Office 


Thursday  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk 

Dawn - Dusk but only by prior arrangement with the Office 

Friday  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk  Dawn - Dusk 

Dawn - Dusk but only by prior arrangement with the Office




Can I play on a Tuesday morning?

Summer - No, the course is reserved for the Ladies until 12 noon.

Winter -  The first tee is reserved for Ladies from 8:45am to 11:00am.

Can I invite a guest to play on a competition day?

Only with the prior agreement of the Secretary. If agreed, this will be at a quiet time. The format of the day - normally a 3 ball – is to be followed. 

Does this rule apply when an extra day competition is arranged at short notice?

No, the competition format is not usually specific on such days and guests are welcome as on any other non-competition day.

Why do Ladies have a tee time on a Men’s competition day?

Because EWGA have decreed that Ladies should be permitted to play a medal competition at a weekend to accommodate those Ladies who work. The time allocated is normally 11.00 – 11.30am and will appear on the time sheet.

Are there any restrictions on my access to the course?

NGC and GPLGC each have exclusive access to the course at various times each week.  For full details see the Playing Times table.

Access to the course is also restricted when the first tee is booked for matches and visiting parties - please refer to the Club Diary which is regularly updated.

Are there any restrictions on when Juniors can play?

Juniors with a CONGU handicap have the same privileges as Members. Those without handicaps can play the Winter Holes at any time and the main course when accompanied by a Member.

Can I play in Club competitions even though I have an Inactive handicap?

Yes you can in order that you may re-activate your handicap but you can not win a trophy or prize. You may not play in any of the knockout  competition unless you have an active handicap. You should, always, check when playing in eg. Open competitions at other courses.

Must I wait until, say, 7:30am before starting play?

No, Members can play at any time on non-competition days.  However, members starting early must show consideration and give way to the Greens Staff.

Can I book the Clubhouse for a function?

Yes, a Member can book any room in the Clubhouse for a function.  If this is for a party or a meal for a large number, the Clubhouse may be closed to other dining.  The Office staff will be pleased to discuss your requirements. 


Who has priority on the Course?

In the absence of special rules, pace of play will dictate standing on the course.

Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.

If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should allow the match following it to pass.


How should I leave a bunker?

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints.

It is the Club’s policy to leave all rakes inside bunkers with 50mm (2”) of the handle resting on the grass and the rake pointing in the direction of the green centre.

Restore divots, repair ball marks and damage by spikes?

Through the green, a player should ensure that any turf cut or displaced by him is replaced at once and pressed down, and that any damage to the putting green made by the ball is carefully repaired. Damage to the putting green caused by golf shoe spikes should be repaired on completion of the hole.

How fast am I expected to Play?

The R&A have issued guidelines about slow play to both players and organisers. As a guide, generally two-ball rounds should take no more than 3 hours, three-balls should take no more than 3 hours 30 minutes and four-balls no more than 3 hours 45 minutes.

Their advice to players is:

Keep an eye on the group in front and do not fall behind your position relative to them.

Signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not easily be found; do not search for five minutes before doing so.

Always be ready to play your shot.

Position your bag such that you can move out of the way quickly after you have finished a hole.

Move off the green as soon as you have all played – mark your cards at the next tee whilst others are driving.

Am I Insured?

The Club does not carry insurance for the loss of, or damage to, Members golf equipment and Members should check that their household policy, or special golfing policy, provides cover against theft and third party liability.