When arriving for a game of golf at Puttenham Golf Club there are times when the first tee can be fairly busy. The club does not issue specific start times for players and as a result has developed a system using a ball chute which, when operated correctly is deemed to be fair to all players.
When a group (2, 3 or 4 players) arrives at the first tee and there are others waiting to start, one of the team should place a ball in the chute. When that ball comes to the front of the Chute, it is their time to start (remember to remove the ball). If you are ready to play and there is no one on the tee, even though there is a ball in the chute you may play.
The chute system only operates when the 1st tee is open for normal play. It is non-operational when the 1st tee is closed as a result of an inter club match/competition or a society booking.
The exceptions to this rule are that the Men’s or Ladies Captain always takes priority on the 1st tee and any games, that have started at the 10th tee and are coming from the 18th green to continue their round should alternate with games starting at the 1st tee. Players taking part in a club knockout competition do not have priority on the first tee and are required to take their place in the queue and to use the chute system if needed.
If this system is not abused it ensures that all members, guests and visitors are able to start their rounds in an equable way and without undue delay.
In addition to this system we do offer members and visitors the ability to actually book a tee time typically between 10.30am and 1pm on Mondays and Thursdays and between 11am and 1pm on Tuesdays. In the summer months only we also offer bookable times between 2pm and 4pm at Weekends/Bank Holidays. Tee times are offered at 9 minute intervals between these times and visitors can book up to 7 days in advance (members 10 days in advance). During these times the ball in the chute operation does not apply. Please phone the pro shop on 01483 810277 to book your tee time.