Youghal Golf ClubYoughal Golf Club

by Martina Crowe

Fairway mats are now available in the Pro-Shop at €6.00 each.

These mats may be used when winter rules or preferred lies apply.  Players may play from where the ball lands on the fairway using these mats or may move to the rough and place the ball not nearer the hole.

Local Rule of use of mats is available at the bottom of this post

More information on use of mats is also available on notice boards in club house.



Local Rule for fairway mats

When  a player’s ball lies in a part of the General Area cut to fairway height or less and a putter is not being used for the stroke, the ball may be lifted, placed on, and played from an Astroturf or similar type mat.  The mat must be placed as near as possible to where the ball originally lay and the ball must be placed on the mat.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

If a ball when placed rolls off the mat, the player must try to place it a second time.  If the ball again does not stay on the mat, the mat must be moved to the nearest spot not nearer the hole where the ball will come to rest on the  mat when placed.

If the player accidentally causes the ball on the mat to move before a stroke is made, there is no penalty and  the ball must be placed again on the mat.

If a tee is used to secure the mat into the ground, the ball must not be placed on the tee.


  • Match Play – Loss of hole
  • Stroke Play – Two strokes

(CONGO UHS 2016 – 2019 including Rules of Golf 2019, Part 6, Dec 1(a))

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Fairway Mats now available in Pro-Shop