Society Rules



Guidelines on Golf with the Bunker Boys


Guidelines on Golf with the Bunker Boys Golf Society


The Bunker Boys play out of the M Club on Soi 14 off Pattaya 3rd road every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We are a friendly society and all new members are welcome, there are no fees required for joining the society.

People interested in playing should sign in latest by 9.30am on the morning of play with players departing at 9.45am, normally for an 11am tee off. Breakfast, tea and coffee are available for earlier arrivals.

The number of tee times booked will depend on the time of year with a maximum of 8 (32 players) and entries will be accepted for the number of tee times available. If more people turn up, it will depend on the availability of transport and a phone call to the course to see if they can accommodate the additional players.


Usually enough players have vehicles and are willing to transport players to and from the golf venues. Passengers are expected to donate THB 250 (plus any road tolls) to the Driver for this service. This should be given immediately prior to commencing the journey.

In the event there is insufficient transport a minibus will be hired.

Club Storage

The M Club has lockers in the bar which are available to the Golf Society to store golf clubs. There are also 17 lockers in a room downstairs in Maxx Central hotel which are leased out on an annual basis on a first come first serve basis. The limit is one locker per person.

The Lockers are for the storage of Golf and associated equipment. Strictly no food or dirty clothes.

The downstairs Locker Room is not always locked, particularly on golf days. The Golf Society or the M Club will not accept responsibility for items that may go missing or become damaged.


Pattaya Sports Club (PSC)

The club is associated with the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) and all players are encouraged to be members of the PSC to avail of the handicapping system and the discounts at the various Golf Courses and Pattaya locations negotiated by the PSC. Occasionally a golf course may request to see the PSC membership card to qualify for the discounted green fee price, if the player is not a PSC member he will be required to pay the standard green fee.


The club uses the PSC (or Birdie) for handicaps following the USGA handicapping system and issues handicap updates on a weekly basis. The club submits all cards to the PSC and Birdie after each game.

The maximum handicap for a Bunker Boys competition is 36. If playing on a course with indexing 1 to 9 instead of 1 to 18 players with odd number handicaps receive the extra stroke on the back nine.

All players are expected to have a PSC or Birdie handicap. For new players and short term visitors a certified home handicap will be accepted until they have a PSC or Birdie handicap and a local handicap can be obtained after 5 scores have been submitted.

If a player’s PSC or Birdie handicap exceeds his home handicap by more than 2 shots the player must play off his home handicap plus 10%.

Where a player scores 39 points or more his handicap will be cut by the number of points over 36 X his factor. (Factors: hcp 0-5 = 0.1, hcp 6-12 = 0.2, hcp 13 -20 = 0.3, hcp 21 -28 = 0.4, 29 – 36 = 0.5) until the next set of PSC handicaps are issued the following weekend.

e.g. A player on handicap of 18 with score of 41 points is reduced by 41 – 36 = 5 x 0.3 = 1.5

If a visiting player plays off a home handicap and wins, his handicap will be cut by 50% of the points scored above 37 for the duration of his stay or until he has an official PSC or Birdie handicap. (i.e 15 handicap player scoring 40 points has his handicap cut 2 shots to 13.)

In the spirit of the game it is expected that Honesty and Integrity will prevail at all times.

Rules of Golf

All the Society’s competitions adhere strictly to the Rules of Golf as published by the R & A and USGA. Local rules as printed on the scorecard or displayed in the clubhouse prevail. In addition the Bunker Boys impose the following Local Rules.

Bunker Boys Local Rules

1. No free relief can be taken from Ants (red or black).

2. Drop zones will not be used.

3. Stones in Bunkers are moveable obstructions and may be removed without penalty.

4. Free relief may be taken from regularly maintained, cultivated flower beds.

5. A ball embedded in its own pitch mark may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty through the green

6. Relief must be taken from staked trees and young trees (not bushes) less than 2 metres in height.

7. In the interests of saving time a provisional ball may be played at anytime. If the original ball is found the player must continue with the original ball.

8. Where lateral water hazards are not marked with red stakes, the break of slope or edge of mown area will be taken as the hazard margin.

9. Washed out areas and areas of excessive water damage may be treated as Ground Under Repair.

10. Rule 6-8, A player may discontinue play and take shelter during heavy rainstorms as well as danger from lightning.

11. Distance measuring devices, that measure distance only (not slope), may be used in Club Competitions.

12. Avoid Slow Play and show consideration for other players. If a group loses more than 1 hole behind the group ahead, and is holding up the group behind, they should let the following group through.

Where decisions on the Rules of Golf are required these will be decided by the Rules Committee currently Tony Robbins, Geoff Parker, Mike Brett and Colin Greig.


The club usually plays the Stableford format, however at least two medal rounds will be played each month.

Competition will usually be played from the tees one in front of the back tees however on very long courses the tees closest to 6,500 yards may be used, provided it exceeds 6,200 yards.

Score cards must be returned latest by 6.45pm and presentations are at 7.00pm. It is expected that all players will return to the M Club for the 7pm presentation. Players must be present to collect prizes unless a valid reason has been given to the organiser prior to the competition. Where a golfer is not present the winnings will go to the “Delinquent Fund”, which will be used to provide a free drink to playing members when sufficient funds have accumulated. (Consideration will be given for special circumstances ie a prior commitment announced before play, accidents, breakdowns and emergencies). Once the presentation is complete it is final and there is no redress should an error be found to have occurred.

Daily Competition


The daily competition costs ThB 220
This is split up as follows: Administration ThB20, Nearest Pins ThB50, and Competition ThB150

All players with a recognised handicap are expected to pay the fee and play in the competition, and players without a recognised handicap will only play in the nearest pin competition.


A minimum of 4 players are required for an official competition.

8 players or less pay 1st and 2nd places (60% and 40% rounded off)

9 to 14 players pay 1st 2nd and 3rd (50% 30% 20% rounded off)

15 to 19 players pay 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th (40% 30% 20% 10% rounded off)

20 to 24 players pay 1st 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th (35% 25% 20% 15% 5% rounded off)

25 players and up pay 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th and 6th (29% 24% 19% 14% 9% and 5% rounded off)

Nearest to the Pin

The Pot is divided by number of winners rounded off to nearest 20baht. Balance to Club funds

4 25% each
3 33% each
2 50% each
1 100%
If no winner, the money goes to club funds


In the event a competition is tied it will be decided by Count back. Last 9 holes played, last 6, last 3, last hole, if still equal last 6 holes of the front nine then last 3 of front nine then hole by hole.

Golfer of Month

For each competition 10 points are awarded towards the Golfer of the Month Trophy.10 points are awarded to a first place finish down to 1 point for 10th place. All rounds are entered for each player with the best 6 to count. In event of a tie the seventh best score counts, and then the most 1st places wins. If the seven best scores and number of wins are equal, then the next best score wins, working back through all games played in the month.

At end of each month the winner receives a trophy and the society will provide a free round of drinks to all players present.

Hole in One

Any player scoring a hole in one receives THB 3,000 from the Hole in One Fund and is expected to buy a drink for all members playing that day.

Adverse weather conditions

From time to time adverse weather conditions affect the golf courses and may result in “Winter Rules” being applied. The usual guide is when golf carts are not allowed on the Fairway due to adverse conditions winter Rules may apply. Winter Rules are lift, clean and replace within 6inches, on closely mown areas only.

In the event that play cannot be completed because of bad weather the following will apply:

If 50% or more of the field complete the round the competition will stand. If less than 50% complete the round the competition will be cancelled and entry fees less the admin fee will be refunded.