Society Rules


Guidelines on Golf with the Bunker Boys


The Bunker Boys play out of the M Club Bar off Pattaya 3rd road every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

People interested in playing should sign in by 9.40am on the morning of play with players departing at 10am for an 11am tee off.

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 less than 8 tee times are booked and 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 ThB250 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 made (the Locker Room) available to the Golf Society to store golf clubs. There are also 17 lockers in the room 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 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.


We are limited to 17 lockers. Persons who are seeking lockers or additional storage space should direct enquiries to the Manager of the M Club


The Bunker Boys is open to all and actively encourage new participants. There are no fees for joining the Bunker Boys however all players are expected to be members of the PSC (see below).

Pattaya Sports Club (PSC)

The club is associated with the Pattaya Sports Club (PSC) and all players are expected 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.

New players and short term visitors are allowed a maximum of 3 initial rounds but are expected to join the PSC as soon as possible within that time.

The club encourages all members to play in the monthly PSC competition


The club uses the PSC for handicaps following the USGA handicapping system and issues handicap updates on a weekly basis. The club submits all cards to the PSC 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 handicap. For new players and short term visitors a certified home handicap will be accepted until they have an official PSC handicap.

Where a regular Bunker Boys player returns from a time away he may continue on his previous PSC handicap (provided his period away does not exceed 12 months and his game has not significantly improved in his absence).

Where a player scores 39 points or more his handicap will be cut by the points over 36 X his factor. (Factors: hcp 0-5 .1, hcp 6-12 .2, hcp 13 -20 .3, hcp 21 -28 .4, 29 -36 .5) until the next set of PSC handicaps are issued the following weekend.

eg Player on handicap of 18 with score of 41 points is reduced by 41 – 36 = 5 X.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 handicap. (ie 15 handicap player  scoring 40 points has his handicap cut 2 shots to 13.)

Where a player has more than one local handicap he must play off the lowest one. However, if a player has a higher handicap with PSC he may play off the PSC handicap provided he can demonstrate to the committee’s satisfaction that he has submitted all of his cards to PSC

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.
  1. Drop zones will not be used except for: The 1st hole on the Mountain Course at Laem Chabang, the 3rd hole at Green Valley and the 14th hole at Pleasant Valley. In each case the Ladies Tee maybe used.
  1. Stones in Bunkers are moveable obstructions and may be removed without penalty.
  1. Free relief may be taken from regularly maintained, cultivated flower beds.
  1. A ball embedded in its own pitch mark may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty through the green
  1. Relief must be taken from staked trees and young trees (not bushes) less than 2 metres in height.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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, may be used in Club Competitions.

Where decisions on the Rules of Golf are required these will be decided by the Rules Committee currently W Macey, G Parker, T Robbins and C Greig.


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

With the exception of the Club Championship, Medal Rounds will be confined to the following courses. Phoenix, Green Valley, Greenwood, Crystal Bay, Emerald, Pleasant Valley and Pattana.

Competition will usually be played from the tees one in front of the medal tees however on very long courses the tees closest to 6500 yards may be used, provided it exceeds 6200yards.

Score cards must be returned by 6.45pm and presentations are at 7.00pm. It is expected that all players will return to the Ranch for the 7pm presentation. Players must be present to collect prizes. Where a golfer is not present the winnings will go to the Club Funds. (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.


If there are 4  to 17 Players 1 Divison  for  18 or more players 2 Divisions  A and B based on handicaps

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

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

15 to 17 players pay 1st 2nd  3rd  and 4th  (40% 30% 20% 10% rounded off)

18 to 30 players 2 divisions each pay 1st  2nd  and  3rd

More than 30 players each division pays 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th.

Nearest to Pin

Pot 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%  each

0          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 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 with the best 6 to count.

In event of a tie the next best round counts. If all other matters are equal then most 1st places wins

At end of each month the winner receives a trophy and ThB1000 to be spent in the bar (Ring the Bell)

Hole in One

Any player scoring a hole in one receives ThB3,000 from the Hole in One Fund to spend in the Bar.

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.

Local Rules – Revised 26th May 2012

1/. THE RULES OF GOLF apply at all times, supplemented by the following PSC LOCAL rules.

2/. LOCAL COURSE RULES: as laid down by the golf course and posted in the clubhouse or on the scorecard; however NO DROP ZONES WILL BE USED; EXCEPT the following holes:-  1st at Green Valley, A1 at Laem Chabang, 14th at Pleasant Valley [environmental protection area].

IN ADDITION :– holes B8 & C8 at Khao Kheow & N3 on Plutaluang North; all have greens which are yellow staked all-round, so NO DROP ON THE GREEN IS PERMITTED – the player MUST therefore proceed under PSC local rule 7.


4/. Relief MUST be taken from STAKED TREES without penalty & young trees (NOT BUSHES) less than 2 metres in height, at the nearest point of relief plus one club length no nearer the hole.

5/. CALL HOLES: there shall be no calling up of players or groups during a PSC tournament except at such a time when players or members not participating request this courtesy.

6/. SLOW PLAY: If a group loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, they must allow the following group to play through.

7/. In the interest of saving time, IF IN DOUBT (including at WATER HAZARDS), you should play a PROVISIONAL BALL at all times.

8/. PLUGGED BALL: You may lift, clean and DROP, through the green.

9/. When buggies are not allowed on fairways & wet conditions prevail. A player may lift, clean and place his ball ONLY on the FAIRWAYS & FIRST CUT MOWN GRASS.

10/. The tournament organiser has the right to impose additional rules on the day, such as winter rules, should the golf course conditions dictate this.

11/. FLOWER BEDS: The local rules of the course you are playing APPLY.

12/. WASH OUT AREAS & damage caused by excessive drainage of water are to be treated as ground under repair (GUR). The ball maybe dropped without penalty at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole plus one club length. If applicable in a BUNKER, the ball must be dropped in the same bunker.

13/. HAZARDS: Unmarked or insufficiently marked hazards shall have the outer edge of the hazard defined at the point where the ground breaks down to form the depression. If the hazard is completely unmarked, it should be treated as a Lateral Water Hazard.

14/. STONES in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24.1 applies)

15/. YARDAGE MARKERS – All MAN MADE yardage markers are to be treated as immovable obstructions and relief maybe taken without penalty (Rule 24-2 applies) the nearest point of relief plus one club length.

16/. MEASURING DEVICES: In all tournaments a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only, PROVIDED that it doesn’t unnecessarily disrupt the pace of play.  A device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (eg. gradient, wind speed, temp.etc.) is in breach of rule 14.3; the penalty for which is disqualification, regardless of whether such functions are actually used.

17/. A player may take relief (nearest point of relief plus one club length no nearer the hole), when a ball lies in a CONCRETE DITCH not marked as a hazard or lateral water hazard.

18/. SCORECARDS – In a tournament, ALL PLAYERS must exchange cards.  CARDS must be properly and clearly completed with NAME, SURNAME & PSC No., together with the date and tee played. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Caddies MAY NOT mark a card. Members of the same family MAY NOT mark each other’s card and friends should AVOID repeatedly marking EACH OTHER’S card.