Burntisland is directly across the river Forth from Edinburgh.
[1802 Edinburgh Burgess]
RULES OF THE
BURNTISLAND GOLF CLUB
13 November, 1828.
I. You must Tee your Ball on the ground, not nearer the Hole than three Club-lengths, nor farther from it than six.
II. The Ball farthest from the Hole to be first played.
III. You are not to change the Ball struck from the tee, before the Hole is played out; and if at a loss to know the one Ball from the other, neither to be lifted till both parties agree.
IV. You are not remove stones, bones, or any break-clubs in order to play your Ball, except upon the fair Green, where you may remove all loose obstructions within two club-lengths of your Ball; if a Ball stick fast in the ground, it may be loosened in its bed, but not lifted.
V. When a Ball lies in sand, mud, or amongst rubbish, no obstruction shall be removed; but in cases where the Ball is so placed, that the Player finds he cannot play it, it shall be in the power of his adversary to play it. He failing or refusing to do so, the Player may lift his Ball, play from behind the hazard, losing a stroke.
VI. When a Ball is covered with whins, grass, fog, or rubbish, so much thereof shall be set aside, as that Player may have a full view of his Ball when going to strike; but in no other case is any growing or fixed impediment to be bent down or set aside.
VII. If a Ball is half covered, or more, with water, the Player may take it out, drop it behind the Hazard, and play it, losing a stroke.
VIII. When the Balls lie within six inches of each other, the Ball nearest the Hole to be lifted, until the other is played.
IX. In the case of more than two Balls being played in the same party, or the match being decided by the number of strokes, if the one Ball lie betwixt the other and the Hole, the Ball nearest the Hole to be played first.
X. If a Ball be stopped by accident, it must be played where it lies; but if wilfully stopped by the adversary or his Cady, the party who stopped the Ball to lose the Hole.
XI. If a Ball be lost on the Green, the Player shall drop another at the place where it was supposed to be lost, and lose a stroke; or, if lost in whins or grass, another may be dropped behind the Hazard, losing a stroke.
If not found practicable behind the Hazard, the Player returns to where the Ball was struck; Tees it, and plays, losing a stroke. If the original Ball be found before the party playing has come up to it, the first continues to be played.
XII. At Holeing, you are not to mark the direction of the Hole, you are to play your Ball honestly for the Hole, and not to play on your Adversary's Ball not lying in your way to the Hole.
XIII. Two Balls shall be allowed precedence of three, but on no other occasion shall one party pass, or take precedence of the other; and no party shall strike from the Tee, until the leading party have struck their second stroke.
XIV. The winner of the last Hole shall have the privilege of playing first from the Tee.
XV. If a Ball lie in any of the small or made Holes on the Putting Green, the Player shall have it in his power to put it at the back of the Hole, and play it without losing a stroke; or if a Ball lie close to a wall, or in the sea, the Ball to be lifted out six feet in the direction of the Hole and played, losing a stroke.
XVI. All loose impediments may be removed on the Putting Green, which is considered not to exceed twenty yards from the Hole.
XVII. Mistakes relative to the reckoning of any particular Hole, cannot be rectified after the parties have struck off for the next Hole.
If in striking, the Club breaks, it is nevertheless to be accounted a stroke, or if you strike the ground, or pass the Ball.
XVIII. All disputes respecting the play shall be determined by the Captain and Council, whose decision shall be binding.
N.B. No lookers-on are entitled to make any observations respecting the Play, which may be audible to the Players - nor walk before the Players, to remove impediments, or in any way interfere with the same. While playing, the Player is at liberty to ask advice from his partner, or Cady, but no other person.