From 1st January 2009 the English Golf Union has agreed to allow the use of Distance Measuring Devices (DMD) in EGU Championships.
Following this announcement the EGU South East Group has also agreed to such devices being used.
From 2009 The Sussex County Golf Union will allow the use of Distance Measuring Devices in all events run by the SCGU.
DMDs that calculate distance only will be permitted.
Distance-Measuring Devices (Rule 14–3 and Appendix IV, page 162)
In all SCGU Championships, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14–3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
Note i: a. Trolleys with a distance-measuring capability: May be used provided any other features, which are non-conforming, are disabled (e.g. ‘taped over’ or switched off).
b. Multi-functional devices such as mobile phones with a distance measuring application may not be used, unless the application is restricted to “distance only” and the device does not have any other “non-conforming” features or applications.**
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF 10 a or b: Disqualification
Note ii: This Local Rule applies to team captains in both stroke play and match play championships. If a team captain uses a device in breach of this Local Rule, any distance information sought and received by a player from that team captain or given by that team captain and willingly received by a player, will result in the player’s disqualification. Unless otherwise specified above or the breach is covered by a Rule of Golf,
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
** SCGU’s advice on the use of mobile phones as a distance-measuring device:
Because of problems over whether a particular phone conforms to the Local Rule and, therefore, to protect players from the risk of disqualification, the SCGU strongly recommends that mobile phones are not used as distance-measuring devices.