Local Rules

LOCAL RULES 2019

 

  1. 1. OUT OF BOUNDS (RULE 18.2)
  • In or over all boundary ditches and fences.
  • The clubhouse enclosure, practice green area as far as white stakes, barn enclosure and driveway.
  • As defined by white stakes on right-hand side of 1St, 2Nd, 3Rd, 16Th, 17Th and 18Th fairways, left of 7Th and 8Th fairway, around the 4Th Green and behind the 6th, 9th and 15th Green.
  1. 2. PYLONS / WIRES

If a ball strikes a power line, a pylon, an electricity pole or its supports, the player MUST disregard that stroke, abandon the ball and play another ball, without penalty, using as the reference point the spot from which the original stroke was played, in accordance with

Rule (14.6).

  1. 3. DROP ZONES

Drop zones are provided for the PENALTY AREA behind the 4th Green, the GUR between the 5th and 7Th Greens and to the left of the 15th Green and to the left of the 16th Green. 

Where drop zones are provided their use is optional. Drop in accordance with Rule (14.3).

  1. 4. INTEGRAL PART OF COURSE

Include: plastic bark protection and mulch around trees, tractor marks, bare earth and flower beds.

There is no relief, unless marked as GUR.

 

  1. 5. STAKED TREES & IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

Any artificial objects except for integral objects or objects defining out of bounds are OBSTRUCTIONS. All OBSTRUCTIONS which cannot be moved without undue effort, including electricity pylons, electricity poles and their support cables, artificial pathways, roads, seats, wooden sleepers, staked trees and second holes on greens are immovable obstructions.  Rule (16.1) applies.

If such a condition interferes with the player’s stance or the area of the player’s intended swing, the ball may be lifted and dropped without penalty in accordance with the procedure described in Rule (16.1).

You may drop within one club length of nearest point of complete relief no nearer the hole (no penalty).

  1. NB. Second holes on greens refer to the spare holes with artificial covers or to artificial drainage holes.

N.B. There is no relief from replaced natural hole-plugs, but they may be repaired.

See General Exception below.

 

  1. 6. FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS AND SECOND HOLES ON GREENS

All fixed sprinkler heads and second holes on greens are immovable obstructions and relief from them may be obtained under Rule (16.1d). In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green in the general area, and such an obstruction on, or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball shall be lifted and dropped in the general area, using the point of nearest relief as reference in accordance with Rule (16.1).

No Penalty, The Ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

 

  1. 7. PENALTY AREA MARGINS

Stone and sleeper walls of PENALTY AREAS are integral parts of the PENALTY AREAS but are immovable obstructions for a ball lying outside the PENALTY AREA.

 

  1. 8. PENALTY AREA RIGHT SIDE 4TH HOLE FAIRWAY

To save time, if you KNOW or are VIRTUALLY CERTAIN that your ball is either in THIS PENALTY AREA, or just outside it, but you can’t see which, from your position on the course, you MAY play a provisional ball under Rule (17.1d) before going around the lake to check. If you subsequently find your ball outside the penalty area, you MUST abandon the provisional. If your ball is in the penalty area you MAY elect to play it as it lies (abandoning the provisional ball), otherwise you MUST continue with the ball already played provisionally.

  1. 9. LATERAL PENALTY AREA 10TH HOLE

If your ball enters the LATERAL PENALTY AREA on the left side of the tenth fairway as far as the bridge in addition to your options under Rule (17.1), you may drop a ball within 2 CLUB LENGTHS on the opposite side of the PENALTY AREA.  Use as the reference point the spot this is equidistant from the pin as the point of entry of the ball into the PENALTY AREA.

 

Please check the notice board for any additional or temporary changes to local rules.

GENERAL EXCEPTION: A player may not obtain relief under a local rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to play a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition stated in the local rule or (b) interference by the stated condition would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance or direction of play.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play – General Penalty (2 strokes).

NOTES

PENALTY AREA is an area, defined by the committee, from which relief is allowed with a one stroke penalty.

CLUB LENGTH is the length of the longest of your 14 clubs except your PUTTER.

SEARCHING for Ball, limit is now 3 MINUTES.

DROPING BALL must be from KNEE HEIGHT and must stay in dropping area.

PUTTING WITH FLAGSTICK IN HOLE. This is now permitted under the Rules. Players who wish to have the Flagstick in the hole should putt first to save time (except in match play where players must play in order).

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