Local Rules


LOCAL RULES - June 2018

(these rules override the local rules printed on the scorecard)

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)
Beyond any wall, fence, railing, ditch or hedge bounding the course. Beyond any other area defined as out of bounds by white posts or white lines.

2. Water Hazards (Rule 26-1)
Where painted lines are used, the lines define the margin of the hazard, otherwise the hazard is identified by stakes and defined by the natural margin. The natural margin is where the ground “breaks” into the hazard. Where hazards are formed by sleepers, the sleepers themselves are deemed to be within the hazard and so relief without penalty is not an option (Rule 24-2-b)

3. Abnormal Ground Conditions (25-1)
In accordance with Rule 25-1, a player MAY take relief without penalty from any area identified as Ground Under Repair by being contained within a freshly painted white line. Relief MUST be taken from any area identified as GUR by being contained within a freshly painted blue line or blue stakes, or by a sign to that effect.

The flower beds to the rear and side of the 1st tee and the memorial plantation to the right-hand side of the 1st tee is ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in the area, or if it interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player MUST take relief under Rule 25-1. The flower bed to the rear of the 18th green is ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in the area, or if it intervenes with the player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the player must drop their ball in the dropping zone (defined by white lines), without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-1.

4. Stones in Bunkers (Rule 24-1)
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

5. Protection of the Course
Protection of Young Trees (Rule 24-2b) If a young tree, identified by being supported or protected by a stake or other device such as a tube or rabbit cage, interferes with a player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b.

6. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)

6.1 Bunker Blinder The artificial surfaces lining the bunkers are an integral part of the course. Relief under rule 24-2 is therefore not available.

6.2 Irrigation system All parts of the irrigation system are deemed immovable obstructions whether fixed or not. Relief may be taken without penalty, in accordance with Rule 24-2.

In addition, if a ball lies on a closely mown area through the green, and an immovable 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 by lifting and dropping the ball at the nearest point to where the ball lay (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green’

7. Practice Areas
The practice chipping area to the left of the 1st fairway, the practice area bounded by the 1st, 2nd and 5th fairways and the nets to the right of the 18th green may be used for practice before a stipulated round. If a ball comes to rest on the putting green of the practice chipping area to the left of the 1st fairway it MUST be treated as a ball on a wrong putting green in accordance with Rule 25-1b.

8. Distance Measuring Devices
For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.  The distance measuring device MUST only be used for this purpose. If a player uses a distance measuring device to assist them in any other way then the player is in breach of Rule 14-3. 

9. Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of Hole. Stroke play - Two strokes

10. Modification of Scorecard Penalty
If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to a failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning the card, the player did not know they had incurred they will not be disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.


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