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Course - Local Rules

 

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

 

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)

Beyond any boundary hedge or fence. Beyond any line of white posts including the white discs on the edge of the putting green.
In or beyond the ditch to the right of the 4th, 5th holes and behind the 14th green. 
Whilst playing the 8th hole a ball played on to or beyond the 7th fairway, the 7th green or the cut pathway from the 7th tee to the 7th fairway.
A ball played on to the driveway, car park and trolley park or on to or beyond any pathway or artificial surface surrounding the clubhouse.

 

2. STONES IN BUNKERS (Rule 25-1)

Loose stones in any bunker may be removed without penalty. Should the ball be moved by such action it shall be replaced in the nearest lie most similar to the one originally occupied, not nearer the hole, without penalty.

 

3. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)

a) All paths with retaining timbers or made with stone chippings are immovable obstructions , as 
are all artificial tees, surrounds, surfaces and sleepers used in the construction of steps on .
the course. All other paths and bridges are deemed to be integral parts of the course. The 
practice net area to the rear of the 16th green is an immovable obstruction.

b) Greenside immovable obstructions – relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player must take relief as follows: (a) not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted and dropped without penalty.

 

4. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES (Rule 24-2b)

If any part of a young tree, supported or protected by a stake or stakes, interferes with a players stance or the area of intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the following procedure: relief may be obtained by dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

 

5. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25-1)

Relief MAY be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1 when a ball comes to rest in an area marked with lines as Ground under Repair, unless a notice enforces relief being taken

 

6. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES

A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, 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 functions are actually used. Information regarding the distance between two objects is public information and not advice. It is therefore permissible for players to exchange information relating to the distance between two objects. For example, a player may ask anyone, including his opponent, fellow-competitor or either of their caddies, the distance between his ball and the hole.

 

7. TEMPORARY GREENS

When a temporary green has been marked out, by a Yellow line and / or a hole cup has been fitted but no flag is in place then the temporary green is classed as Ground under Repair.
Relief MUST BE TAKEN under Rule 25 – 1.

 

8. DAFFODILS

Daffodils on the course are classed as an immovable obstruction and as such relief should be taken as follows: -
The player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole then the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green.

 

9. TYRE AND TRACK MARKS

Through the green, tyre or tracked vehicle tracks caused by greenkeeping machinery are Ground under Repair. 
Relief may be taken under Rule 25 – 1.

 

10. AERATION AND SLIT TINING HOLES, DROUGHT CRACKS AND SCARIFICATION  DAMAGE 

On closely mown areas, if a ball lies in an aeration hole, a slit tining hole or a drought crack or scarification damage in the ground or the condition interferes with the area of a players intended swing, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and clean it. The player shall drop the ball as near as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole. 
On the Putting Green the player shall place the ball at the nearest spot not nearer the hole which avoids the situation. 
Relief may be taken under Rule 25 – 1.