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Local Rules

1 Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

    1. Beyond any wall, fence, hedge or line of white stakes defining the course boundary
    2. On or beyond any white line defining the course boundary
    3. Green keepers’ compound, clubhouse and car park

Note: The course-side line at ground level joining fence posts, the course-side line of white stakes or a white line defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies over such a line.

2 Penalty Areas (Rule 17):

    1. Yellow penalty areas are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines: Red penalty areas are defined by red stakes or red lines.
    2. When both stakes and lines are used, the edge of the penalty area is defined by the outside edge of the line and the stakes show where the penalty area is.
    3. The ditches to the right of the 4th, 6th & 7th are red penalty areas where the outer edge coincides with the boundary. Opposite side relief is available for these areas only under Model Local Rule B-2.1.

Note: A ball is in the penalty area when it lies in or any part of it touches the line joining stakes at ground level or lines drawn on the ground.

3 Abnormal Course Conditions (Rule 16) Ground Under Repair (GUR):

    1. Any area bounded by a white line
    2. Any area of damaged ground considered by the committee to be abnormal and displayed on noticeboards or advised by the Pro shop. Immovable Obstructions
    3. All artificially surfaced roads and paths on the course including those covered by woodchips. Individual pieces of woodchip are loose impediments
    4. Decorative hedges on 1st tee that are adjacent to artificially surfaced paths are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1
    5. Immovable obstructions close to putting green (e.g. Sprinkler Heads): In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is: on the player’s line of play, is within two club- lengths of the putting green, and is within two club-lengths of the ball. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.)
    6. Where the committee provides a dropping zone under Rule 16, it shall act as an additional option under this Rule. Such a dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.

4 No Play Zones

    1. Any area bounded by a blue line
    2. Temporary Greens, when cut and not in play
    3. Young trees identified by stakes, sleeves or wrapping

Note: If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area, lies on or touches such an area or interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

5 Suspension of Play: Horn Signals (Rule 5.7b):

1 Prolonged blast = Dangerous Situation, Stop Play Immediately.

3 Short blasts = Normal Suspension of play, players may complete the hole.

2 Short blasts = Resumption of Play for all situations.

Breach of 5.7b = Disqualification.

6.Penalty for breach of a Local Rule, unless otherwise noted is the General Penalty (loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play.

Distance Markers to the centre of the green: Blue 200yds; Green 150yds; Red 100yds.

Flag Colour: Red - Front; Yellow - Middle; White - Back.

 

TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

The following temporary Local Rules will remain in place until further notice.

See Guidance on the Rules of Golf - Covid-19

Temporary Local Rule - Hole 16 - Abnormal Ground Condition

Location: 16th Fairway, beyond the 150 yards markers to the 16th Green

Local Rule: Concerning drainage channels crossing the fairway at the above location.

Recovering from drought, all channels are currently being rested (left unmown) therefore are deemed Ground Under Repair. A player whose ball comes to rest in, or touches such an area may take relief under Rule 16.1b

Relief from Gazebo including Guide Ropes, Rear 18th Green & adjacent to the First Tee

If there is interference to players stance, area of intended swing or line of sight the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist.
  • Size of Relief Area from Reference Point: The entire area within one club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • There must be complete relief from both physical and line of sight interference.

As an additional option under this Local Rule a player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball within the dropping zone. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3

All Movable Obstructions are now classed as Immovable Obstructions

They are not to be touched and must be left in place. Free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1 anywhere on the course except when the ball is in a Penalty Area.

When a player’s ball is in a Penalty Area there is no relief from interference from an abnormal course condition (immovable obstruction). The player’s only relief option is to take penalty relief under Rule 17.

The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in the general area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

On the line of play, and is:

  • Within two club lengths of the putting green and
  • Within two club lengths of the ball.

Exception - No relief if line of play clearly unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

Penalty for playing ball from a wrong place in breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

Model Local Rule E-3 Adapted for Bunkers

When a player's ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the bunker and the area cannot be smoothed before placing.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b (2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

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These rules will also be in the Pro Shop and on the first tee.