Local Rules

TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RULES OF GOLF AS AT 1st JANUARY 2019

OUT OF BOUNDS

Those areas beyond the boundary fence of the Course and those areas beyond the clubhouse-side of the path that runs from the 1st tee to the cart storage shed beyond the 10th tee.  INTERNAL OUT OF BOUNDS: The driving range to the right of the 10th tee/fairway and the maintenance compound left of the 6th green.  The margins are identified by white stakes and the line joining the course-side points at ground level of the stakes defines the boundary.  A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or over such line.  If the ball is out of bounds, the player must proceed under penalty of stroke and distance.  (Rule 18.2 applies)

NO PLAY ZONES – THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF THE COURSE ARE NO PLAY ZONES FROM WHICH RELIEF MUST BE TAKEN:

Penalty Areas – All penalty areas on the Course are identified by red stakes and the margins defined by a red line.  A ball is in a penalty area when it is at rest within the margin or any part of it touches the line defining the margin.  The stakes identifying the penalty areas are movable obstructions that may be moved at any time.  When a player’s ball is in a penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain to be in the penalty area even though not found, the player must, under penalty of one stroke, take relief under Rule 17.1.  As an additional option, the player may drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the designated drop zone.  (Rule 14.3 applies)

Staked trees – If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the Course other than a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the player must take relief without penalty under Rule 16.1.   See exceptions below.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned.

Ground under repair (GUR) – Areas of GUR are defined by solid or dotted white lines.  If an area of GUR 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 16.1.  See exceptions below.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned.

Turf nursery to the right of the 13th Fairway – The nursery which is identified by white stakes and defined by the line joining the course-side points at ground level of the stakes is to be treated as an abnormal course condition.  Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16-1.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned.

RELIEF FROM IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS IN THE VICINITY OF THE PUTTING GREEN (Sprinkler heads): 

If a ball lies in the general area and an immovable obstruction on or within 2 club-lengths of the putting green and within 2 club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line between the ball and the hole, the ball may be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure described in Rule 16.1.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned.

RELIEF FROM ROADS AND PATHS: 

All roads and paths on the Course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief may be taken under Rule 16.1.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned. 

RELIEF FROM TREE ROOTS IN THE FAIRWAY:

If a player’s ball is in the general area and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less or in the rough within 2 club-lengths of the edge of the ground cut to fairway height or less, the tree roots are treated as GUR.  Free relief may be taken under Rule 16.1.  A ball once lifted may be cleaned.

EXCEPTIONS TO RULE 16.1:

A player may not take relief under a Local Rule if (a) interference by any other condition makes the stroke clearly impracticable or (b) interference would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

THE GENERAL PENALTY APPLIES FOR A BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE: 

Match Play – loss of hole; Stroke Play – two strokes.