Local Rules

Baberton GC Local Rules

With effect from April 2021

Terms in italics are defined in the Definitions section of the Rules of Golf.

Out of Bounds
• On or beyond a boundary wall, fence or inner fence, or beyond any line of white posts.
• The woodland between the white posts to the left of the 3rd hole and below the 6th back tee, and the white posts on the west side of the bridge and the left of the 13th hole.
Rules 18.2a(2) and 18.2b

Practice area
• The practice area lies between the 16th and 18th holes. A practice stroke made other than from the bays, the practice bunker or in practising chipping and putting on or near the practice greens is deemed practising on the course.
Rule 5.2b

Integral Objects
• The path between the trees and the boundary wall to the right of the 6th putting green.
• Walls on the course.
• Gates in boundary objects.

No Play Zones
• Any abnormal course condition marked with a No Play Zone sign.
Rules 2.4, 16.1b and 17.1d.

Temporary Putting Greens
• Temporary putting greens are identified by a broken white line. Unless in use on the hole being played, they are wrong putting greens.
Rule 13.1f

Ground Under Repair
• Areas encircled by a white line, blue stakes or blue rope.
• The track crossing the 2nd, 15th and 16th holes.
• Any bunker marked by a single blue stake. A bunker so marked is a No Play Zone.
Rule 16.1a

Dropping Zones
• Dropping zones are marked by a green stake.
• The relief area is one club-length from the stake in any direction.
• You are not required to stand in the relief area.
• The stake is a movable obstruction.

Paths at the 8th and 9th Tees
• As additional relief from interference, you may drop a ball in the nearest Dropping Zone.
Rule 16.1b

Protective Fence behind the 4th tee
• If the fence intervenes on your line of play, you may drop a ball in the nearest Dropping Zone without penalty unless
- the original ball is further from the hole than the higher Dropping Zone;
- it is unreasonable to make a stroke on a direct line to the hole;
- it would not be possible to reach the fence with the shot;
- or, anything else makes a stroke impossible.
Rule 4.7a

Mats used as Dropping Zones
• Where an artificial mat is used as a Dropping Zone, the mat defines the relief area and you must place your ball on the mat
• The mat is an immovable obstruction except being used a Dropping Zone.

Mandatory Dropping Zones
• If an abnormal course condition is marked with a Mandatory Dropping Zone sign, you must take relief in the nearest Dropping Zone.

Mats used as Teeing Areas
• The tee mat defines the teeing area.
• You must stand on it and play your ball on it when when starting the hole.
Penalty: Loss of hole in match play; in stroke play, Rule 6.1b(2) applies in stroke play.

Overhead Power Cables
• If it is known or virtually certain that your ball hit a power line on the course, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made.
Rule 14.7

Protection of young trees identified by being staked
• If a staked tree interferes with your stance or area of intended swing, you must take relief. The stake and any supporting wires or protective materials are immovable obstructions.
Rule 16.1b.

Immovable Obstruction near or on Putting Green
• You may take relief if your ball lies off the green and an immovable obstruction is on the line of play, within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball.
• There is no relief if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
Rule 16.1d

Seams of cut turf
• If your ball is touching a seam or the seam interferes with the area of your intended swing, relief may be taken without penalty in the general area under Rule 16.1b, or on the putting green under Rule 16.1d. There is no interference if a seam affects only your stance.
• If there is interference from any seam after dropping the ball, you must re-drop in the relief area. If a seam again interferes with your ball or swing, you must place your ball where it struck the ground after the second drop.

Aeration Holes
• If your ball lies in or touches an aeration hole, you may take relief without penalty.
• You may not take relief if only your stance is affected.
• If the dropped ball touches another aeration hole, you may take relief again.
Ball in General Area under Rule 16.1b.
Ball on putting green under Rule 16.1d.

General Penalty (match play – loss of hole; stroke play -2 stroke)