Local Rules

Local Rules – Effective 1st June 2017

1. Out of Bounds [Rule 27-1]

  • Beyond any boundary wall, fence (inner where applicable) or line of white posts.
  • Beyond the white posts left of the 3rd fairway and green, to the left of the 13th fairway and between the white posts either side of the gully in front of the gents 6th tee.

2. Ground Under Repair [Rule 25-1]

  • Areas encircled by white lines or blue stakes. Relief must be taken from an area marked “Play Prohibited”.
  • The roadway crossing the 2nd, 15th, 16th and 18th holes.
  • Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself). Interference with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself interference. Relief may be taken if the ball touches a seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.

3. Dropping Zones

  • Where an artificial mat is used, the mat defines the dropping zone and the ball must be placed on it.

4. Temporary Putting Greens and Practice Putting Green [Rule 25-3]

  • Temporary putting greens are identified by broken white lines. The practice putting green is a wrong putting green and if a ball lies on its putting surface or apron, relief must be taken.

5. Practice area [Rule 7-1b]

  • The practice area is bounded by the path in front of the clubhouse, the closely mown areas of the 16th and 18th fairways and the bushes at the viewpoint.

6. Protection of young trees identified by being staked [Rule 24-2b(i)]

  • If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or area of intended swing, he must take relief.

7. Overhead Power Cables

  • If a ball strikes a cable, the stroke must be cancelled and a ball played from where the original ball was played.

8. Immovable Obstructions: Paths and Sprinkler Heads [Rule 24-2b(i)]

  • If there is interference from the path at the 8th tee or the protective fence behind the 4th tee, the player may take relief under Rule 24-2b(i), or drop a ball in the nearest marked Dropping Zone. 
  • If a sprinkler head within two club lengths of the putting green is on the line of play of a ball lying within two club lengths of the sprinkler head but not on the putting green or in a hazard, relief may be taken by dropping the ball at the point nearest where it lay that avoids interference and is not nearer the hole, in a hazard or on the putting green.

9. Stones in bunkers [Rule 24-1]

  • Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

10. Integral parts of the Course

  • All walls and fences on the course, except the protective fence behind the 4th tee; the barked covered border and astroturf area to the right of the 6th putting green are integral parts of the course.

11. Aeration holes

  • If a ball is on or touching an aeration hole, relief may be taken through the green by lifting and dropping the ball as nearly as possible to where it lay, not nearer the hole or on the putting green, first striking the course through the green;
  • on the putting green, by placing the ball at the nearest point clear of the aeration hole not nearer the hole.

12. Protective Fence behind the 4th tee

If the fence intervenes on the line of play, relief may be taken by dropping the ball in the nearest Dropping Zone.
Exception: relief from intervention on the line of play by the fence may not be taken if

  • anything else makes it impracticable to make a stroke on a direct line to the hole;
  • it would clearly be impracticable for the player to hit the ball far enough to reach the fence;
  • there is interference from anything which would make a stroke impracticable.

13. Tee Mats

  • Where used, a tee mat comprises the teeing ground and the player must, when starting the hole, take his stance on and play the ball from the mat.

Penalty: Match play – loss of hole; stroke play – proceed under Rule 11-4b.

14. Distance-measuring Devices [Rule 14-3]

  • For all play on the course, a player may measure distances with a distance-measuring device. If during a stipulated round, he uses it to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed etc), he is in breach of Rule 14-3.

Penalty: Match play – loss of hole; Stroke Play – 2 strokes.
Subsequent offence – Disqualification.

15. Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green

  • Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: 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.

R&A infographic relating to this Local Rule

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes.
Exceptions: Local Rules 13 and 14 – penalties as stated.   

    

Rules for Suspension of Play 

Decision to suspend play

The decision to suspend play will lie with the Club Professional/Starter or his assistant, the Club Manager, preferably, but not necessarily, after consultation with a member of the Board, a member of the Greens Staff or a member the Golf Committee or other appropriate Committee.

If play has to be suspended, the siren will be sounded and players must follow the procedures laid down in the Rules of Golf – Rule 6-8.

Suspension and  resumption of play – siren notes

The meanings of the three notes of the siren are:

Three consecutive notes of the siren, repeated – play must be discontinued
One prolonged note of the siren – play must be discontinued immediately
Two short notes of the siren, repeated – resume play

Rule 6-8 Discontinuance of play; resumption of play

6-8b. Procedure when play suspended by committee

When play is suspended by the Committee, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they have started play of a hole, they may discontinue play immediately or continue play of the hole, provided they do so without delay. If the players choose to continue play of the hole, they are permitted to discontinue play before completing it. In any case, play must be discontinued after the hole is completed.

The players must resume play when the Committee has ordered a resumption of play.

Penalty for breach of Rule 6-8b – Disqualification

Note: When play is suspended by the committee for a dangerous situation, (one prolonged note of the siren) if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If the player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

6-8c. Lifting ball when play discontinued

When a player discontinues play of a hole under Rule 6-8a, he may lift his ball without penalty, only if the Committee has suspended play or there is a good reason to lift it. Before lifting the ball the player must mark its position. If the player discontinues play and lifts his ball without specific permission from the Committee, he must, when reporting to the Committee (Rule 6-8a), report the lifting of the ball.

If the player lifts the ball without a good reason to do so, fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or fails to report the lifting of the ball, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

6-8d. Procedure when play resumed

Play must be resumed from where it was discontinued, even if resumption occurs on a subsequent day. The player must, either before or when play is resumed, proceed as follows:

(i) If the player has lifted the ball, he must, provided he was entitled to lift it under Rule 6-8c, place the ball or a substituted ball on the spot from which the original ball was lifted. Otherwise, the original ball must be replaced;

(ii) If the player has not lifted his ball, he may, provided he was entitled to lift it under Rule 6-8c, lift, clean and replace the ball, or substitute a ball, on the spot from which the original ball was lifted. Before lifting the ball he must mark its position; or

(iii) If the player’s ball or ball-marker is moved (including by wind or water) while play is discontinued, a ball or ball-marker must be placed on the spot from which the original ball or ball-marker was moved.

Note: If the spot where the ball is to be placed is impossible to determine, it must be estimated and the ball placed on the estimated spot. The provisions of Rule 20-3c do not apply.

*Penalty for breach of rule 6-8d:
Match Play – loss of hole; stroke play – two strokes
*If a player incurs the general penalty for breach of Rule 6-8d, there is no additional penalty under Rule 6-8c.

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Temporary Local Rules

FIRST HOLE

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (PLAY PROHIBITED)

Play is prohibited from all areas of ground under repair on this hole.

           Areas of ground under repair

  • The area to left of the fairway marked by blue stakes, including the bunker.
  • The right hand fairway bunker and surrounding new turf. The margin is defined by the outer edge of the new turf.
  • All other newly turfed or newly seeded areas. The margin is defined by the outer edge of the new turf or of the seeded ground.Note: The area of new turf in front of the green includes that part of it which is on the putting surface.Interference (Rule 25-1a)For relief from the staked area on the left of the hole only, there is the additional option of dropping a ball in the nearest Dropping Zone which may be nearer the hole.Dropping Zones Stakes defining Dropping Zones are immovable obstructions from which relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 24-2. Dropping Zones are indicated by single green stakes. The ball, when dropped, must first strike a part of the course within two club lengths of the stake. It may come to rest nearer the hole, but if it rolls more than two club lengths it must be re-dropped.

    Relief (Rule 25-1b)

    If there is interference to the area of your intended swing by any ground under repair, you must take relief in accordance with Rule 25-1b. Interference with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference.

Penalty for breach of local rule:
Match Play – loss of hole; stroke play – two strokes

RUTS MADE BY VEHICLES

Deep ruts through the green  are deemed ground under repair.  A player may take relief in accordance with Rule 25-1b.

Note:
This applies only to deep ruts and not to shallow indentations. A rut is considered deep where, if a ball is lying in it, the clubhead cannot connect with it or follow through without interference from an edge of the rut or, if the player has to stand with a foot in it he cannot take a normal balanced stance.

Notes on Rules and Local Rules

Note on Local Rule – protective fence at 4th tee –
relief from intervention on line of play

These notes are to help you in deciding when relief can be taken and how.

What if the fence gets in the way of your stance or swing?

The fence is an immovable obstruction and so you can take relief if it gets in the way of your stance or intended swing even if there is no intervention on your line of play. This can happen when the ball rolls under the fence and stops on the hole side close to the fence or when it is close to one end or the other.

Relief: you may play the ball as it lies, or take relief under Rule 24-2b by dropping within one club length of the nearest point of relief, or drop the ball in the nearest dropping zone.

What is intervention on the line of play?

The line of play is the direction you want the ball to take after you hit it. It includes a reasonable distance on either side of the direction and is from the ground upwards. Intervention means that part of the fence is between you and the hole on the direction you intend hitting the ball.

Relief: you may play the ball as it lies or drop the ball in the nearest dropping zone.

When is relief not allowed?

The local rule is not a get out of jail card from other trouble! Even if the fence is between you and the hole, you are not allowed to take relief if: you cannot play directly towards the hole because there is something else – a tree or a bush for example – in the way; you could not realistically reach the fence with your shot – for example because the ball is in such a bad lie you are only going to manage to shift it a short distance; there is anything else that prevents you from making a stroke towards the hole – for example because a tree root prevents you from getting a club to your ball.

In brief, if the fence is in the way of a direct shot to the hole with nothing else making that stroke unrealistic or unreasonable, you may take relief.

Note on dropping zones

Where a dropping zone is permitted under a local rule, the ball when dropped must first strike the course within the marked zone. The line marking the zone is in the dropping zone. The ball must be re-dropped in accordance with Rule 20-2c if it rolls and comes to rest in a hazard, on a putting green,

out of bounds, where there is still interference by the condition from which you are taking relief, or more than 2 club-lengths from where if first struck the course. The ball may come to rest nearer the hole than its original position or estimated position, the nearest point of relief, or the dropping zone.

Penalty for breach of local rule:
Match play – loss of hole; stroke play – two strokes.

Note on Local Rule – Temporary and Wrong Putting Greens

Any area that is “prepared for putting” is a putting green. That means it is clearly mown for that purpose and has a hole cut, To make our temporary greens easily identifiable we mark them with a broken white line.

 

If your ball lies on a putting green you can only play it if that is the green in use, that is the one with the flagstick. You must not play from the green that is not in use whether it is the main green or the temporary one. The one not in use is a wrong putting green. Rule 25-3 applies and you must take relief.

Relief from a wrong putting green is for the lie of the ball only, not for stance or area of swing. That means the nearest point of relief is the point nearest where your ball lay, not nearer the hole, where your ball will be clear of the green although your feet may be on the green.

Playing from a temporary green that is not in use is not only a breach of Rule 25-3 with a 2 stroke penalty in stroke play and a loss of hole penalty in match play but is also inconsiderate to everyone by causing damage to a surface that we may be putting on.

Penalty for breach of local rule:
Match play – loss of hole; stroke play – two strokes.

Note on Local Rule – Practice Bunker and Practice Chipping Green

Will members please note that the area of the practice bunker and adjacent practice chipping green is defined as ground under repair from which play is prohibited when playing the course.

Relief must be taken under Rule 25-1b.

The dropping zones temporarily in use for the GUR areas near the 18th main green cannot be used when taking relief from the area of GUR around the practice bunker and practice chipping green.

Penalty for breach of local rule:
Match play – loss of hole; stroke play – two strokes.

Note on Rules and local rules – GUR and roped areas

As you will encounter these three different areas on the course, it might be helpful to make sure that you know how to proceed if your ball is in any one of them.

1. GROUND UNDER REPAIR

Areas that we have decided to be ground under repair (GUR) are defined either by being encircled by a white line or having blue stakes without any line around the area. Additionally, features which are not marked but are GUR by Definition include:
Hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal;
Hole made by a greenkeeper;
 Material piled for removal.

During the period when our temporary (winter) greens are not defined as wrong putting greens, the hole is a “hole made by a greenkeeper” from which relief may be taken. The white lines themselves are in the area of GUR.

If your ball lies in GUR or it interferes with your stance or area of intended swing, you may play your ball as it lies or take relief under Rule 25-1b. In some instances, there may be a Temporary Local Rule excluding stance – please check the Temporary Local Rules currently in force.

2. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (PLAY PROHIBITED)

Areas marked as GUR plus a sign saying ‘GUR Play Prohibited’, are areas from which play is not allowed in order to protect the turf, give seeded areas time to grow etc.

If your ball lies in GUR (Play Prohibited) or it interferes with your stance or area of intended swing, you must take relief under Rule 25-1b. In some instances, there may be a Temporary Local Rule excluding stance – please check the Temporary Local Rules currently in force. Also, in some instances, there may be dropping zones.

3. ROPED AREAS

The purpose of roping off an area is to reduce traffic on it to help the ground recover. Such an area has no significance in terms of the Rules – you are simply being asked to avoid walking over it. If your ball lies within such an area which is not marked as GUR you may enter it in order to play the ball, but otherwise please do not lift the ropes to duck under them or climb over them. They are there to protect your course and so please respect them.

If your ball lies within a roped off area not marked as GUR, you must play it as it lies. Ropes and stakes are movable obstructions from which relief can be taken under Rule 24-1a by removing them. A ball deflected by a rope or stake must be played as it lies without penalty (Rule 19-1). If you do move them when taking relief, please replace them carefully.

 

 

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