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Local Rules

1. OUT OF BOUNDS

a) On and beyond any line defined by white posts, or any white out of bounds line.

b) Beyond any boundary hedge, or fence.

2. OBSTRUCTIONS

a) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions – relief under Rule 24-1 applies.

b) Roads and paths with artificial surfaces or sides are immovable obstructions – relief under Rule 24-2 applies.

c) Staked Trees – if such a tree interferes with the players stance or area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, a dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2 (Immoveable Obstruction).

Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this Local Rule if (a) interference by anything other than such a tree makes the stroke clearly impracticable or (b) interference by such a tree would occur only through the use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

d) Telephone cables – if a ball strikes an elevated cable the stroke is cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5.

3. LATERAL WATER HAZARDS - Holes 10, 13 & 15.

All hazards are defined by Red Stakes. Rule 26 applies.

4. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS

a) Heather regeneration areas warrant special protection and play is prohibited from those areas indicated by white lines AND BLUE POSTS. Players MUST take relief from those areas in accordance with Rule 25-1. All other areas defined as Ground Under Repair are marked with a white line or indicated with a notice. Relief under Rule 25-1 may be taken.                      

b) All Temporary Greens and the Practice Chipping Green, when not in play are Wrong Putting Greens and Rule 25-3 applies. Relief MUST be taken when a ball lies on such a Green. Interference to a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing is not of itself interference under this rule.

c) A player may obtain relief under Rule 25-1 from hoof-marks and ruts made by wheeled vehicles.

d) Aeration Holes – Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

5. FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS

All fixed sprinkler heads are Immovable Obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2.

In addition, if a ball lies through the green and an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where it lay that (a) is 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.

6. DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES

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

7. ADDITIONAL LOCAL RULES

Any Local Rules that may be warranted are in force when displayed on the Notice Board.

8. PENALTY.

The penalty for breach of a Local Rule is:

Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTES

Players are requested to be mindful at all times for the safety of Greenkeepers working on the course other players and the general public. In the absence of a clear notice on the appropriate tee or green to the contrary, players teeing-off have priority over adjacent greens, except when putting has already commenced. Players should be aware at all times that the public has right of way on the footpaths.