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Local Rules

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1. Protection of Young Trees

Protection of young trees identified by wooden stakes. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, in accordance with the procedure described in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction). If the ball lies in a water hazard, the player must lift and drop the ball in accordance with Rule 24-2b(i) except that the nearest point of relief must be in the water hazard and the ball must be dropped in the water hazard or the player may proceed under Rule 26. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

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

2. Protection of Daffodils

A ball which comes to rest amongst or close enough to daffodils whereby play would damage them, must be lifted, without penalty and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction). The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

3. Protection of Areas Subject to Excessive Wear

All direction signs, white lines or ropes to protect areas adjacent to greens or tees must be strictly adhered to.

4. Wrong Putting Green

A ball coming to rest on a wrong putting green, (as defined by the Rules of Golf - i.e. any putting green other than that of the hole being played), including a temporary green (not an extended main green) when the main green is in play, a main green when the temporary green (not an extended main green) is in play, must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped as near as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole, in accordance with Rule 25.3.

5. Seeded Divots

A ball which comes to rest in a seeded divot must be played as it lies. (Rules of Golf 2012-2013 Decision 33-8/34 removed the authority for a Committee to make a local rule “providing relief without penalty from a divot hole or a repaired divot hole (i.e. filled with sand or seed mix)”)

6. Aeration Holes

Through the green, a ball which comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted and dropped without penalty as near as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole, in accordance with Rule 25.3. On the putting green, the ball shall be placed at the nearest spot to where it lay, not nearer the hole, which avoids such situation. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

7. Out of Bounds

The Clubhouse premises and surrounding paths, the practice putting green, Waffrons Farm and Lands as defined by White Marker Posts or boundary fences are out of bounds. (Rule 27 applies).

8. Water Hazards

  • Water Hazards are indicated by yellow posts or lines.
  • Lateral water hazards are indicated by red posts or lines.
  • 5th Hole left lateral ditch – Hazardous Ground Conditions: All ground to the left of the line of red stakes, including the ditch, trees and area beyond (to the boundary fence on the far side of the 8th tees) is a prohibited area. Do Not Attempt to Retrieve Your Ball. The point of entry must be agreed with your fellow competitor and a ball dropped under penalty of one stroke within two club’s lengths not nearer the hole.

9. Ground Under Repair

A ball coming to rest on Ground under repair, as defined either by wire hoops, white lines or blue posts, MUST be lifted and dropped in accordance with the procedure in Rule 25-1b.

10. Obstructions

Movable Obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies)
  • All yardage marker posts and the directional post on the 12th hole.
  • Stones in Bunkers

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2 applies)

  • All other marker posts and direction posts; benches, bridges and bells, artificially surfaced roads & pathways & any posts bordering them.
  • Sprinklers & Manhole covers.
    All fixed sprinkler heads (& manhole covers) are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and such an obstruction, on or 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 shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids such intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
  • Road crossing the 5th & 8th holes & Protective fence on the 8th Hole. The area marked by blue posts is deemed to be Ground Under Repair (G.U.R.). A ball coming to rest within this area must be lifted and dropped within one club length of and not nearer to the hole than the nearest point of relief. The ball may be cleaned when lifted (Rule 25- 1b).

11. Lightning & Fog.

If lightning is about, play MUST be discontinued and players MUST proceed in accordance with Rule 6-8 whether or not a Klaxon is sounded.

If fog reduces visibility to the point that players cannot see their balls land, play MUST be discontinued and players MUST proceed in accordance with Rule 6-8 whether or not a Klaxon is sounded. The course will be closed, on ‘health and safety grounds, when fog has reduced visibility to the point that the Halfway Hut cannot be clearly seen from the Clubhouse.

Play is automatically discontinued on the sound of three short blasts of the Klaxon and a player may not override the Committee’s decision in this respect.

12. Distance Measuring Devices.

Effective 1st January 2006, for all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.

However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.

13. Embedded Ball.

A ball embedded in its own pitch mark may, provided it lies ‘Through the Green’, be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty.

Definition - ‘Through the Green’ is the whole area of the course except (1) the teeing ground & putting green of the hole being played, and (2) all hazards on the course.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF ANY LOCAL RULE
Match play - Loss of Hole : Stroke play - Two strokes.