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Local Rules

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1. Out of Bounds

Beyond any area defined as out of bounds by white stakes or Surbiton Golf Club boundary markers.

The Clubhouse premises and surrounding paths, the practice putting green, Waffrons Farm and Lands as defined by White Marker stakes or boundary fences are out of bounds

2. Wrong Putting Green (Rule 13.1f)

When a temporary green has been clearly marked, but is not in play, a ball lying in the designated area must be dropped at the nearest point of complete relief, without penalty.

Any putting green that has been replaced by a temporary putting green is a wrong green and free relief for interference must be taken under Rule 13.1f.

This local rule does not include the “green” on the short-game practice area adjacent to the halfway house.

3. Protection of Young Trees, Daffodils, or Wild Flowers

If a player's ball comes to rest:

a) so that a young tree identified by stakes or tags interferes with a players stance or area of intended swing

b) amongst or close enough to daffodils whereby play would damage them, or

c) close enough for play to damage the wild flowers planted to the right of the first fairway, left of the second fairway, or next to the path leading from the twelfth green to the thirteenth tee then it is deemed to be lying in a no play zone, and the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f

Note: If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player's stance or area of intended swing exists from a young tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17.1e(2).

4. Aeration Holes (Including Fairway Aeration Slits)

Within the General Area, a ball which lies in or touches on an aeration hole may be lifted and dropped without penalty under Rule 16.1(b). On the putting green, the ball shall be placed at the nearest point of complete relief, under Rule 16.1(d).

BUT interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.

5. Penalty Areas. Rule 17

Red and /or Yellow Stakes denote Penalty Areas.

On the play of the 5th Hole, the red penalty area is defined on the left side by the ditch and extends to infinity. It is a No Play Zone, and players must not attempt to retrieve their golf ball due to Health and Safety concerns. Players must proceed under penalty relief (Rule 17.1d).

6. Abnormal Ground Conditions – G.U.R (Rule 16.1)

Any area of the course marked with blue or white lines, stakes or a G.U.R sign. If a player’s ball lies in or touches an area defined as G.U.R, or if the area interferes with the player’s stance or the area of their intended swing then the player MUST take relief from interference without penalty”

7. Movable Obstructions (Rule 15.2a)

All yardage marker stakes and the directional stake on the 12th hole.

8. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1)

All other marker stakes, Tee signs and direction posts; benches, bridges and bells, artificially surfaced roads & paths & 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 16.1.

In addition, relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 16.1b. when the obstruction is on the line of play, within two club-lengths of the putting green, and within two club-lengths of the ball.

9. Lightning & Fog.

If lightning is about, play must be discontinued, and players must proceed in accordance with Rule 5.7 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 5.7 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. Play is resumed on the sound of one long blast of the klaxon

10. Path to the right of the 18th

Players may take relief from the "path" on the right-hand side of the fairway on the 18th (where the greenkeepers drive).

If the ball lies on the path the player may take relief under rule 16.1a.

11. Road crossing the 5th & 8th holes & Protective fence on the 8th Hole.

The area marked by blue posts is deemed to be a No Play Zone. Relief must be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b.

Note:-

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.

 

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