NEW LOCAL RULE:
The R&A and USGA have introduced a New Local Rule which eliminates penalty for a golfer who accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green. The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a golf competition to use starting 1st January 2017.
The Competition & Handicap Committee has adopted the New Local Rule as follows, with immediate effect:-
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."
OUT OF BOUNDS:
In or over Boundary Ditches and over all Boundary Hedges and Fences; the Practice Putting Green; the Car Park; over the Posts, Ornamental Wall and Chains in front of the Club house; the Path around the Professional's Shop and the Crew Yard.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Rule 24-2 applies.
- Young trees identified by stakes, wire cages or plastic protectors
- All artificial surfaces and constructed paths and bridges
- 150 yard marker posts and marker discs
- Public footpath way-marker posts
- Bell support posts 13th & 16th holes
- Drinking water fountains
- Buildings and shelters
- Sprinkler Heads and Inspection Covers. In addition, relief may be obtained if a sprinkler head within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, and the ball is within two club-lengths of the sprinkler head and not in a hazard.
MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Rule 24-1 applies.
- Stones in bunkers
- Rakes and rake supports
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. 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 function is actually used.
FLOOD DAMAGE and SEEDED AREAS (when applicable)
Seeded areas and areas of grass damaged by flooding are to be treated as GROUND UNDER REPAIR and Rule 25-1 applies
TYRE TRACKS (when applicable)
There has been some drainage fitted to a few holes on the course
which has left fairly deep tyre marks from the tractors.
If your ball comes to rest here please treat it as GUR
and take a free drop to the nearest point of relief.
(Rules 24-2 and 25-1) - Immovable Obstructions and Abnormal Ground Conditions apply
TEMPORARY LOCAL RULE (July 2018)
Due to the recent dry spell, cracks are beginning to appear on closely-mown areas.
Through the green, relief my be obtained when a ball comes to rest in a ground crack. Players may take a free drop at one club's length and not nearer the hole.
(Rule 25-1) - Immovable Obstructions and Abnormal Ground Conditions apply.
The Competition and Handicap Committee has deemed that interference with a player’s stance by an abnormal ground condition of this nature is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule.