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LOCAL RULES 2018

RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL
Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball, when dropped, must first strike a part of the course through the green.

RELIEF FROM TRACTOR MARKS
Through the green, a ball that is lying in the Green Keeper’s Tractor Marks may be lifted, without penalty and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief under Rule 25-1.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR
Areas of the course which have stones, sand or pulverised sandstone applied to extend existing pathways or provide additional walkways are to be treated as Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited.
If a player’s ball lies in the affected area or if it interferes with the player’s stance, the player must lift the ball and drop it without penalty within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief under Rule 25-1.

GRAVEL BANDING – DRAINAGE WORK
GUR PLAY PROHIBITED
Gravel Banding is taking place on various holes throughout the course; this is to be treated as Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited.
Any new drainage runs are to be treated as Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited.
If a player’s ball lies in/on the gravel banding or new drainage runs, or if it interferes with the player’s stance, the player must lift the ball and drop it without penalty within one club-length of and not nearer the hole then the nearest point of relief under Rule 25.1.

WATER HAZARD BOUNDARY POSTS
Sunken markers for both Lateral and Normal Water Hazards are to be treated as Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2 applies). Thus if a ball is NOT in the hazard, relief may be taken if the Obstruction interferes with either stance or swing.
If the ball is in the hazard, no relief applies and the player must proceed under the water hazard Rule 26.
Clarification: It should be noted that all markers defining a water hazard are deemed to be inside the water hazard and, as such, the margin of any hazard is defined as the nearest outside points of the markers at ground level. A ball is in a water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches a water hazard. Thus a ball resting against the hazard markers is deemed to be in the hazard and no relief is permissible.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN
Rule 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 causes such as effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”
Penalty for Breach of Local Rules;
Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke play – Two Strokes

ABNORMAL DAMAGE AREAS CAUSED BY OUR WEATHER
There are areas of the course, for example right of the 8th green (see picture below), that have cracked due to weather conditions.
A ball lying in such an area may be lifted and dropped without penalty within one club length, and no nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief under rule 25.1.


Handicap Committee
July 2018

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