Local Rules

As amended for 2019

1 Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds (OOB) is marked by:


  • a) Any fence, line of white posts or white line marking the boundary of the course
  • b) The white posts to the right and behind the 1st tee and adjoining the practice green
  • c) The greenkeeping enclosure to the left of the 3rd and 5th holes as marked by the white stakes
  • d) The white posts to the right of the 5th hole. When playing any other hole these may be treated as immovable obstructions and relief taken as Rule 16.1
  • e) The pathway marked with the white posts and the line on top of the wall to the right of the 18th tee


2 Penalty Areas

Penalty areas are marked with red posts and/or lines
3 Movable Obstructions
Movable obstructions include:

  • a) All distance markers posts
  • b) Penalty area posts
  • c) Bunker rakes
  • d) Posts in the rough marking skylark nesting sites
 4 Abnormal Course Conditions

Free relief is allowed from:
  • a) Animal Holes
  • b) Temporary Water
  • c) Immovable Obstructions
  • i. All artificially surfaced paths other then the path to the left of the 18th green (see 5)
  • ii. All bridges in Penalty Areas. A ball may be played as it lies, or relief may be taken.
  • iii. All tee distance markers
  • iv. Sprinkler manhole covers
  • v. The concrete area and guard rails on the right of the 16th fairway
    vi. OOB posts marking right of the 5th when playing any other hole
5 Integral parts of the course
Free relief is not allowed from these integral parts of the course. The ball to be played as it lies or declared unplayable.
  • a) The wall at the rear of the 18th tee
  • b) The path to the left of the 18th green
  • c) The walls on the 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th and 12th holes
6 Stones
In the General Area of the course relief may be obtained without penalty if a ball lies on or near an embedded stone. The ball may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief but no nearer the hole. The player may not claim relief if anything other than the embedded stone interferes with their stroke.

7 Fixed Sprinkler heads
The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if a Fixed Sprinkler Head is on the line of play, and is:
  • a) Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and
  • b) Within two club-lengths of the ball.
8 Tractor Tracks
Tractor or cart tracks are to be considered ‘ground under repair’ and relief may be taken as provided in Rule 14.

9 Lateral Relief
When the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area, as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area:
  • •Reference Point: The estimated point on the opposite edge of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.
  • •Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Two club-lengths, but with these limits:
    o Limits on Location of Relief Area:
  •  Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
  •  May be in any area of the course except the same penalty area, but
  •   If more than one area of the course is located within two club-lengths of the reference point, the ball must come to rest in the relief area in the same area of the course that the ball first touches when dropped in the relief area.
10 Local Wrong Green playing the 16th hole
If when playing the 16th a ball is on the area around the 2nd green cut to fringe height or lower, the player must take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the nearest of the two dropping zones identified by white lines. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.

11 Winter Rule – Preferred Lies (during times dictated by the club)
When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One scorecard length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  •  Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    o
  •    Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
  •    Must be in the general area.
    In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

12 Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Out of Bounds
During a social round of golf and not a competition or supplementary round where scores are recorded, players are encouraged to use the following rule.
When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):
  • Two Estimated Reference Points:
  • (a). Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:  
            Come to rest on the course, or
            Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go   out of bounds.
  • (b). Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.
For purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway" means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.
If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.
Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:
  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  •  A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).
    But with these limits:
    Limits on Location of Relief Area:
  •   Must be in the general area, and
  •   Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.
    Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:
  •   The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.
  •   This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).
    But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:
  •   That ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or
    • The player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).
    A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

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