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Local Rules

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN

Local Rule effective from January 1st 2017

Rules 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 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.”

RELIEF FROM ARTIFICIAL HOLE COVERS ON GREENS
Relief may be taken from Artificial Hole Covers on Greens as follows:-
If your ball is on the green and the Artificial Hole Cover is on the line of your putt you may place your ball on the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. (Rule 25-1b(iii))
You may also obtain relief as above if your putting stance or area of intended swing is impeded by the Artificial Hole Cover (e.g. Standing on it or touching it on your backswing or follow through). (Rule 25-1b(iii))
You may also repair the Artificial Hole Cover by lifting it up or pushing down to ensure it is level with the surface of the green. (Rule 16-1c)

PLUGGED BALL
Through the Green, a ball embedded in its own pitchmark in the ground maybe lifted, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the original pitchmark, but not nearer the hole (i.e. the one or two club length relief rule does not apply for plugged balls)
After dropping the ball if it lands back in its original pitchmark it maybe redropped

After dropping the ball it may roll up to two club lengths from the point it touches the ground until it comes to rest, but not nearer the hole. A ball rolling more than two club lengths or coming to rest nearer the hole (from its original pitchmark) must be redropped.

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 of the Rules of Golf.
The penalty for breach of Rule 14-3 is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

TREES AND PLANTINGS IDENTIFIED BY BLUE STAKES
Trees and plantings identified by BLUE stakes. If such a tree or planting interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction) i.e. within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule.
Exception:
A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if (a) interference by anything other than such a tree or planting makes the stroke clearly impracticable or (b) interference by any such a tree or planting would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

WHITE STAKES ON 7TH HOLE ARE DEEMED AS IMMOVABLE OBJECT

White stakes installed between the 6th and 7th holes define out of bounds during the play of the 6th hole, but they have no significance during the play of the 7th hole. These stakes cannot be removed. Take relief under Rule 24-2. The Ball may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the Ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.’

TRACTOR TYRE MARKS
Tractor Tyre Marks are deemed as Ground under Repair and Rule 25-1 Applies.
Relief: If the ball lies through the green, 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. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Course Committee/Competitions Committee – Last updated 26th April 2017

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