Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green - 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.
Aeration Holes - Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted , without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, cleaned and placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
Balls Struck Beyond the Boundaries of the Course - Any player who strikes a ball beyond the boundary of the course must report the time and place of the incident to the Professional’s Shop immediately after play.
Blue Staked Areas - are Abnormal Ground Conditions. If a ball is found in an abnormal ground condition, relief may be taken under Rule 25-1b. If the ball to be dropped under this Rule is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted, (Rule 25-1b, Note 2). If the ball is not found it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the abnormal ground condition, Rule 25-1c then applies. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1 (Lost Ball).
Note:- If a Dropping Zone is marked, the ball must be played from within the marked area.
Drainage Hole on 12th Green – Is an immovable obstruction only if a player’s ball lies on the putting green. If the Drainage Hole intervenes on the player’s line of putt, the player may take relief by placing the ball on the nearest point that avoids interference by the Drainage Hole (Rule 24-2).
Out of Bounds – is beyond the boundaries of the course or any part of the course so marked. Objects defining out of bounds such as hedges, fences and white stakes are not obstructions but are fixed, there is no relief (Rule 27-1b) A ball is out of bounds if :-
*All of it lies beyond the inside face of a white stake or fence post at ground level
*At 7th and 10th holes it lies in or beyond the ditch on the edge of the car park
*At 16th, 17th, and 18th holes, it lies in or beyond the ditch, or within the white stakes marking the perimeter of the Practice Ground
*It lies on any part of the car park or precincts of the clubhouse
*It lies in the cultivated border areas, under the wall to the right of the 16th Medal Tee, the border alongside the Practice
Putting Green or the border behind the 1st Tee
Note :- A Player may stand Out of Bounds to play a ball lying in bounds
Paths – All artificial paths, including the sides thereof , and gravelled areas, are immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2b). Note: The sides and ends of such paths are clearly defined; there is no relief from any artificial surface material which has been ‘carried’ beyond these limits.
Pathway to the Roadside of the 11th Tee – together with the whole of the Garden, Patio Area, Pavilion and furniture thereon is designated an immovable obstruction (Rule 24-2). Relief must be taken by dropping the ball in the Dropping Zone located at the 11th fairway end of the pathway.
Practice Putting Green – A ball lying on the practice putting green must be lifted and dropped in the Dropping Zone, above the 18th green, marked by the white line.
Professional’s Teaching Bay is an immovable obstruction. Players must take relief if the obstruction interferes with their ball, stance or intended swing (Rule 24-2b). Note:- Relief does not include ‘line of sight’
Sprinkler Heads – Are immovable obstructions. Relief, without penalty, must be taken (Rule 24-2b) In Addition: If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole the player may take relief as follows:-
The ball must 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.
If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may take relief as follows:-
The ball must be lifted and placed 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.
Staked Trees – If such a tree 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 rule 24-2b. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
Stones in Bunkers – Are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1).
Tractor Tracks – Relief may be taken only on closely mown areas of the course, ( i.e. grass mown to fairway height). Rule 25-1 applies.
Winter Greens & Practice Pitching Greens – Are wrong putting greens, (Rule 25-3) Relief must be taken.
Note:- If the ball lies off the green a player may stand on the green to play the stroke.
Revised July 2017
PLEASE REPAIR PITCH MARKS. REPLACE DIVOTS.
LEAVE RAKES IN THE BUNKERS.
OBSERVE COURSE ETIQUETTE.
PLEASE AVOID SLOW PLAY.