Local rules


1. PREFERRED LIES – A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

2. 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.

3. ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN - 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.

4. SEAMS OF TURF – Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be ground under repair. However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1. If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25.1. All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.

5. AERATION HOLES – On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation. On a closely mown area, 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.

6. ALLANDER 5TH HOLE – OUT OF BOUNDS - The area to the right of the 5th fairway, as defined by the white posts, is out of bounds.

Definitions:
Through the green – The whole of the course except: a) the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played, and b) all hazards on the course.
Hazards – Any bunker or water hazard.


GOLF COUNCIL : 1st April 2018