Temporary Local Rules
Special or Required Relief Procedures
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:
Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
Must be in the general area.
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.
Penalty for breach of local rule - General Penalty
Match Play – loss of hole
Stroke Play – 2-strokes
Protection around Greens
It is that time again when action must be taken to protect the green fringes & surrounds.
As in previous years – roping & support stays shall soon be installed, with a significant difference!
They will be hammered into the ground with the intention that they are "not to be removed"!!
On that basis, it becomes obvious that these must be treated as an Immovable Obstruction & covered by Rule 16.1 (Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions)).
Attempting to remove or removing from the ground shall be deemed to be in breach of Rule 16.1 = General Penalty!!
NB: I have also been advised by Management that offenders shall be removed from the course!!
Now you all know what that means...
Any obstruction that:
Cannot be moved without unreasonable effort or without damaging the obstruction or the course, and
Otherwise does not meet the definition of a movable obstruction.
The Committee may define any obstruction to be an immovable obstruction, even if it meets the definition of movable obstruction.
Just in case you....
An obstruction that can be moved with reasonable effort and without damaging the obstruction or the course.
If part of an immovable obstruction or integral object (such as a gate or door or part of an attached cable) meets these two standards, that part is treated as a movable obstruction.
Players should read-up on the integral object & obstruction definitions; & what your options are for taking appropriate relief...
For those that may ask “what happens if my ball hits either the Rope or Stay?”
- The shot is not to be replayed – play it as it lies or take relief as above.
If clubs have made the decision to modify the depth of the hole to allow players to remove the ball without touching the flagstick, scores will be acceptable for either competition or supplementary score purposes.