Local Rules

Notes

Note: Definition of ‘General Area’ is ’The area of the course that covers all of the course except for the other four defined areas:

(1) The teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing.
(2) All penalty areas.
(3) All bunkers.
(4) The putting green of the hole the player is playing.

Note: ‘Closely mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths cut through the rough cut to fairway height or less.

Ground under repair

When a player’s ball lies in ground marked as under repair, the player must take the appropriate free relief under rule 16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:-

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief but not nearer the hole.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. 

Drainage channels

Drainage Channels are an abnormal ground condition.

The player may take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief but not nearer the hole.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. 

Tyre & tractor marks

Tyre & Tractor Marks are an abnormal ground condition.

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief but not nearer the hole.

The player may take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. 

Fixed sprinkler heads

Fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions.

When a ball lies in the general area cut to fairway height or less, and a fixed sprinkler head on or within two club lengths of the putting green, and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play, the player may take free relief under rule16.1b by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief but not nearer the hole.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.