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 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.

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.
  • 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.

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.

Immovable obstructions

  • All man- made paths and the public footpath that runs through the course are immovable obstructions.
  • 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.

Bunkers under complete renovation and marked as ground under repair

  • Bunkers under complete renovation and marked as ground under repair.
  • The player must take free relief (outside of the bunker) 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.

Out of bounds

  • A ball is out of bounds if all of it lies in, on or beyond any fence, hedge, line or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
  • The right of the 1st hole, The right of the 2nd hole, The back of the 5th green, The right of the 6th hole, The right of the 7th hole, The back of the 7th green, The right of the 9th hole.
  • Note: Where the out of bounds is defined by a hedge, the boundary line is considered to be the inside line of the hedge trunks at ground level. A ball at rest is out of bounds only when all of it is outside the boundary edge of the course. When defined by a stake or painted line on the ground, the boundary edge is the course-side edge of the stake or painted line, and the line itself is out of bounds.

Protection of young trees

  • Protection of Young Trees. Young trees identified by a stake or protective sleeve. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or intended area of swing, The player must take free relief under rule16.1f 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.

Playing the 4th hole

  • The ditch is a Yellow penalty area.

Playing the 8th hole

  • To avoid unduly delaying play, if there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under the following relief options:
  • Stroke-and-distance under rule 17.1d or Back-on-the-line under rule 17.1d.
  • If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue to play with it. If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally.
  • The peninsula (island) is included as part of the water hazard. A line drawn between the two yellow stakes defines the margin of the hazard. If you hit your ball into the hazard from the tee, you may not drop and play another from the peninsula.

Safety net on mens 9th white tee

  • The safety net that runs adjacent to the 9th/18th  tee box is an immovable obstruction. Free relief under rule 16.1 is allowed if it affects stance or swing. There is no free relief if line of sight is affected by the safety net.  The player may take free relief under rule 16.1b by dropping the ball in and playing it from the following relief area:- 
  • Reference Point – The nearest point of complete relief.
  • Size of Reference Area – One club length but not nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.
  • Note: When playing the 8th/17th  hole the 9th/18th  tee box is part of the general area.
  • Note: When playing the 9th/18th hole its tee box is not part of the general area.
  • Note: “Line of Sight Relief” is not allowed. Relief is only allowed if the net affects your stance or swing.

Playing the 9th hole

  • The ditch is a Red penalty area.

Fog & poor visibility

  • Play must not start from the 1st tee if the first bunker on the right-hand side of the first fairway is not clearly visible from the Men’s white tee markers.
  • Whilst on the course players must use their own judgement based on the distance demonstrated on the 1st tee and they must never hit a ball further than they can see it land.
  • If a player hits a shot “blind “ into fog or mist and hits somebody they could be found negligent and held personally liable for the injuries afflicted.
  • Club officials or Radley college grounds staff may, on occasion, suspend play by sounding an air horn. If this happens then play must be suspended immediately. Resumption will also be on the sound of the air horn.
  • All play during fog or mist is at the individuals own risk. 

Radley Golf Club Committee – October 2021