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:

  • The teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole being played.
  • All penalty areas.
  • All bunkers.
  • 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.

Bunkers under complete renovation and marked as Ground Under Repair

The player must take free relief (outside of the bunker) 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.

Abnormal Ground Conditions

  • Drainage Channels are an abnormal ground condition.
  • Tyre & Tractor Marks are an abnormal ground condition.

The player may take 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.

Immovable Obstructions

  • All man-made paths and the public footpath that runs through the course are immovable obstructions.
  • Bridges are immovable obstructions.
  • The hut near the 6th tee is an immovable obstruction.
  • The bench on the 8th tee is an immovable obstruction.
  • Fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions.
    (see “Immovable Obstruction – Line of Play” below for additional rule)
  • The safety net that runs adjacent to the 9th/18th tee box is an immovable obstruction.
    (see “Immovable Obstruction – Line of Play” below for additional rule)

Free relief under rule 16.1 is allowed if an immovable obstruction affects a player’s stance or intended area of swing.

The player may take 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.

Immovable Obstructions – Line of Play

Safety Net

  • The safety net adjacent to the 9th/18th tee box is an immovable obstruction.

When playing the 8th/17th hole, if the safety net affects a player’s Line of Play, and the ball is in play nearer the hole than where the dropping zone is located.

The player may take free relief under rule 16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point:  The green stake between the 9th/18th tee and the lake.

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.

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.

Fixed Sprinkler Heads

  • The 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 rule 16.1b 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.

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 yellow penalty area, 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 yellow penalty area, the player must continue to play with it. If the original ball is found in the yellow penalty area, 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 yellow penalty area. A line drawn between the two yellow stakes defines the margin of the penalty area. If you hit your ball into the penalty area from the tee, you must not drop and play another from the peninsula.

Playing the 9th Hole

  • The ditch is a Red penalty area.

Priority on the 1st / 10th Tee

Fixtures designated as ‘MATCH’ on the fixture list have first priority on the 1st and 10th tees.  Club knock-out matches have no special standing.

When the whole group is leaving the 9th green, and nobody is ready and waiting to start their match on the 1st tee, they have the right to claim the 1st tee.

When the whole group is leaving the 9th green, and a group is ready and waiting to start their match on the 1st tee, they have the right to slot in immediately behind that group and ahead of any other waiting groups.

Radley Golf Club Committee – May 2022