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LOCAL RULES. To be read in conjunction with Local Rules on the back of the scorecard.

OUT OF BOUNDS

 Beyond the boundary of the course, fence or white stakes.
Where white lines are used, white stakes are only indicators.INTERNAL OUT OF BOUNDS – RIGHT OF 16th HOLE. The margin of the Out of Bounds area is clearly marked by white stakes. Hole. The boundary stakes are immovable obstructions when playing any other hole. (Relief under rule 24-2).
This area is Out of Bounds only when playing the 16th

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR) AND ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS

Areas encircled by white lines. Vehicle ruts, through the green.
Scoured areas in bunkers. Areas of course reconstruction when marked.Drains under construction, sunken and new drains. The turf nursery to the left of the 5th hole.
Tree removal. Relief may be taken from the bare earth from which a tree has been removed. Tree stumps are not GUR unless clearly marked. be taken under Rule 25-1b(i) for stance, lie or area of intended swing. For this relief to be taken you must see the ball enter the spongy ground.
Areas of “Spongy Turf” defined as ground which significantly changes shape when a player applies weight to it yet no casual water appears on the surface are also to be considered as abnormal ground conditions. Relief without penalty may

INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE
Barked covered areas and gardens are integral parts of the course. Relief may only be taken under penalty of one stroke.

WATER HAZARDS – 3RD HOLE AND EITHER SIDE OF 15TH HOLE
The boundary of the hazard is marked by a line, but where this is not visible the concrete edging and rocks are in the hazard. The boundary of the hazard will be the course side of rocks and concrete. A ball touching the rocks or concrete is in the hazard.

TEMPORARY GREENS

A Temporary Putting Green is defined as a Wrong Putting Green when not in play (Rule 25-3).

EMBEDDED BALL
Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, other than sand, 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.

MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

Stones in bunkers are considered to be movable obstructions. (Rule 24.1).

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

Staked Trees. Relief procedures as per wording in Rules of Golf, Appendix I, Part B, 3.
Immovable Obstructions (eg sprinkler heads) Close to Putting Green. If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction on or within 2 club lengths of the putting green and within 2 club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play, Relief may be taken as defined in Rules of Golf, Appendix I, Part B, 6.
Formed paths (including stone and shell covered paths). Relief as per Rule 24-2.

CLEAN AND PLACE
A ball lying 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 1 Club Length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard, and not on a putting green.
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it, moves the ball-marker prior to putting the ball back into play or moves the ball in any other matter, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF THE BALL ON THE PUTTING GREEN (effective January 1st, 2017)
If the ball was accidentally moved (only on the putting green) by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of the caddies or equipment, there is no penalty and the ball is to be replaced and played from its original location.

PENALTY FOR BREACHING LOCAL RULES
Match Play – Loss of Hole Stroke Play – Two strokes