PERMANENT LOCAL RULES
- Trees: If a staked tree or staked shrub interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief as provided in Rules 16.1f
- The entire racetrack area (i.e. between the inside and outside running rails) is GUR. Relief MUST be taken under rule 16.1a. A player may select to drop their ball on either side of the track, no nearer the hole, even if that point is not the nearest point of relief.
- If a ball STRIKES THE RACETRACK RAIL, and/or supports of the rail, including any furlong posts, the player MAY replay the ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the ball was played, without penalty.
- If the Race Course fence endangers player, the player may lift the ball, without penalty, and drop it behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point between himself and the hole; with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.
- If the RACETRACK RAIL and raised turf platform extending from under the rail interferes with a players STANCE AND/OR SWING (despite the ball not being on the racetrack) it is to be treated as AN IMMOVABLE OBBSTRUCTION. Relief may be taken under Rule 16.1a
- Wheel Marks: In the General Area wheel marks made by a mower, tractor or motor vehicle may be treated as G.U.R. Relief can be obtained from artificial surfaces as per Rule 16b.
- All stakes, hoops, ropes and supports defining the margins of hazards and ground under repair, as well as hoses and signs, are to be treated as immovable obstructions. Relief may be taken as per Rule 16.1a
- If a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and a sprinkler head or hoops or ropes and/or their supports on or within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole; (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
- Sprinkler heads – treat as immovable obstructions (Rule 16.1a).
- The barrier fence erected behind the 15th green and between the 2nd & 4th Tees:If the safety fence between the 11th tee and 15th green and the safety fence between the 2nd and 4th tees, interferes with a player’s swing or line of play, then the player may take free relief by dropping their ball within a club length of either of the end posts with the ball no closer to the hole being played than the fence post. (Note: this refers only the safety fences, NOT the perimeter boundary fence. The building between 6th & 7th holes:If the building situated between the 6th & 7th holes interferes with a players swing or line of play, then the player may take free relief by dropping a ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole.
- The distance markers are immovable obstructions and relief is permissible under Rule 16.1b.
- If a bunker has areas damaged by rainfall causing gutters and troughs to be formed, then such areas are to be treated as an Abnormal Ground condition. Players may obtain relief under Rule 16.1c.i.e.:
- Drop a ball without penalty in the bunker as near as possible to the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole, on ground which affords maximum available relief, i.e. groundwhich is most nearly normal.
- For one penalty stroke, drop the original ball or another ball (see Rule 14.3) in a relief area that is based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the spot of the original ball.
- When a players ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may for a 2 shot penalty drop a ball on the edge of the fairway closest to where the ball crossed out of bounds but no nearer the hole or for a ball that cannot be found the player may drop a ball on the edge of the fairway closest to where the ball was estimated to finish but no nearer the hole.
For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 4.3a.”
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 4.3a: General Penalty