Local Rules

Updated 1st September

Ground Under Repair (GUR)

The following areas are defined as GUR:
• Any areas bounded by a white line or indicated by GUR signage
• Planted areas around the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 10th tees plus the planted area and laurel hedge bordering the footpath by the 6th tee and to the rear of the 5th green (Note, unless listed here, or individually marked all remaining shrub beds are in play)
If a player’s ball lies in any of these areas, or if the area interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16-1 applies.

Relief for Ball in General Area

If a player’s ball is in the general area and there is interference by an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area.

  • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief in the general area.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

      • Must be in the general area,
      • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
      • There must be complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.

No Play Area

All wildflower areas are defined as No Play and areas marked with Blue stakes or Blue lines are additionally no entry areas.
A player MUST take free relief if:
• His or her ball is in a no-play zone, or
• A no play zone interferes with his or her area of intended stance or area of intended swing in playing a ball outside the no play zone
Rule 16.1f applies

Out of Bounds (OOB)

A ball is declared Out of Bounds when it lies:
• Beyond the inside edge of any hedge, or fence that forms the boundary of the course
• Beyond the nearest inside line of white stakes indicating OOB on any hole. (On the line is OOB)
Another ball must be played from where you last played under penalty of stroke and distance under Rule 18

Obstructions

The following are defined as immovable obstructions: (Rule 16.1 Applies)
• All artificial surfaces, constructed paths, steps
• Irrigation valve boxes
• Winter tee mats
• All benches and the bell on the 5th hole
• The fence to the left side of the 4th green
Relief may be taken under Rule 24.2 if the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or intended path of swing only. Relief may not be taken if the obstruction only interferes with the intended line of the ball.
• Sprinkler heads
Relief may be taken if such an obstruction on, or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played and within two club-lengths of the ball, interferes on the line of play between the ball and the hole. The player may obtain relief without penalty by dropping within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

The following are defined as movable obstructions: (Rule 15.2 applies)
• Stones in bunkers
• Rake supports in bunkers
• Red and Yellow stakes
• Temporary signage, post and ropes directing players around greens

The following are defined as integral parts of the course: (Rule 19 applies)
• White stakes
• All Bridges
The ball must be played as it lies. Relief may only be taken as an unplayable lie under penalty of one stroke.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17 Applies)
• Any area marked by red stakes whether or not containing water

Protection of Young Trees
Relief must be taken from young trees that are identified by stakes including in penalty areas. Old tree wraps or guards do not constitute a staked tree. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his or her intended swing the ball must be lifted and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 16-1(f)) or Rule 17-1.(e) if in a penalty area. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

Miscellaneous
• On the 10th Hole if a ball strikes the overhead cables the ball must be replayed from the original position. Rule 14.6 applies
If a ball hits the power line, the stroke does not count and the player must play the stroke again.