Local Rules

Updated August 2023

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

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
• Red stakes
• Temporary signage, posts, 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.


Lost Ball in a Penalty Area

If you believe your ball to be potentially lost in a penalty area, under Local Rule you can play a provisional ball, by clearly stating the fact to your playing partners and playing a ball as if the first is lost according to the rules of golf i.e. with a penalty drop on the line of entry to the hazard in most cases.

If your ball is then found, continue with the original ball and pick up your provisional ball. If you can’t find your original ball (after no more than 3 minutes of looking) continue with your provisional ball which is now in play.

If a player does not know whether their ball is in a penalty area, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified by this local rule.

In playing the provisional ball:
· The player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1))
· The back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2))
· or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)).
· If a dropping zone is available for this penalty area, the player may also use that relief option.

Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Local Rule, they may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.

In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play, or if it must, or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply.

When the original ball Is found in the penalty area within a three-minute search time. The player may choose to either:

· Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count,


· Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.

When the original ball is not found within a three-minute search time or is known or virtually certain to be in the penalty area. The provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play.


Penalty for breach of Local Rule: General Penalty