Local Winter Rules 2016/17

Temporary local rules as amended on the 1st of January 2017 

Casual Water

“Casual water’’ is any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a water hazard and is visible before or after the player takes his stance. Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Manufactured ice is an obstruction. Dew and frost are not casual water. A ball is in casual water when it lies in or any part of it touches the casual water

Wrong Putting Green

A “wrong putting green” is any putting green other than that of the hole being played. Unless otherwise prescribed by the Committee, this term includes practice putting green or pitching green on the course.

During the winter months a main green must be deemed the wrong green when a temporary is in play for the hole.

 Temporary greens should be deemed as GUR and golfers must take relief under Rule 25-1

As outlined by the R&A Rules of Golf Appendix 1 part B

  1. “Preferred Lies” and “Winter Rules”

Adverse conditions, including the poor condition of the course or the existence of mud, are sometimes so general, particularly during winter months that the Committee may decide to grant relief by temporary Local Rule either to protect the course or to promote fair and pleasant play. The Local Rule should be withdrawn as soon as the conditions warrant.

  1. “Preferred Lies” and “Winter Rules”

A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted, without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. When play from fairways is not permitted the player having lifted the ball, he must place it on an artificial surface designed for the purpose of striking a golf ball not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. If a player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner such as rolling it with a club he incurs a penalty of one shot.

Exception:

A player, at their discretion may not use an artificial surface on a closely-mown area should the ball’s proximity to the green permit a reasonable stroke to be taken with a putter.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied.

  1. Aeration Holes

Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground 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.

Exceptions:

 

  1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.

 

  1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

 

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

All areas marked as GUR defined by either stakes, ropes or a white lines is ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in the area, or it interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1.

 Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

 When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

 The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

 This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

 Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Miscellaneous Course Damage

All course renovation works, including newly seeded areas, drainage disruption and damage caused by heavy equipment, is ground under repair (GUR), even if not so marked with white lines. If a player’s ball lies in such a condition, or if such condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1b(i): Abnormal Ground Conditions – Relief. The player must lift their ball and drop it without penalty within one club length, of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

Winter golfing advice and arrangements: in an effort to try and reduce the wear and tear around holes and the areas immediately surrounding them, the greens committee wishes to enlist the help of golfers during the winter period, especially when  the greens are wet. Although the rules of golf do not permit the introduction of a local rule permitting golfers to putt from the green leaving the flagstick in the hole, golfers playing social/non-competition golf are encouraged to refrain from having the flagstick attended when winter rules are in force. Similarly, when compulsory, golfers are required to tee from the artificial tee mats and use artificial mats in closely mown areas through the green. The exception of this rule, at the player’s discretion, and only when the ball’s proximity to the green permits a reasonable stroke to be taken with a putter.

Please help protect the course by observing all fenced, hooped, roped and white line restrictions. Buggy and trolley users must respect all restrictions in no go areas and are asked to keep buggys and trolleys well away from tees and greens. Please remember that the use of temporary greens or the implementation of other buggy and trolley restrictions are short term measures designed to protect the golf course from damage and to help ensure the health and safety of all golfers and employees. In essence, please do all you can to help protect the course during the winter.

Thank you for your continued support.