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Temporary Local Rules – Preferred Lies and Drainage Scheme

Winter Rules

In line with the modernisation of the Rules of Golf which came into effect on 1st January 2019 it has been necessary to redraft the current Temporary Local Rules and in particular those relating to Winter Rules.

Previously there were the following two Temporary Local Rules:

  • Preferred Lies
  • Relief for an Embedded Ball through the green

Preferred Lies

The following is the new wording of the Temporary Local Rule for Preferred Lies. In substance the Local Rule is very similar.  

Temporary Local Rule - Preferred Lies

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
Reference point: Spot of original ball.
Size of relief area measured from the Reference Point:
6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
• Must not be nearer the hole than reference point, and
• Must be in the General Area.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose the spot, place the ball and use the procedures for replacing the ball under Rules 12.2b (2) and 14.2e.
Penalty for playing the Ball from the Wrong Place in breach of Local Rule:
The general penalty under Rule 14.7a
Loss of hole in Match Play or two penalty strokes in Stroke Play

Embedded Ball

It is no longer necessary to introduce a Local Rule to provide relief for an embedded ball.

Rule 16.3 now provides relief without penalty for an embedded ball in the general area which was previously known as through the green.

Drainage works and Miscellaneous Course Damage

Given the general course conditions following the drainage works in 2017/18 there is a need to introduce a temporary local rule to provide relief in areas which may take some time to recover.

All course renovation works, newly seeded areas, drainage disruption and damage caused by heavy equipment is ground under repair even if not so marked with white lines.

If a player's ball lies in such a condition, or if such a condition interferes with the player's stance or area of intended swing the player must take relief under
Rule 16-1b: 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.

Any roped off areas are retained for traffic management purposes but not marked as GUR.



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