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Winter Rules – Preferred Lies and Embedded Ball

In order to protect the course and to promote fair play the following two temporary Local Rules (Preferred Lies and Embedded ball through the green) will be introduced from Monday 1st October 2018 and continue until further notice.

On the same day the existing temporary Local Rule providing relief from drainage cracks and slits will be withdrawn. However the existing temporary local providing relief from the work associated with the drainage scheme on holes 11, 12 and 18 will continue until further notice. (see below)

1) Temporary Local Rule - Preferred Lies
• If a player's ball lies on a closely mown area, through the green, the player may mark, lift and clean his ball without penalty. Before lifting he must mark the position of the ball. The player must then place the ball on a spot within 6 inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay.
• A player may only place his ball once and it is in play when it is placed (Rule 20-4).
• If the 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 stroke.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE Match play – loss of hole; Stroke play – two strokes

2) Temporary Local rule - Embedded ball (through the green)
Rule 25-2 provides relief without penalty for a ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in any closely mown area (fairway height or less) through the green.
However there are times through the winter months when extreme wetness and muddy conditions interfere with the proper playing of the game warranting relief from an embedded ball on a wider scale.
It is not possible to specify a general term such as 'semi rough' and it is impractical to select specific areas of the course which are prone to wetness. The following local rule provides extended relief for an embedded ball ' through the green' which is defined as anywhere on the course except all hazards and the teeing ground or putting green of the hole being played.
• Through the green a ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground ,other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as close as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole.
Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this local rule.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE Match play – loss of hole: Stroke play – two strokes

Barrie Jones Chair Competitions and Handicaps
On behalf of Management Committee 28th September 2018


Local Rule : 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 25-1b(1): 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.

REMINDER....An embedded ball on closely mown areas can be cleaned and dropped, a full explanation can be found here


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