LOCAL RULES SUMMARY- EFFECTIVE: 21st Oct. 2020

  1. Ground Under Repair: All GUR will be marked by a white line or stakes – stakes have priority.
    When the margin of ground under repair is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the ground under repair and the margin of the ground under repair is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. Relief MUST be taken under Rule 16.1 from all areas marked “GUR play prohibited”.

    2. Flooded Bunkers: Flooded bunkers with a blue stake in are designated "through the green" and GUR. If a player’s ball lies in the bunker or the bunker interferes with the player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the player may take relief outside the bunker, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 16.1. All other bunkers on the course, regardless of whether they contain water, maintain their status as hazards and the Rules of Golf apply accordingly.

    3. Immovable Obstructions: Relief under Rule 16.1 may be taken from the following:
    i) Green-Keeping Access Paths: If a player's ball in play comes to rest on the following established green-keeping access paths:
    a. 10th and 11th holes: From green-keepers’ machinery shed to the left of 11th across the 10th fairway, to include first cut semi-rough.
    b. 12th hole: To the left of the fairway up to and including a drain cover beside the temporary green (12A)
    about 100 yards from the 12th green.
    c. 18th hole: To the right of the fairway and paths across the fairway at 50 yards and 200 yards (approx.) from
    the tee, to include first cut semi rough.
    ii) Ropes & Stakes/Posts: The ropes and their supporting stakes used to protect the course from excessive wear must not be moved as they are deemed to be immovable obstruction and relief may be taken under Rule 16.1. If a ball hits a rope or supporting stake protecting areas on the course, a player may take the shot again from its original position without penalty. Both of the above also apply to the rope and post fences around the course.
    iii) Other Obstructions: The fairway yardage marker discs, sprinkler heads, water valve covers, services and fixtures, inspection covers and the drain hole on the 1st green (if in the line of the intended putt); supporting posts of bells on holes 10 and 18; staked trees or tube-protected trees.

    4. Aeration Hole: 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.

    5. Out of Bounds (Rule 18): Beyond all boundary walls, hedges and fences and beyond the nearest inside points at ground level of all out of bounds white posts. If a fence runs through a hedge, the hedge is the boundary. Note: the electric badger fences are situated OOB from which there is no relief.

    6. Penalty Area 15th Hole: When playing the 14th and 15th holes, if a ball is in the red-staked penalty area between the 15th tee box and the 15th green, including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area, the player may take relief as follows:
    i) For one penalty stroke under Rule 17.1.d.
    ii) Also, but ONLY when playing the 15th hole, as an extra option a player may drop another ball in the dropping zone which is located to the left of the path to the 15th green. The dropping zone (or mat) is a relief area under Rule 14.3 for one penalty stroke. The dropping zone is NOT to be used when playing the 14th hole.
    iii) Balls in the red-staked area must not be retrieved. The area is a ‘no play zone’. Players may not play a ball from within the red-staked penalty area.

    7. Prohibiting Play from Fringe of Wrong Green: When playing holes 3 and 10, if the player must take relief under rule 13 because his or her ball came to rest on the putting green of hole 3 or 5 when playing the 10th, or 10 when playing the 3rd, or if one of those putting greens interferes with his or her stance or area of intended swing:

    • In finding the relief area to be used when taking this relief, the putting greens of holes 3, 5 and 10 are defined to include the area of fairway within two club lengths from the edge of the putting green.
    • This means the nearest point of complete relief must avoid interference from this area in addition to the putting green.

    8. The Protective Fence to the Left of the 5th Fairway: The fence is an integral part of the course, not an immovable obstruction. As such there is no free relief option for stance, swing or line of play. Unplayable ball relief may be taken under Rule 19.2 (Relief Options for Unplayable Ball in General Area), adding one penalty stroke, or the ball may be played as it lies.

TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES CONCERNING PLAY DURING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

BUNKERS
For the duration of this period and until further notice, there will be no rakes available for smoothing bunkers and players are requested to use their feet and club to try their best to restore conditions after playing their shot.

Local Rule – Preferred Lies in Bunkers
When a player’s ball lies in part of a bunker the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

1. Reference Point: Spot of original ball
2. Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits -
• must not be nearer the hole than the reference point
• must be in the bunker
• the area must not be smoothed before placing
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for placing the ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a

ON THE PUTTING GREEN
Local Rule – Flagstick
Players MUST NOT deliberately touch or remove the flagstick at any time. If a flagstick is not correctly centered it may be moved into place by some means other than by touching with the hand, for example, using a putter head or elbow.

Penalty for breach of this local rule: General Penalty

Local Rule – Ball Holed
A player’s ball is considered ‘holed’ when any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green, even if not lodged against the flagstick.

22nd June 2020 - The local rules above are compliant with England Golf and R&A guidelines and satisfy CONGU regulations for Qualifying/Supplementary Scores. They have been approved by the Golfing Committee of Sherborne Golf Club.