March 2020

This list is generated by The Golfing Committee to include: The Professional,
Handicap & Competitions Secretaries, Course Representative, Captain and
Ladies Captain, Vice Captains, Seniors Chairman.

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
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

3.   Immovable
Relief under Rule 16.1 may be taken from the following:

  1. The Protective
    Fence to the Left of the 5th Fairway:

Relief may be taken if the fence physically
interferes with a player’s area of intended stance or area of intended
swing.   If the nearest point of relief
is beyond the fence, the ball may be played without penalty from the dropping zone
on the side of the 5th hole (a relief area under Rule 14.3) as marked with
white paint, if the dropping zone is no nearer the hole.

(If your ball lies between the protective
fence on the 5th hole and the post & rail fence at the rear of the 9th tee,
as an extra relief option for this area, a player may drop a ball without
penalty in the dropping zone).  N.B. There is NO “line of play”
relief allowed from this protective fence.

Green-Keeping Access Paths: If a player's ball
in play comes to rest on the following established green-keeping access paths:

and 11th holes
: From green-keepers’ machinery shed to the left of 11th
across the 10th fairway, to include first cut semi-rough.

: 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.

: 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.

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.

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:

one penalty stroke under Rule 17.1.d.

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.

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
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.

Temporary Local Rules during Covid 19



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

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.

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