Local Rules

Scoring:

  • Central to stroke play competitions remains the need to hole out on each hole, unless otherwise provided for in the format of play
  • Competitors will keep score for another player in the group
  • Keep up with the number of strokes of the player whose score you are keeping, as well as your own
  • Verify his score verbally at the completion of each hole before it is written down
  • Record his score, and your own score, in the proper places on the official scorecard
  • Prior to submitting a signed scorecard please ensure that your start, turn and end times have been provided
  • Make sure all scores are correct, legible, and the card has been signed by both the player and the Scorer

During Covid Crisis:

  • Players must not remove the flagstick.
  • The ball must be holed out at each hole in the round. The ball has to stay at rest with part of the ball below the hole. If the player fails to hole out at any hole, the player is disqualified.
  • If a player's ball comes to rest in a bunker, he may: Take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball: Within one club-length of the original spot not nearer the hole, prior to placing the ball the player will be allowed to Smooth the area in the bunker with hit feet or club.

 

  • Doubt as to Procedure Rule 3-3: In stroke play only, if a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. To proceed under this Rule, he must decide to play two balls after the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action (e.g., making a stroke at the original ball).

         The competitor should announce to his marker or fellow-competitor:

  •   that he intends to play two balls; and

  •   which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that ball

  • The player must report the facts to the Committee immediately upon completing play. The penalty for failure to do so is Disqualification.

     

 Out of Bounds

  • Defined by white stakes.
  • Defined by boundary fences including driving range fence.
  • A ball that crosses a public road and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.
  • Creek 9 and 18 along the side and back of the green with white paint on the cart path and curb.

Preferred Lies - Lift, Clean and Place

A player is entitled to prefer the lie of the ball when the ball lies on a closely mown area through the green. A “closely-mown area” is any area of the course that is cut to fairway height or less and includes paths cut through the rough and the fringe/apron around the green. If the ball does not lie on a closely mown area, e.g. the rough, the player cannot take a preferred lie.

If the player chooses to prefer the lie of the ball, the position of the ball must be first marked. Once the position of the ball has been marked, the player can then lift the ball and clean it if desired. The ball must then be placed on a spot no nearer the hole within one club length from where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

 

Ground under Repair and Obstructions

Free drop allowed, one club length, no closer to hole under the permitted situations that follow:

Ground under Repair

  • Any area enclosed by white painted lines
  • Aeration Holes
  • Newly sodded areas
  • Clearly defined wheel ruts
  • Bare spots in fairway only
  • Casual Water
  • French drains
  • Tree well filled with concrete
  • Ball lying on grooves around the fringes of the putting greens
  • Ball lying on Ant Hills
  •  Areas with items piled for removal-branches, leaves, grass trimmings

 

Drop ball at nearest point of relief plus one club length no nearer to the hole with no penalty, except on green place ball as near as possible to original ball position.

Cart Paths and Maintenance Roads:

  • Any artificially surfaced paths (including worn out areas extending from cart paths) – free relief
  • Ball is in play on all other non-artificially surfaced service roads or paths -Including but not limited to those on Oaks 5, 7, 8 – no relief given

 

Concrete drainage ditches running through fairway, free relief:

  • If ball comes to rest in ditch, drop 1 club length, no closer to hole.
  • If ball rolls down ditch, take drop where ball comes to rest. 1 club length no closer to hole
  • If ball is carried away due to flowing water, take drop where ball entered ditch.

Relief without penalty if your ball, stance or swing is interfered with by any of the following obstructions. Note: There is no relief for intervention on your line of play except as noted below

  • Sprinkler heads
  • 150 yard marker – (see local rule below for line of sight relief)
  • Electrical and Sprinkler Boxes – (see local rule below for line of sight relief)
  • Buildings on Course
  • Fan behind Oaks 1
  • Retaining wall to the right of green on Stonehouse 7

Stones in Bunkers: are movable obstructions and can be removed.

All Bulkheads: are considered integral part of the golf course and are located inside of the water hazard.  No relief permitted. If Ball lies outside of water hazard and bulkhead interferes with stance or swing, you get free relief.

Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment accidentally move the ball or ball marker. The ball or ball-marker must be replaced to its original position.

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.

Line of sight relief from 150-yard stone marker or metal sprinkler boxes:

  • Ball must lie with 5 yards (15 feet)  of the obstruction and be in line with the intended line of play
  • Stone or metal box must be in direct line of site to flag from ball.
  • Drop ball at nearest point of relief no more than 1 club length, no nearer to the hole with no penalty.

Sprinkler head near green impeding line of play, free relief:

  • Sprinkler head must be within 2 club lengths of green and ball must rest within 2 club lengths of sprinkler head.
  • Sprinkler head must be in intended line of play.
  • The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green

Embedded Ball Rule: In effect through the green, except in hazards (which include bunkers). Lift, clean, and drop no nearer to the hole without penalty.

Distance-Measuring Devices: Distance Measuring devices may be used in all Men’s club competitions as long as the device measures distance only (i.e., the device may not be used to measure other conditions such as wind-speed or the slope of the ground).

Wood Chips and Mulch are loose impediments, no free relief available.

Integral Part of the Golf Course:  Include artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards. A player may only obtain relief from an integral part of the course, with one stroke penalty, under Rule 28 (Unplayable ball).

Environmentally Sensitive Area:  No Designated environmentally sensitive areas exist on the golf course.

Flower Beds: No Flower Beds exist on the course, which would allow free relief.

Note changes to the course:

Some areas that were previously marked as a lateral hazard have had the red stakes removed. If you cannot find ball then you must take penalty under stroke and distance rule.

  • Stone House 3 – area behind the green no red stakes
  • Stone House 5 – unmaintained area to the left of the fairway out of bounds
  • Stone House 6 – area to the right of fairway no red stakes
  • Stone House 7 – unmaintained area to the right of the fairway, past the drainage ditch, no red stakes
  • Stone House 8 – unmaintained area to the right of the fairway and behind the green is a lateral hazard
  • Stone House 9 – from the tee boxes to the right the unmaintained area to the corner is a lateral hazard. The corner being defined as the last tree near the drainage ditch. The hillside on the right of the fairway is not a lateral hazard. If found the ball can be played. If ball is not found, shot must be replayed from previous spot with stroke and distance penalty enforced.