1. OUT OF BOUNDS
A ball shall be deemed out of bounds:-
1.1 On or beyond any road, wall, fence or bank, bounding the course.
(The only exception to this rule being part of the wall between the 5th green and in front of the 6th Tee and bordering the 6th Fairway. This section of wall is deemed an integral part of the course
1.2. On or beyond any line of white stakes,(Please Note: This now applies to the old “Paddock Area” between the 14th Tee and 14th Fairway), in or beyond any trench, or on or beyond any concrete/white lines
1.3. On the car park, the clubhouse and any of its paved surroundings.
1.4 The area around the green keepers premises defined by a line of white stakes or a trench.
1.5. On the Practice Putting Green and its surrounds.
1.6. All of the non-turfed area to the left of the 16th tee up to and around the 1st tee.
1.7. The raised garden area between the 4th tee and the 14th green
NOTE…When out of bounds is defined by reference to stakes or a fence, the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest INSIDE points of the stakes or fence posts at ground level excluding angled supports.
Objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, stakes, notices and railings, are not obstructions and are deemed to be ”fixed”.
3. STAKED TREES
All young or newly planted trees are staked for their protection. Should a golf ball come to rest near a staked tree, such that it interferes with the player’s stance or area of his intended swing, relief will be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1b.
4.1 All rocky areas (Includes fallen stones from boundary walls) are deemed as “G.U.R. Through the Green” a ball coming to rest on or touching any rocky area or outcrops of bare rock is deemed as being in G.U.R.and relief taken in accordance with Rule 25-1b.
4.2. Stonesin bunkers are movable obstructionsand relief taken in accordance with Rule 24-1.
Any bunkers out of play due to green keepers work are deemed “Through the Green” and “G.U.R.”.
6. PRACTICE GROUND
This area is defined by blue/white posts and is an integral part of the golf course.
7. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
All items of course furniture including all man made or artificial paths are deemed as immovable obstructions. Relief from the above instructions can be in accordance with Rule 24-2b
8. MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
The 150 yard Distance Posts. Relief can be in accordance with Rule 24-1.9. RELIEF FROM GREENSIDE SPRINKLER HEADS
If a ball lies "through the green" and on an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief under Rule 24b as follows:
The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief 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.
If the player's ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may atke relief as follows:
The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard, the ball may be cleaned when lifted."
10. GROUND UNDER REPAIR
All areas of the course marked G.U.R as defined by white lines are deemed “Ground Under Repair” from which play is prohibited, compulsory drop. Players must obtain relief from these areas under Rule 25-1
11. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES (DMD)
For each and every competition run by, or for, the English Golf Union Ltd, and for each days play, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during that stipulated round a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play, e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, slope etc. the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
12. PUBLIC ROAD/PATH DEFINED AS OUT OF BOUNDS DIVIDES COURSE: STATUS OF BALL CROSSING ROAD/PATH
A ball which crosses a public road/path defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road/path is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.
13. AERATION HOLES
If a ball comes to rest in an aeration hole, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and clean it. Through the Green, the player shall place the ball at the nearest spot not closer to the hole.
On the putting Green the player shall place the ball at the nearest spot not nearer the hole, which avoids such situation.
*THESE UPDATED LOCAL RULES SUPERSEDE ALL PREVIOUS LOCAL RULES*.
P Nuttall Chairman M&H
17th January 2014
COPIES OF ALL THESE LOCAL RULES AND ANY TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES,
CAN BE FOUND IN THE CLUBHOUSE, THE STARTERS HUT AND IN THE PROFESSIONAL SHOP.