Local Rules

THE RULES OF GOLF EFFECTIVE 1 JANUARY 2019 AND THE OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE RULES OF GOLF EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2019 AS APPROVED BY THE R & A OF ST. ANDREWS AND THE USGA WILL APPLY. MLR below is abbreviation for Model Local Rule

1. Boundaries of the Course are defined as below: Rule 18
a. Beyond the fences (including electric) on holes 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18
b. On or beyond white stakes on the right (from 2nd tee to 3rd green) on holes 2, 3 & 11
c. On or beyond the white stakes on the right of 5th, and left of 4th and 12th holes
d. On or beyond the white stakes on the left on holes 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17
e. Between the fences including public road on holes 5 & 8

2. Movable Obstructions: As per definition, Relief under Rule 15 unless specifically excepted.
Note: Fairway markers, distance markers and penalty area markers are movable obstructions unless fixed and cannot be moved without undue delay (if such an object cannot be moved, it is an Immovable Obstruction)

3. Immovable Obstructions: As per definition, unless specifically excepted. (Rule 16.1)

4. Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens (MLR-F5):
For a ball in the general area, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an Immovable Obstruction (including posts surrounding the green) is on or within two club-lengths of the putting green, and within two club-lengths of the ball and is in the line of play. But complete relief must be taken, which includes line of play and physical interference.
Exception: No relief if the line of play is clearly unreasonable.

5. Penalty Areas are marked with Red Stakes/Lines (RED PENALTY AREAS). Margin is defined from stake to stake. (The stake is inside the penalty area)
NOTE: There are NO penalty areas with opposite margin relief.
a. The stream running through the course.
b. The stream running alongside the fencing on the right side of the 16th fairway
c. The drain around the 9th and 18th greens.
d. The body of water to the right of the 9th and 18th fairway and left of the 5th fairway.
e. The marshy area to the left of the 7th fairway.
f. The marshy area to the left of the 15th fairway.
g. The body of water/swamp in the center of the 16th fairway and to the left of the 15th fairway.
h. The Body of water to the right of the 16th green.
i. The Body of water in front of the 15th green.
j. The drain behind the 8th green.
k. The area on the Right of the 12th fairway above the drain
l. The area on the left of the 3rd Fairway above the drain

6. Drop Zones:
Following are the only drop zones applicable for the event. Hole 15: Drop Zone short of the fairway on the left for a ball in the Red Penalty Area

7. Fairways (Closely Mown Areas):
The fairways (closely-mown areas) are defined by white/blue fairway markers for each hole. Areas within these markers (defined by the outer edge of the markers) are defined to be the fairway. The fairway marker itself is in the fairway.

8. Preferred Lies (MLR-E3):
When any part of a player’s ball touches a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less (fairways as defined above) of the hole being played, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from the relief area defined as follows
Reference Point: Spot of the original ball Size of relief area measured from reference point: One scorecard length Limit of location of Relief Area: Must be in the general area and not nearer the hole than the reference point
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e. But, for the purposes of applying Rule 14.2e, the player has only chosen the spot on which to place the ball once the ball has been set down, and the player has let the ball go with the intent for that ball to be in play.
After a ball has been placed and is in play under this Local Rule, if the player then proceeds under another Rule that provides relief, this Local Rule may be used again.
NOTE (Additional Restriction): During the play of a hole, the player may apply this procedure a maximum of once on a par-3 hole or a maximum of two times on a par-4 or par-5 hole.

9. Ball Deflected by Fence post/Wire:
If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a fence post or wire (situated around greens in play or across the 9th/18th holes), the player MUST replay the stroke by playing the original ball or another ball from the spot that stroke was made (Rule 14.6)
If the player fails to replay the stroke but does so from a wrong place, they get a general penalty under Rule 14.7a. If the player does not replay the stroke, they get the general penalty and the stroke counts, but the player has not played from a wrong place.

10. Alternate to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds
(MLR-E5): Model Local Rule E5 in effect per prescribed text. Note 1: As prescribed by this local rule, the player may proceed under this local rule for a ball that is lost or out of bounds instead of proceeding under Stroke and Distance. The player may drop a ball under a penalty of 2 strokes in the relief area prescribed by the local rule
Note 2: The local rule is not applicable if the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance.

11. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS (Rule 16.1)
a. Areas marked with white stakes/lines
b. Animal Damage (MLR-F10): Hoof marks, boar digs or other animal damage. Relief denied for stance.
c. All drains cut for the upkeep of the course and are marked Free Drop.
d. Fresh excreta.
e. All foot paths and roads within the course boundaries.
f. Fencing within the course excluding those defining boundaries, including fence posts/wires around greens.
g. Plants identified by white stakes. Young trees that are at a height of one club length or less
h. The inner stream to the right of the 16th fairway.
i. Deep tire ruts, animal holes/insect casts. Relief Denied for Stance

12. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE (No relief):
a. Concrete bases of boundary fence posts, objects attached to fences/boundary walls including netting.
b. Embedded rocks, boulders, tree basins, objects attached to trees.

13. Discontinuing Play for Mist (Rule 5.7): In the event of visibility being affected by mist, preventing safe play, players are authorized to discontinue play, without penalty, until visibility improves.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rules: General Penalty (Loss of Hole in Match Play, 2 strokes in Stroke Play)