Additional Local Rules and Information:
In addition to the local rules written on the score card, The Committee have approved and adopted the following Local Rules:
"All intercept drains through the green are classed as Immovable Obstructions
and relief may be taken under Rule 24.2."
Under Rule 33.8 the Committee have approved the following local rule relating to exposed bunker liners.
If an exposed bunker liner interferes with a players area of intended swing the ball may be lifted and dropped in the bunker as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole, without penalty.
In accordance with rule 25-3. When playing on Winter greens (Temporary greens) and the ball is on the main green, then the ball must be lifted and dropped within 1 club length of the nearest point of relief and not nearer the hole. The ball may be cleaned. Putting is not allowed from main green!
In accordance with rulings and guidance from the governing bodies of golf, Distance Measuring Devices (DMD’s) can be used for all golf competitions and matches at Park Hill Golf Club.
The ruling states that DMD’s must only give distances and no other information such as wind speed, temperature, gradient or any other information other than distance.
N.B. Any device CAPABLE of giving anything other than distance, whether or not the capabilities are used, must NOT be used in any Competition.
Anyone reported to have used a non conforming device will be disqualified.
Hollow tined Greens: When a ball on the green sits in a hollow tined hole it may be marked, lifted and cleaned and replaced within six inches, no nearer the hole, so that it is not at rest in a hollow tined hole.
Protection of young trees identified by Stakes or Tubes, but not spiral wrapping.
If such a tree interferes with a players stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-b(i).
Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this local rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to play a stroke because of interference by anything other than such tree or (b) interference by such tree would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.
Penalty for breach of local rule:
Match play – Loss of Hole
Stroke play – Two strokes
When ruling on the nearest point of relief, it may be that a non protected tree interferes with the players swing; this has no relevance when determining the nearest point of relief. The player may only take relief from this tree, if required, under penalty when the ball has been dropped and is in play. Nearest point of relief may be further into the plantation.
If any player requires further clarity of this local rule please contact the Professional.
The following are NOT local rules but are questions that have been asked of the committee about incidents that have happened on the course. This will hopefully help to clarify some rules.
Water in Bunkers:
Unless advised before the commencement of your round that the Bunker is classified as GUR. You must proceed as follows, If your ball comes to rest in a bunker containing water, then the ball can be lifted, cleaned and dropped in the bunker, at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, without penalty.
If relief cannot be taken within the bunker, i.e. the bunker is completely full of water, then relief can be taken by dropping the ball within one club length at the nearest point relief outside the bunker with a 1 shot penalty. Rule 25.1b. Unless you were informed before commencement of play by a committee member or Professional that the bunker is G.U.R.
If during periods of extreme wetness a ball becomes embedded then the ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to where it was lifted, but no nearer the hole. Rule 25.2
Water on Green:
Where there are abnormal ground conditions on a green. A ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed without penalty at the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
If complete relief is not possible, then the ball must be placed as above at a position that affords the maximum relief possible. Rule 25.1
Advice is any counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of club or the method of making a stroke.
Information on the rules, distance or matters of public information such as the position of hazards or the flagstick on the putting green is not classed as advice.
It is a disqualifiable offence to ignore any of the rules of golf either personally or for someone else on the golf course.