Local Rules

Alderley Edge Golf Club

New Local Rule

 

Ball or Ball-Marker On The Putting Green Accidentally Moved

 

The R&A have released a new local rule for adoption by clubs in advance of the next rules revision in 2020.  The Golf Committee have decided to adopt the new rule and it is now incorporated in our local rules.

 

“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

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."

Golf Committee

March 2017

 

WINTER LOCAL RULES

Effective from 18th March 2017

OUT OF BOUNDS

In, over or beyond:

  • Any hedge, wall or the inside edge of fence posts bounding the course;
  • The boundary ditch to the left of the 3rd/12th holes;
  • The car park and paths, patio and flower beds surrounding the club-house;
  • The white stakes and boundary ditch to the right when playing the 5th/14th holes only;
  • The stakes supporting the net behind the 2nd/11th green.

WATER HAZARDS

The drainage ditch behind and to the right of the 1st green is defined as a water hazard when playing the 1st /10th holes and as a lateral water hazard when playing the 7th/16th holes.  Bridges are integral parts of the course.  Rule 26 applies.

OBSTRUCTIONS

Stones in bunkers are defined as Movable Obstructions.    The following are defined as Immovable Obstructions:

  • young trees marked with stakes or yellow tags;
  • man-made paths within the boundaries of the course;
  • the drain plugs on the 5th/14th & 6th/15th greens;
  • the net surrounding the Men’s 17th tee;
  • fencing surrounding the 4th & 13th tees.

Rule 24 applies.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR

Ground Under Repair is marked as ‘GUR’ and/or by an unbroken white line.  The flower beds to the rear of the 4th/13th and clearly defined hoof or tractor through the green are defined as Ground Under Repair.  The drainage ditch to the left of the 7th/16th hole is not within the Ground Under Repair.  Rule 25 applies.

EMBEDDED BALL

Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.  The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

Note: A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground.  A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g. grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).

Exceptions:

  1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.
  2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:   Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

SPRINKLER HEADS

Relief from interference by immovable instructions may be taken under Rule 24-2.  In addition, if the ball lies through the green and 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 as follows:

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.  

If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on the line of his putt, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and placed 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.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Exception:  A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule:  Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON THE PUTTING GREEN

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

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.

LIFT, CLEAN & PLACE

A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.  Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of, and not nearer the hole, than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

A player may place his ball once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4).  If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies.  If the ball when placed comes to rest on which it was placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other rule apply.

If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it, moves the ball-marker prior to putting the ball back into play or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Note: “Closely-mown” area means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule:  Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Golf Committee

March 2017