Alderley Edge Golf Club
Effective from 1st May 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.
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.
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.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
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.