New Local Rule Announced
29th December 2019
With the current poor on-Course conditions the Committee have agreed to make a new Local Rule for a ball in an area considered to be 'Abnormal Course Conditions (ACC).' as follows :
Damage caused by heavy equipment (tractor etc), except when in a penalty area or bunker, is considered ground under repair (GUR), even if not so marked with white lines. If a player’s ball lies in such a condition, or if such condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player may take relief under Rule 16-1: Abnormal Ground Conditions - Relief. The player must lift their ball and drop it without penalty within one club length, of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
For information only, the above Local Rule is based upon an R&A Committee Procedures Model Local Rule Section 8 F-4 'Extensive Damage Due to Heavy Rain and Traffic' as follows :
Extensive Damage Due to Heavy Rain and Traffic Purpose. When heavy rain has resulted in many areas of unusual damage to the course (such as deep ruts caused by vehicles or deep footprints caused by spectators), and it is not feasible to define them with stakes or lines, the Committee has the authority to declare such unusual damage to be ground under repair. Model Local Rule F-4 "Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, including areas where spectators or other traffic have combined with wet conditions to alter the ground surface materially, but only when so declared by an authorized referee or member of the Committee. Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.
We hope this improves your overall enjoyment during you round(s) for as long as the ACC continue to be problematic.
The Committee will notify you again when this Local Rule is removed.