Very Temporary Local Rule “Abnormal Ground Conditions” 26/1/18

Very Temporary Local Rule “Abnormal Ground Conditions”

From Friday 26th January 2018

The intent of this local rule is to allow players to take relief in the rough, when and only when their ball has landed into abnormal (wet) ground conditions and has a covering of mud on part of the ball. If your ball has rolled into the rough and does not have any mud attached the rule should not be implemented.


“A ball lying anywhere through the green may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped 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. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. If the ball 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 or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Note: Definition: – Through the Green

“Through the Green means” the whole area of the course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and any hazard.

Competition & Handicap Secretary 24/01/2018