Local Rules

These rules are in addition to the local rules of the various golf courses that we play


New local rule for Black Mountain – 2nd November 2015.                            “ Whilst playing the 4th hole at Black Mountain, any ball coming to rest over the cart path between the 4th & 5th holes  is out of bounds.”

Local Rule Relating to Water Hazards 

If there is any doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in a water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1.

If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.

If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1.

If the original ball is not found or identified within the 5 minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.


Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.”


Plugged Balls “Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the
ground 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.
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.
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.”
Bunkers. You may remove stones only, but not twigs or leaves etc. You can receive a free drop in the bunker if your ball is in a wash away, due to heavy rain or flooding.
Ants There will be no free drop if your ball lands on or near to ants – this is not covered by the rules of golf.
Score Cards Score Cards must be marked by one of your fellow competitors, not a caddie, any alterations should be initialized by the marker of the card. Any scorecard not attested by an authorised marker will not be accepted.Can you also give your score card to the collector after you have completed your round of golf, before you shower please
Groove around greens. There is, on some golf courses, notably at Springfield, a groove around the green which separates the two different grasses (do not confuse this with being the edge of the green) if a ball ‘settles’ in this groove, you will be allowed to ‘pick and place’ within 6 inches (150mm) no nearer to the hole without penalty.
All Courses – Pick & place. 

(“Preferred lies”)

“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 only 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 is placed,
Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is 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 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.
Reminders Your caddie is allowed to mark your ball on the putting green; it is your responsibility to ensure that it is marked correctly (i.e. directly behind the ball not 3 balls in front or to the side)
Range Finders Range finders are allowed for all HHGS competitions