LOCAL RULES ADDENDUM
USGA Rules of Golf 2012-2015 and Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2014-2015 shall govern all play except for the following Local Rules.
OUT OF BOUNDS:
- When both stakes and lines are used, the stakes identify out of bounds and the line identifies out of bounds. White stakes identifying out of bounds are deemed fixed and can not be removed. (Definition).
- Boundary and driving range fences are deemed out of bounds throughout the course. (Definitions).
- A ball that crosses a road that is out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course. (Local rule in Decision 27-20).
- All cart paths, dirt extensions to and adjacent to cart paths, perimeter roads within the boundaries of the course, concrete drain ditches, and protective fences are deemed immovable obstructions. (Relief provided for stance and area of intended swing only in Rule 24-2a. and 24-2).
- Staked trees identified with stakes, cables, rods or wires must be protected. If a staked tree or its basin interferes with a players stance or area of intended swing, (the ball must be lifted in accordance with Rule 24-2b).
- Fixed sprinkler heads near the green are considered immovable obstructions. A player may take relief from a fixed sprinkler head when: it is within two club lengths of the green; the ball is within two club lengths of the sprinkler head; the sprinkler head is in the line of play; and the ball is not in a hazard or bunker.
ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS:
- Molehills: are casts made by burrowing animals. Accordingly, a player having interference from a molehill, or the remains of a molehill, is entitled to relief under Rule 25-1b, provided, in the latter instance, the remains are still identifiable as a cast made by a burrowing animal. (Decision 25-23).
- Embedded Ball: a ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. (Rule 25-2).
- Ground Under Repair is defined by enclosed white lines. French drains, even though not marked, are deemed ground under repair and relief is provided under Rule 25-1. NOTE: White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads and paths have the same status as roads and paths, that of obstructions.
- Aeration Holes are deemed to be ground under repair with relief provided by Rule 25-1a and b. Through the green a ball which comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleared and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but no nearer to the hole. (If the comes to rest in a hole after the second drop, place the ball a spot where the ball first touched the ground). The dropped ball must first strike a part of the course through the green. On the putting green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be place at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
- Seams of cut turf through the green are deemed ground under repair. However, interference by a seam with a player’s stance is deemed not to be of itself, interference under Rule 25-1. If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief provided under Rule 25-1b.
- Flower Beds: If a ball comes to rest in a flower bed or a player’s stance or swing is interfered with by a flower bed, the Ball must be dropped, without penalty, within one club length of the nearest point of relief which avoids interference, not nearer the hole and not in a hazard or on a putting green.
- Edging Grooves: If a ball lies on an edging groove around a putting green, the player may, without penalty, lift and clean the ball and place it out of the groove as near as possible to where it lay but no nearer the hole.
- Tree Roots: Relief from exposed tree roots under Rule 25-1 is allowed only when the ball lies on a closely mown area (called the “Fairway” in the USA). Relief is restricted to interference for the lie of the ball and the area of intended swing. (Based on Decision 33-8/8)
- Stones in Bunkers: For the safety of league participants, stones in a bunker are considered movable obstructions and may be removed. If the ball is moved while moving the movable obstruction, the ball must be replaced as near as possible to the original position, with no penalty. The player taking relief must receive concurrence on the relief from one of their opponents.
Wood chips and mulch are deemed loose impediments. (Rule 23-1).
INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE:
Artificial walls and pilings located in hazards are deemed integral parts of the course. No relief is provided. (Definitions)
If a ball strikes an elevated power line the stroke shall be cancelled and the player must replay the ball, without penalty as prescribed in Decision 33-8/13.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES:
Electronic devices that only measure distance are authorized for use in all matches. (Decision 14-3/0.5).
All players should agree to play “READY GOLF” to the putting green. Play on the putting green will continue in accordance with Rule 10. All foursomes are expected to keep up with the group ahead of them and maintain a pace of play that will insure completion of the round in 4 hours and 30 minutes.
The guest team has the honors on the first hole. The team that wins a hole with the LOWEST NET SCORE has the honor on the next teeing ground. If a hole is halved, the side that had the honors on the previous hole retains the honor Rule 10.
TIME OF STARTING:
Players must be present and ready to play at their assigned teeing ground and their scheduled starting time. If a player is absent at their scheduled starting time that player is penalized loss of hole in his individual match. If he is late for the second hole he is penalized loss of the second hole, and so on. If the player fails to show up for the match he loses 3 points in his individual match. The other player may continue to compete in the team competition against the two players on the opponent’s team.
When extreme weather conditions create conditions which prevent the proper playing of the course, the Captains of the competing teams may agree on additional Local Rules to alleviate the situation; ie, permitting play under Winter Rules of Lift, Clean and Place of 1 club length. NOTE: Changing or modifying any USGA Rules is not allowed.
MATCH PLAY RULES:
- Concessions may not be declined or withdrawn.
- Putts conceded may not be putted since it may assist a partner in determining his line of putt and speed of that putt.
- If the team competition has been decided, individual matches will continue unto conclusion without the giving of any advice.
SCMGL Local Rules APPROVED dated: 1 March 2015