Local Rules

KMGC STANDARD LOCAL RULES

Any additions or amendments to these Rules will be published on the Club Notice Board

 A.     A BALL IS OUT OF BOUNDS ( Rule 18-2 )

 Beyond any wall, fence, hedge or line of white stakes defining the                            

            boundary of the Course

On or beyond any white line defining the boundary of the Course  

Beyond white posts on that part to the left of the 3rd hole as defined by such posts              

Within the Green Keepers compound as defined by white posts

The Practice Ground

Note:  The “ British Rail “ fence behind the 16th Green  and left of the 17th and 18th holes is an OUT OF BOUNDS fence and free relief is NOT available

B.   PENALTY AREAS  Including Water Hazards ( Rule 17 )

            Penalty Area are defined by Red Posts

            Relief from a ball in a Penalty Area may be taken as follows:

            No Penalty - Play the ball as it lies

            Under Penalty of One Stroke

            Stroke and Distance (Back to where the previous stroke was made) 

Back-On The Line Relief (A straight line through the hole and where the ball last crossed the hazard

            As far back at the Players choice

Lateral Relief: Two clubs length from where ball last crossed the margin of the hazard

NB  The ball is not now permitted to be dropped  on the opposite side of the Penalty Area  NB  Within the course all streams and ditches are Water Hazards  whether containing  water  or not.

C.   ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS (RULE 16)

Any area bounded by a blue line

French Drains (Stone Filled Drainage Ditches)

Seams of cut turf (But not if interference is only to the Players stance  )

All artificially surfaced roads and paths on the Course including any covered with wood chip or mulch

            Individual pieces of wood chip are Loose Impediments

Tractor ruts (NOT faint indentations) are to be treated as Abnormal Course Conditions.

D. OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)

Anything artificial – including the artificial surfaces and sides of road and paths

That part of any bridge WITHIN the bounds of the hazard as defined by red stakes or markings. Relief from this area can only be taken under penalty of one stroke unless the ball is played as it lies

Note the club may be grounded if the ball is played from the bridge and  loose impediments may be removed

A penalty of one stroke is incurred if the ball moves when a loose impediment is moved. The ball must be replaced

E. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN INCLUDING FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS   (Rule 16-1a)

Relief is available without penalty if a ball lying off the Putting Green  within two club lengths of an immovable obstruction that is, in itself, within two club lengths of the Putting Green, has intervention on the line of play. The ball MUST be dropped at the NEAREST point of relief not nearer the hole

F. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE (DMD)  (Rule 4.3a)

A Player may only obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.

G. ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON THE PUTTING GREEN (Rules 9.3 to 9.6)

When a Player’s ball lies on the putting green there is NO PENALTY if the ball or ball marker is accidentally moved by::

                 Natural Forces (Wind or Water)  Rule 9.3 The ball must be played as it lies.

    The Player or his Caddie (Rule 9.4)

    The Opponent or Opponents Caddie in Match Play (Rule 9.5)

An Outside Influence including any other Player in Stroke Play (Rule 9.6)

NB The ball must be replaced without penalty under Rules 9.4  9.5  9.6  

NB If the ball is not replaced the Player incurs the General Penalty of Two Strokes or  Loss   of Hole in Match Play  ( Playing from the wrong place )

H. DROP ZONE (Rule 14.3 )

A Drop Zone is a special form of relief area that may be provided by the Committee if  other  relief  options are unsatisfactory.

            The conditions are:

            The Player must drop the ball IN and it comes to rest IN the Drop Zone

            The Player may stand outside the Drop Zone to drop the ball within

           If the Drop Zone is defined by a line the line is inside the Drop Zone

I. ISLAND IN LAKE IN FRONT OF 17th AND 18th GREEN (RULE 17.1d)

                The island in the lake is a NO Play Zone within a Penalty Area and the

                      Player incurs a  Penalty Stroke

 J. NO PLAY ZONE (Rule 16.1f)

A No Play Zone is defined as part of the Course where the Committee has prohibited play

A No Play Zone must be defined as part of either an  Abnormal Course Condition or a Penalty Area     

The edge of a No Play Zone should be defined with a line or a dotted line or stakes different from those of an Abnormal Course Condition or a Penalty Area

 K.  SUSPENSION OF PLAY (Rule 5-7)

                    See Detailed Summary in Main Section 14

 L.  PACE OF PLAY POLICY (Rule 5.6)

                     See Detailed Summary in Main Section 19

Players must play without undue delay and in accordance with any guidelines set out by the Committee

The time taken to complete a Round may at times be monitored by the Handicap and Competitions Committee and sanctions may be imposed for any undue delay

Where appropriate the Committee will follow the recommendations and policies of England Golf; the full policies are available on the EG website

M. REPLACEMENT OF CLUB BROKEN OR SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGE (Rule 4.1b(2))

If a Players club is “ broken or significantly damaged “ during the round by the Player or his Caddie except in cases of abuse the Player  may replace the club without penalty with any other club under Rule 4.1b(2) NB: The original club must immediately be taken out of play

A club face or club-head  is not “ significantly damaged “ solely because the face is cracked

N. EMBEDDED BALL (Rule 16.3)

Relief without penalty is allowed for a ball embedded in the General Area

           NB The Course is divided into five areas

                                     The General Area     Rule 2

                                     The Teeing Area       Rule 6.2

                                     All Bunkers                Rule 12

                                     The Putting Green    Rule 13

                                     All Penalty Areas     Rule 17 

 O. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES (Rule 16.1)

Young trees protected by wrapping, stakes or otherwise are No Play Zones.

If a ball lies anywhere on the Course other than in a Penalty Area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the players stance or the area of his intended swing the Player must take relief, without penalty, under Rule 16.1f  (One clubs length from the Nearest Point Of Relief).

P. LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS (Rule 15.1a)

Without Penalty a Player may remove loose impediments anywhere on the Course (including the surfaces of bridges) and may do so any way    

NB If the ball moves when removing a loose impediment the Player incurs one stroke penalty under Rule 9.4b unless such movement occurs in the Teeing Area or on the Putting Green in which case the ball must be replaced without penalty

Q. IRRIGATION LINES AND ADJACENT DAMAGE (Rule 16-1b)

If a players ball lines in, on or touches such an area and interferes with a player’s area of intended swing the Player is entitled to relief without penalty. NB Interference does not exist if the irrigation lines only  interferes with the   player’s  stance.

 
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