Course Status

Est. 1904

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Local Rules

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27)

  • All private land and hedges
  • On or beyond all public roads
  • The 14th fairway when playing the 13th hole
  • The car park adjacent to the 8th green
  • Beyond the line of white posts behind the 2nd green

2. WATER HAZARDS & LATERAL WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)

  • All water hazards are marked by yellow posts and/or lines
  • All lateral water hazards are marked by red posts and/or lines

Note: Areas not marked by yellow or red posts and/or lines are not water hazards or lateral water hazards. If relief is required in such areas it must be taken in accordance with Rule 28 unless relief is available under some other Rule or Local Rule (e.g. Rules 24 & 25) in which case relief may be taken in accordance with such other applicable Rule.

3. OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24)

  • Immovable obstructions include the following:
  • Artificially-surfaced roads and paths
  • The bridges on the 3rd hole, parts of which are in a water hazard • All electric fences (whether live or not)
  • Artificial steps to putting greens or teeing grounds
  • Concrete posts marking hazards
  • Benches and their concrete bases
  • All sprinkler heads. In addition to the relief available under rule 24, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that:-

(a) Is not nearer the hole
(b) Avoids intervention on the line of play, and
(c) Is not in a hazard or on a putting green.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Staked Trees

If a staked tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2(b) (Immovable Obstructions).

4. AERATION HOLES & SLITS

Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or slit may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. On the putting green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or slit may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

5. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS (Rule 25)

a.The margins of Ground under Repair are marked by a continuous or broken white line (Rule 25-1 applies)

b.Areas of newly planted heather or turf may carry a notice indicating that relief is compulsory. If a player’s ball comes to rest in such an area or such an area interferes with the player’s stance or intended line of swing, relief must be taken under Rule 25-1

c.Areas prepared as temporary greens and carrying a notice indicating that a drop must be taken are wrong putting greens from which relief must be taken in accordance with Rule 25-3

d. Unsurfaced pathways through the rough are not closely-mown areas and no relief is available under Rule 25-2

6. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES

For all play at Piltdown Golf Club under the ruling of the Committee, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether such additional function is actually used

7. PREFERRED LIES

Preferred Lies are in force when announced on the board at the entrance to the Club Car Park.

When Preferred Lies are in force the following temporary Local Rules apply:

a) 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 replace it on a spot within six inches of its original position, not nearer the hole and not in a hazard or 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 player fails to mark the position of the ball when lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty.

Note: Unsurfaced paths are not closely-mown areas
b) Through the green a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and

dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.

Exception:
A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule, e.g. if the ball lies against a boundary fence, the player may not obtain relief from the fence by taking relief from the embedded ball.

Penalty for breach of rule:

Match Play, loss of hole;
Stroke Play, two strokes.

8. FURTHER LOCAL RULES

This document contains the full text of Local Rules.A condensed version of these Local Rules is printed on scorecards. In the event of conflict between the condensed version and the full text, the full text will prevail.