Last updated: 20th April 2013
These Temporary Local Rules should be read in conjunction with the Local Rules currently in force. Where a Temporary Local Rule is in contradiction of a published Local Rule, the Temporary Rule takes precedence. The latest changes are in bold.
The eco-piles (stacked logs) to the right of the 5th and 6th holes are deemed to be Immovable obstructions. Under rule 24.2. if the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, he may take relief without penalty (24.2.b.i).
Ground Under Repair - See 4. on back of score card. In addition:
Any areas from where the heather has been scraped to encourage regeneration is ‘Ground Under Repair’ from which play is prohibited (1st, 2nd, between 8thgreen/9thteeand 18th). If a player’s ball lies in the area, or if it interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player MUST take relief under Rule 25.1.
‘PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE – Match play – loss of Hole; Stroke Play – two strokes.’
Clarification on certain local rules (found on the back of the score cards)
Local Rule 2. Where the stream has been sleepered the margin of the hazard is defined by the sleepersrather than the stakes. The sleepers are deemed to be immovable obstructions and if your ball comes to rest short of the sleeper but it interferes with your swing or stance then you can get relief under rule 24-2. However if your ball comes to rest against the sleeper it is classed as being in the hazard and you should proceed under rule 26. N.B. where the hazard is sheer sided the stakes only indicate the presence and type of hazard they DO NOT define the margin.
Local Rule 4. Protection of the course
N.B. Where areas of GUR are marked with white paint a player MAY take relief. If the area of GUR is marked with blue paint then a player MUST take relief. When the GUR is on a putting green interference also occurs if an abnormal ground condition on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt (25-1-a) and if the GUR line is blue then relief must be taken (i.e. lifted and placed without penalty at the nearest point of relief but not nearer the hole (may be off the putting green) (25-1-b)
Where heather has been newly planted on the surrounds of bunkers the heather is GUR but the bunker is in play.
Local Rule 7. All bridges are deemed to be an integral part of the course. In the majority of cases the margins of the bridge are quite obvious, e.g. they are made of a different material to the paths. However where bridges cross the stream on the 1st, 17th and 16th the margins of the bridges are defined by a wooden strip which separates them from the path. (N.B. paths are deemed immovable obstructions from which you get free relief under Rule 24.2 whereas a ball landing on a bridge must be played as it lies).
West Hill Golf Club
20th April 2013