L O C A L   R U L E S

Updated 11 December 2015

  1. FAIRWAYS

a) Fairways begin at the thick blue posts; they are thereafter defined by slender removable white, yellow-and-black marker posts. Thick red (200-yds), yellow (150-yds) and on some fairways green (100-yds) removable markers indicate the distance to the front of the brown.

b) Teeing areas are marked by red posts at some holes.  A ball is off the fairway when all of it is off the fairway.

  1. IMMOVABLE OBJECTS

a) A ball hitting the 6-foot wall from the 16th tee, hitting a painted barrel of the assault course, or hitting the MOD cable-marking post on the 17th fairway may be replayed without penalty.

b)Relief from any assault course obstacles within the bounds of the course and from the MOD cable-marking post on the 17th fairway may be obtained as for GUR under Rule 25-1 of the Rules of Golf.

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS

a) Out of Bounds (OOB) areas are defined by white posts marking (a) the boundaries of the course and (b) tarmac areas within the course. The fence to the left of holes 7 and 18 also denotes OOB.

b) Any ball that crosses an OOB area and comes to rest on another part of the course shall remain in play.

c) A ball is OOB when all of it lies OOB.

  1. TRACKS & PATHS

a) Tracks and paths within the bounds of the course are to be treated as Ground Under Repair (GUR) and relief obtained under Rule 25-1 of the Rules of Golf.

  1. USE OF MATS

a) The use of Astroturf mats is optional. If used, they should be circular, with a minimum diameter of 8 inches (20 cm).

b) The key points are:

  • Mark the position of the ball (if on the fairway).
  • Lift and clean the ball (if required).
  • Replace the ball (either on mat or fairway).
  • The ball is then in play.
  1. HOW TO PREFER THE LIE

a) The player will mark the ball, as it lies, on the fairway using a marker (tee peg / coin or similar object). Note: The Local rule at IGCN allows relief on any fairway, and not necessarily the fairway in play.

b) The ball will then be placed within 1 club length from the marker on the mat in a straight line backwards from where the ball was resting. No sideways relief is allowed and the new position on the mat should be a straight line from flag through original position of the ball to the new position on the mat.

c) If no mat is used, the player (if relief is taken) will mark the ball as it lies on the fairway using a marker (tee peg / coin or similar object). Note: The Local rule at IGCN allows relief on any fairway and not necessarily the fairway in play.

d) The ball will then be placed within 1 club length from the marker on the fairway in a straight line backwards from where the ball was resting. No sideways relief is allowed and the new position on the fairway should be a straight line from flag through original position of the ball to the new position on the fairway.

e) The ball will then be in play.

Note: If by taking relief the player is unable to stop the ball rolling off the mat (on a bund for example), the only option left to the player will be to replace the ball in its original position (without penalty), and play the ball “as it lies”.

  1. IF BEDROCK IS INVOLVED ON THE FAIRWAY

a) If a ball comes to rest on solid cap rock, on the fairway, the ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, within one club-length from the nearest point of relief, but no nearer the hole.

b) Once the ball has been dropped, the player will mark the ball, as it lies, on the fairway using a marker (tee peg / coin or similar object). Note: The Local rule at IGCN allows relief on any fairway, and not necessarily the fairway in play.

c) The ball will then be placed within 1 club length from the marker on the mat in a straight line backwards from where the ball was resting. No sideways relief is allowed and the new position on the mat should be a straight line from flag through original position of the ball to the new position on the mat.

d) If a ball comes to rest on solid cap rock, on the fairway, and no mat is used, the ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, within one club-length from the nearest point of relief, but no nearer the hole.

e) The player (if relief is taken) will mark the ball as it lies on the fairway using a marker (tee peg / coin or similar object). Note: The Local rule at IGCN allows relief on any fairway and not necessarily the fairway in play.

f) The ball will then be placed within 1 club length from the marker on the fairway in a straight line backwards from where the ball was resting. No sideways relief is allowed and the new position on the fairway should be a straight line from flag through original position of the ball to the new position on the fairway.

g) The ball will then be in play.

  1. BROWNS

In accordance with Rule 16 of the Rules of Golf, the Committee define the putting green as follows:

a) For the purposes of all Rules of Golf with the exception of Rule 23, the putting green (brown) is defined as the area treated with specially prepared sand to produce a surface for putting.

b) For the purpose of Rule 23 only of the Rules of Golf, the putting green (brown) is defined as the area referred to in 6.1 and additionally the adjoining apron of the brown extending not more than two club lengths from the edge of the specially prepared sanded area but not including any bund or hazard.

c) Loose impediments may be removed from the browns in accordance with Rule 23 of the Rules of Golf.

d) Sand on the putting surface may be smoothed by spreading gently, with the sole of the shoe only, across the line of the putt. The surface may not be trodden or patted down.

e) Where there is obvious damage to the putting surface, which cannot be repaired, the player may take relief by moving the ball along the line of the circumference until his line is clear of the damage. The ball may not be placed nearer the hole.  Relief may be obtained only when on the putting surface.

f) If the back-swing of the intended putt is impaired by the edge of the putting surface, the ball may be placed along the circumference, no nearer the hole, at the nearest point of relief on the brown.

g) Browns may be brushed at any time. Brushing must be done in a circular pattern, from the hole outwards.

9.   BUNKERS

Loose impediments in bunkers are movable obstructions and may be removed without penalty. (Rule 23 of the Rules of Golf defines loose impediments.)

  1. SEASONAL WEEDS

Seasonal weeds on the fairway may be removed before a player takes a stroke.

a) Players should mark the position of the ball prior to removing the weed.

  1. ANIMAL HOOFMARKS, TYRE TRACKS AND CAP ROCK

Any ball coming to rest in any hoof-mark, scrape or hole apparently caused by any animal or bird, or in any tyre or tractor tracks, or on solid cap rock, anywhere in the rough.

a) May be lifted, cleaned and dropped clear of the hoof-mark, scrape or hole, or tyre tracks, or cap rock, within one club-length from the nearest point of relief, but no nearer the hole.

IGCN Local Rules – Amended in October 2010.

Local Rule 1-1 was amended on 1 January 2012.

Local Rule 2-1 was amended in July 2013

Local Rule 2-2 was amended in July 2013

Local Rule 5, 6 and 7 was amended on 16 September 2015

Local Rule 11 was amended on 16 September 2015

Local Rule 7 was amended on 11 November 2015

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