MIDDLETON HALL GOLF CLUB

LOCAL RULES NOT ON THE SCORE CARD

  1. Artificial surfaces, paths and repaired areas including the shingle drain areas on the 15th and 18th are declared as IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS from which relief may be obtained under rule 25-1. Relief may also be obtained from the pump house on the 16th and 17th plus the internal netted fence on the 12th.
  2. Any green that is taken out of play is to be treated as GUR this also includes a ball landing on a wrong green. Relief should be taken from the nearest point of relief 1 club length not nearer the hole.
  3. Play from GUR is prohibited at all times. Relief must be taken under rule 25-1.
  4. Mobile Phones and Distance Measuring Devices. To comply with County Union rule 22 all smart phones or distance measuring devices may be used as long as they measure distance only. Smart phones must not be used to send or receive calls or texts, except in the case of a medical emergency, or for any other reason. Any player in breach of this rule will be disqualified.
  5. If there is doubt whether a ball is lost, out of bounds, or may be in the water hazard to the right of the 5th     hole the player may play a provisional ball. If the original ball is found outside the hazard the player must continue with it.
    If the original ball is found in the water hazard the player may either play the ball as it lies or must declare the ball unplayable and continue with the provisional ball. If the ball is not found within 5 minutes the player must continue with the provisional ball.
  6. If a player’s ball is in or it is known or virtually certain to be in the water hazard marked by the yellow stakes (the ditch) at the back of the 6th green the player has the option to use the drop zone (mat) to the right of the 6th green.
  7. The out bounds posts to the right when playing the 6th hole are to be defined as "moveable obstructions" and may be removed in accordance with rule 24-2. Note the posts CANNOT be moved when playing the 5th.
  8. Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
  9. The pond on the left when playing the 16th hole now has red stakes as a lateral water hazard. This ONLY applies when playing the 16th. All play from the 17th it is still yellow stakes only.

WINTER RULES

  1. Preferred Lies: A ball lying on closely mown areas may be lifted and cleaned without penalty. Before lifting the ball should be marked. The player must then replace the ball within 6” not nearer to the hole that is not in a hazard or on a green. A player may only place the ball once if the ball should move it should be played as it lies.
  2. Embedded Ball Through The Green: A ball which is embedded in its own pitch mark through the green may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and DROPPED AS NEAR AS POSSIBLE TO WHERE IT LAY, but not nearer the hole. Ball must be marked before lifting. Exception, a player may not take relief under this local rule if it clearly unreasonable to play a shot due to interference from anything other than the condition.

Penalty for breach of local rule

Match play - Loss of hole Stroke play - 2 Strokes

Failure to include penalty - Disqualification