Garforth Golf Club - Local Rules

  1. Out Of Bounds
    Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes.

    2. No Play Zones
    Young trees identified by support stakes and/or protective wrapping are No Play Zones. If a player’s ball lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief. Rule 2.4 applies.

    3. Penalty Areas
    All Penalty Areas are defined by Red Stakes. All roads and paths (excluding the bridle path) are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. All bridges are within the Penalty Area.

    4. Dropping Zones on holes 4,6 and 13
    A player whose ball enters the Red Penalty Area on the green side and between the blue posts on Holes 4&6 (which are Movable Obstructions – Rule 15 applies), may take relief under Rule 17.1d. As a further option on Hole 4, 6 & also on Hole 13, when relief ‘no nearer the hole’ is not possible, the original ball or another ball may be dropped from the nearest dropping zone.
    The Dropping Zones are identified by fixed reference points from which a one club length relief area is measured not nearer the hole. The reference points are Blue disks located front right and rear left of the green on hole 4, at front right, rear right and rear left on hole 6 and at rear left and rear right on hole 13. When dropping the ball Rule 14.3 applies

    5. Immovable Obstructions
    The Dropping Zone reference point disks and the Halfway House and its paved surround are Immovable Obstructions. Rule 16 Applies
    All fixed sprinkler heads are Immovable Obstructions. In addition a player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play and within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played and is within two club-lengths of the ball.

    6. Ground Under Repair
    Areas defined by blue paint as Ground Under Repair are ‘no play zones’ that are to be treated as abnormal course conditions. Free relief MUST be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f

    PENALTY FOR BREACH OF ANY LOCAL RULE – GENERAL PENALTY
    Match Play – Loss of hole
    Stroke Play – 2 strokes
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    Recently Felled Trees
    If a ball lies in the general area where a tree has been recently felled, the stump grinder used and the area made good or partially made good, or such condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing the player may take relief may in accordance with Rule 16.1b
    Preferred Lies (MLR E3)
    When a player’s ball lies in a part of the General Area cut to fairway height or less the player may take relief once by placing the ball in and playing it from this relief area:
    • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball
    • Size of relief area measured from the Reference Point: 6 inches, (150mm) from the Reference Point but with these limits:
    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point
    Must be in the General Area
    In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e Compulsory use of Fairway Mats: When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less and a putter is not being used for the stroke, the ball MUST be lifted, placed on and played from an Astroturf, or similar type, of mat. The mat must be placed as near as possible to where the ball originally lay, and the ball must be placed on the mat. The player may also play the ball from the general area not cut to fairway height or less without the use of a mat, by dropping the ball at the nearest point to where the ball originally lay. If the player’s ball lies directly in the general area not cut to fairway height or less the player has the option to use a mat or prefer the lie of the ball. In all eventualities the ball may be cleaned when lifted.
    Penalty for Playing the Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Temporary Local Rule – General Penalty under Rule 14.7a
    Members are also reminded that free relief from tractor or other tyre marks is NOT available unless a Temporary Local Rule is introduced, this will normally only be done when significant works are planned on the course and unusually heavy equipment is likely to cause exceptional damage. Members will be advised when such conditions are anticipated.