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SOGC LOCAL RULES

Notes to this version of the Local Rules:

a) Revised Local Rule A2

b) Addition of Local Rule A12.

c) All Winter Rules, including Local Rule B1, “Preferred Lies” and Local Rule B2, “Mud Ball”, were withdrawn, effective 29th April 2022, until further notice.

d) Always check this web page for the latest Local Rules, as these may change from time to time. You don’t need to remember the address, just scan the QR code on the noticeboard or at the Golf Reception desk.

The following is the full text of the current SOGC Local Rules.

INTRODUCTION

The Local Rules which apply at SOGC, include:

Part A: Permanent Local Rules
Part B: Temporary (Winter) Local Rules, which apply only when this is indicted in the above title.
Part C: Additional Temporary Local Rules, for certain GUR areas and the TIO and drop zone on 18th Wellington.

These Local Rules prevail over any other versions of Local Rules which may appear elsewhere.


PART A: PERMANENT LOCAL RULES

A1.      OUT OF BOUNDS

Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes and course boundary fence posts.

A2.      PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES IDENTIFIED BY STAKES OR RIBBONS

The young trees identified by attached stakes or coloured ribbons are No Play Zones.

If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

A3.      BUILDINGS AND SHELTERS

All buildings and shelters within the bounds of the Course are integral parts of the Course. The Clubhouse is out of bounds.

A4.      GROUND UNDER REPAIR

Areas marked GUR or enclosed by a white line. Relief may be taken under Rule 16.

A5.      POWERLINES AND POLES

If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line, or any part of a tower or pole supporting a power line, during the play of the 3rd or 4th hole of the Waterloo course, the stroke does not count. The player MUST play a ball, without penalty, from where the previous stroke was made (Rule 14.6).

Note 1: Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place, in Breach of a Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

A6.      ELECTRICITY POLE ON THE WATERLOO THIRD (3RD) FAIRWAY

If a ball comes to rest at the base of the pole within the loose material or such that the pole or the loose material interferes with the swing or stance, the player may take relief, without penalty, subject to Rule 16.1 (Immovable Obstruction).


A7.      INTERFERENCE BY DRAINAGE LINE GROOVES

Parallel drainage lines, running across the approaches to the greens on the 6th, 10th, 11th and 14th holes, Waterloo, may have grooves above them and some deeper holes along the grooves. If a ball comes to rest, in the General Area, in one of these grooves or holes,  the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. But interference does not exist if the groove only interferes with the player’s stance.

A8.      AERATION HOLES ON THE PUTTING GREEN

If a player’s ball on the Putting Green lies in or touches an aeration hole, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1d. But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s line of play.

A9.      OPPOSITE SIDE PENALTY RELIEF FROM DITCH ON 10TH HOLE, WATERLOO

When a player’s ball is in the ditch to the right of the 10th hole, Waterloo, the player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d. In addition, as an extra penalty relief option, the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area to that on which the player believes the ball to have last crossed the edge of the ditch.

Reference Point: The estimated point on the opposite edge of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Two club-lengths, but no nearer the hole than the Reference Point.

A10.      PRACTICE ON THE COMPETITION COURSE

Rule 5.2b in the Rules of Golf 2019, is modified in this way:

A player may practice on the competition course before a competition round or between rounds in a multi-round competition.

A11      PENALTY AREA AND NO PLAY ZONE TO LEFT OF 10TH, WATERLOO

The deep ditch which runs along the left of this hole is now part of a Red Penalty Area. The right hand boundary is marked with red posts. This Penalty Area includes the ditch itself and all ground to the left of the ditch, extending to infinity (and beyond).

This entire Penalty Area is also designated a “No Play Zone”. If a ball comes to rest in or to the left of the ditch, the player may NOT play it as it lies and MUST take one of the Penalty Area relief options (Rule 17).

A12.      LIMITING WHEN STROKE MADE FROM PUTTING GREEN MUST BE REPLAYED UNDER EXCEPTION TO RULE 11.1b

Exception 2 to Rule 11.1b applies, except that when a ball played from the putting green accidentally hits:

  • the player,
  • the club used by the player to make the stroke, or
  • an animal defined as a loose impediment (that is, worms, insects and similar animals that can be removed easily),

then the stroke counts and the ball must be played as it lies.


PART B: ADDITIONAL TEMPORARY “WINTER” LOCAL RULES

Note – Part B only applies when “Winter Rules” are in effect. This is declared in the main title, above Part A.


PART C: TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

C1.       RELIEF FROM SEATING AREA BEHIND 18th GREEN, WELLINGTON

The external seating area, outside the bar and behind the 18th green on Wellington has been extended in recent months. Balls played to the green on the 18th are liable to overshoot and come to rest in this area. All items of furniture in this area are hereby defined as Temporary Immovable Obstructions (TIO).

If a ball comes to rest beyond the tarmac trolley path behind the 18th green and there is any physical Interference or Line of Sight Interference, from the furniture in this area, the player MUST, without penalty, drop a ball into and play from, the Drop Zone provided, just beyond the seating area. The Drop Zone is marked by a stake. The ball must be dropped and played from within one clublength of the Drop Zone stake. Ref: Rules of Golf, F-23.

C2.       RECENT DRAINAGE WORKS ON 8th HOLE, WATERLOO AND ON 2ND HOLE, WELLINGTON

The greenkeeping team has been putting in new drainage channels on the 8th hole, running up from near the teeing grounds. These will connect with the main drainage ditch which runs in front of the teeing ground and in front of the 9th green.

There are also new drainage channel works ongoing on the 2nd hole, Wellington.

These works will not necessarily all be marked, but can be treated as GUR, until further notice.

C3.       BUNKERS MARKED GUR

The following bunkers are now deemed Ground Under Repair (GUR), effective from 25th June, until further notice. If the player’s ball comes to rest in one of these bunkers, the player may take free relief, following Rule 16.1, in summary:
a) Determine the nearest point of complete relief, (NPR), which is outside the bunker, in the General Area and no nearer to the hole from where the ball lies in the bunker.
b) Drop a ball within one club-length from the NPR; ball must come to rest, in the General Area and no nearer the hole than the NPR.

List of GUR bunkers (please monitor this list for future changes):

Waterloo:
12th hole: greenside left
13th hole: greenside left
15th hole: greenside left
18th hole: both greenside bunkers

Wellington:
3rd hole: greenside right
5th hole: greenside left
14th hole: greenside left
18th hole: fairway, short of green