Detailed Local Rules Rules and Model Local Rules

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8A OUT OF BOUNDS AND COURSE BOUNDARIES

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Defining Boundaries

Out of bounds exists on Holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ,9, 10, 11 and 18.

Out of bounds is defined by:

  • the course-side edge of white stakes, or
  • the course-side points of the perimeter chain link fence, or
  • a line between the course-side points of  the cemetery fence posts on Hole 7.

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Clarifying Boundary When Using Wall or Road

Out of bounds exists behind Hole 8 and is defined by the course-side edge of the curb of the road and/or white stakes.

The road and parking area on the left and behind Hole 9 are Out of bounds; and are defined by the course-side edge of the curb and/or white stakes.

The parking areas in the vicinity of Holes 1, 10, 16 and 18 are Out of bounds; and are defined by the course-side edge of the curb and/or white stakes.

8B PENALTY AREAS

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Defining Penalty Areas

Penalty areas are defined as the course-side edge of red painted lines.  Red stakes are placed to provide visibility for the penalty areas.

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Provisional Ball for Ball in a Penalty Area

If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty area, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:

In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), the back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2)) or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)).

Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.

In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:

  • When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:
    • Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or
    • Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.
  • When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. The provisional ball becomes the player’s ball in play.
8C BUNKERS

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Declaring Practice Bunkers to Be Part of General Area

The practice bunker located to the right of Hole #7 is ground under repair and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b.

8E SPECIAL OR REQUIRED RELIEF PROCEDURES

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Cleaning Ball

This local rule is intended for short duration situations and is at the discretion of the Head Professional.  It will be posted at the Pro Shop and on the website when it is applicable.

When a player’s ball lies in the general area cut to fairway height or less, the ball may be lifted cleaned and replaced without penalty. The player must mark the spot before lifting the ball (see Rule 14.1) and the ball must be replaced on its original spot (see Rule 14.2).

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

E-3

Preferred Lies

This local rule is intended for short duration situations and is at the discretion of the Head Professional.  It will be posted at the Pro Shop and on the website when it is applicable.

When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one scorecard length from the reference point, but with the following limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

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

E-4

Relief from Aeration Holes

This local rule is intended for short duration situations and is at the discretion of the Head Professional.  It will be posted at the Pro Shop and on the website when it is applicable.

If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:

(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.

(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.

But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.

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

E-5

Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds

This rule is NOT applicable for play leading to Club Championships, or for elite competitions such as open and invitational tournaments.

“When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:

a. Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:

b. Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).

But with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

  • Must be in the general area, and
  • Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

  • The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.
  • This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).

But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:

A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

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

E-8

Defining No Play Zones

The area surrounded by a white line on the left side of Hole #6 is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition. The edge of the no play zone is defined as the outside edge of the painted line.  White stakes with green tops are placed to provide visibility for the no play zone.  Free relief MUST be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f.

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Protection of Young Trees

Young trees in need of protection are identified by orange ribbons; and 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.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a.

8F ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS AND INTEGRAL OBJECTS

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Defining Abnormal Course Conditions and Integral Objects

The following are immovable obstructionsProceed under Rule 16.1.

  • Tennis courts and associated fencing
  • Pergola
  • Pumphouse, maintenance area, buildings and parking area on Hole #12
  • Paved roadways
  • Paved cart paths
  • Cultivated / landscaped beds 

Note:  Stone retaining walls are defined as integral objects.  No relief is permitted.

F-5

Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens

 

Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction (e.g. sprinkler heads, valve covers, etc.) may be taken under Rule 16.1.

The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

Exception – No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

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

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Accumulations of Loose Impediments

This local rule is intended for short duration situations and is at the discretion of the Head Professional.  It will be posted at the Pro Shop and on the website when it is applicable.

Any ground with temporary accumulations of loose impediments such as pine needles, acorns or leaves in the general area or in a bunker are treated as ground under repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a.

8G RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT

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One Ball Rule

This rule is applicable only for play leading to Club Championships, or for elite competitions such as open and invitational tournaments.

“During an entire round, each ball at which the player makes a stroke must be the same brand and model as found in a single entry on the current List of Conforming Balls.

If a different brand and/or model is droppedreplaced or placed but has not yet been played, the player may correct the mistake by stopping use of that ball, without penalty, under Rule 14.5. The player must dropreplace or place a ball of the same brand and model as used at the start of the round.

When the player discovers he or she has played a ball in breach of this Local Rule, he or she must stop using that ball before playing from the next teeing area and complete the round with a ball of the same brand and model as used at the start of the round; otherwise the player is disqualified.

If the discovery is made during the play of a hole, the player may complete play of this hole with the ball played in breach or place a ball of the correct brand and model on the spot where the ball played in breach of this Local Rule was lifted from.

Penalty for Making a Stroke at a Ball in Breach of Local Rule:  The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she is in breach of this Local Rule.

8J PROCEDURES FOR BAD WEATHER AND SUSPENSION OF PLAY

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Methods for Stopping and Resuming Play

Suspension and resumption of play will be signaled by the Pro Shop using the following signals.  See Rule 5.7b.

  • Immediate Stop: One prolonged note of the siren.
  • Normal Stop: Three consecutive notes of the siren.
  • Resume Play: Two short notes of siren.
8K PACE OF PLAY POLICIES

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Maximum Time for All or Part of Round

Section E, Item 8 states the Pace of Play Policy for members and their guests for general member play and member tournaments, except as noted below.

For elite competitions such as open and invitational tournaments, the pace of play time is set at 4 hours and 30 minutes.  Times will be monitored using punched timecards.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

Rules of Handicapping

All scores posted for rounds with any of the rules stated below are acceptable for handicap purposes. (Per Golf Canada guidance).

Rule 3.3b

Scoring in stroke play

For general, member play, players may use any of the following options, at their discretion or direction from league captains:

  • Keep their own scorecard or via electronic means; and enter those scores in Golf Canada’s Scoring Centre.
  • Have one member of the playing group to record scores on behalf of other players, either on a scorecard or via electronic means; taking care to confirm the score with each player.   It will be the responsibility for each player to enter their scores in Golf Canada’s Scoring Centre unless the league has set up an alternate process.  There is no need to submit completed scorecards to the Committee.

For elite competitions such as open and invitational tournaments, an area that is compliant with social distancing protocols will be provided for players, their markers and scoring volunteers to sit.  The players and their markers will verbally confirm the scores to be submitted.  The scoring volunteer will record the scores in the computer and read them back to the player for confirmation.  There is no need to transfer or submit completed scorecards.

Rule 12

Bunkers

No rakes will be available for use in bunkers.

Disturbed areas in bunkers are considered ‘Ground Under Repair’, allowing players to take eit

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