• These Permanent Local Rules override the Local Rules printed on the back of Score Cards

    1. Trees: If a staked tree or staked shrub interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief as provided in Rules 24-2.b.1.
    2. If the Race Course fence endangers player, the player may lift the ball, without penalty, and drop it behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point between himself and the hole; with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.
    3. Wheel Marks: Through the green wheel marks made by a mower, tractor or motor vehicle may be treated as G.U.R.
    4. Relief can be obtained from artificial surfaces as per Rule 24.
    5. All stakes, hoops, ropes and supports defining the margins of hazards and ground under repair, as well as hoses and signs, are to be treated as immovable obstructions..
    6. If a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and a sprinkler head or hoops or ropes and/or their supports on or within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

    The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole; (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

    1. Sprinkler heads – treat as immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2).
    2. If a ball strikes the Running Rail and/or the supports of the rail, including the “8 furlong post”, when playing a ball from the 16th Tee, the stroke is cancelled and the player must replay a ball from the Tee.
    3. Hoof Marks through the green may be treated as G.U.R. (Rule 25).
    4. The distance markers are immovable obstructions and relief is permissible under Rule 24 (2).
    5. If a bunker has areas damaged by rainfall causing gutters and troughs to be formed, then such areas are to be treated as an Abnormal Ground condition. Players may obtain relief under Rules 25-1b (ii), i.e.:
      1. Drop a ball without penalty in the bunker as near as possible to the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole, on ground which affords maximum available relief, i.e. ground which is most nearly normal; or
      2. Drop a ball under penalty of one stroke behind the bunker, keeping the point where the ball lay between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped.

    Match Committee June 2011