Garforth Golf Club - Local Rules

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, permanent winter tee mats and winter tee boxes with timber surrounds, 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
Match Play – Loss of hole
Stroke Play – 2 strokes
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Temporary Local Rules – General
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 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:
o Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point
o 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
Cleaning Ball (MLR E2)
When a player’s ball lies in any part of the general area, the ball may be lifted, cleaned and replaced without penalty. The player must mark the spot of the ball before lifting it (see Rule 14.1) and the ball must be replaced on its original spot (see Rule 14.2)

Ground Under Repair (MLR F4)
Ground under repair includes areas of unusual damage including areas within the General Area which have not been defined by blue paint where course equipment, ride on golf buggies, golf trolleys or foot traffic have combined with extreme wet conditions to alter the ground surface materially. Free relief may be taken ONLY when the players ball touches, or is in or on the abnormal course condition

Penalty for Playing the Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Temporary Local Rule – General Penalty under Rule 14.7a