Local Rules

(Effective 01/01/2017)

  1. As an option, drop areas are provided on Holes 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, & 18 for balls entering lateral water hazards from teeing areas. Drop areas are also provided for a ball entering the lateral water hazard behind #16 green and also the pond on the right side of #17. A one stroke penalty applies if this option is used. Lateral water hazards are marked by red stakes and/or lines.
  2. If a player’s ball lies against or when the following conditions affect the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the ball may be lifted and dropped within 1 club length of nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole, without penalty: wooden bulkheads, ornamental annual flower beds, vehicle ruts, and staked trees. No free relief for line of flight. (Bulkheads are no longer an integral part of the golf course). Beds containing annual flowers on golf course property offer mandatory free relief, nearest point, one club length, and no closer to the hole.
  3. Sand/Gravel areas on Holes 3, 5, 8, 16 & 18 are considered waste areas. You may ground your club.
  4. Opposite lake banks are considered Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1). All other OB is marked by white stakes and/or lines.
  5. *To the left of water’s edge on Holes: 1, 2, 4, 11, 13, 16, 17 & 18 is considered OB.
  6. *To the right of water’s edge on Holes: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, &17 is considered OB.
  7. The concrete edge of the roadway to the left of hole #10 & #12 as well as edge of roadway behind and left of hole #11 are considered OB.
  8. Red stakes with green tops signify environmental sensitive areas (ESA’s). Play from these areas is prohibited by law. Penalty for playing from these areas: stroke play = 2 strokes, match play = loss of hole. You may use the drop area on hole #5. On Hole #18, drop the ball from within 2 club lengths from where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, no closer to the hole. A one stroke penalty applies. Interference by an ESA occurs when the ESA interferes with the player’s stance or intended swing. If interference exists the player must take free relief as follows. “Through the Green”, one club length free relief from the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole avoiding interference with the ESA.
  9. Pine straw areas containing no flowers on golf course property do not provide free relief. Ball must be played as it lies. As an option, the player is entitled to proceed under rule 28- Ball Unplayable. A penalty of one stroke applies if this option is taken.
  10. The use of Range finders is approved as long as they do not measure other conditions (e.g., gradient, slope, wind speed and temperature, etc.).
  11. It is permissible to rake your footprints while approaching your ball in a bunker.
  12. The sand and/or gravel areas at the ends of the concrete cart paths on holes # 2, 6, 9 & 10 are considered to be a defined cart path. The player is entitled to free relief at the nearest point no closer to the hole.
  13. Only the golf shop can implement “lift, clean and place”. Any player implementing lift, clean and place on their own without permission from the golf shop may not post scores for handicap purposes.
  14. “Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green “Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

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