(a) The following ‘Winter Rules’ will operate with immediate effect.
These ‘Winter Rules’ supersede all previously published versions.
2. PREFERRED LIES:
(a) “A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of, and not nearer the hole than, where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
(b) A player may place his ball only once and it is ‘in play’ when it has been placed [Rule
20-4]. If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d
(c) If the ball when placed does come to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
(d) If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
(e) [PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS RULE: Match Play - Loss of Hole. Stroke Play - 2
3. RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL:
(a) On the putting green: “A ball embedded in its own pitch-mark, on the putting green, may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned if desired, and any damage caused by the impact of the ball may be repaired [Rules 16-1b and c]. The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted.” The ball must then be replaced.
(b) Through the green: “‘Through the green’, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course ‘through the green’.”
(c) Exceptions: “1. A player may not take relief under R3(b) above if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown. 2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.”
1 ‘Closely-mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
2 ‘Through the green’ is the whole area of the course except the teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played and all hazards on the course.
4. TEEING MATS:
(a) Where Teeing Mats are in use, Players must use them and the mats shall be the recognised Teeing Ground.
5. ROPES AND STAKES:
The ropes and supporting stakes used to protect the course from excessive wear should be treated as movable obstructions (R24-1). Any ropes and supporting stakes that are moved under this rule MUST BE REPLACED after the stroke has been completed.
6. TRACTOR MARKS:
Deep ruts, made by tractors or other ground keeping equipment, are to be treated as Ground Under Repair (R25-1).
Relief from this condition must be taken under Rule 25-1b.
7. ATTENDING THE FLAG: TEMPORARY GREEN ONLY:
(a) On temporary greens during the period when ‘Winter Rules’ operate, the Flagstick may be left unattended when putting out; no penalty will be incurred if the Flagstick is struck by the ball.
(b) The Flagstick may be removed from the Hole, if preferred, but it shall not be attended at any time.
(c) N.B. Rules 7a and 7b shall not apply during Competitions.
8. WHEN TEMPORARY GREENS ARE ‘IN PLAY’ - MANDATORY ‘PERMANENT GREEN’ RELIEF PROCEDURE:
(a) When a Temporary Green is in play, any ball coming to rest on the associated permanent Green for that hole shall be deemed to be lying on a ‘Wrong Putting Green’3
(b) Accordingly, Relief must be taken under Rule 25-3, as follows:
9. WHEN TEMPORARY GREENS ARE NOT IN PLAY, BUT ARE PREPARED FOR USE - MANDATORY RELIEF PROCEDURE:
(a) A ball coming to rest on a Temporary Green, other than the Temporary Green of the hole in play, when Temporary Greens are in play, must be treated as being in Ground Under Repair, play prohibited (Appendix 1, Part A -2a). Relief must be taken in accordance with rule 25-1.
(b) A Temporary Green is defined as being close-cut and marked by a White Circle in readiness for use.
Should you require clarification on any point at all relating to the above ‘Winter Rules’ or should you have other related questions / observations, please don’t hesitate to contact David directly [Tel:01749 840570] or share your question(s) / observations with John or Nola
3 A ‘Wrong Putting Green’ is any putting green other than that of the Hole being played.
Handicaps & Competitions Committee, November 2017