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Local Rules

  1. Out of Bounds. All fences, Club House, Pro Shop, putting green area, parking lot, driving range, short game facility, maintenance grounds and areas marked by white stakes or lines are Out of Bounds. (Rule 27 – Ball Lost or Out of Bounds). A ball that crosses over or under an Out of Bounds line and comes to rest beyond that boundary is deemed Out of Bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course (Decision 27/20). 
  2. Rock Walls and Curbs. Rock walls and curbs are Immovable Obstructions (Rule 33-2a). The rock curbs that border paved pathways are deemed to be part of the pathway. 
  3. Overhead Powerlines. If a ball strikes an overhead powerline, the ball must be abandoned, the stroke disregarded, and another ball played from that position without penalty (Rule 33-8, Def’n 13). 
  4. Hole#14 Bird House Rule. See Rule 26 1b (under penalty of one stroke). Example 1: If a ball crossed the red hazard line at the 1st birdhouse along the right side of the fairway (brown trim); the player could drop the ball anywhere on a line extending from that brown birdhouse to the red brick walking path located to the left of the 14th tee box. Example 2: If a ball crossed the red hazard line at the 2nd birdhouse along the right side of the fairway (blue trim); the player could drop the ball anywhere on a line extending from that blue birdhouse to a second blue birdhouse hanging from a poplar tree on the left side of the fairway.
  5. Relief from exposed tree roots (decision 33-8/8). Throughout the golf course, excluding the teeing ground and the putting green of the hole being played and all hazards on the course, if a ball lies on a closely mown area (ie all areas that are cut to fairway height or less) and exposed tree roots interfere with the lie of the ball or the area of intended swing, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and drop it within one club length of the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole.
  6. Nurseries and Flower Gardens. The flower gardens located through the green are deemed Ground Under Repair from which relief MUST be taken. 
  7. Hole #18 – Rock Gardens within Lateral Hazard from which Penalty must be Taken. If a ball comes to rest within the large garden that is contained within the lateral water hazard on hole #18, the player must proceed under penalty under Rule 26 – Water Hazard (Rule 25-1B, note 1). 
  8. Sprinkler Heads on the Edge of a Putting Green. If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction lying within two club lengths of the green and two club lengths of the ball intervenes with the line of play between the ball and the hole; the player may take relief as follows: Mark the ball, lift and drop at the nearest point of relief to where the ball lay, which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green (App.1 Pat B-6). 
  9. Drop Zones on Holes 10 & 16. (Additional options for a ball in lateral hazard) Hole 10 – A Drop Zone behind and to the right of the  green is available for a ball crossing the pathway and entering the lateral hazard to the right of the bridge. Hole 16 – two drop zones are available to the left of the green for a ball entering the lateral (red staked) water hazard between the two drop zones. Players may only select the drop zone that is nearest to the point of entry and no closer to the hole than the point of entry. 
  10. Practice Chipping Area. The chipping green along the east side of the parking lot and the immediate surrounding area are part of the Course on which practice is permitted prior to or between rounds of Stroke Play Competition Rule 33-2c).  
  11. 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.