CHAMPIONSHIP LOCAL RULES
The following Local Rules, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Championship Committee at each venue, will apply to the Championship.
1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)
(a) Beyond any wall, fence or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
(b) On or beyond any white line defining the boundary of the course. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or over such a line.
(c) In or beyond any ditch defining the boundary of the course.
Note: Where out of bounds is defined by white stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports), the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes or posts. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies over such a line.
2. Water Hazards (including Lateral Water Hazards) (Rule 26)
Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines. Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or red lines.
When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the boundary.
Note: Dropping Zones for Water Hazards:
Where there are dropping zones for water hazards, a ball may be played under Rule 26 or a ball may be dropped in the dropping zone nearest to where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard under penalty of one stroke.
For provisions relating to dropping or re-dropping a ball in a dropping zone, see the Note on pages 152-153 in the Rules of Golf.
3. Ground Under Repair (Rule 25-1)
(a) Any area encircled by a white line.
(b) Any area of damaged ground (e.g. caused by crowd or vehicle movement) that is considered by a referee to be abnormal.
(c) Grass covered cable trenches.
(d) French drains (stone-filled drainage ditches).
(e) Seams of cut turf; the specimen Local Rule in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 145.
(f) Relief is available from interference to the lie of the ball or the area of intended swing from painted yardage markings situated in any closely-mown area through the green, including paint markings at the front and back of putting greens.
4. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)
(a) White lined areas adjoining any areas defined as immovable obstructions are to be regarded as part of the obstruction and not ground under repair.
(b) Landscaped garden areas surrounded by an obstruction are part of that obstruction.
(c) Mats that are secured and plastic cable ramps that are covering cables are immovable obstructions.
5. Integral Parts of the Course
(a) Any cables or advertising boards closely attached to an object defining the boundary of the course.
(b) Wires, cables, wrappings or other objects where they are closely attached to trees or other permanent objects.
(c) Retaining artificial walls and pilings when located in water hazards.
6. Stones in Bunkers
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1applies).
7. Turf Plugs on Putting Greens
On any putting green, turf plugs of any size have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16-1c.
8. Bunker Faces
The face of a bunker that consists of stacked turf (whether grass-covered or earthen), is neither (a) part of the bunker nor (b) a “closely-mown area” (Rule 25-2).
9. Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green
The specimen Local Rule in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 146.
10. Distance Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3)
The use of distance measuring devices (DMD’s) is permitted (See note to Rule 14-3 and Appendix 1; Part A; Section 7 page 153 in the Rules of Golf). Even when the Local Rule is in effect, the device must not be used for any purposes that are prohibited by Rule 14-3, including but not limited to:
I. the gauging or measuring of slope;
II. the gauging or measuring of other conditions that might affect play (e.g. wind speed or direction);
III. recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in his play (e.g. club selection, type of shot to be played, green reading or any other relevant matter); or
IV. calculating the effective distance between two points based on elevation or other conditions affecting shot distance.
A multi-functional device, such as a smart phone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES:
Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
(Subsequent breach of DMD local rule – Disqualification)
PACE OF PLAY: PLAYER RESPONSIBILITIES
• Be ready to play
• It is the responsibility of each player to play within the published maximum times allowed
• Referees will inform players who are not playing within the maximum time limits
• Even if the reason for your group being out of position is as a result of a lost ball, a lengthy search or a ruling, it remains the responsibility of the group:
to play to the scheduled time, and
to get back into position (with referee assistance if necessary)
When Group Out of Position:
• Referee will ask group to get back into position
• If group not back into position within two holes or no effort made after one hole, group will be “timed”
• If you keep up with the group in front, your group will not be timed
Procedure When Being Timed:
• The maximum time allocated per shot is 40 seconds. 10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play:
on a par three hole;
an approach shot to the green; and
a chip or putt
• If you walk quickly to your ball and play your shot within 40 seconds, you cannot be penalised
• 1 Bad Time = Warning
• 2 Bad Times = One stroke penalty (stroke play); Loss of hole (match play)
• 3 Bad Times = Additional two stroke penalty (stroke play) + Final Warning; Loss of hole (match play) + Final Warning
• 4 Bad Times = Disqualification
Note: The full Pace of Play Condition is contained in the Conditions of Competition.
TRANSPORATION POLICY: USE OF GOLF CARTS
1. Aim of Policy
1.1. This Policy is the Transportation Policy referred to in the Conditions of Competition for the Championship. It sets out the circumstances in which golf carts may be used.
1.2. The organisers wish to encourage the participation in golf of all players regardless of disabilities. This Policy is in accordance with any obligations which the organiser has under the Equality Act 2010.
2.1 “Disability” shall have the same meaning as section 6 of the Equality Act 2010. A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
2.2 Any reference to “golf cart” shall include any vehicle deemed to be a golf cart by the Championship Committee.
2.3 Any reference to “Committee” shall refer to the Championship Committee which has responsibility for taking a decision on the use of a golf cart and “member of the Committee” shall be construed accordingly.
2.4 “Valid medical confirmation of disability” shall mean a valid medical certificate from a registered general practitioner or consultant registered with the relevant Health Professions Council that the player, caddie, other third party is suffering from a disability.
3. Persons who may use a golf cart
3.1. It is a condition of the championship that players must walk at all times during a stipulated round, unless permitted to use a golf cart by a member of the Committee, in accordance with this Policy. The penalty for a breach of this condition is detailed under the specimen Condition on pages 159 – 160 of the English edition Effective January 2016 Rules of Golf as published by R&A Rules Limited.
3.2. A golf cart may be used by a player or in certain events a caddie or other third party who;
(a) Can provide a valid current medical certificate of disability in accordance with this Policy;
(b) Has requested permission to use a golf cart by 30 August 2017. Where the disability prevents the player from driving the cart, he/she may nominate a third party to drive the cart for them who must be approved by the Committee in the event that permission is granted; and
(c) Has obtained written permission to use a golf cart from the Championship Committee 14 days in advance of play or, if this advance permission is not possible, on the day of proposed play.
3.3. The Committee may not without good reasons refuse a request for permission to use a golf cart if the criteria in paragraph 3.2, above are met.
3.4. In cases where a member of the Committee refuses to permit the use of a golf cart then they shall inform the player of the decision, the reasons for it, and the right to appeal this refusal to the Appeals Committee in accordance with this policy.
4. Conditions in which use of a golf cart may be permitted
4.1. Where a determination is made that the use of a golf cart may be permitted by a player or where appropriate a caddie or other third party, a member of the Committee shall have regard to the following additional health and safety considerations before granting approval for the use of a golf cart at any particular time:
a) Any relevant weather conditions;
b) The topography and ground conditions;
c) The condition of and suitability of the golf cart; and
d) Any other relevant considerations which could impede the safe use of a golf cart or impact on the safety of others.
4.2. In the event that a member of the Committee believes that for reasons of health and safety a golf cart should not be used by players, caddies or third parties at a particular time he/they may:
a) Refuse to grant permission for the use of a golf cart;
b) Revoke any such permission in the event of new health and safety considerations having come to light since the granting of the initial permission to use a golf cart;
and shall inform the player, caddie or other third party of this decision, the reasons for it and any right to appeal this decision under this Policy.
4.3. It will in any event be a requirement of any player, caddie or other third party granted permission to use a golf cart to complete and sign a Transportation Policy Consent form prior to use.
5. Conditions for use of golf carts
5.1. A player, caddie, or other third party permitted to use a golf cart must agree to the following terms and conditions of use:
a) Any person operating a golf cart must do so with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of others and in accordance with any relevant golf cart operating guidelines;
(b) The Committee may require that a golf cart must not exceed walking pace;
(c) A golf cart shall be for the sole use of the player and his/her equipment, or where appropriate the caddie unless a member of the Committee has deemed that for reason of age or disability another third party is required to drive the golf cart;
(d) A golf cart must not impede or interfere with normal pedestrians or vehicular traffic flow on roadways, ramps and pavements;
(e) A player, caddie or other third party who has been granted permission to use and/or drive a golf cart must remain seated in the golf cart at all times while the vehicle is in motion;
(f) Drivers of golf carts must comply with directional signs and not used prohibited areas including public highways and pavements;
(g) A player, caddie or other third party who has been granted permission to use and/or drive a golf cart must accept responsibility for any losses or injury sustained as a result of his or her fault whilst using a golf cart; and
(h) A player, caddie or other third party who has been granted permission to use and/or drive a golf cart must have adequate personal and other third party insurance and must provide a copy of the certificate of insurance to the organisers prior to use.
5.2. Failure to agree to the terms and conditions contained in clause 5.1 by signing a Transportation Policy Consent Form may result in the player, caddie or other third party being denied permission to use a golf cart.
6. Appeals Procedure
6.1. Any decision by a Committee Member refusing a player, caddie or other third party permission to use a golf cart may be appealed by the player, caddie or other third party to the Appeals Committee which shall comprise of two members of the Championship Committee.
6.2. An appeal shall be made in writing to the Appeals Committee within 5 working days of the date of the initial decision. Any written appeal request shall also include a statement by the player or caddie or other third party of the reasons why he/she is seeking to appeal the decision.
6.3. The Appeals Committee shall make a decision on an appeal and communicate it to the player or caddie within 10 working days of the initial appeal.
6.4. The Appeals Committee’s decision is final.
7. Urgent Appeals Procedure
7.1. In exceptional circumstances where a player has appealed against a decision on the day of a competition, then an Urgent Appeals Committee comprising the Championship Referee and 1 Director from the organisers will be required to take any decision regarding use by the player, caddie or other third party of a golf cart.
7.2 The Urgent Appeals Committee will be required to reach a prompt decision to enable the player’s use of a golf cart where appropriate.