Local Golf Rules

In all Golf Clubs, special conditions are found which require “Local Rules” to clarify or augment the “Rules of Golf”. Sometimes temporary conditions, such as construction works, require a “Local Rule”
At Bray Golf Club, a “Rules Committee” is responsible for all Local Rules.  
Please note that the Rules Committee reviews our Local Rules from time to time. Therefore, the binding versions of these rules is that displayed on the “Rules Board” in the hall of the Club House. 

Abnormal Ground Conditions: Bunkers

Interference by an abnormal ground condition occurs when a ball lies in or touches the condition or when the condition interferes with the players stance or the area of his/her intended swing. Intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this rule
Relief: If the ball is in a bunker, the player must lift the ball and drop it either
Without penalty, within one club length of, and not nearer the hole, than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must be in the bunker or, if complete relief is not possible, as near as possible to the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole, on a part of the course in the bunker that affords the maximum available relief form the condition;    Or
Under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped with no limit to far behind the bunker the ball may be dropped.
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.
 

Bunkers

Bunkers
As per the marked area below, grass covered ground, bordering or within
a bunker including a stacked turf face (whether grass covered or earthen),
is not part of the bunker. 

A wall or lip of the bunker not covered with grass is part of the bunker.
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.
 

Ground Under Repair G.U.R.

Areas marked by white lines, or signs, and any recently sodded or seeded areas are “Ground Under Repair”. Relief must be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1, “Abnormal Ground Conditions”.
Relief: Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club length of, and not nearer the hole, the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this rule.
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if

  1. Interference by anything other than an abnormal ground condition makes the stroke impractical or
  2. Interference by an abnormal ground condition would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessary abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.  

Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Competition play-two strokes.
 

Ball Coming To Rest On Wrong Putting Green

Interference by a wrong putting green occurs when a ball comes to rest on a green or the collar of the green of a hole that is not being played at that time.
If a players ball lies on a wrong putting green, or the collar of the green, the player must not play the ball as it lies. The player must take relief, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-3 as follows:
“The player must lift the ball and drop it within  one club length of, but not nearer the hole, than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green or collar of a green. When dropping the ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the wrong green or collar of the green and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green or collar of the green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this rule.
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.

Relief Around Pond On 5th Hole

In accordance with Rule 24-2 of the Rules of Golf, the following Local Rule shall apply until further notice where the fence surrounding the pond on the 5th hole causes interference to a player playing the 5th or 6th holes:
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction under Rule 24-2. Interference occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his/her intended swing.
The ball must be lifted and dropped, without penalty, within one club length of, and not nearer the hole than, the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this rule.
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if

  1. Interference by anything other than an abnormal ground condition makes the stroke impractical or
  2. Interference by an abnormal ground condition would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessary abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.  

 
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.

Sleepers Left Of 2nd Green

Integral Part of the Course
The sleeper wall to the left of the 2nd green is an integral part of the course. The ball must be played as it lies or deemed unplayable.
 
Rule 28 Ball Unplayable
 The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.
If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must under penalty of one stroke:

  1. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27 – 1by playing a ball as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was last played (See rule 20-5); or
  2. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or
  3. Drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the holes.

The ball may be cleaned or substituted when lifted under this rule.
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.

Use Of Distance Measuring Devices

This rule is applicable to Men’s and Ladies’ Competitions
 
For all play at Bray Golf Club, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions ( for examples gradient, wind-speed or temperature), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
 
The disqualification penalty applies whether the device is a dedicated GPS device or a multi-functional device such a  mobile phone, PDA, etc. Any device that has a non-conforming feature cannot be used in competition.  abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.  
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- disqualification; Competition play- disqualification.
 
 

Accidental Movment Of A Ball On The Putting Green

Local Rule: 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 Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Immovable Obstructions

RELIEF FROM FENCE AROUND POND ON 5th HOLE. 
GUIDE POSTS BETWEEN THE 11TH AND 12TH  HOLES.
RESIDUE OF STAKES PREVIOUSLY USED TO SUPPORT TREES

Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction under Rule 24-2. Interference occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his/her intended swing. Relief is not available from interference with “line of sight”
The ball must be lifted and dropped, without penalty, within one club length of, and not nearer the hole than, the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this rule. 
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if
a)    Interference by anything other than an abnormal ground condition makes the stroke impractical or
b)    Interference by an abnormal ground condition would occur only through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessary abnormal stance, swing or direction of play or
c)    The players ball has already entered the hazard.

Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Stroke play-two strokes.

Local Placing

A ball lying 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 6 inches of, and no nearer the hole, than where it originally lay that is not in a hazard or on a putting green.

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 applies. If the ball when placed comes 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 applies. 

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.

Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Competition play-two strokes.

Relief From Aeration Holes

Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay bu not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in, or on, an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot, not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
 
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Competition play-two strokes.

Relief From Verti Drains And Shockwaves

All drainage seams are ground under repair and relief may be taken under Rule 25-1b

However, interference by a drainage seam with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, in itself, interference under this rule.
 
Penalty for Breach of Rule:
Match play- loss of hole; Competition play-two strokes.