A ball is out of bounds when it comes to rest:
a) On or over any boundary wall, fence (including to the right of hole 17) or line of white stakes;
b) Over the river to the right of holes 9 and 10;
c) Over the river bridge defined by the white line;
d) In or on the whole area of Club Buildings, Car Park, Professional's Shop, Greenkeeper's Yard and Practice Putting Green encircled and defined by surrounding walls, white line and grip;
e) On or over the white line to the right of the green at hole 11, identified by white stakes with black tops.
The following are Lateral Water Hazards identified by red stakes:
a) The river to the right of hole 8 beyond the bridge, and to the right of holes 9 and 10;
b) The ditches to the right of holes 5 and 11; left of holes 9 and 10; and right of the green at hole 13.
All other ditches and streams are Water Hazards defined by yellow lines and identified by yellow stakes.
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.
Rule 24-1 applies.
The following constructions are integral parts of the course:
a) The path alongside the 14th tee from the end of the red path;
b) The barn at hole 13.
The ball must be played as it lies or declared unplayable.
Ball Unplayable Rule 28 applies.
Young trees which are identified by stakes.
If such a tree interferes with a player's stance or the area of their intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b(i) (Immovable Obstruction). The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
The following are areas of Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited:
a) The flowerbeds at the tees of holes 1 and 2;
b) The practice chipping and putting green between holes 3 and 17 defined by a line.
The bunkers within this area are declassified and to be treated as "through the green".
If a player's ball lies in these areas or if such an area interferes with the player's stance or the area of their intended swing, the player must take relief in accordance with Rule 25-1.
Relief from interference by an immovable Obstruction may be obtained under rule 24-2.
In addition if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on, or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief without penalty as follows: the ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that
a) is not nearer the hole,
b) avoids intervention and
c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
On any day of a strokeplay competition practice is permitted on the designated practice chipping and putting green between holes 3 and 17, in accordance with the Committee's decision under rule 33-2c.
Bunkers marked with a blue stake are declassified and to be treated as through the green.
If a player's ball lies in these areas or if such an area interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the player may take relief in accordance with Rule 24-2.
The fairway yardage marker discs (not the white lines identifying them) are immovable obstructions under Rule 24-2.
Match Play - loss of hole;
Stroke Play - two strokes.
Updated Oct 2015
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. A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it was placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.
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.
All greens (including temporary greens, marked by red lines), the areas of tees being used as winter tees behind the white line (players should keep off this area as much as possible) and prepared teeing areas not in use on the day are areas of Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited. If a player's ball lies on such an area relief MUST be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1b.
A white line marks other areas of GUR and relief MAY be taken in accordance with rule 25-1b.
A ball embedded in its own pitch mark through the green in ground other than sand, may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Exception - a player may not obtain relief under this local rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to play a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this local rule.
Deep rutted tractor marks are Ground Under Repair.
For the purpose of clarity, a tractor mark is only so classified where the ground has "been broken" by the tractor and not merely flattened or indented. Relief is allowed as under Rule 25-1b. (Note: relief is allowed only for the ball and not for the stance.)
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 but no 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 those Local Rules not covered by a Rule of Golf:
Match Play - loss of hole; Stroke Play - two strokes.
Other than when playing in QUALFYING competitions a ball coming to rest in a bunker can be lifted and cleaned. The bunker can then be raked and the ball replaced in its original position.
When taking relief for water in the bunker, first take relief for that and then continue as above
It is recommended that winter wheels are used on trolleys throughout the winter. As part of the daily course conditions e-mail the greens superintendent (or his deputy) will advise whether winter wheels MUST be used on a particular day
Updated Oct 2015