Effective From: 14th January 2022
This page contains a list of Temporary Local Rules that are currently in place due to specific course conditions or other temporary factors. These rules will be regularly reviewed and updated as and when appropriate. Please also be aware of the following permanent rules: Rule 16.3 Embedded Ball and Rule 16.1 Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions).
The Local Rules page displays a full list of the existing Local Rules that apply at all times.
When a player's ball lies in a part of the General Area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: The size of the relief area is up to 6 inches (150 mm) from the reference point, not nearer the hole than the reference point, and which is in the general area.
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty (Matchplay: loss of hole, Strokeplay: two stroke penalty) Under Rule 14.7a.
Note: When lifting a ball it is recommended that a player marks the position of the ball to establish a fixed reference point.
When a player's ball lies in the General Area the ball may be lifted, cleaned and replaced without penalty. The player must mark the spot before lifting the ball (see Rule 14.1) and the ball must be replaced on its original spot (see Rule 14.2).
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.
Note: This rule applies to the General Area only (i.e. not in bunkers or penalty areas where the ball must be played as it lies (cannot be cleaned) or the player may proceed under the normal penalty options).