Local Rules

Printable local rules can be found at the bottom of this page.

Preferred Lies local rule is only in effect when the superintendent or pro shop has placed the “Cart Path Only” signs on the first tee.
Otherwise, play the ball as it lies

Preferred Lies

If a player’s ball lies on a closely-mown area through the green the player may mark, lift and clean his ball without penalty.  Before lifting, he must mark the position of the ball.  The player must then place the ball on a spot within one club-length of and not 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 which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies,  If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot 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 apply.

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.

Embedded Ball

Through the green., a ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to 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.

Out of Bounds

Red #1:  On or over road.
Red #2:  On or over road.
Red #3:  On or over road where road is parallel to fairway.
Beginning and end marked on  pavement.
Blue #1:  On or over road.

Lateral Water Hazards

Red #9:  All ponds are treated as lateral water hazards.  No free relief from walls of pond.


Blue #3:  If a ball strikes the power line crossing # 3, the player must cancel the stroke and play a ball as near as possible to the spot from
which the original ball was played.

Stones in Bunkers

Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).

Ground Under Repair

Play is prohibited from all flower beds.  Proceed under rule 25-1bi (One club-length from nearest point of relief).

Measuring Devices

A player may use a measuring device, but the device can only measure distance.  If the device measures or gauges any other condition (e.g. wind or gradient), the penalty is disqualification

Provisional Ball when ball may be lost in a water hazard

If there is a doubt whether a ball is in or lost in the water hazard on 9 White, 7 Red or fronting the green on 4 Blue, the player may play another ball, provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1.  If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.  If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1.  If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

7 Blue Wall

If a player has interference from the wall on the right side of 7 Blue and takes relief from the obstruction, the player may not cross over the obstruction when determining their nearest point of relief.


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