WGA ADOPTED LOCAL RULES OF GOLF
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match Play – Loss of Hole
Stroke Play – Two Strokes
Occasional local abnormal conditions such as wetness might interfere with fair play. On the day of play, the Play Day Chairman may advise the starters to inform the players that the “lift, clean, and place” rule is in effect as follows: “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 she must 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.” (Appendix I-A-3b)
EXCEPTION: The Three Day Championship/Handicap Tournament will have a separate “Notice to Competitors”.
Out of Bounds – Rule 27.
- Defined by inside edge of white stakes at ground level. Public streets, parking lots, club houses and maintenance facilities are out of bounds. Typically, the edge of the road or curb nearest the golf course is the boundary. A ball that crosses such a boundary is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.
Integral Parts of the Course
- Artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards.
- Cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees.
Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards – Rule 26.
- When both stakes and lines define a water hazards, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin.
- When hazard markers are positioned side by side and a out-of-bounds marker is adjacent to the two hazard stakes all ground and water beyond the defined margin of the hazard is in the hazard.
Movable Obstruction – Rule 24-1
- Stones and loose liners in bunkers are movable obstructions.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions (TIO) – Appendix I
- Electrical fans, supporting wires and cables. Relief for intervention (line of sight) as well as lie of ball, stance, and area of intended swing.
Distance measuring devices
- Distance measuring devices will be allowed as long as they measure distance only. The use of a device that gauges or measures other conditions that might affect play (e.g., wind, elevation, or gradient) are not permitted.
Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25.
- Sod seams through the green are deemed to be ground under repair. All seams within the sodded area are considered to be the same seam. Relief is available for lie of ball and area of intended swing only (no relief for stance).
- All flower beds throughout the course are mandatory relief areas. Relief is taken under Rule 25-1. If the flower bed is in a water hazard, the player must proceed under Rule 26-1. Incurring a one stroke penalty.
- An area severely damaged by non-burrowing animals (armadillos/skunks) is considered ground under repair. Relief is available to lie of ball and areas of intended swing only.
- Excessive goose dropping is considered ground under repair. If a ball lies on the putting green a player may remove the droppings from line of putt without any penalty applying under Rule 16 for incidentally pressing something down in the process of the removal.
Immovable Obstructions – Rule 24-2.
- White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads and paths or obstructions are deemed to have the same status as the obstruction and are not ground under repair. Rutted or rocky areas adjacent to cart paths (within one club length) are deemed to be part of the cart path.
- Landscaped garden areas completely encircled by an obstruction are deemed to be a part of the obstruction.
- Unmarked drain pipes and culverts and the surrounding screens, grates, concrete or hand-laid rocks are immovable obstructions and relief without penalty is available under Rule 24-2 unless it is clearly unreasonable to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the obstruction. The area adjacent to the obstruction is deemed to be an integral part of the course.
· Intervention by sprinkler head(s) near the putting green. If a ball lies through the green and (1) an sprinkler head on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and (2) within two club-lengths of the ball (3) intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief 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. If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and placed 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. Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
Embedded Ball Through the Green – Appendix I
- Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. A ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
- A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.
- A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule.
Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green
- 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 the caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. This local rule applies only when a player’s ball or ball marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
Scorecard Penalty Updated
The two stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on the scorecard when the player was unaware of the penalty is eliminated.