WGA ADOPTED LOCAL RULES OF GOLF

2018

 

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.

 

 

Integral Parts of the Course

 

 

Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards – Rule 26.

 

 

 

Movable Obstruction – Rule 24-1

 

 

Temporary Immovable Obstructions (TIO) – Appendix I

 

 

Distance measuring devices

 

 

Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25.

 

 

 

Immovable Obstructions – Rule 24-2.

 

·           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

 

Exception:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

 

                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.