WGA ADOPTED LOCAL RULES OF GOLF
The USGA Rules of Golf effective 2019 govern play. In addition the USGA Local Rules and Terms of Competition (Hard Card) and supplemental HSV 2019 Local rules are in effect.
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match Play – Loss of Hole (General Penalty)
Stroke Play – Two Strokes (General Penalty)
Exception: The Three Day Championship will have a separate “Terms of the Competition”.
Preferred Lies - Local Rule E-3, “Official Guide to the Rules of Golf”: 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 rule is in effect as follows: “When a player’s ball lies in the general area, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
Prohibiting use of Audio and Video Devices:
However, it would not be a breach if a player briefly used a cell phone.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions (TIO):
Relief is available under Model Local Rule F-23, “Official Guide to the Rules of Golf”. Examples are electrical fans and boxes, supporting wires and cables.
The player can choose to treat the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction and use the relief procedure under Rule 16. This local rule also provides additional relief from line of sight interference. Line of sight interference exists when the TIO is located on a straight line between the ball and the hole. This includes a one club-length wide area (corridor) measured on the equal distant arc from the hole.
Playing Two (2) Balls When Uncertain What to Do – Rule 20.1c(3):
Code of Conduct – Rule 1.2a
All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by acting with integrity, follow all rules, apply all penalties and show consideration to their fellow competitors. She should play in a reasonable amount of time and do not distract other players by talking or moving around during their turn to play. Violations of this Code and other serious misconduct will result in stroke penalties and disqualification.