on Thu July 5, 2018
AMGC LOCAL RULES
The local rules and Temporary local rules currently in force are displayed in the Club House and Professional Shop. Abridged local rules are printed on the scorecard.
Last updated: August 2017
These Local Rules override those on the current score cards and should be read in conjunction with any Temporary Local Rules currently in force.
1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)
a) Beyond any wall, fence, railing or hedge bounding the course.
b) Beyond any area defined as out of bounds by white posts or white lines.
Where both white posts and lines are used the lines on the grounds define the margin.
c. The rubberised pathway that runs from adjacent to the 1st Tee and around the front of the Clubhouse, behind the 18th green to adjacent the 9th Tee will now be IN BOUNDS.
The Course Boundary will be defined as the outer edge of the path (nearest to the Clubhouse and nearest to the car park). Any ball coming to rest on any part of this path will be considered in bounds and in play, if the ball crosses over the path and comes to rest beyond the outer edge it will be deemed to be Out of Bounds.
Where the path ends adjacent to the 1st Tee, the course boundary will continue along the small wall that runs along the side of the Teeing area and will be clearly marked with posts. Where the path ends adjacent to 9th Tee, the course boundary will continue by being defined by white posts.
(Note: Objects defining out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed fixed)
2. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)
a) The distance points at the teeing grounds, distance markers in the middle of the fairways and stakes, tubes, cages and the like supporting young trees are immovable obstructions.
b) Any angled support or coiled barbed wire adjacent to a boundary fence is an immovable obstruction and not deemed to be part of the fence itself.
c) The artificial sides of paths and all paths are immovable obstructions and relief may be taken without penalty, in accordance with Rule 24-2.
d) All parts of the watering system are deemed immovable whether fixed or not. Relief may be taken without penalty, in accordance with Rule 24-2.
3. Stones in Bunkers (Rule 24-1)
Stones in bunkers are deemed movable obstructions.
4. Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken without penalty, in accordance with Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball 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. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
Relief under this Local Rule is also available 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. The ball may be cleaned.
5. Protection of the Course: Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 25-1)
a. A player may take relief without penalty from Ground Under Repair marked by white lines.
b. Play is prohibited from any area marked by blue lines or enclosed "Within blue topped posts or where otherwise indicated by a notice. Relief MUST be taken without penalty in accordance with Rule 25-1.
6. Protection of Young Trees (Rule 24-2b)
If a young tree, identified by being supported or protected by a stake or other device such as a tube or cage, or identified by a yellow band interferes with a player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule. Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this Local Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the tree or (b) interference by the tree would occur only though use of an unnecessary abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.
7. Practice Areas (Rule 7-1)
The practice area to the right of the 8th fairway is "Within the bounds of the course. However, practice within this area is permitted on any day of a stroke play competition prior to or between rounds.
8. Distance measuring devices (Rule14-3)
For all play at this course a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
9. Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green.
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 their 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 the 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.”
10. BUNKER LININGS
The bunker linings are integral parts of the course. The ball must be played as it lies or deemed unplayable (Rule 28)
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:
Match play- Loss of hole; Stroke play- Two strokes
TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES
Last Update August 2017
The following rules apply when indicated by the club.
PREFERRED LIES AND WINTER RULES
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 the player must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not 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 on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which 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, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Note: Closely-mown area means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL
Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
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 interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF TEMPORARY LOCAL RULE
Match play -Loss of hole; Stroke Play -Two strokes