Local Rules

Local Rules.

Many aspects of this document have been reproduced from The R&A’s “Guidance on Running a Competition."

Local Rules are general adopted/introduced to clarify course markings or to provide relief from local abnormal conditions that are not covered by the rules of golf.  Exxamples of te wording for suggested local rules are provided in Appendix 1 to then Rules of golf and cover things like

a) circumstances when a provisional ball should be played'

b) Enviromental Sensitive Areas (ESA's)

c) Lifting and embedded ball, Cleaning

d) Preferred lies & "Winter Rules"   

e) Obstructions such as

    i)   stones in bunkers

    ii)  roads and paths

    iii) Protection of young trees

    iv) Immovable Obstructions close to putting green

f)  Dropping Zones



Rules 33-1. Conditions; Waiving Rule


The Committee must establish the conditions under which a competition is to be played.

The Committee has no power to waive a Rule of Golf



33-8. Local Rules

a. Policy

The Committee may establish Local Rules for local abnormal conditions if they are consistent with the policy set forth in Appendix I.

b. Waiving or Modifying a Rule

A Rule of Golf must not be waived by a Local Rule. However, if a Committee considers that local abnormal conditions interfere with the proper playing of the game to the extent that it is necessary to make a Local Rule that modifies the Rules of Golf, the Local Rule must be authorised by the R&A.


When announced Raffles Local Rules adopted by the committee are as follows 


Following are only inforce when announced


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. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. 

II : 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, he must place it on a spot within 1 grip length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.  

Following are always inforce

III : Stones in bunkers are declared movable obstructions (Rule 24-1).

IV : if the ball restsin an animal footprint in the bunker, it may be lifted, cleaned then the relevant area of the bunker raked and subsequently the ball dropped (in the bunker) as near as possible to where it orginally lay but not closer to the holes with out Penalty


V : “For all Normal Raffles Playing Days a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, windspeed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.”


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