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Winter Rules in Force as at 1st November - Fairway Mats

Winter Rules (effective from Wednesday, 1st November 2017)

Compulsory Use of Fairway Mats or Move to Semi-Rough

A ball lying on a closely mown area (including the ‘first cut’ of rough) through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.
The player then has two options as to how to proceed, he may:
Place the ball on a ‘Fairway Mat’ 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, or
Move the ball at 90 degrees beyond the edge of the fairway and place the ball in the semi-rough (not the first cut of rough) not nearer the hole than where it originally lay.
The use of a ‘Fairway Mat’ is compulsory on the tees of all Par 3 holes when playing from other than an artificial surface, regardless of the club used.
Notes:
‘Closely-mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
‘First Cut’ of rough means the first grade of semi-rough adjacent to the fairway.
Plugged Balls
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.
Exception: 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.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE.
Match play - loss of hole;
Stroke play – Two strokes.

Winter Rules with effect from 3rd October

Lift, Clean & Place

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 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, he 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.

Plugged Balls

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.

Exception: 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.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE.

Match play - loss of hole;

Stroke play – Two strokes.

T H Glover

Secretary/Manager

3rd October 2017