Intro

The following local rules have been authorised by the Committee and will be in operation until further notice.  It should be noted by members that;

 

  • These local rules apply ONLY to Belleisle Golf Club fixtures and any team or individual competitions in which members are representing the club.

  • These local rules should operate in tandem with the local rules stated on the back of the course scorecard(s). 

  • They do NOT apply to competitions run or organized by outside agencies, (eg Ayr Golf Week), which is organized by South Ayrshire Council, and which will produce their own set of local rules if necessary.

 

A player may not take relief under a Local Rule if interference by anything other than the reason for seeking relief makes the stroke clearly impracticable, or interference would only occur through use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or unnecessary abnormal stance, swing, or direction of play.

Preferred lies

Preferred lies on closely mown areas will start again with the first competition on Seafield (Monthly Medal) and continue up to and including the May Medal on Belleisle, unless otherwise advised on the entry sheet.

Rule initiated – 21/10/14 

Rescinded – 

Orange posts

When the orange posts are in place these must be observed on both courses (even in competitions) and balls placed in the nearest side semi-rough no nearer the hole, with preferred lies available on closely mown areas beyond the line of the posts. We have been advised that orange posts may not be used by SAC on all holes. 

Rule initiated – 21/10/14 

Rescinded – 

Plugged Ball

At any time a plugged ball through the green (including in the rough), but not in a hazard, can be cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. This applies to both Seafield and Belleisle courses.

 

Rule amended – 14/03/17 

Rescinded – 

French Drains

French drains (stone filled drainage ditches), have been deemed by the Committee as Ground Under Repair from which play has been prohibited.  If any part of a players’ ball comes to rest within such a drain, or should a players’ stance or line of intended swing be impaired by such a drain, then the player must take full relief under rule 25 -1 as follows :

Through the green the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green.  When the ball is dropped within one club length of the nearest point of relief the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.  Should a ball that is dropped;

 

a)  roll into a hazard,

b)  roll onto a putting green,

c)  roll and come to rest more than 2 club lengths from where it struck the course,

d)  roll out of bounds,

e)  roll and come to rest in a position where there is interference by the condition from which relief was originally taken,

 

The ball must be re-dropped.

Rule initiated – 13/03/15 

Rescinded – 

Bunkers

Unfortunately, the liners have become exposed in a few bunkers. Until such time that repairs are carried out by the greenkeepers, exposed bunker linings should be considered as IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS and relief take in accordance with Rule 24-2. Members may wish to review the full text of this rule themselves, but in summary it states that if the ball lies on the obstruction, or the obstruction interferes with the stance or line of intended swing, the player is entitled to : 

 

a) a free drop in the bunker, not nearer the hole 

 

b) a drop under 1 penalty stroke outside of the bunker not nearer the hole, keeping the ball in line with where it lay in the bunker and the hole. There is no limit as to how far back outside of the bunker the ball must be dropped.  

 

It should also be noted that players can elect to play the ball as it lies in the bunker and are not bound to take either of options a) or b) above.

 

Rule initiated – 18/08/15 

Rescinded – 

Due to ongoing maintenance issues with bunkers, there is a significant risk that members could be unfairly penalised.  Following discussion the committee has agreed to implement the following local rule :

 

" Should a ball in a bunker be deemed unplayable by the player and ALL of his partner / fellow competitors due to abnormal ground conditions, then the player may elect to lift and drop his ball outwith the abnormal ground condition, BUT STILL WITHIN THE BUNKER, without penalty.”

 

IT IS STRESSED BY THE COMMITTEE THAT THIS RULE MUST ONLY BE APPLIED IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHEREBY IT IS CLEARLY OBVIOUS THAT THE BUNKER CONDITION THAT HAS REQUIRED THE BALL TO BE DEEMED UNPLAYABLE HAS BEEN CAUSED BY AN OUTSIDE AGENCY.  EXAMPLES COULD BE THAT THE BALL IS LYING IN A DEEP HOLE OR EXCAVATION CAUSED BY A NON BURROWING ANIMAL OR BY VANDALISM.  NORMAL FOOTPRINTS / ANIMAL PRINTS etc ARE NOT EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND ARE SIMPLY RUB OF THE GREEN.

 

IT IS HOPED THAT THIS LOCAL RULE CAN BE RESCINDED AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY IF BUNKER MAINTENANCE IS RESUMED TO PREVIOUS LEVELS.  IN THE INTERIM HOWEVER IF ANYONE IS SUSPECTED OR REPORTED TO BE ABUSING THIS RULE THEN THE COMMITTEE WILL VIEW THIS AS A SERIOUS BREACH OF THE RULES AND WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.

 

 

Rule initiated – 09/08/16

Rescinded – 

GUR

**** Please Note this has now been Rescinded and is for reference only *****

Works carried out by the green keeping staff have resulted in a large, narrow area of abnormal ground conditions, (GUR), to the left of the 6th fairway on the Belleisle course.  A ball coming to rest within this area of GUR may be lifted and relief taken under Rule 25 – 1.  Where relief is taken, it should be taken to the fairway side of the area of GUR and not nearer the hole than where the ball originally lay.

**** Please Note this has now been Rescinded and is for reference only *****

 

Rule initiated – 13/07/16

Rescinded – 14/03/2107

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