R&A LOCAL Rule
a) The whole mown area of the practice ground
b) Beyond any boundary fence, hedge or beyond areas marked with WHITE posts.
WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)
Water hazards are defined by YELLOW markers and/or lines and Lateral Water by RED markers and/or lines.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)
All fixed sprinkler heads, man-made paths and bridges, halfway hut and storm shelters, telegraph poles and tractor tyre marks are immovable obstructions. If your ball lies on or within one club’s length of such an obstruction, relief may be taken under Rule 24-2.
In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard, and such an obstructionon or 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
The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to which the ball lay which (a) is not neare the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a haxard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
FAIRWAY WATERING MACHINES (Rule 24-2)
If a portable fairway watering machine inteferes with your stance, area of intended swing or obscures the Line of
Sight between the ball and the hole, relief without penalty may be taken under Rule 24-2.
STONES IN BUNKERS (Rule 24-1)
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.
ROCK FORMATIONS IN HAZARDS
Rock formations within hazards are an integral part of the course, and stones and pebbles are loose impediments.
None may be moved.
OVERHEAD WIRES AND POSTS
If a ball strikes an overhead wire, supporting wire or post, the shot must be replayed without penalty. The player
does not have the option of playing the ball as it lies.
Water Hazards - Playing Ball Provisionally Under Rule 26-1 The Rule
If a water hazard (including a lateral water hazard) is of such size and shape and/ or located in such a position that:
(i) it would be impracticable to determine whether the ball is in the hazard or to do so would unduly delay play, and (ii) if the original ball is not found, it is known or virtually certain that it is in the water hazard, the Committee have introduced a Local Rule permitting the play of a ball provisionally under 26-1. The ball is played provisionally under any of the applicable options under 26-1 or any applicable Local Rule. In such a case, if a ball is played provisionally and the original ball is in a water hazard, the player may play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally, but he may not proceed under 26-1 with regard to the original ball. In these circumstances, the following Local Rule will now be in place. If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard (specify location), the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in 26-1. If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it. If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under 26-1. If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.