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  1. Play It As It Lies, unless there are abnormal course conditions:

    • “To protect the course and promote fair and pleasant play” (USGA appendix, Part A, 4b), weekly play and tournament directors may institute lift, clean and place to offer relief from wetness and muddy conditions. A ball lying through the green may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, she must place it on a spot within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green (Appendix 3.b). A player must place her ball only once, and it is “in play” when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). This “preferred lie” relief does not include rolling the ball with the club head. Lift, clean and place should be withdrawn as soon as conditions permit. A decision by Ocean Ridge Golf that Cart Path Only is in effect does not, in and of itself, determine whether preferred lies will be allowed as there may be reasons other than adverse course conditions (fertilization, for example) for using CPO.
    • Through the green, a ball embedded in its own pitch mark may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer to hole. (Exception: a player may not take relief if ball is embedded in a bunker).(25-2)
    • The barren areas on the right side (but left of the cart path in the direction of play) of Panthers Run 6,7,8,9 are NOT hazards and a one stroke penalty shall be incurred whenever relief is taken from tree roots.
    • The French Drains on Lion’s Paw #14 are deemed to be Ground Under Repair, and relief is provided as per USGA Rule 25-1.

    Other abnormal ground conditions are defined as grass trimmings dumped on the course, ruts and tire tracks caused by wet ground and equipment, new sod areas, aeration holes, and rocks around drainage areas that are not in a hazard.

    Under such conditions, except a putting green, a player may lift, clean and drop the ball within one club length no nearer the hole without penalty. On a putting green, the ball must be placed. (A mower indentation to the grass is not considered a significant rut from a tire track.) (25.1b)

  2. Plantings, Landscaping and Beauty Areas:

    • Pampas and ornamental grass: If a ball is hit into the pampas grass on PR#1, for example, to speed play a player may proceed under the unplayable-lie rule instead of the lost-ball rule. No free drop. Likewise, a player's ball determined to have entered ornamental grasses to left of green on PR#18 and to right of cart path on TE#2 is considered unplayable rather than lost. No free drop. (28)
    • Pine straw: If a ball lands in pine straw surrounding trees, it must be played as it lies or deemed unplayable. No free drop. However, if there is a trench at the edge of the pine straw that interferes with a player's swing, player gets a free drop of one club length in the pine straw no closer to the hole.(25-1)
    • Flowers and landscaped areas: Ocean Ridge Golf has defined these as areas having a defined boundary.Those areas planted with flowers or shrubs should be played as GUR with a free drop. Lion's Paw #9 to left of cart path is an example. (25-1)
    • Trenches around mulched areas should be treated as ground under repair. Player may take a one club-length drop, keeping the ball within the same area. (25-1)

  3. Unmarked Water Hazard/Lateral Hazard:

    If not marked by a yellow/red line or stake, two yards from the water's edge is considered the boundary line of the hazard. Proceed with USGA rules for options on hitting the ball. (26-1)

  4. Bunkers: (25)

    • For safety reasons, we have declared stones in bunkers to be moveable obstructions. They may be moved without penalty.
    • If you are in a footprint, you may pick up the ball, rake the bunker and place the ball as near the original spot as possible.
    • If you are in a groove or tire track left by maintenance equipment, you may lift the ball, rake the bunker and place the ball as near the original spot as possible.
    • If the ball is in an eroded area, you may lift the ball, rake the area and place the ball as near the original spot as possible. If it is not possible to fix the eroded area and create a reasonable lie, place the ball in the sand as near the original spot as possible, but not nearer the hole.
    • If the ball is in mud in a bunker, including a plugged lie in the mud, you may lift, clean and place the ball in the nearest point of relief in the bunker that is in sand and not closer to hole. In addition, you must recreate the plugged lie in the sand.
    • If the ball lands in a bunker and plugs, except in mud, you must play the ball as it lies, regardless of footprints, eroded areas, grooves or tire tracks. No relief is allowed.

  5. Dropping Zones for Water Hazards

    The course managers have placed dropping zones in several places as an additional relief option to Rule 26-1 (Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards). These zones are located at: Lion's Paw #3 and #6; and Tiger's Eye #11. If a ball is in the water hazard, or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard at these specific holes, the player may: (a) proceed under Rule 26-1; or re-tee; or as an additional option, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the dropping zone. For Panther's Run Hole #18, during Monday Wednesday League play only: If you hit your ball in the water hazard in front of the green, you have the option of hitting another ball from the fairway side (Rule 26-1), incurring a one-stroke penalty; or you may carry your ball around to the first mound to the right after the bridge, drop a ball, incurring a one-stroke penalty.

  6. Relief From Dangerous Conditions:

    fire ants, snakes, alligators, etc.: (Appendix 1 and 33-8/22 and Decision 1-4/10)

    • Through the green a player may, without penalty, drop a ball within one club length of the nearest spot that is not dangerous. No closer to the hole.
    • In a hazard, a player may drop a ball, without penalty, within one club length of the nearest spot that is not dangerous. If possible, the ball must be dropped in the same hazard and, if not possible, in a similar nearby hazard, but in either case, not nearer the hole. If it is not possible for the player to drop the ball in a hazard, the ball may be dropped, under penalty of one stroke, outside the hazard, keeping the point where the original ball lay between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped.
    • On the putting green, a player may, without penalty, place the ball at the nearest spot that is not dangerous. Again, no closer to the hole.

  7. Rules Discrepancy:

    Except during match play, if a rules discrepancy arises, play two balls for the remainder of that hole. Write down both scores. At the end of play, get a determination from the Head Pro or his designated representative before signing the score card. (3-3) In match play, a player may not complete play of the hole with two balls if she is doubtful of her rights or the correct procedure.

  8. Distance-Measuring Devices:

    A player may obtain distance information by use of a hand held distance-measuring device. If, the device is designed to gauge or measure conditions other than distance, such as wind speed or elevation, the player is allowed to use the device but must disable/ignore all other information except distance. If the player does use the device to gauge &/or measure conditions other than distance, that player is in breach of Rule 14-3, which is a two stroke penalty for stroke play, and loss of hole for match play. A subsequent breach results in disqualification.

  9. Ball Movement on Putting Green::
  10. 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 USGA 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 effect of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

  11. Ground Under Repair:

    • A player must take relief from ground under repair by dropping her ball within one club length of the edge of Ground Under Repair no nearer to the hole, without penalty. (25.1)
    • If you are in a footprint, you may pick up the ball, rake the bunker and place the ball as near the original spot as possible.
    • Where dung (such as goose poop) is prevalent on the course, a player may treat it as a loose impediment, and move it without penalty, (Rule 23-1) or if excessive dung exists, it may be treated as Ground Under Repair and take relief under (Rule 25-1b).

Local rules as amended on October 17, 2018