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Local Rules

 

CAMBRIDGE MERIDIAN GOLF CLUB

LOCAL RULES

 
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)
 
(a) Beyond the boundaries of the course marked with fences, hedges or white stakes;
(b) To the left of the white posts when playing the 12th hole;
(c) To the right of the white posts when playing the 9th hole; 
(d) The practice ground, marked by white posts.
 
2. 9TH HOLE
 
The ball in play must fully cross the water hazard of the Bourn Brook at least twice with separate shots during the playing of this hole.
 
If a ball played tee side of the water hazard is in, or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in, the water hazard, the player may play the ball as it lies, or under penalty of one stroke, drop and play a ball  under Rule 26.1 or drop and play a ball on a line back from the point at which the original ball crossed the margin of the water hazard to where the original ball was played, with no limit as to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped.  
 
3. WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)
 
Ordinary water hazards are unmarked or denoted by yellow stakes or lines.  Lateral water hazards are denoted by red stakes or lines.  Unless defined by lines or stakes, the margin of the water hazard is the edge of the water.
 
4. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
 
Immovable obstructions include:
Red and Yellow stakes denoting water hazards
Artificially surfaced paths and bridges
Ropes and supporting posts
Rule 24-2(i) applies.
 
5. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES
 
Where a staked, tubed or netted tree or bush (including gorse bush) interferes with a player’s stance or the area of the  intended swing the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure under Rule 24-2(i).  The ball may be cleaned when lifted. 
 
6. STONES IN BUNKERS
 
These are movable obstructions.  Rule 24-1 applies.
 
7. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)
 
Play is prohibited within areas demarcated as G.U.R.  If a player’s ball lies in the area, or it interferes with the player’s stance or the area of the swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1.
 
8. WINTER RULES – PREFERRED LIES
 
When Winter Rules are in operation (1 November-31 March, unless varied by the Club), a ball lying in a closely mown area through the green may be lifted, without penalty and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.  The ball must be replaced on a spot within 6 inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay.
 
A player may place the 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 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 all in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, a penalty of one stroke is incurred.
 
9. MEASURING DEVICES
 
For each and every Competition 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 their play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, 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.
 
10. TEMPORARY RULES
 
These may be introduced from time to time and will be publicised separately.
 
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes.
March 2014