STMGC LOCAL RULES

 

  1. Anywhere through the green, a ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, except in loose sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not near the hole. Local rule to 25-2.
  2. Free relief is provided from flowerbeds and cart paths, including the area encompassed by the loop of the cart-path near the eighteenth green. See Rule 25-1b.
  3. Even on temporary greens, the ball must be holed out. The two putt Maximum rule is no longer in effect during tournaments, as it is specifically prohibited by USGA Decision 33-8/1.
  4. 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 his 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 functions are actually used. See Decision 14-5/5.5.
  5. Interior OB stakes are considered Immovable Obstructions only when they have no significance as an OB marker for the hole being played (i.e., OB stakes along the left when playing Hole #9 are Immovable Obstructions). There is no free relief from any OB stake that defines out of bounds for the hole being played. See Decision 24/5.
  6. Out of Bounds is defined by all boundary fences bordering course and Right of OB stakes on #'s 3, 11, 12 and 18 and Beyond OB stake on # 9 green.
  7. Bark under trees - playable area, no free relief.
  8. Ball striking overhead wires must be replayed from original position - no penalty.
  9. Ball striking steel towers is in play. Steel tower itself is an immovable obstruction (swing or stance relief only). See USGA rules.
  10. Staked Trees - Must take free relief when stance or swing might injure tree.
  11. Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes or lines.
  12. Lateral Hazards are defined by red stakes or lines.
  13. Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
    On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
  14. 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 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 effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

     

 

 


 
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