Local Rules of NSRCC
The Local Rules of NSRCC are to be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf, with effect from 1st January 2019.
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18)
Out of Bounds refers to areas beyond the perimeter fences bounding the course OR beyond white stakes OR white lines.
2. BALL LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS
When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be Out of Bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the relief area (see Rule 14.3), in accordance with Model Local Rule E-5.
3. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS
The following are Abnormal Course Conditions in the general area:
- Area encircled by white line
- Decorative planted area that are marked by “FLOWER BED” signs
A player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.
4. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
The following are Immovable Obstructions in the general area:
Penalty area stakes, distance markers, tee signs, directional signs, young trees/plants identified by orange stakes or paint, halfway houses, rain shelters, pump houses, buggy paths and their related construction, lamp posts, sand containers, benches, control boxes, sprinkler heads, drainage sumps, manhole covers, safety nets, artificial linings embedded, wooden steps in bunkers and other artificial surfaces and constructions (except as declared as integral parts of the course).
A player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b, if his/her ball is outside the penalty area.
5. INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE
All artificial surfaces, constructions and fences within the margin of penalty areas, including concrete embankments and bridges are integral parts of the course. Geotextile material covering the face of bunkers is an integral part of the course.
6. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)
Penalty areas are defined with either red or yellow stakes.
7. DROPPING ZONES
If a ball is in the penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area, the player has these relief options, each for one penalty stroke:
- take relief under Rule 17.1, or
- as an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the Dropping Zone. The Dropping Zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
8. EDGING GROOVES NEAR PUTTING GREEN
The edging grooves around the aprons or fringes of putting greens are ground under repair. If a player's ball lies in or touches a groove or a groove interferes with the area of intended swing:
a) Ball in General Area. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b (Dropping ball)
b) Ball on the Putting Green. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1d (Placing ball)
Interference does not exist if the edging groove only interferes with the player's stance.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty
(Loss of Hole in Match Play, 2-Stroke Penalty in Stroke Play)