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Isle of Wedmore Golf Club

Local Rules effective from January 1st 2019

Out of Bounds (Rule 18) (White posts and White lines)
a) A ball lying in or beyond any boundary fence or ditch, and the boundary to the left of the 15th hole bordering the 16th green. The hedge line will form the boundary.
b) Car park, entrance drive and flower beds around the club house
c) Left of the 9th fairway, left of the 10th fairway and the paddock on the right of the 17th fairway
d) Club house patio and practice putting green.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17) (Yellow or Red posts)
a) All penalty areas are marked with Yellow or Red posts. Where a hedge & ditch are combined the hedge will be deemed part of the penalty area.
b) A provisional ball must be played under Rule 18.3 when it is not "known or virtually certain" that a ball is in a penalty area.

Practice Bunker
The practice bunker located to the north end of the Club House is ground under repair and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b.

Practice Green
The practice green located to the north end of the Club House is not a wrong green and free relief is not required to be taken under Rule 13.1f, but it is ground under repair and a player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

Dropping Zones (Additional Relief Areas Rule 14-3)
When playing the 5th hole, as an extra relief option for the penalty area at the back of the 5th green adding one penalty stroke, a player must drop a ball in the nearest dropping zone to either side of the penalty area. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
When playing the 10th or 15th holes, where a ball lies on the path bordering the 10th green between the defined Drop Zones, the player must take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the nearest dropping zone to where the ball has come to rest. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.

Preferred Lies
When notified that Preferred Lies are in force a player may take free relief either:
a) by placing the ball within 6 inches on the fairway/closely mown area. Or,
b) by dropping the ball within 1 club length elsewhere in the General Area.

In all cases the relief must be no nearer the hole and the ball may be cleaned.
If the ball is to be replaced the procedures under Rules14.2b(2) and 14.2e must be applied.


Aeration Holes/Slits/Cracks/Drainage Channels
If a ball lies in or touches an aeration hole, slit, crack or drainage channel:
a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole/slit/crack the player may take relief again under this Local rule.
b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.

Interference does not exist if the aeration hole/slit/crack/drainage channel only interferes with the player's stance, or on the putting green, with the line of play.

Young Trees
Young trees, defined as one which is protected by a stake, rabbit guard or less than 2 club lengths in height, are no play zones. If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f

Abnormal Course Conditions
Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16)
Relief may be taken under Rule 16.1 for the following:
a) Pump house bordering 1st fairway
b) Bridges on the 4th & 5th holes
c) Bell post on the 13th fairway
d) Memorial stone on the 17th fairway
e) Exposed lining within a bunker

Immovable obstructions
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.

The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

On the line of play, and is:
Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and
Within two club-lengths of the ball.
Exception - No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

Roads & Paths
All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.


Restrictions on Use of Specific Equipment

List of Conforming Driver Heads
Any driver the player uses to make a stroke must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, which is on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by The R&A. This list is regularly updated and is found at RandA.org.
Exception – Pre-1999 Driver Heads: A driver with a clubhead that was made before 1999 is exempt from this Local Rule.
Penalty For Making a Stroke with Club in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification
There is no penalty under this Local Rule for carrying but not making a stroke with a driver that is not on the List of Conforming Driver Heads.

Groove and Punch Mark Specifications
In making a stroke, the player must use clubs that conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Equipment Rules that took effect on 1 January 2010.  An Equipment Database of fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges which have been tested for conformance to the current Equipment Rules is found at RandA.org.  Penalty For Making a Stroke with Club in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.
There is no penalty under this Local Rule for carrying but not making a stroke with a club which does not conform to these groove and punch mark specifications.

List of Conforming Golf Balls
Any ball used in making a stroke must be on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by The R&A. This list is regularly updated and is found at RandA.org.  Penalty for Making a Stroke at a Ball Not on Current List in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.