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Ball Moved on Putting Green (New Local Rule 2017)

TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

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 Means a rule IS NOT in operation.


Embedded Ball “Through the Green” ​

Course conditions, including mud and extreme wetness, may interfere with proper playing of the game and warrant relief for an embedded ball anywhere through the green.

“Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, 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.

Note: A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g. grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).

Exceptions:

1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown.

2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match play – Loss of hole

Stroke play – Two strokes


“Preferred Lies” and “Winter Rules”

A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.


A player may place his 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 was placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.

Note: “Closely-mown area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.


Placing Through the Green 

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, they must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole from where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on the putting green.

A player may place their ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed.  If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other rule applies.

If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, they incur a penalty of one shot.

‘Through the green’ is the whole area of the course except all hazards on the course.  If a ball lies in a bunker or hazard the normal rules of golf apply.





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