Local Rules

Stock Brook The Country Club
LOCAL RULES May 2019

The following Local Rules are the complete local rules as of May 1, 2019 and include those that are on the scorecard. Additional local rules may be posted on the noticeboard prior to updating of this comprehensive listing.


1/ Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)
  1. Beyond any boundary fence, hedge or beyond any line of white stakes. The hedgerow to the right of the 9th hole is deemed to be a boundary hedge.
  2. On the practice area.
  3. In the car park, the Clubhouse and its paved surroundings
  4. In or beyond the brook to the left of the 12th hole past the last foot bridge as defined by white stakes.
  5. Internal Out of BoundsWhen playing the 11th hole a ball coming to rest on or beyond the 8th fairway is deemed to be Out of Bounds.

Note:
  1. Where out of bounds is defined by a fence or line of white stakes, the line Joining the course-side points at ground level of such stakes or any inside fence posts (excluding angled supports) define the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies beyond such a line
  2. Objects defining out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed to be boundary objects; therefore there is NO RELIEF without penalty.
2/ Penalty Areas (RULE 17)


Penalty Areas are marked by yellow stakes ( yellow Penalty Areas) or red stakes (red Penalty Areas).

When both stakes and lines are used the stakes identify the Penalty Area and the line defines the edge.

Where such penalty areas are marked just by yellow or red stakes they are deemed to indicate the Penalty Area not to define the edge. The edge is defined by the break of the ground into the pond or ditch.


If a pond/ditch (Penalty Area) has not been marked by the committee it is deemed to be a red Penalty Area.

  1. Dropping Zones 4th and 7th hole

    If a ball is in a red penalty area when playing the 4th or 7th holes, 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:

    1. Take relief under Rule 17.1, or
    2. As an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone nearest to where their ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
    The dropping zones are defined as being within one club length of the dropping zone sign in any direction.

  2. Provisional Ball for a ball in a Penalty Area 4th/9th Stock Course

    If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty areas on the 4th and 9th where the charecter of the penalty area makes it impractical to determine if the ball is in the penalty area, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:

    In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), the back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2)) or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)). If a dropping zone (see Model Local Rule E-1) is available for this penalty area, the player may also use that relief option.

    Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.

    In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:

  • When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:
    1. Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or
    2. Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.
  • When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. The provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play.

    Notes:

    1. (1) A ball is in a Penalty Area when it lies on or touches the ground or anything else (such as a natural or artificial object ) inside the edge of the Penalty Area.
    2. (2) Relief without penalty is not available for Immovable Obstructions or other Abnormal Course Conditions when the ball lies in a Penalty Area.
3/ Abnormal Course Conditions (RULE 16)


This includes Immovable Obstructions and Ground under Repair.

  1. a/ Immoveable Obstructions include
    All artificially surfaced pathways
    All parts of the watering system.

  2. 2nd Hole Concreted area behind green.Model local rule E-1.2
    As an additional extra relief option for the concreted area (Immoveable Obstruction) situated behind the 2nd green, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone situated to the left of this area. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3

  3. The dropping zone is defined as being within one club length of the dropping zone sign in any direction.
  4. b/ Immoveable Obstructions close to the Putting Green

    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:

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

  6. On the line of play, and is:

  7. Within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball

  8. 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. See Model Local Rule F-5

  9. c/ Unhealed Drainage Channels, Cuts or Ruts

    Such areas are deemed to be Ground under Repair from which relief may be taken under Rule 16.1. These include drainage works which have reopened, been sanded filled or contain gravel/stones.

  10. d/ Ground under Repair

    This will be marked with white/blue line and/or hoops and /or signs. A player may take relief from these areas unless it has been marked as a “No Play Zone” when relief MUST be taken under rule 16.1

  11. e/ Aeration Holes

    If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:
    (a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.
    (b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
    But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.

  12. f/ Seams of Cut turf

    If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:
    (a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
    (b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
    But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance.

  13. All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. This means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c(2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.

  14. g/ Protection of Young Trees...NO PLAY ZONE

    The young trees identified by stakes and /or wrapping are “No Play Zones”;
    -: if a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a Penalty Area and it lies in or touches such a tree or the tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing the player MUST take relief under Rule 16.1f
    -: if the ball lies in a Penalty Area and interference to the player’s stance or area of intended swing exists for such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17-1e (2).

Unless otherwise determined by a Rule of Golf- Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty
Stroke play ..2 Strokes         Matchplay.. Loss of Hole
These local rules should be read in conjunction with any temporary local rules or winter rules which may be applicable.