LOCAL RULES OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND GOLF CLUB
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)
(a) Beyond the fences or lines of white stakes to the right of the 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th and 18th holes.
(b) Behind the 18th green, (i) on or beyond the footpath that extends from the front of the clubhouse towards the south end of the car park, (ii) on the paved trolley stand adjacent to the footpath, and (iii) on or beyond the car park.
2. MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-1)
When in position, the chain link fences (Including the uprights) around the 1st tee and the 18th green are movable obstructions. If they cannot be moved for any reason then they are to be treated as immovable obstructions.
3. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)
The racecourse railings, hurdles and fences, all roads and paths not subject to local rule 1b, shelters and other fixed objects of a similar nature are immovable obstructions.
The All Weather Track (AWT) is deemed to be an immovable obstruction from which play is prohibited. The railings and containment boards on or adjacent to the AWT are part of the same immovable obstruction.
(Relief from interference from immovable obstructions may be taken without penalty in accordance with Rule 24-2.)
If the ball lies on the AWT in front of the tee at holes 3, 13, 14 and 18, as an additional option under penalty of one stroke, the ball may be dropped at the nearest point where it is clear of the AWT railings on the side that is nearer the putting green.
RACE COURSE RAILINGS: If it is known that a ball has struck a race course railing during play, the stroke is cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5, without penalty.
4. ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidently moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball 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.
5. STONES IN BUNKERS
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies)
6. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25-1)
Hoof marks and tractor tyre marks are ground under repair. However relief is denied for interference to stance in such a situation.
7. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES
Young trees requiring protection are identified by wooden stakes. A player must take relief from interference from such a tree in accordance with Specimen Local Rule 2b in the Rules of Golf 2016 – see pages 139-140.
8. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN (including Sprinkler Heads)
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief without penalty as follows:
The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE 7 AND 8
Match Play - Loss of hole. Stroke Play - Two stokes
9. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
Devices that measure DISTANCE ONLY may be used in accordance with Specimen Local Rule 7 on page 153 of the Rules of Golf 2016.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE 9 DISQUALIFICATION