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- Maximum Search Time: Reduced from 5 to 3 Minutes (Rule 18).
- Putt with flag in or out: No Penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole. If a ball is wedged against the flag, it is holed if any part of it is below the lip (Rule 13.)
- Ball moved during a search: if you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without penalty (Rule 7).
- Identifying a ball: A player must first mark the spot and then may lift or rotate it. The ball must not be cleaned more than is needed to identify it (Rule 7)
- Embedded Ball: Free relief for plugged ball in General Area cut to fairway height or less. (Rule 16.3b). Embedded means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground.
- Relief Area – Measure the Relief area to drop in with your longest club in your bag (except a putter). Drop in and play from the relief area.
- When dropping back-on-the-line, your ball cannot be played from nearer the hole than your chosen reference point.
- Drop from knee height (Rule 14). Not shoulder height.
- Wrong Green: Full relief must be taken (Rule 13)
- No Penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidentally after a stroke (Rule 11)
- No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as 1 stroke (Rule 10)
- In bunkers, touching the sand incidentally is permitted (Rule 12)
- In bunkers you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind the ball, during your backswing or in taking practice swings.
- Unplayable lie in bunker: New option to drop behind the bunker with 2 Penalty strokes (Rule 19).
- Loose impediments: Can be removed everywhere including bunkers and penalty areas (Rule 15).
- Penalty Areas replace Water Hazards identified by Red or Yellow stakes and you can move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings without penalty, just as you can on the fairway (Rule 17). At Caldy all are Red Penalty Areas.
- You cannot take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least 95% certain your ball is in the penalty area.
- If a ball or marker accidentally moves on the green – no penalty and replace (Rule 13).
- No Penalty for repairing damage to the green on the line of putt, including spike marks, or for player, partner or caddie touching the line of the putt (Rule 13).
- You cannot have your caddie or partner standing behind you once you begin taking your stance to assist with alignment; neither is positioning a club on the ground for alignment purposes (Rule 10).
1. OUT OF BOUNDS Rule 18
(a) Defined by white stakes and lines. A ball at rest is out of bounds when all of it is outside the line between the course-side edge of white stakes or lines at ground level.
(b) Beyond the course-side edge of the black posts of the chain-link fence to the rear of hole 18.
(c) Beyond any fence or hedge defining the boundary of the course.
(d) A ball coming to rest on or beyond the Wirral Way is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes (holes 3, 16).
2. PENALTY AREAS Rule 17
Red Penalty Areas are defined by Red Stakes and/or lines. Note: Lateral relief on the opposite side of red penalty areas is not allowed at Caldy.
3. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS Rule 16
(a) Ground Under Repair (GUR)
Play is prohibited from all areas encircled by blue stakes and/or lines. Relief must be taken under Rule 16.1b.
(b) Immovable Obstructions Rule 16.1
- Relief must be taken from staked trees which interfere with the stance or area of intended swing.
- The diagonal struts supporting the fence to the rear of the 6th green.
- All benches, waste bins, divot mix containers and ball cleaners.
- All drainage and irrigation covers and sprinkler heads.
- The “Rubbing Stone” in front of the green on Hole 16.
- Close to the putting green: For a ball in the General Area, a player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play and is within 2 club lengths of the putting green and within 2 club lengths of the ball.
(c) Embedded Ball
Free relief under Rule 16.3b is not allowed when a ball is embedded in stacked turf or soil faces above bunkers.
4. TEMPORARY LOCAL & WINTER RULES
Temporary Local & Winter Rules are displayed on the clubhouse noticeboard outside the Professional’s shop.
5. PACE OF PLAY POLICY
The Caldy pace of play policy is posted on the clubhouse noticeboard & website. All players are asked to adhere to the policy and to play Ready Golf.
Ready Golf Rules
- Be ready to play.
- Be aware of your groups position on the course.
- Allow faster groups to play through.
- Take no longer than 40 seconds to play your shot.
On the Tee
- Tee – off as soon as the group ahead is clear.
- The player who is ready should play first.
- Shorter hitters should play first.
- Ensure your group are watching your ball
- Play a provisional ball if in doubt
- Carry an extra ball in your pocket.
On the Fairway
- The first player ready plays when it is safe to do so – do not use honour system.
- Take appropriate clubs to your ball and hit without delay.
- Ensure your group are watching your ball.
- Searching for any ball is limited to 3 minutes.
- Players should play their own ball before helping to look for a lost ball.
- Play up when a player in raking a greenside bunker.
On the Green
- Place your clubs between green and next tee.
- Study your putt while others are putting.
- Players may putt with the flag in or out.
- Continue putting until holed out.
- If you are playing catch up. Leave the green immediately after holing out and proceed to the next tee.
- Complete the scorecard after you leave the green at all times.
Ready Golf does not apply to Match Play
|Question||Answer||Rule / Definition|
|If relief is entitled from a sprinkler head adjacent to the putting green, which club should be used to define the relief area?||Free relief is permitted within one club length which could be your longest club (without the headcover) except your putter.||16.1 and Definition of Immovable Obstruction.|
|If a ball is embedded in soil, grass or stacked turf over the sand in a bunker, what are the options available to the player?||A ball embedded in this position is not in the bunker. The ball can be played as it lies or, the ball can be declared unplayable and, under a penalty of one stroke, adopt an option of either stroke and distance or back on line of relief.||12.1, 19.2a, b&c and Definition of Bunker.|
|What are the options when taking relief in a bunker from an Abnormal Course Condition?||The player, without penalty, may drop the ball at the nearest point of complete relief and relief area must be in the bunker. Under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker back on the line of relief.||16.1c (1) & (2). And Definition of Abnormal Course Condition.|
|Why has the Handicap Committee come to the conclusion that free relief is not allowed when a ball is embedded in the rough?||The Handicap Committee has reviewed this decision. Free Relief will be allowed in the General Area.|
|How will the out of bounds be defined beyond the 18th green?||How will the out of bounds be defined beyond the 18th green?|
|If a ball, which is on the putting green, is accidentally touched with a putter, is there a penalty?||There is no penalty if the player, opponent or another player in stroke play accidentally moves the player’s ball or ball-marker on the putting green.||13.1d (1)|
|If a ball is adjacent to the cliff edge on the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th holes, must compulsory relief be taken?||No. The out of bounds will be brought in from the cliff edge but care must still be taken when retrieving a ball from the cliff or near to the cliff edge.|
|When a ball is played out of bounds, why have the Handicap Committee decided not to use the option of a 2-stroke penalty and drop a ball at an estimated point where the ball went out of bounds?||The Handicap Committee want to encourage the playing of a provisional ball and feel that adopting this option it could be abused.|
|If a ball is in play but adjacent to a white post marking an out of bounds area, can the white post be removed.||No this would incur a 2-stroke penalty.||8-1a (1). Definition of Boundary Object.|
|Can a partner stand behind the player when putting in order to ascertain the line of a putt?||A partner may assist with the line of putt but must move away before the player takes a stance prior to making a putt.||23.5 and 10.2b(2)|
|If a ball comes to rest against the flagstick but no part of it is below the level of the putting green, is the ball considered to be holed if the flagstick is shaken or removed and the ball falls into the hole?||No. The ball must be replaced on the lip of the hole.||13.2c|
|If when making a tee shot within the teeing area, a player has an air shot or knocks the ball off the tee peg without the ball leaving the teeing area, does the player count the stroke?||Yes, but the player can replace the ball on a tee peg without penalty anywhere in the Teeing Area.||6.2b(6) and 6.2b(6)/1 (Interpretations)|
|If a bunker is full of water and relief cannot be taken within the bunker, what options are available to the player?||The player may take relief on the ‘reference line’ under penalty of one stroke.||16.1c(2)|
|Can you play ‘Ready Golf’ in Match Play?||No. Ready Golf is encouraged in Stroke Play only.||6.4|
|If a ball is dropped twice in a relief area and it rolls out of the area on both occasions, what action should be taken?||The ball must be placed on the spot in the relief area where it touched the ground on the second time the ball was dropped. If the ball cannot be placed on that spot without rolling away (say, because of a slope), the ball may be placed anywhere in the relief area.||14.3c(2)|
|Should a tee peg be placed in the ground on the reference point when taking relief?||It is considered to be good practice to do so.|
|When looking for a ball, when does the three minute timing commence?||A ball is lost if not found in three minutes after the player or his or her caddie begins to search for it.||18.2a(1)|
|Can cigarettes and cigarette packets by removed from bunkers?||Yes. Any unattached natural object can be removed from bunkers but a one stroke penalty is incurred if the ball is moved and the ball must be replaced.||15.1a. Definition of Loose Impediments and Movable Obstruction.|
|If a group falls behind the group in front by a hole or more, What action should be taken by a following group?||Approach the ‘slow’ group in a civilised manner and suggest that they either speed up play or let faster playing groups through.||5.6a&b|
Pace of Play Policy Document.
|What is the situation if a player strikes the ball twice when putting?||Providing it was accidental, it will count as one stroke with no penalty.||10.1a|
|It has been noticed that on some Stableford scorecards, a large number of strokes have been entered when no Stableford points can be scored – this slows down play. What action can be taken?||To help pace of play, players are encouraged to stop playing a hole when their score will result in zero points. The Handicap Committee will monitor when closing down Stableford competitions and bring to the attention of relevant members.||21.1b(1)|
|Can a player stand out of bounds when playing a ball that is in the General Area.||Yes.||18.2a(2)|
|What is the purpose of the start and finish times on the scorecards?||The Handicap Committee have a responsibility to monitor all players regarding pace of play if appropriate. The Committee need to identify slow players in order that all players can enjoy their game.||Local Rule – Pace of Play Policy|
|Why don’t Caldy have time guides on the course as some other clubs do?||This is an option and has been considered by the Handicap Committee but we would prefer to minimise the number of course notices.|
|Is the bridge on the 17th hole still part of the Penalty Area.||Yes.|
|The bank in the Penalty Area on the 17th hole is potentially a safety issue. Can a ball be lifted and dropped on the tee side of the stream?||When a ball is in a Penalty Area, the player has three options. Play it as it lies or, under penalty of one stroke, take stroke and distance relief or back on line of relief.||17.1b & 17.1d(1)&(2).|
|Can a player rake a bunker before playing a stroke?||Touching the sand does not result in a penalty when smoothing the bunker to care for the course.||12.2b(2)|
|If your ball rolls back into the penalty area on the 17th. Where can you take relief?||Mark your reference point where the ball crossed the red line. Measure your relief area and drop the ball no nearer the hole.|
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