• Ben Rhydding Golf Club, High Wood, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley, LS29 8SB
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Local Rules

Local Rules

1. Out of bounds (Rule 27-1)
A ball is out of bounds :-

a) Beyond any boundary wall, fence or hedge.
b) In or on the clubhouse and surrounding area and car park defined by white posts and markers.
c) Beyond the white markers and white lines bounding the pond.
Note :
i) Where posts, markers and lines are in place, posts identify and lines define the Out of Bounds.
ii) Where Out of Bounds is defined by a fence or line of white posts or markers, the line joining the nearest inside points at ground level of such posts or any inside fence posts (excluding angled supports) defines the boundary. Where a hedge exists the boundary line is considered to be the inside line of the hedge trunks at ground level.

2. Water hazards (Rule 26-1)
The ditch left of the 3rd and 12th holes is a Lateral Water Hazard identified by red posts.

3. Stones in Bunkers
Are Movable Obstructions. (Rule 24-1 applies)

4. Protection of young trees – identified by stakes
If such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his/her intended swing, the ball may be lifted without penalty and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b(1) Immovable Obstruction. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

5. Ground Under Repair
A player may take relief, through the green, under Rule 25-1b if a ball lies in a deep animal hoof print or a deep rut (not a shallow indentation) caused by tractors or greenkeeping equipment. Relief is not available under this rule solely for interference with stance or area of intended swing. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
Note : For the purpose of this rule a deep rut is defined as one where at least half the ball is below the level of the ground.

6. Immovable Obstructions close to the Putting Green
All fixed sprinkler heads are Immovable Obstructions and relief from them may be obtained under Rule 24-1. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and such an 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 as follows :-
The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief to where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids the intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

Rules of Etiquette

1) Players starting a round at the 1st tee must give way to those on the 10th tee and thereafter are entitled to tee off before any others.
2) Players approaching the 9th green must wait for those driving from the 1st tee.
3) Because of the compact nature of the course, players must take all reasonable measures to ensure that the green being played and any adjacent holes/teeing areas are clear before driving.