Local Rules | Ben Rhydding Golf Club
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Local Rules

Local Rules

1) Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)  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 posts and lines bounding the pond. These posts are boundary objects from which free relief is not available and must not be moved.


  1. Where posts, markers and lines are in place, posts identify and lines define the Out of Bounds.
  2. 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.
  3. Where a hedge exists, the inside line of the hedge trunks at ground level defines the boundary of the course.
  4. Where a wall exists, the course-side edge of any wall defines the boundary of the course.

2) Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

The red penalty area, being the ditch to the left of the 3rd and 12th holes, has the front edge marked with red posts. The rear edge is the boundary fence. Opposite side relief is available only for a ball last crossing the penalty area from the Out of Bounds side.

3) Protection of Young Trees Identified by Stakes

Such trees are No Play Zones

If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted or another ball may be used (Rule 14.3a).

4) Ground under Repair

A player may take relief, under Rule 16 in the general area 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 or another ball may be used (Rule 14.3a).

NOTE : For the purposes of this rule a deep rut is defined as one where at least half the ball is below the level of the ground.

5) Immovable Obstructions close to the Putting Green

Relief from Immovable Obstructions, including sprinkler heads, may be obtained under Rule 16.

In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a penalty area or bunker 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 in accordance with Rule 16.1b (Relief for Ball in General Area).

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.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule

Strokeplay – 2 strokes     Matchplay – Loss of hole