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Local Rules

EATON GOLF CLUB LOCAL RULES

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)

a) Beyond the course side face of any wall or fence or trunks of hedges bounding the course.

b) Beyond any line of white posts surrounding the Clubhouse patio, practice putting green, practice area and greenkeepers’ area.

c) Beyond the line of white posts by the hedge to the left of the 3rd hole•,

d) On the 14th hole, to the left of the line of white posts, beginning and ending with double white posts (Note: the white posts are immovable obstructions when playing any other hole. Rule 24-2 applies).

2. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)

a) The stone parapets bounding the culverts on the 13th and 14th holes.

b) All artificial surfaced roads and paths outside the margins of water hazards.

c) Relief, without penalty, from a bridge is only available outside the margins of a water hazard. A ball which comes to rest on a bridge within a water hazard may be played as it lies or relief taken under penalty. (Rule 26-1 applies).

d) Staked trees or trees protected by plastic rabbit spirals.

e) All irrigation system covers and sprinkler heads. 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 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.

3. WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26)

Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes or lines. Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or lines. Where both stakes and lines occur, the line defines the boundary, stakes indicate the presence of the hazard.

4. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)

Relief is mandatory from:

a) All plantations of young trees and shrubberies marked by a chemical bum line and/or GUR sign.

b) Other areas enclosed by a white line or marked as GUR.

5. MISCELLANEOUS

a) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).

b) Heavy vehicle tracks may be treated as GUR (Rule 25-lb applies).

6. TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

These will be detailed on Notice Boards from time to time.

7. PENALTIES

For infringement of Local Rule: Match Play - Loss of Hole; Stroke Play - Two Strokes.

18 July 2012

 

Suspension of play guidelines

The club has recently carried out a review of its rulesfor suspension of play and has modified them in line with current R & A recommendations (Rule 6-8b, Rule 33-2d andAppendix 1 Part C Section 4).

When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstance warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

The signal for suspension of play due to a dangerous situation will be one prolonged note of the siren.

NB Examples of a dangerous situation are lightning and fog.

When play is suspended by the Committee for a non-dangerous situation, if the players in amatch or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they have started play of a hole, they may discontinue play immediately or continue play of the hole, provided they do so without delay. If the players choose to continue play of the hole, they are permitted to discontinue play before completing it. In any case, play must be discontinued after the hole is completed. The players must resume play when the Committee has ordered a resumptionof play.

The signal for suspension of play due to a non-dangerous situation will be three consecutive notes of the siren, repeated.

NB Examples of a non-dangerous situation are the course flooding and high winds.

In all cases resumption of play will be signalled by two short notes of the siren, repeated.

Don’t forget that under rule 6-8 a(ii) a player ispermitted to discontinue play, even if the siren has not been sounded, if he believes there is a danger from lightning.

Whenever possible, it is recommended that players take shelter from a thunderstorm in the clubhouse. Please study the new notice displayed on notice boards for advice regarding actions to take and not to take in the event of lightning.

REMEMBER :

ONE PROLONGED NOTE OF SIREN – DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY

THREE CONSECUTIVE NOTES OF THE SIREN, REPEATED – DISCONTINUE PLAY IMMEDIATELY OR AFTER COMPLETION OF HOLE ALREADY STARTED

TWO SHORT NOTES OF SIREN, REPEATED – RESUME PLAY

Course closure information

Note that this Policy is in addition to the Policy which relates to suspension of play and course closure due to electrical storms.

We should endeavour to keep the course open as much as possible. 

The procedure is that the course IS inspected by the greens staff when they come in to work.  In the Winter this is at 07:30 and much earlier in Summer months.  If they believe the course must be closed then they  inform the Pro’s Shop and a recorded message regarding the status of the Course is available from our telephone menu.  This is updated each morning and is available from 0800.

The course will be closed if any of the following criteria apply:

  • Conditions under which the ground is likely to be significantly damaged by traffic, especially in close-mown areas.  Damage includes churning up the ground, compaction, lasting damage to the turf, etc.
    • Ground conditions which are considered to be dangerous due to slip hazards
    • Other factors which affect the safety of players e.g. fog.

In the specific instance of fog then the professional (or Course Committee representative) will make the decision, but no-one may play if they anticipate being able to hit the ball further than they can see sufficiently clearly. If conditions worsen during the day players will be instructed to leave the course by the sounding of a Klaxon.