Standard Local Rules
2017 STANDARD LOCAL RULES and
CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION
– Effective January 2017 –
Play is governed by the 2016 Golf Canada Rules of Golf, the 2016 – 2017 Golf Canada Decisions on the Rules of Golf and where applicable, by the following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition, subject to changes, additions or deletions for particular Championships by the Rules of Golf Committee of Golf Manitoba. The player’s attention is drawn to Conditions of the Competition on the Golf Manitoba website – www.golfmanitoba.mb.ca.
Unless otherwise noted, penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
SECTION A: CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION
1. Specification of the Ball – The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls recognized by Golf Canada (see Note to Rule 5 – 1). The current List of Conforming Golf Balls is available on the Golf Manitoba website. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.
2. Specification of Driver Head – Any driver the player carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads recognized by Golf Canada (see Note to Rule 4- 1). The current List of Conforming Driver Heads is available on the Golf Manitoba website. Penalty for Breach of Condition: See Penalty Statement for Rules 4 – 1 and 4 – 2.
3. Time of Starting – Rule 6 – 3a is in effect.
4. Caddies – In stroke play competition where a caddie is permitted, a player is prohibited from having another competitor serve as his caddie during the stipulated round (see Note to Rule 6 – 4).. See Penalty Statement for Appendix 1, Part B, Section 2.
5. Pace of Play – See the competition’s Notice to Competitors for the 2017 Golf Manitoba Pace of Play Policy. Note that Rule 6 – 7 (undue delay) is still applicable.
6. Discontinuance of Play – Note to Rule 6 – 8b is in effect
The course and all practice areas are closed when play is suspended for a dangerous situation until the Golf Manitoba Officials Committee has declared them open. A player practicing in these areas will be subject to disqualification.
Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signalled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signalled by three consecutive air horn notes. Resumption of play will be signalled by two short air horn notes.
7. Practice – Note to Rule 7 – 2 is in effect
Prior to and after their round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. A player may not practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played or roll a ball on the putting green of the hole last played.
8. Motorized Transportation – is permitted in all events except the Junior Bantam, Junior Interclub and the Junior Championship.
Players or their caddies are not permitted to travel with their motorized cart beyond the point on the course where their ball lies to gauge yardage or to seek the position of the hole. Breach of this rule is a 2 stroke penalty.
Please refer to the complete Motorized Transportation Policy on our website.
9. Distance Measuring Devices – a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind – speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14 – 3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
10.Close of Competition – The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.
SECTION B: LOCAL RULES
1. Out of Bounds – Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. – Rule 27 – 1b.
2. Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25
Ground Under Repair includes:
a. Areas defined by white lines.
b. French drains filled with stones.
c. For lie of ball or area of intended swing ONLY – Except in a hazard, sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair. If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25 – 1. All seams within the newly sodded area are considered the same seam.
3. Embedded Ball Through the Green – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, Section 3a is in effect.
- A player may not take relief under this local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown.
- A player may not take relief under this local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
4. Obstructions – Rule 24
a. White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads, paths or obstructions are deemed to have the same status as the road, path or obstruction and are not ground under repair.
b. Landscaped garden areas completely encircled by an obstruction are part of the obstruction.
5. Wood Chips and Mulch – Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
6. Integral Parts of the Course
a. Wrappings, wires, cables and other objects when closely attached to trees.
b. Artificial walls and/or pilings when located within water hazards or when used to define the margin of bunkers. Such walls and/or pilings are through the green.
7. Permanent Elevated Power Lines or Cables – If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke MUST be cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played in accordance with Rule 20 – 5.
8. Temporary Obstructions – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, Section 4b is in effect.
9. Turf Plugs on Putting Greens – On any putting green, turf plugs of any size have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16 – 1c.
10. Water and Lateral Hazards – When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
Note: Dropping Zones for water and lateral water hazards:
Where there are dropping zones for water or lateral water hazards a ball may be played under Rule 26 or may be dropped in the dropping zone nearest to where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, under penalty of one stroke. For provisions relating to dropping or re-dropping a ball in a dropping zone, see the Local Rule in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 6.
11. 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 accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker 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.
2017 OFFICIALS COMMITTEE – GOLF MANITOBA