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Local Rules

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The following Local Rules will apply to all of R.C.G. Guadalmina courses unless specific local rules have been established for an event, in which case these rules will be applied as supplementary rules.

The full text of the rules can be found in the current edition of the Golf Rules published by the Real Federación Española de Golf.

1. OUT OF BOUNDS

Defined by walls, fences, white lines or stakes defining the boundaries of the course, and any part of the course marked by the Committee.

 

  1. Where out of bounds is defined by white stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports) the line joining the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes, posts, fences, etc. defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.
  2. Where both stakes and lines are used to indicate the out of bounds, the stakes identify the out of bounds and the line defines the boundary.
  3. Where any continuing or adjoining white line is in existence it defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. 
  4. Where out of bounds is defined by a wall, the nearest face to the course at ground level of such wall defines the boundary.
  5. A ball which crosses a public road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.

2. PENALTY AREAS

Penalty areas are all defined by stakes or yellow or red lines. When there are both lines and stakes at the same time, the stakes identify the area and the lines define their margin.

3. GROUND UNDER REPAIR

 

  1. All areas indicated by GUR or TR notice. 
  2. All areas bounded by blue or white lines, or blue stakes.
  3. French drains (stone-filled drainage ditches).
  4. Joins of cut turf.
  5. Damages caused by wild boars or pigs.
  6. Newly planted trees, marked with stakes or bows.

4. INMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

White or blue lined areas adjoining any areas defined as immovable obstructions are to be regarded as part of the obstruction and not GUR.

5. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO THE GREEN

Relief may be obtained under Rule 16.1 referring to interference by an immovable obstruction.

The player also has the extra option of taking relief if that immovable obstruction is close to the green and in his line of play.

When the ball is in the general area the player can take relief under rule 16.1b if and the immovable obstruction is in his line of play, and he is:

Within two clubs lengths of the green,
Within the distance of two club lengths from his ball

Exception: You cannot take relief without penalty under this local rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

6. INTEGRAL PART OF THE COURSE

All sand or soil surfaced paths, even with gravel on their surfaces.

7. PERMANENT ELEVATED CABLES

If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable, the stroke must be cancelled and replayed, without penalty (see Rule 14-6). If the ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.

Exception: A stroke that results in a ball striking an elevated junction section of cable rising from the ground must not be replayed.

8. PREFERRED LIES (“WINTER RULES“)

The rule known as “Winter Rules” or “Preferred lies” is not in effect, unless it is explicitly announced. When the rule comes into effect in Guadalmina, the player must proceed as follows:

 

When a player's ball rests in part of the general area with grass cut at fairway height or shorter the player may take relief without penalty only once, by placing his original ball or another ball and playing it from this relief area:

 

  1. Point of reference: The point where the original ball rests.
  2. Size of the relief area measured from the point of reference is the length of a score card, but with the following limitations:
    It cannot be closer to the hole than the reference point
    It must be in the general area

To proceed under this local rule, the player must choose a point to place his ball and use the procedure to replace the ball according to rules 14.2b and 14.2e.

9. ALTERNATIVE TO PENALTY SHOT AND LOSING DISTANCE IN CASE OF A LOST BALL OR OUT OF BOUNDS

This rule, as defined in section 8E-5 of the Procedures Book of the Golf Rules Committee, IS NOT in force in any Real Club de Golf Guadalmina competition, notwithstanding players may decide to apply it in their private games outside of competitions.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES

But for those assigned with their own penalty
Match play: Loss of Hole - Stroke play: Two strokes

As long as the Committee decides to implement a code of conduct, as contemplated by rule 1.2b, the following guidance notes will be in effect

NOTE 1

The use, active or passive, of mobile phones during the stipulated round, without prejudice to any unreasonable delay and violation of Rule 5.6a and being penalized for it, when it disturbs other players may be considered a serious misconduct giving rise the disqualification of the player in accordance with Rule 1.2a.

NOTE 2

While playing the 5th hole of the North Course, it is strictly forbidden to play a ball over the protection net and houses of the dog-leg, for security reasons.

The intentional non-compliance of this internal Club rule represents a serious infraction of the rules of conduct.

Any player who violates this prohibition will be expelled from the course immediately, without prejudice to the disciplinary actions that the Board of Directors considers to adopt.

If the event occurs during a competition, the player will be disqualified from the competition under Rule 1.2a of the Rules of Golf.

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