With effect as and from Friday 19th April 2019 the following Local Rule will apply on both courses.

Preferred lies on Fairway only. (Qualifying on both courses).

When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
must be in the general area.

Embedded (plugged ball).

Members will be aware that our current local rule allows free relief on fairway only (closely mown area). Old rule 25-2.

This local rule no longer applies.

New 2019 Rule 16.3. Embedded Ball. Relief is allowed only when your ball is embedded in the general area. Rule 16.3a.

Exceptions – When Relief Not Allowed for Ball Embedded in General Area:

When the ball is embedded in sand in a part of the general area that is not cut to fairway height or less, in a penalty area, or
When interference by anything other than the ball being embedded makes the stroke clearly unreasonable (for example, when a player is unable to make a stroke because of where the ball lies in a bush).

Your ball is embedded only if it is in its own pitch-mark made as a result of your previous stroke and part of your ball is below the level of the ground.

H Girvan
M&H Convenor