Local & Special Covid Rules
Special Covid Rule Regarding Bunkers
Note: This temporary provision is adopted by the club until further notice.
Model Local Rule E-3 Adapted for Bunkers (Updated May 2021)
When a player's ball lies in a bunker, 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 bunker and the area cannot be smoothed before placing.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b (2) and 14.2e.
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a
The distance for preferred lies in the bunker is limited to 6 inches and the area cannot be smoothed before placing.
Local Rules (Updated December 2020)
STRATFORD OAKS GOLF CLUB LOCAL RULES
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18.2)
a) Beyond the boundary of the course.
b) On the car park.
c) Beyond the boundary (white stakes) defining the driving range.
d) In or beyond the ditch (white stakes) at the back of the 5th green.
e) Beyond the white stakes down the left hand-side of the 15th hole.
2. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)
a) Yellow penalty area marked with stakes (Rules 17.2 (1) and (2)): Pond on the 5th.
b) Red penalty areas marked with stakes (Rule 17.1d (3)):
i) Lakes/ditches on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th.
ii) Area between out of bounds and stakes running parallel with left- hand side of the 3rd.
3. GROUND UNDER REPAIR
Play is prohibited and relief MUST be taken under Rule 16.1a if a player’s ball lies in, or if there is interference by any area of “Ground Under Repair”. This includes any winter green when it is not in use for the hole being played.
4. DRAINAGE LINES
All drainage lines without full grass coverage in the general area are “Ground Under Repair” from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1a.
5. STAKED TREES OR TREES AND SHRUBS PROTECTED BY A PLASTIC GUARD
Relief MUST be taken in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 16.1f (immovable obstructions) if such a tree or shrub interferes with a player’s stance or area of intended swing. RELIEF: without penalty within one club-length of the nearest point of relief.
6. ROADS AND PATHS
All roads and paths having artificial surfaces and sides, are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 16.1b.
7. POP-UP SPRINKLERS
All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief without penalty is available under Rule16.1b. Inaddition, if a ball lies in the general area 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 without penalty as follows: The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of complete relief to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a penalty area or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES:
Match Play - Loss of Hole; Stroke Play - Two Strokes.