Burgham Park Local Rules

Please note the Local Rules printed on scorecards are an abbreviated set of the following which are the full and definitive set of Local Rules

OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27 refers)
Beyond any fence or hedge bounding the course or beyond any line of white stakes bounding the course affecting holes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 18
Within the area of development on the left of the 18th, defined by white stakes.
Within the fenced paddock in the middle of the course.
Outside the white stakes defining the Practice School, affecting holes 13, 14 & 18

MOVEABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (rule 24.1 refers)
All courtesy signs (repair pitch marks, replace divots etc).
All Water and Lateral Water Hazard Posts (Yellow and Red)
All Distance Marker Posts
The chain fence around the tee boxes
All rakes
Stones in bunkers

All seats, ball washers, bells, tee markers, stopcocks, steps, bridges, manhole covers, all artificial paths (including shuttering) and roadways within the boundaries of the course.
All young trees and shrubs, which are either staked or encased in a protective band and those less than the height of a driver (Note: Gorse bushes are not shrubs)
The 'cross' marker behind the 4th
The well between the 12th and 15th fairways.
All Out of Bounds marker posts (White)
All distance markers defining the centre of the fairway.
Fixed Sprinkler Heads:
All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief may be taken under Rule24-2
In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief without penalty as follows:         
"If the ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard and is within two club-lengths of  the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the point nearest to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green".

WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26 refers)
The ditch in front of the 7th hole up to the paddock fence.
The ditches on the 10th and 16th. The pond on the 13th hole.

The ditch between the 9th fairway and 10th tee.
The pond behind the 9th green, including the island.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25 refers)
All areas marked by greens staff.
If a player's ball lies in an area of ground under repair from which play is prohibited or if such area interferes with the player's stance or area of intended swing, the player MUST take relief under rule 25.1.

All tees and surrounds are integral parts of the course, NO relief is given

For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.
Even when the Local Rule is in effect, the device must not be used for any purposes that are prohibited by Rule 14-3 including but not limited to:

  • the gauging or measuring of slope
  • the gauging or measuring of other conditions that might affect play (e.g. wind speed or direction)
  • recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in play (e.g. club selection, type of shot to be played, green reading or any other advice related matter or
  • calculating the effective distance between two points  based on elevation changes or other conditions affecting shot distance
A Multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions which would be in breach of Rule 14-3
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, the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which the penalties are:
  • Matchplay - Loss of hole
  • Strokeplay - Two strokes
  • For subsequent offence - Disqualification
In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF BALL ON THE 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 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 nd 20-1.
This Local rule only applies when the player's ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movemnet is accidental.
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 it's new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Members and visitors should be familiar with the Rules of Golf as laid down by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, especially section 1 covering golf etiquette, courtesy, priority and care of the course. Good etiquette is being aware of others and giving them the consideration you would expect to receive.

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