These are the Local Rules of 2019


Please note that, unless otherwise stated, the penalty for a breach of a Local rule is the General Penalty. (i.e Strokeplay - two shots; Matchplay - loss of hole).

Code of Conduct

All players are expected to:

  • Care for the course by e.g. rakin bunkers and repairing divots and pitch marks
  • Refrain from using vulgar or offensive language
  • Refrain from abusing clubs or the course
  • Be respectful of other players, spectators or thse acting in an Official capacity
  • Adhere to the Dress, Mobile Phone and Pace of Play Policies
Reported breaches of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with by MRGC Captains' Committee.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

All penalty areas, defined by stakes, are to be played as RED penalty areas.

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

Balls lying in or over boundary ditches, hedges, fences or grips are Out of Bounds. Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at the ground level of white stakes and fence posts.

Provisional Ball for Ball in a Penalty Area (Rule 18)

If a player does not know if his or her ball is in a penalty area, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3 using stroke and distance (Rule 17.1d(1)), back-on-the-line (Rule 17.1d(2)) or lateral relief (Rule 17.1d(3)).
Once the player has played a provisional ball under the Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.Full Details are on the Rules Board.

Abnormal Course Conditions (Rule 16)

Ground under repair is defined by any area encircled with a white line.All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

A deep rut left in the general area by e.g. a tractor may be treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b. (A shallow indentation made by greenkeeping equipment must tnot be treated as ground under repair).

Bunker filled with temporary water. A flooded bunker will be marked as GUR in the general area from which the player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. All other bunkers on the course, whether they contain temporary water or not, are still bunkers for all purposes under the Rules.


Aeration Holes. If a player's ball lies in or touchers an aeration hole:

(a) In the feneral area, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.


(b) On the Putting Green, the play may take relief under Rule 16.1d. BUT interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player's stance or, on the putting green, on the player's line of play.


Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green. In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction isL on the player's line of play, is within two clubs lengths of the ball. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.

(Exception - there is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable)


Damage by Animals. In the general area, areas of damage cause by badgers or grubbing birds aretreatedas ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.

Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds

When a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds the player may proceed under the stroke and distance Local Rule for a penalty of two strokes, rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
This local Rule is not available if a provisional ball has been played.

Full Details are on the Rules Board.

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