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Local Rule E-3 – Preferred Lies

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to 'First-Cut Rough’ height or less, the player may take free relief once by Dropping 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: One Club-Length from the reference point, but with these limits: must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and must be in the general area.

  • When a player’s ball lies on the fairway, the ball may be Placed in the relief area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must use the procedures defined under Rule 14.

Note: for a handicap qualifying round:

  • Relief may only be taken in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less.

  • The size of the relief area is six inches.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

Local Rule F-1 - Defining Abnormal Course Conditions and Integral Objects
Additional definition - Motorbike or bike damage which ‘breaks ground’ anywhere on the course is defined as an Abnormal Course Condition.
Relief can be taken under Rule 16.1.

Local Rule I-1.2 - Practising Before Rounds
Rule 5.2b is modified in this way:
A player may practise on the competition course before or between rounds.

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