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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 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: Six Inches 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.

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.

But for the purposes of applying Rule 14.2e, the player has only chosen the spot on which to place the ball once the ball has been set down, and the player has let the ball go with the intent for that ball to be in play. After a ball has been placed and is in play under this Local Rule, if the player then proceeds under another Rule that provides relief, this Local Rule may be used again.

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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