Guildford Golf Club

Local Rules

1. Out Of Bounds

a. In or beyond any hedge or fence marking the boundary of the Course.

b. To the right of the 9th hole and to the left of the 18th hole, and beyond the pathway behind the 18th greenm as defined by the white stakes.

c. A ball played onto or beyond the road (which bisects between the 5th and 9th green), even though it may be on another part of the golf course.

d. The out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points of the white stakes at ground level. Such white stakes are therefore out of bounds and cannot be removed (Rule 24-2 applies).

2. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)

Includes all paths, roads, sprinkler heads, drain covers, distance markers, posts, plates, and the wall to the right-hand side of the 9th hole. 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 nearest point to where it lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.

3. Stones In Bunkers (Rule 24-1)

Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

4. Staked Trees (Rule 24-2b)

If such a tree interferes with a player's stance or the area of their intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 24-2b.

5. Ground Under Repair (Rule 25-1)

a. Hoof marks and tractor tyre marks on the fairway are ground under repair and relief may be taken through the green under Rule 25-1.

b. Winter Greens which are not in play are ground under repair and relief must be take under Rule 25-1.

6. Embedded Ball (Rule 25-2)

A ball embedded through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-2)

7. Distance-Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3)

The use of distance-measuring devices for the purpose of assessing distance only is permitted, strictly in accordance with Rule 14-3. If a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

Accidental Movement Of A Ball On A Putting Green

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1  - Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green

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 partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced in its original position. This Local Rule applies only when the player's ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

NOTE: 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 its new location. A ball-marker in such circumstances is replaced. 


If a match fails to keep its pace on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players ahead, it MUST allow the match following to play through. 

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