To be read in line with those printed on the cards.
MIRAFLORES GOLF CLUB LOCAL RULES (As of 24th February 2019)
1. Hole 2 - Drop zone to rear of green: Where a ball enters the Penalty Area (PA) to the side of the green and cannot be dropped within two club lengths of the point where the ball last crossed the hazard line and remain not nearer the hole, the ball must be dropped in the designated drop zone, (either case under penalty of one stroke).
2. Hole 4 - The turf nursery and hole 5 teeing area to the left of the 4th green are deemed Out Of Bounds when playing the 4th hole.
3. Hole 5 Teeing area - The fence to the left of teeing area is an immovable obstruction. If interfering with stance or swing path, free relief may be taken. A ball crossing the lateral PA (red stakes) but not carrying the lake should be dropped within 2 club lengths of where the PA line was last crossed, not nearer the hole, or replayed from where the original stroke was taken. In both cases under penalty of one stroke. A ball clearing the PA but then falling back into it where indicated by yellow stakes, may either be played as it lies or (under penalty of one stroke) be dropped in the designated drop zone. A ball crossing the lake to the far left and landing Out Of Bounds must be replayed from the tee under penalty of stroke and distance.
4. Hole 5 Green area - The rocks are within and integral to the PA. If the ball is outside the PA but the rocks interfere with stance or swing path, as there is danger from club/ball striking the rocks, relief is 2 club lengths not nearer the hole. If the ball is inside the PA and cannot be played as it lies, you may either use one of the drop zones or replay the stroke from the original position. In both cases under penalty of one stroke.
5. Hole 8 - The perimeter fencing and electric fencing to the left of the 8th fairway are within the Out Of Bounds area, which is marked by OOB markers approximately 1 metre from the perimeter fencing. If a ball comes to rest within the course but the electric fencing interferes with your stance or swing, free relief may be taken. A reference point should be marked one club length from the electric fence, no nearer the hole. Proceed as per Annex 1/ii below.
6. Holes 12 and 15 - Rocks surrounding Penalty Areas: The rocks are within and integral to the PAs. They may be treated as immovable obstructions and free relief taken if the ball is outside the PA. As there is danger from club/ball striking the rocks, relief is 2 club lengths. If the ball is in the hazard and last crossed lateral PA markers (red stakes) 2 club lengths relief may be taken under penalty of one stroke. If the ball is in the hazard and last crossed yellow PA markers, drop a ball behind the point where the ball last crossed the PA, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped, under penalty of one stroke.
Hole 14 - Wooden surround to bunker on hole 14. The surround is deemed an immovable obstruction. If the surround interferes with your stance or swing (whether your ball lies inside or outside the bunker) you may take free relief. If your ball is inside the bunker, take relief inside the bunker - if your ball is outside the bunker, take relief outside.
8. Buggy paths and attached drainage gullies - Where a ball lies on/in a path or attached gulley, or where a player’s stance or swing is affected by the gulley or path, the ball may be dropped without penalty under Rule 16.1a.
9. Drainage ditches - Free relief may be taken from open ditches and channels, i.e. those covered in stones or wire mesh. Old ditches that have now grown over (e.g. hole 17) are not eligible for relief.
10. Plastic protective matting - In some areas of the course, green plastic matting has been inserted into the ground to reduce wear and tear (e.g. the entrances to the green, Hole 15). These should be treated as immovable obstructions and free relief taken.
11. Netting and support posts - All netting and associated posts within the course boundaries are deemed to be immovable obstructions. If the ball is embedded in the netting, or the netting or posts interfere with your swing or stance, free relief may be taken. You may not replay the shot that struck the netting or post.
12. Bridges - All bridges that span PAs, whether part of buggy paths or not, are deemed to be integral parts of the hazard but as such, they are also deemed to be immovable obstructions. You may therefore, without penalty, ground your club if you decide to play from the bridge. If you are inside the margin of the hazard and prefer to take relief, you may, under penalty of one stroke. If you are outside the hazard but the bridge interferes with your stance or swing, you may take free relief under the immovable obstruction rule. Note: there is no relief for a “line of sight” stroke.
13. Ground Under Repair - Indicated by blue markings/posts. A player must not play a ball from, or stand within the GUR marked area. Full relief must be taken at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole.
14. Measuring Devices - devices for determining distances only are allowed.
ANNEX - RULES FOR DROPPING A BALL
1. Rules for dropping a ball where a free drop is permitted
1/i. The nearest point to where the ball lies, which provides full relief, is marked with a tee or other object. This point is known as the Reference Point.
1/ii. A measurement of one club length from the Reference Point, not nearer the hole, is made and marked in the same way. Note: Any club may be used to measure the club length, except putter.
1/iii. Drop the ball from knee height to the side or front of you, between the markers and not nearer the hole.
1/iv. The ball is in play unless it rolls nearer the hole or comes to rest outside the one club length marked area.
1/v. In both cases the ball must be re-dropped. If a similar result occurs, the ball must be placed on the point where the ball first struck the ground on the second drop.
Note: When using a drop zone, the ball must land in the zone but it does not need to stay inside the zone (but iv and v above still apply).
2. Rules for dropping a ball under penalty
2/i. Rules are as per those for a free drop, except that where a ball has entered a lateral PA, the player, under penalty of one stroke, marks two club lengths from where the ball last crossed the PA line, and drops a ball no nearer the hole within the marked area. The ball must stay within the marked area.
2/ii. Declare a ball “unplayable” and, under penalty of one stroke, drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped (Rule 19.2).
3. Rules for dropping from paths and attached gullies
3/i. If a player decides that there is no suitable point of free relief (see above) then the player has the following options:
a. Play the ball as it lies.
b. Declare the ball “unplayable” and play the ball from the last position under penalty of stroke and distance.
c. Declare the ball “unplayable” and proceed as per 2/ii above.