Fairwood Local Rules

Updated September 2020

USGA rules govern all play except as modified by these local rules.

Out of Bounds

Indicated by white stakes, railroad ties, and chain fences.  Rule 18.2 applies. 

“A ball coming to rest on or beyond any road is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.”

E-5 Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds (for casual rounds only, not used during competitive rounds) - When a player’s ball has not been found, the player may take stroke-and-distance relief, or when Model Local Rule E-5 is introduced, the player has the additional option to drop a ball in and play from the relief area (see MLF E-5 Diagram) adding two strokes. 

Penalty Areas

Indicated by yellow stakes and defined by yellow lines.  Lateral penalty areas are indicated by red stakes and defined by red lines.

When the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area on hole 11, as an extra penalty relief option, the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area.

On hole 12, penalty relief may be taken under Rule 17.1, or as an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone left of the penalty area. 

Flower Bed and Cultivated Areas

Except in a penalty area, these areas are considered ground under repair.  Relief may be taken under Rule 16.1.

Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens

“Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.  The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area- The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

Ø  On the line of play, and is:

·         Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and

·         Within two club-lengths of the ball.

Exception – No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.


Utility Lines and Poles

“If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line or pole during the play of All Holes, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6 for what to do).


Aeration Holes

“If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:

(a) Ball in General 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) Ball on Putting Green. The player 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.


Driving Range Policy

To become a better golfer, one must spend time on the range.  However, there is a right way and a wrong way to approach the practice facilities at Fairwood.  A-frame signs are located at the range and state: “Members/Guests with tee times have driving range priority 30- minutes before their tee times.  Member/Guests w/o tee times may be asked to stand aside allowing those members with tee times access.”   Tee sheets are posted each day at the range so that Members can see if someone has a tee-time within 30-minutes or if they are just practicing.  If you are just practicing and you do not have a tee time within 30-minutes of your arrival, then please BE AWARE.  This means look around and if a member comes up to hit balls simply say, “if you have a tee time, I’m happy to let you hit”.   If a member asks if you have a tee time, please use proper etiquette and be polite and move aside. 


STUDENT MEMBERS AND JUNIORS WHO ARE JUST PRACTICING ON THE RANGE must utilize “Just Practicing Signs”.  These signs are located at the range.  Simply stick one in the ground behind you, or if you are practicing on the mats lay the sign down behind you.  Doing so will help reduce confusion.  If a student or junior member is just practicing, and has a sign behind them, other members who have a tee time can politely ask you to kindly step aside so they can warm up prior to their tee-time.   During busy times, other Members may utilize the “Just Practicing Signs” as a courtesy, but it is not required.


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