Fairwood Local Rules

Updated March 2019

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. 

No Play zones to the right of the 13th hole are indicated by green topped red stakes and defined by red lines. 

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.

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