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A
A-1

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

[Describe any particular aspects of the boundaries of your course that need to be noted that are not otherwise covered by Model Local Rules A-2 to A-5 below. The following are just some examples - delete, amend or add as required:]
  • [Out of bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes and fence posts. Out of bounds is also defined by (insert description of other methods of defining out of bounds).]
  • [The boundary on (specify hole number) is defined by (insert description of feature).]
  • [The boundary (specify location, e.g. to the left of hole 8) is defined by the course-side edge of the white paint dots on (specify location, such as the pavement).]
  • [The boundary (specify location, e.g. to the right of hole 15) is defined by the course-side edge of the white line painted on (name of road).]
  • [The maintenance area between (specify hole numbers) is out of bounds. The boundary is defined by the inside edge of the fence posts surrounding the area.]
A-2
The [course-side edge of any wall / course-side edge of road (or describe the appropriate feature)] defines the boundary of the course.
A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall defining the boundary of the course.
A-3
A ball coming to rest on or beyond the road [identify the road or the holes where it comes into play] is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.
A-4
During play of [specify hole number], the [describe the part of the course] on the [specify location or side] of the hole, defined by [specify colour of stakes, for example, white stakes], is out of bounds. These stakes are treated as boundary objects during the play of [specify hole number]. For all other holes, they are immovable obstructions.
A-5
Where a boundary is defined by [identify boundary, for example, a white line painted on the ground], white stakes with black tops have been placed for visibility. These stakes [describe any special marking] are [immovable | movable] obstructions.
B
B-1

Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

[Describe any unusual aspects of the marking of penalty areas on your course that need to be noted in addition to those covered by Model Local Rules B-2 to B-5 below. The following are just some examples - delete, amend or add as required.]
  • [When playing the (specify hole number) the yellow penalty area on (specify other hole number) is to be played as a red penalty area.]
  • [The red penalty area on (specify hole number) extends to and coincides with the out of bounds edge.]
  • [The red penalty area on (specify hole number) defined on only one side extends to infinity.]
  • [All desert areas are red penalty areas and the edge of the penalty area is where the grass and desert meet.]
  • [All areas of lava are red penalty areas.]
  • [Where an artificial wall surrounds the edge of a lake or other body of water, the penalty area is defined by the outside edge of the wall.]
B-2
When a player's ball is in a penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area even though not found, the player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d. Or, when the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area on [specify hole number and location], as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area:
  • Reference Point: The estimated point on the opposite edge of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Two club-lengths, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • May be in any area of the course except the same penalty area, but
    • If more than one area of the course is located within two club-lengths of the reference point, the ball must come to rest in the relief area in the same area of the course that the ball first touches when dropped in the relief area.
This Local Rule applies when a player’s ball is found in or it is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in any red penalty area that coincides with a boundary of the course and the point where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area is on the boundary side of that penalty area. The player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d, or as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area:
  • Reference Point: The estimated point on the opposite edge of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: Two club-lengths, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • May be in any area of the course except the same penalty area, but
    • If more than one area of the course is located within two club-lengths of the reference point, the ball must come to rest in the relief area in the same area of the course that the ball first touches when dropped in the relief area.
When a ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area on [specify hole number(s) and location], as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop a ball on the opposite edge of the penalty area. See Model Local Rule B-2.1 for details of where to drop.
When a ball last crossed the edge of a red penalty area where the edge of the red penalty area and a boundary of the course coincide, opposite side relief is available under Model Local Rule B-2.1.
B-3
If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty area [identify location], the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way: In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), the back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2)) or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)). If a dropping zone (see Model Local Rule E-1) is available for this penalty area, the player may also use that relief option. Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball. In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:
  • When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:
    • Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or
    • Continue to play the provisional ball  in which case the original ball must not be played.
  • When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. The provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play.
If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty area [identify location], the player may play a provisional ball using any of the following relief options: stroke-and-distance, back-on-the-line or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d) [or using the dropping zone available for this penalty area (delete if not available)]. See Model Local Rule B-3 for full details of the Local Rule.
B-4
The [describe specific water course, e.g. ditch] at the [detail where it is located] is to be treated as part of the general area and not as a penalty area.
All [describe specific types of water courses, such as concrete drainage ditches] are to be treated as part of the general area and not as a penalty area.
B-5
This Local Rule allows the use of a dropping zone as an extra relief option when:
  • A player’s ball is in the red penalty area [identify location], including when it is known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in the penalty area, and 
  • The ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area [identify start and end locations such as between two specially marked stakes].
In that case, the player may:
  • Take relief under one of the options in Rule 17.1d, adding one penalty stroke, or
  • As an extra option, also adding one penalty stroke, take relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from the nearest dropping zone to the point where the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area and that is not nearer the hole than that point.
As an extra relief option for the penalty area [identify location of penalty area] adding one penalty stroke, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located]. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
C
C-1
[Describe any unusual aspects of the marking of bunkers on your course that need to be noted that are not otherwise covered by Model Local Rules C-2 to C-4 below. The following are just some examples - delete, amend or add as required]:
  • [The edge of the bunker to the left of (specify hole number) is defined by the outside edge of the (insert colour) stakes. The stakes are movable obstructions and are inside the bunker.]
  • [The edge of the bunker to the right of (specify hole number) is defined by the (identify colour) line painted in the sand.]
  • [Any areas of sand that have been raked are considered to be a part of a bunker.]
C-2
The prepared area[s] of sand [detail holes or locations] are part of the general area and not bunkers.
The area[s] of sand [detail holes or locations] are bunkers and not part of the general area.
C-3
The [identify material such as crushed shell or lava dust] used to fill bunkers is treated as sand both when in a bunker and everywhere else on the course. This means that these materials are not loose impediments. A player must not improve the conditions affecting the stroke by removing these materials, except when they are on the putting green (see Rule 13.1c(1)).
The [identify material such as crushed shell or lava dust] used to fill bunkers is treated as sand both when in a bunker and everywhere else on the course. See Rule 13.1c(1).
C-4
The practice bunker located [insert details of where the bunker is located] is ground under repair and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b.
D
D-1
The edges of putting greens are defined by [insert colour] dots. The dots are [on off] the putting green and free relief is not available from them.
D-2
Temporary putting greens are in play on holes [insert hole numbers] as defined by [insert description, for example, the areas of fairway surrounded by white lines]. Any putting green that has been replaced by a temporary putting green is a wrong green and free relief for interference must be taken under Rule 13.1f.
D-3
Rule 13.1f is modified in this way: Interference does not exist if a wrong green only interferes with the player’s stance.
Rule 13.1f is modified in this way: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green of [specify hole number], interference does not exist for the player’s stance on the putting green of [specify hole number] or the reverse.
D-4
When playing [specify hole number], if the player must take relief under Rule 13.1f because his or her ball came to rest on the putting green of [specify hole number] or that putting green interferes with his or her stance or area of intended swing:
  • In finding the relief area to be used when taking this relief, the putting green of [specify hole number] is defined to include the area of fairway within [specify distance such as two club-lengths] from the edge of the putting green.
  • This means that the nearest point of complete relief must avoid interference from this area in addition to the putting green.
When taking wrong green relief from the [specify green number(s)], the wrong green is defined to include the area of fairway within [specify distance such as two club-lengths] from the edge of the putting green. This means when taking relief under Rule 13.1f, the nearest point of complete relief must avoid interference from this area in addition to the wrong green.
D-5
The practice green located [insert details of where the green is located] is not a wrong green and free relief is not required or permitted under Rule 13.1f.
The temporary green located [insert details of where the green is located] is a wrong green even when not in use and relief must be taken under Rule 13.1f.
The practice green located [insert details of where the green is located] is not a wrong green and free relief is not required to be taken under Rule 13.1f, but it is ground under repair and a player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.
D-6
The green serving holes [specify hole numbers] is considered to be two separate greens divided by [specify method such as coloured stakes]. A player who has interference with the portion of the green for the hole not being played is on a wrong green and must take relief under Rule 13.1f.
E
E-1
If a ball is in the penalty area [identify location], including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area, the player has these relief options, each for one penalty stroke:
  • Take relief under Rule 17.1, or
  • As an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located]. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
If a ball is in the ground under repair [identify location], including when it is known or virtually certain  that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the ground under repair, the player may:
  • Take free relief under Rule 16.1, or
  • As an extra option, take free relief by dropping  the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located]. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
If a ball is in the penalty area [identify location], including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area, the player may:
  • Take stroke-and-distance relief under Rule 17.1d(1), adding one penalty stroke, or
  • Drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located], adding one penalty stroke. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
  • The player may not take relief under Rules 17.1d(2) or 17.1d(3).
As an extra relief option for the penalty area [identify location of penalty area] adding one penalty stroke, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located]. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
As an extra relief option for the ground under repair [identify location of ground under repair], a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where located]. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
The dropping zone [describe how the dropping zone is defined and where it is located] for the penalty area [identify location of penalty area], it is the only relief option available under penalty of one stroke in addition to stroke and distance relief. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
E-2
When a player’s ball lies in [identify area, such as the general area, at the 6th hole, in the general area cut to fairway height or less, etc.], the ball may be lifted, cleaned and replaced  without penalty. The player must mark the spot before lifting the ball (see Rule 14.1) and the ball must be replaced on its original spot (see Rule 14.2).
When a player’s ball lies in [identify area, such as the general area, at the 6th hole, in the general area cut to fairway height or less, etc.], the ball may be marked, lifted cleaned and replaced without penalty.
E-3
When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less [or identify a specific area such as 'on the fairway of the 6th hole'], 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: [Specify size of relief area, such as one club-length, one scorecard length or 6 inches] from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • 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.
When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less [or identify a specific area such as ‘on the fairway of the 6th hole’], the player may prefer the lie within [specify size of relief area, such as one club-length, one scorecard length or 6 inches]. See Model Local Rule E-3 for details of how this must be done.
E-4
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.
If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole [identify area, such as the general area, or on the putting green], relief may be taken under Rule 16.1. See Model Local Rule E-4 for further details.
E-5
When a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance. For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3): Two Estimated Reference Points: (a). Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:
  • Come to rest on the course, or
  • Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.
(b). Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point. For purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway" means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less. If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less. Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:
  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).
But with these limits: Limits on Location of Relief Area:
  • Must be in the general area, and
  • Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.
Once the player puts a ball in play  under this Local Rule:
  • The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.
  • This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).
But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:
  • That ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or
  • The player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).
A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.
When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds [or identify which holes this applies to], the player may proceed under the Stroke and Distance Local Rule for a penalty of two strokes, rather than proceeding under stroke and distance. This Local Rule is not available if a provisional ball has been played. See Model Local Rule E-5 for full details of the Local Rule.
E-6
During play of the [specify hole number], if the protective fence on the [specify hole number] is on a player’s line of play:
  • The player may take free relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from the dropping zone (describe location).
  • But this relief is allowed only if the ball is in play nearer the hole than where the dropping zone is located (see Rule 14.3).
During play of the [specify hole number], if the protective fence [describe the location] is on a player’s line of play, the player may take free relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from the dropping zone [describe location].
E-7
If a player’s ball lies on the course and within [specific a distance, such as two club-lengths] of the electric boundary fence on hole[s] [specify location(s)], he or she may, without penalty, take relief under Rule 16.1, using as the reference point the point that is [specify distance, such as two club-lengths] from the fence and an equal distance from the hole.
E-8
The area defined by [specify how the area is marked, for example, with green stakes specify where it is located, e.g. on the right of the fairway on hole 8] is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f.
The area within the [red yellow] penalty area defined by [specify how the area is marked, for example, with green stakes specify where it is located, for example, on the right of the fairway on hole 8] is a no play zone. When a ball is in the no play zone within the penalty area, the ball must not be played as it lies and relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 17.1e.
E-9
The [identify the area out of bounds that is to be treated as a no play zone] is a no play zone and the player must take free relief under Rule 16.1f(2) if his or her ball is on the course and anything in the no play zone interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or swing. The player must not play the ball as it lies.
The area defined by [specify how the area is marked, for example, with green stakes specify where it is located, e.g. on the right of the fairway on hole 8] is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f.
E-10
The young trees identified by [identify markings] are no play zones:
  • If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f. 
  • [If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player’s stance or area of intended swing exists from such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17.1e(2). Delete this bullet if it there are no such trees in penalty areas on your course.]
E-11
If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line [or tower or a wire or pole supporting a power line] during the play of [specify hole number], 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).
Model Local Rule E-11 is in effect for a ball that hits a power line or tower [or a wire or pole supporting a power line] (stroke must be cancelled and replayed).
E-12
When taking Back-On-the-Line relief, there is no additional penalty if a player plays a ball that was dropped in the relief area required by the relevant Rule (Rule 16.1c(2), 17.1d(2), 19.2b or 19.3b) but came to rest outside the relief area, so long as the ball, when played, is within one club-length of where it first touched the ground when dropped. This exemption from penalty applies even if the ball is played from nearer the hole than the reference point (but not if played from nearer the hole than the spot of the original ball or the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area). This Local Rule does not change the procedure for taking Back-On-the-Line relief under a relevant Rule. This means that the reference point and relief area are not changed by this Local Rule and that Rule 14.3c(2) can be applied by a player who drops a ball in the right way and it comes to rest outside the relief area, whether this occurs on the first or second drop.
Ball played from outside relief area when taking Back On the Line Relief: Model Local Rule E-12 is in effect.
F
F-1
Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16) [Describe abnormal course conditions and integral objects on your course that need to be noted that are not otherwise covered by Model Local Rules F-2 to F-23 below. The following are just some examples - delete, amend or add as required.]
  • [Ground under repair is defined by any area encircled by a white line (or insert other colour or description as appropriate).]
  • [Ground under repair includes exposed rocks in areas cut to fairway height or less (or within a stated distance of the fairway, such as two club-lengths).]
  • [Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows through the sand are ground under repair.]
  • [Mats that are secured and plastic cable ramps that are covering cables are immovable obstructions.]
  • [Protective fences around greens are immovable obstructions.]
  • [The rails on split rail fences are (movable or immovable) obstructions.]
Integral Objects
  • [Retaining artificial walls and pilings when located in penalty areas are integral objects.]
  • [Wires and other objects (closely) attached to trees are integral objects.]
  • [All gates that are for the purpose of getting through boundary walls and fences (or specify the hole(s) on which this applies) are integral objects.]
F-2
Rule 16.3 is modified in this way:
Free relief is allowed only when a ball is embedded in part of the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.
[Stacked turf faces above bunkers are not cut to fairway height or less for the purpose of this Rule.]
Rule 16.3 is modified in this way:
Free relief is not allowed when a ball is embedded in [stacked turf faces /soil faces (delete as required)] above bunkers.
F-3
White-lined areas of ground under repair and the [artificially surfaced road or path or other identified obstruction] they tie into are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1.
Where areas of damaged ground are right next to [artificially surfaced road or path or other identified obstruction] they are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1.
[Describe area, such as decorative planted areas] that are surrounded by an artificially surfaced road or path (including everything growing within that area) and the road or path are treated as a single abnormal course condition when taking relief under Rule 16.1.
F-4
Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, including areas where spectators or other traffic have combined with wet conditions to alter the ground surface materially, but only when so declared by an authorized referee or member of the Committee.
F-5
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:
  • 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.
Immovable obstructions close to putting green: In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is: on the player’s line of play, is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and is within two club-lengths of the ball.  The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.)
Immovable obstructions close to putting green: Model Local Rule F-5 is in effect.
F-6
Rule 16.1 is modified in this way:
Interference does not exist if [insert condition from which relief is restricted] only interferes with the player’s stance.
F-7
If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing: (a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d. But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance. All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. This means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c(2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.
Seams of cut turf; Model Local Rule F-7 is in effect.
F-8
Cracks in the ground in parts of the general area cut to fairway height or less are ground under repair. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the crack only interferes with the player’s stance. (Delete if not required.)]
F-9
If a player’s ball is at rest in a portion of the general area cut to fairway height or less and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance. (Delete if not required.)]
If a player’s ball is in the general area and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less [or in the rough within specify number of club-lengths of the edge of the ground cut to fairway height or less or in the first cut of the rough], the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance.]
If a player's ball in the fairway has interference from tree roots in the fairway, free relief is available under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance. (Delete if not required.)]
If a player's ball in the general area has interference from tree roots in the fairway [or in the rough within (specify number of club-lengths) of the fairway], free relief is available under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance. (Delete if not required.)]
F-10
In the general area, areas of damage caused by [type of animal] are treated as [ground under repair] from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b. [But interference does not exist if the damage only interferes with the player’s stance. (Delete if not required.)]
F-11
Large or hard ant hills on the course are, at the player’s option, loose impediments that may be removed under Rule 15.1 or ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
F-12
At the player’s option, dung from [specify dung from which relief would be given, e.g. goose dung, dog dung] may be treated either as:
  • A loose impediment that may be removed under Rule 15.1, or 
  • Ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
[If dung is found on the putting green, the player may also use the greens switch/whip located by the putting greens to remove the dung from the line of play. If doing so improves the line of play or other conditions affecting the stroke, there is no penalty under Rule 8.1a. (Delete if not required.)]
F-13
Damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs is ground under repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. [But on the putting green, Rule 16.1 does not apply as such damage may be repaired under Rule 13.1. (Delete if not required.)]
F-14
During play of the [specify hole number], any ground with temporary accumulations of [identify types of loose impediments] in the general area or in a bunker is treated as ground under repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
F-15
Mushrooms that are attached on the putting green are ground under repair  from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1d.
F-16
The flooded bunker  on [insert location of bunker; for example, left of 5th green] is ground under repair in the general area. It is not treated as a bunker during the round. 
If the player’s ball lies in or touches this ground under repair or the ground under repair interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.
All other bunkers on the course, whether they contain temporary water or not, are still bunkers for all purposes under the Rules.
F-17
All roads and paths on the course [or identify particular types or locations], even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
F-18
All stakes [or identify the movable obstructions that are to be considered immovable] on the course are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. Relief is not allowed to be taken under Rule 15.2.
F-19
The edging grooves around the aprons or fringes of putting greens are ground under repair. If a player’s ball lies in or touches a groove or a groove interferes with the area of intended swing: (a) Ball in General Area. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.
(b) Ball on the Putting Green. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the edging groove only interferes with the player’s stance.
Edging grooves around putting greens are ground under repair but relief is only available if a ball lies in or touches a groove or a groove interferes with the area of intended swing.
F-20
Drainage channels that are made of artificial materials and run next to cart paths are treated as immovable obstructions in the general area and are part of the cart path. A player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.
F-21
Painted lines or dots on the putting green or in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less are to be treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. But interference does not exist if painted lines or dots only interfere with the player’s stance.
Relief is not allowed from painted lines or dots [describe area, for example, in areas where the grass is not cut to fairway height or less].
F-22
Temporary lines and cables for power and communications (and mats covering or poles supporting them) are obstructions: 1. If they are readily movable, they are movable obstructions and a player may remove them without penalty under Rule 15.2. 2. Otherwise they are immovable obstructions from which the player may take relief as follows: (a) Ball in General Area or in Bunker. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1. (b) Ball in Penalty Area. Rule 16.1b is modified to allow the player the extra option to take free relief from interference by these immovable obstructions in a penalty area by dropping a ball and playing it from this relief area:
  • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief  in the penalty area.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    •  Must be in the penalty area in which the ball came to rest,
    •  Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • There must be complete relief from all interference by the immovable obstruction.
3. If a player's ball hits a temporary elevated line or cable, 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). 4. Grass-covered trenches for temporary lines or cables in the general area are ground under repair, even if not marked. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1. But there are two exceptions:
  • Exception 1 - Ball Strikes Elevated Section: If a ball hits an elevated junction section of cable rising from the ground, the stroke counts, and the ball must be played as it lies.
  • Exception 2 - Ball Strikes Wires Supporting Temporary Immovable Obstruction: Guy wires supporting a temporary immovable obstruction (TIO) are part of the TIO and are not covered by this Local Rule, unless the Committee states that the guy wires are to be treated as temporary elevated lines or cables under this Local Rule.
Temporary Lines and Cables; Model Local Rule F-22 is in effect.
F-23
Definition of TIO: A temporary immovable obstruction (TIO) is a structure that is temporarily added on or next to the course, usually for a particular competition, and is fixed or not readily movable . Examples of TIOs are temporary tents, scoreboards, grandstands, television towers and toilets. TIOs include any supporting guy wires connected to them, except when the Committee decides the supporting guy wires are to be treated as immovable obstructions. The outermost edge of the TIO is used in determining whether a ball is under the TIO or whether the TIO is on the player's line of sight between the ball and the hole. Lines or stakes may be used to define the edges of a TIO or to connect multiple TIOs into a single, larger TIO. A TIO is different from an immovable obstruction and this Local Rule provides additional relief from interference by a TIO. This means that the player can choose to take relief by using either:
  • The procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16 as if the TIO were an immovable obstruction (this relief is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds), or
  • The additional relief option available under this Local Rule.
a. When Relief Is Allowed Relief from a TIO is normally allowed when there is physical interference or line of sight interference from the TIO. Interference under this Local Rule means that the player has:
  • Physical interference,
  • Line of sight interference, or
  • Both physical and line of sight interference.
(1) Meaning of Physical Interference by Temporary Immovable Obstruction. Physical interference exists when:
  • The player's ball touches or lies in or on a TIO, or
  • The TIO interferes with the player's area of intended stance or area of intended swing.
(2) Meaning of Line of Sight Interference by Temporary Immovable Obstruction. Line of sight interference exists when:
  • The player's ball touches or lies in, on or under a TIO, or
  • The TIO is on the player's line of sight to the hole (that is, the TIO is located on the straight line between the ball and the hole), or
  • The ball is within one club-length, measured on an equidistant arc from the hole, of a spot where the TIO would be on the player's direct line of sight to the hole (this one club-length wide area is commonly referred to as the "corridor").
(3) When No Relief Is Available Despite Having Interference. If the ball touches or is in or on the TIO, relief is always available. But when the ball neither touches nor is in or on the TIO, there is no relief under this Local Rule if any of the following applies:
  • From either physical interference or line of sight interference:
    • There is no relief when playing the ball as it lies would clearly be unreasonable because of something other than the TIO (such as when the player is unable to make a stroke because of where the ball lies in a bush outside the TIO), and
    • There is no relief when interference exists only because the player chooses a club, type of stance or swing or direction of play that is clearly unreasonable under the circumstances; and
  • From line of sight interference:
    • There is no relief when it is clearly unreasonable for a player to play the ball far enough that the ball will reach the TIO, and
    • There is no relief when the player cannot show that there is a stroke that he or she could reasonably play that would both (a) have the TIO (including the corridor) on the line of that stroke, and (b) result in the ball finishing on a direct line to the hole.
b. Relief from Interference for Ball in General Area If the player's ball is in the general area and there is interference by a TIO (including a TIO located out of bounds), the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
  • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief  where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist.
  • Size of Relief Area from Reference Point: The entire area within one club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must be in the general area,
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • There must be complete relief from both physical and line of sight interference by the TIO.
If the player has physical interference from the TIO, instead of using this relief procedure he or she may choose to take relief using the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1b, treating the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction. The relief procedure under Rule 16.1b is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds. See Clause f of this Local Rule for how to take relief. c. Relief from Interference for Ball in Bunker or Penalty Area. If the player's ball is in a bunker or a penalty area and there is interference by a TIO (including a TIO located out of bounds), the player may take either free relief or penalty relief: (1) Free Relief: Playing from Bunker or Penalty Area. The player may take free relief as provided in Clause b, except that the nearest point of complete relief where interference no longer exists, and the relief area must be in that bunker or penalty area. If there is no such point in that bunker or penalty area where interference no longer exists, the player may still take this relief as provided above by using the point of maximum available relief in the bunker or the penalty area as the reference point. (2) Penalty Relief: Playing from Outside Bunker or Penalty Area. For one penalty stroke, the player may drop the original ball or another ball in and play it from this relief area:
  • Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief not nearer the hole where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist that is outside that bunker or penalty area.
  • Size of Relief Area from Reference Point: The entire area one club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Any area of the course other than in that bunker or penalty area or on any putting green,
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • There must be complete relief from both physical and line of sight interference by the TIO.
If the player has physical interference from the TIO, instead of using this relief procedure he or she may choose to take relief using the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1b, treating the TIO as if it were an immovable obstruction. The relief procedure under Rule 16.1b is also available when the ball lies in a penalty area or when the TIO is out of bounds. See Clause f of this Local Rule for how to take relief. d. Relief When Ball in TIO Not Found If the player's ball has not been found but is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a TIO:
  • The player may take relief under this Local Rule by using the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the TIO on the course as the spot of the ball for purposes of finding the nearest point of complete relief.
  • Once the player puts another ball in play to take relief in this way:
    • The original ball is no longer in play and must not be played.
    •  This is true even if it is then found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b)
But if it is not known or virtually certain that the ball came to rest in the TIO, the player must play under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.2). e. Committee Authority to Modify TIO Relief Procedures When adopting this Local Rule, the Committee may modify the relief procedures in Clauses b and c in either or both of the following ways:  (1) Optional or Mandatory Use of Dropping Zones. The Committee may permit or require a player to use a dropping zone as the relief area for taking relief under this Local Rule. When doing so, the Committee may add the dropping zone for relief from only physical interference or only line of sight interference or it may be used for relief from both types of interference. (2) "Either Side" Relief Option. The Committee may permit the player the option to take relief on the other side of a TIO in addition to the relief options allowed under Clauses b and c of this Local Rule. But the Committee may provide that either side relief is not allowed if the player is taking relief using the procedures in Rule 16.1. f. Player May Proceed Under Other Relief Rules (1) Taking Relief by Using the Procedures in Rule 16.1 or this Local Rule. If a player has physical interference from the TIO as defined in Clause a, the player may either:
  • Choose to use the relief procedures in Rule 16.1 or
  • Use this Local Rule.
  • But may not take relief under one of these options and then take relief under the other.
If the player chooses to use the procedure for taking relief from an abnormal course condition in Rule 16.1, he or she must treat the TIO as if it is an immovable obstruction and take relief based on where the ball lies:
  • In the general area using the procedures in Rule 16.1b.
  • In a bunker using the procedures in Rule 16.1c.
  • In a penalty area using the procedures in Rule 16.1c as if the ball lies in a bunker.
  • On the putting green using the procedures in Rule 16.1d.
(2) Taking Relief under Rule 17, 18 or 19. This Local Rule does not prevent the player from taking relief under Rule 17, 18 or 19 rather than taking TIO relief under this Local Rule.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions; Model Local Rule F-23 is in effect. [Provide details of what is to be treated as a TIO and any specific aspects that apply, e.g. where either side relief is available, if there are any dropping zones in place for particular TIOs etc.]
G
G-1
Any driver the player uses to make a stroke must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, which is on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by The R&A. This list is regularly updated and is found at RandA.org. Exception – Pre-1999 Driver Heads: A driver with a clubhead that was made before 1999 is exempt from this Local Rule. Penalty For Making a Stroke with Club in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification. There is no penalty under this Local Rule for carrying but not making a stroke with a driver that is not on the List of Conforming Driver Heads.
List of Conforming Driver Heads; Model Local Rule G-1 is in effect.  Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.
G-2
In making a stroke, the player must use clubs that conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Equipment Rules that took effect on 1 January 2010. An Equipment Database of fairway woods, hybrids, irons and wedges which have been tested for conformance to the current Equipment Rules is found at RandA.org. Penalty For Making a Stroke with Club in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification. There is no penalty under this Local Rule for carrying but not making a stroke with a club which does not conform to these groove and punch mark specifications.
Groove and Punch Mark Specifications; Model Local Rule G-2 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.
G-3
Any ball used in making a stroke must be on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by The R&A. This list is regularly updated and is found at RandA.org. Penalty for Making a Stroke at a Ball Not on Current List in Breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.
Conforming Balls List; Model Local Rule G-3 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke with a ball not on current list in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification.
G-4
During an entire round, each ball at which the player makes a stroke must be the same brand and model as found in a single entry on the current List of Conforming Balls. If a different brand and/or model is dropped, replaced or placed but has not yet been played, the player may correct the mistake by stopping use of that ball, without penalty, under Rule 14.5. The player must drop, replace or place a ball of the same brand and model as used at the start of the round. When the player discovers he or she has played a ball in breach of this Local Rule, he or she must stop using that ball before playing from the next teeing area and complete the round with a ball of the same brand and model as used at the start of the round; otherwise the player is disqualified. If the discovery is made during the play of a hole, the player may complete play of this hole with the ball played in breach or place a a ball of the correct brand and model on the spot where the ball played in breach of this Local Rule was lifted from. Penalty for Making a Stroke at a Ball in Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she is in breach of this Local Rule.
One Ball Rule; Model Local Rule G-4 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke at a ball in breach of the Local Rule: General penalty for each hole during which the player is in breach.
G-5
Rule 4.3a(1) is modified in this way: During a round, a player must not obtain distance information by using an electronic distance-measuring device. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.
G-6
During a round, a player or caddie must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee. [A player who will play, or has played, under penalty of stroke and distance is always authorised to ride on motorized transportation. (Delete this bullet if you do not want it to apply).] [Players and caddies may ride on the shuttle between holes [identify hole] and [identify hole]. (Only include if this is relevant to your competition).] Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which there is a breach of this Local Rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.
G-7
Rule 4.3a is modified in this way: During a round, a player must not wear shoes with:
  • Traditional spikes – that is, spikes having single or multiple points designed to penetrate deeply into the surface of the ground (regardless of whether made of metal, ceramic, plastic or other materials); or 
  • Spikes of any design that are entirely or partially made of metal, if such metal may come in contact with the course.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.
During a round, a player must not wear shoes with [traditional spikes/describe style of spikes that are not allowed.] Penalty for breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.
G-8
Rule 4.3a(4) is modified in this way: During a round, a player must not listen to or watch content of any nature on a personal audio or video device. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.
G-9
Rule 4.1b(3) is modified in this way: If a player’s club is “broken or significantly damaged” during the round by the player or caddie, except in cases of abuse, the player may replace the club with any club under Rule 4.1b(4).
When replacing a club, the player must immediately take the broken or significantly damaged club out of play, using the procedure in Rule 4.1c(1).
For the purposes of this Local Rule:
  • A club is “broken or significantly damaged” when:
    • the shaft breaks into pieces, splinters or is bent (but not when the shaft is only dented)
    • the club face impact area is visibly deformed (but not when the club face is only scratched)
    • the clubhead is visibly and significantly deformed
    • the clubhead is detached or loose from the shaft, or
    • the grip is loose.
Exception: A club face or clubhead is not “broken or significantly damaged” solely because it is cracked.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule – See Rule 4.1b.
Replacement of Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged; Model Local Rule G-9 is in effect.
H
H-1
Rule 10.3a is modified in this way: A player must not have a caddie during the round. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
  • The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she is helped by a caddie.
  • If the breach happens or continues between two holes, the player gets the general penalty for the next hole.
Rule 10.3a is modified in this way: A player must not have [identify prohibited type of caddie for example, a parent or guardian] as his or her caddie during the round. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
  • The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she is helped by such a caddie.
  • If the breach happens or continues between two holes, the player gets the general penalty for the next hole.
Rule 10.3a is modified in this way: A player must have a caddie during the round. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which he or she does not have a caddie.
H-2
Each team may name [one/two] advice givers whom players on the team may ask for advice and receive advice from during the round. The team must identify each advice giver to the Committee before any player on the team begins his or her round. [The team may change its advice giver during the round, but must tell the Committee when it is doing so.(Delete if not required).] [The advice giver must not point out a line of play or walk on the putting green when the ball of a team player lies on the putting green. (Delete if not required).]
H-3
A team captain must be [insert eligibility restriction, such as a member of the same club].
H-4
The advice giver has the same status as a member of the side in relation to each member of his or her team.
H-5
Rule 10.2 is modified in this way: Where two players from the same team are playing together in the same group, those players may ask for advice and receive advice from each other during the round.
I
I-1
Rule 5.2a is modified in this way: A player must not practise on the competition course before or between rounds. [Or, if players are allowed to practise in limited ways: Describe those limits and when, where and how a player may practise on the course.] Penalty for Breach of this Local Rule:
  • Penalty for first breach: General Penalty (applied to the player’s first hole).
  • Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.
Rule 5.2b is modified in this way: A player may practise on the competition course before or between rounds.  [Or, if players are allowed to practise in limited ways: Describe those limits and when, where and how a player may practise on the course.] [Or, if players are prohibited from practising on the course both before and between rounds: “A player must not practise on the competition course before or between rounds.]
Rule 5.2a is modified in this way:  A player must not practise on the competition course before or between rounds. [Or, if players are allowed to practise in limited ways: Describe those limits and when, where and how a player may practise on the] course. Penalty for breach of Local Rule - see Rule 5.2.
I-2
Rule 5.5b is modified in this way: Between the play of two holes, a player must not:
  • Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed, or
  • Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball.
J
J-1
A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signalled by [insert signal to be used]. All other suspensions will be signalled by [insert signal to be used]. In either case, resumption of play will be signalled by [insert signal to be used]. See Rule 5.7b.
J-2
If a player’s ball lies on the putting green and there is interference by temporary water on the putting green, the player may: 
  • Take free relief under Rule 16.1d; or
  • Have his or her line of play squeegeed.
Such squeegeeing should be done across the line of play and extend a reasonable distance beyond the hole (that is, at least one roller length) and only be carried out by [specify who may carry this out, for example the maintenance staff].
K
K-1
If a group finishes the round [or specify number of holes] more than the starting interval behind the group in front and over [specify time, for example, 3 hours 45 minutes] from the time of starting [or specify as required], all players in the group are subject to a penalty of one stroke [or specify as required].
K-2
Maximum Allowable Time The maximum allowable time is the maximum time considered necessary by the Committee for a group to complete its round. This is expressed in a per-hole and aggregate time format and includes all time associated with playing the game, e.g., for rulings and walking times between holes. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes at [insert course name] is [insert maximum time, for example, 4 hours and 05 minutes]. The following procedure applies only if a group is "out of position." Definition of Out of Position The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered out of position if it is [specify when a group is out of position to the group in front of them (see examples in the purpose of MLR K-2)] and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played. Procedure When Group is Out of Position
  1. Referees will monitor pace of play and decide whether a group that is "out of position" should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made.

    If a decision is made to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a referee will advise each player that they are "out of position" and they are being timed.

    In exceptional circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
  2. The maximum time allocated per stroke is [specify a time limit such as 40 seconds].

    [10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play: a) a tee shot on a par 3 hole; b) an approach shot to the green; and c) a chip or putt. (Delete if not required for your policy.)]

    The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach the ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction. Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.

    On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

    Timings will be taken from the moment it is decided by the referee that it is the player's turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.

    Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
  • Penalty for first breach: One-stroke penalty.
  • Penalty for second breach: General Penalty applied in addition to the penalty for the first breach.
  • Penalty for third breach: Disqualification.
Until a player has been advised of a bad time, he or she cannot incur a further bad time. Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round If a group is "out of position" more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalized if he or she has a second bad time before being advised of the earlier bad time.
Pace of Play Policy (Rule 5.6b(3)) See separate sheet for detailed Pace of Play Policy.
K-3
Maximum Allowable Time The maximum allowable time is the maximum time considered necessary by the Committee for a group to complete its round. This is expressed in a per-hole and aggregate time format and includes all time associated with playing the game, e.g., for rulings and walking times between holes. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes at [insert course name] is [insert maximum time, for example, 4 hours and 05 minutes]. The following procedure applies only if a group is "out of position." Definition of Out of Position The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered out of position if it is [specify when a group is out of position to the group in front of them (see examples in the purpose of MLR K-2)] and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played. Procedure When Group is Out of Position
  1. Referees will monitor pace of play and decide whether a group that is "out of position" should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made.

    If a decision is made to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a referee will advise each player that they are "out of position" and they are being timed.

    In exceptional circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
  2. The maximum time allocated per stroke is [specify a time limit such as 40 seconds]. 

    [10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play: a) a tee shot on a par 3 hole; b) an approach shot to the green; and c) a chip or putt. (Delete if not required for your policy.)]

    The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach the ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction. Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.

  3. On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

    Timings will be taken from the moment it is decided by the referee that it is the player's turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.

    Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: Penalty for first breach: Deduction of one point from the total points scored for the round.
Penalty for second breach: Deduction of a further two points from the total points scored for the round.
Penalty for third breach: Disqualification.
Until a player has been advised of a bad time, he or she cannot incur a further bad time. Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round If a group is "out of position" more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalized if he or she has a second bad time before being advised of the earlier bad time.
Pace of Play Policy (Rule 5.6b(3)) See separate sheet for detailed Pace of Play Policy.
K-4
Maximum Allowable Time The maximum allowable time is the maximum time considered necessary by the Committee for a group to complete its round. This is expressed in a per-hole and aggregate time format and includes all time associated with playing the game, e.g., for rulings and walking times between holes. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes at [insert course name] is [insert maximum time, for example, 4 hours and 05 minutes]. The following procedure applies only if a group is "out of position." Definition of Out of Position The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered out of position if it is [specify when a group is out of position to the group in front of them (see examples in the purpose of MLR K-2)] and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played. Procedure When Group is Out of Position
  1. Referees will monitor pace of play and decide whether a group that is "out of position" should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made.

    If a decision is made to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a referee will advise each player that they are "out of position" and they are being timed.

    In exceptional circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
  2. The maximum time allocated per stroke is [specify a time limit such as 40 seconds.]

    [10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play: a) a tee shot on a par 3 hole; b) an approach shot to the green; and c) a chip or putt. (Delete if not required for your policy.)]

    The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach the ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction. Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.
    On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

    Timings will be taken from the moment it is decided by the referee that it is the player's turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.

    Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
Penalty for first breach: Deduction of one hole from the aggregate of holes scored.
Penalty for second breach: Deduction of a second hole from the aggregate of holes scored.
Penalty for third breach: Disqualification.
Until a player has been advised of a bad time, he or she cannot incur a further bad time. Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round If a group is "out of position" more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalized if he or she has a second bad time before being advised of the earlier bad time.
Pace of Play Policy. Rule 5.6b(3). See separate sheet for detailed Pace of Play Policy.
K-5
Maximum Allowable Time The maximum allowable time is the maximum time considered necessary by the Committee for a group to complete its round. This is expressed in a per-hole and aggregate time format and includes all time associated with playing the game, e.g., for rulings and walking times between holes. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes at [insert course name] is [insert maximum time, for example, 4 hours and 05 minutes]. The following procedure applies only if a group is "out of position." Definition of Out of Position The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered out of position if it is [specify when a group is out of position to the group in front of them (see examples in the purpose of MLR K-2)] and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played. Procedure When Group is Out of Position
  1. Referees will monitor pace of play and decide whether a group that is "out of position" should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made.

    If a decision is made to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a referee will advise each player that they are "out of position" and they are being timed.

    In exceptional circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
  2. The maximum time allocated per stroke is [specify a time limit such as 40 seconds.] 

    [10 extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play: a) a tee shot on a par 3 hole; b) an approach shot to the green; and c) a chip or putt. (Delete if not required for your policy.)]

    The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach the ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction. Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the next stroke.
    On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.

    Timings will be taken from the moment it is decided by the referee that it is the player's turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.

    Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:
Penalty for first breach: Verbal warning from referee.
Penalty for second breach: One-stroke penalty.
Penalty for third breach: General Penalty applied in addition to the penalty for the second breach.
Penalty for fourth breach: Disqualification.
Until a player has been advised of a bad time, he or she cannot incur a further bad time. Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round If a group is "out of position" more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalized if he or she has a second bad time before being advised of the earlier bad time.
Pace of Play Policy. Rule 5.6b(3). See separate sheet for detailed Pace of Play Policy.