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Wrotham Heath Golf Club

Local Rules

OUT OF BOUNDS

a) Out of bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes and fence posts.

b) The boundary on the 9th hole is defined by the course-side points at ground level of the plants forming the hedge.

c) During play of Hole 13, the area of the 16th hole cut to fairway height or lower.

d) During play of Hole 16, the area of the 13th hole cut to fairway height or lower.

e) A ball coming to rest on, or beyond, the road B2017 Seven Mile Lane is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.

PENALTY AREAS

The red penalty area on Hole 16 is defined by red stakes.

WRONG GREEN

In finding the relief area to be used when taking this relief, any Putting Green or Temporary Putting Green is defined to include the area cut to fairway height or lower within one club-length from the edge of the putting green.

ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1) include

a) All Roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially surfaced are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is available

b) Sleepers or wooden boards within bunkers

c) The bells on Holes 3, 6 and 15

d) Sheds and The Convenience between Holes 4 and 11

GROUND UNDER REPAIR

Ground under repair Rule 16.1 is defined by any area encircled by a white line.

If a ball is in an area of Ground under Repair 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 marked dropping zone if a dropping zone is available.

The dropping Zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3

NO PLAY ZONES

No Play Zones Rule 16.1f is defined by any area encircled by a blue line.

If a ball is in an No Play Zone including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the No Play Zone, the player must:-

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 marked dropping zone if a dropping zone is available.

The dropping Zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3

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.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.

PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES

The young trees identified by stakes 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.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a. 

FLAGS

White = Back of green, Yellow = Middle of green and Red = Front of green

YARDAGE MARKERS – to the centre of the green

Red = 100 Yards, Yellow = 150 Yards and White = 200 Yards

Players are reminded of the general public using the footpaths which cross the course. In the event of dangerous conditions and/or a warning klaxon being sounded, players must return to the clubhouse.

ADVERSE WEATHER / FOG POLICY

Every member has a duty of care to ensure that golfers, WHGC staff and members of the public are not endangered by their actions.

No golfer should commence or continue to play when a decision to cease has been taken by a Club official.

If you ignore the policy as stated, you do so entirely at your own risk and the Club will not accept any responsibility or liability for your actions.

Klaxon Policy

The Club operates a klaxon from the Professional Shop / Office when severe weather prevails and / or we have been made aware that lightening is in the vicinity of the course. This system is in accordance with the Rules of Golf Appendix 1-4 ‘suspension of play due to a dangerous situation’.

The following klaxon soundings apply:

a) Discontinue play immediately – one prolonged note of the klaxon.

In this situation players must cease play immediately and return to the Clubhouse.

b) Discontinue play - Three consecutive notes of the klaxon, repeated.

Players can complete the hole and return to the Clubhouse or take shelter on the course and wait for the ‘all clear’ signal.    

 c) All clear (resume play) – Two short notes of the klaxon, repeated.

Fog Policy

In the event of severe FOG, all play will be suspended until the white marker attached to the tree adjacent to the 9th green is visible from the Clubhouse patio. If the disc is visible but there is fog on the course, play may still be suspended at the discretion of the Head Greenkeeper or the Director of Golf.

The above policy will be administered during such times that the Office and/or Professional Shop are manned. At other times any decision relating to play during adverse weather conditions as described above is entirely at the players’ discretion and no responsibility or liability will apply to the Club.

Please note that the on-course shelters do not provide adequate protection from lightning.

The Board of Directors






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