2016-2017 Conditions of Competition and Local Rules
The full text of the following Local Rules and Conditions may be found in the current edition of the Rules of Golf as published by R&A Rules Limited on the pages indicated.
SECTION A – LOCAL RULES
The following Local Rules, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Committee at each golf course, will apply until further notice to all Gecko Tour tournaments.
OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27)
Beyond any wall, fence or white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
- a) Where out of bounds is defined by white stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports) the line joining the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes or posts defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies over such line.
- b) Where any continuing or adjoining white line is in existence it defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or over such line.
- c) A ball which crosses a road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.
WATER HAZARDS (Including Lateral Water Hazards) (Rule 26)
Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines. Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stakes or red lines. When both stakes and lines are in existence, stakes identify the hazard and lines define the margin.
Note: Dropping Zones for Water Hazards
Where there are dropping zones for water hazards, a ball may be played under Rule 26, or a ball may be dropped in the dropping zone nearest to where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard under penalty of one stroke. When dropping a ball in a dropping zone, the dropped ball must not be re-dropped if it comes to rest within two club-lengths of the spot where it first struck a part of the course even though it may finish outside the boundaries of the dropping zone or nearer the hole.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25-1)
a)All areas bounded by white or blue lines or blue stakes.
- b) Grass covered cable trenches.
- c) French drains (stone-filled drainage ditches).
- d) Seams of Cut Turf – Page 129
e)Any erosional damage in bunkers caused by running water (wash-outs).
f) Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, including areas where spectators or other traffic has combined with wet conditions to affect materially the ground surface, but only when so declared by an authorised member of the Committee. When immediately adjacent to an obstruction, such an area is part of the obstruction.
ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS – Rule 25-1 Note
- a) Interference by a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.
- b) Relief is available for lie of ball or area of intended swing from any painted yardage spot situated in any closely mown area through the green.
Relief extended to “through the green” – Page 127.
TURF PLUGS ON PUTTING GREEN
On any putting green, turf plugs of any size have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16-1c.
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Page 130
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)
- a) White lined areas adjoining any areas defined as immovable obstructions are to be regarded as part of the obstruction and not GUR.
- b) Decorative landscaped areas (Flowerbeds/shrubberies and the like) surrounded by an obstruction are part of that obstruction.
INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE
- a) Wires, cables, wrapping or other objects where they are closely attached to trees or other permanent objects.
- b) Retaining artificial walls and pilings when located within water hazards.
PERMANENT ELEVATED CABLES
If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable, the stroke is cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5 (Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made).
Note: Guy wires supporting a temporary immovable obstruction are part of the temporary immovable obstruction, unless the Committee, by Local Rule, declares that they are to be treated as elevated power lines or cables.
Exception: A stroke that results in a ball striking an elevated junction section of cable rising from the ground must not be replayed.
MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS – DEFINITIONS
Examples include but are not limited to, free standing advertising boards situated away from teeing grounds, drink dispensers, all cameras and their tripods, TV microphones and crossing point indicators.
TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS – DEFINITIONS
Examples include but are not limited to: clocks, advertising boards and hole number distance indicators situated around teeing grounds and advertising boards fixed to other temporary immovable obstructions. All scoreboards are a temporary immovable obstructions.
Note: Through the green, when a player ball lies in, on or under a temporary immovable obstruction or so close to that obstruction that it interferes with his stance or area of intended swing and relief is required, he may proceed under any of the options available under de Rule, or if dropping zones have been marked, as an additional option, he may drop the ball, without penalty, in the nearest dropping zone.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES
Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes
SECTION B – CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION
The following Conditions shall apply under Rule 33-1 until further notice to all Gecko Pro Tour tournaments.
SPECIFICATION OF CLUBS AND THE BALL
List of Conforming Driver Heads (pages 137-138)
Any driver the player carries must have a club head, identified by model and loft that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by R&A. Penalty for making a stroke with club in Breach of Condition – Disqualification.
Specification of the Ball (Note to Rule 5-1)
List of Conforming Golf Balls – Page 138
PACE of PLAY (Note 2 to Rule 6-7)
In the absence of mitigating circumstances, a group is liable to be timed if it is in excess of the time allowed and in the case of second or subsequent groups, out of position.
The time allowed will be determined by the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR or CHIEF REFEREE and will be published on the official notice board. Out of position is defined as being more than the starting interval behind the group in front.
From the commencement of timing, if any player exceeds60 seconds, he is deemed to have had a ‘bad time’.
A player whose group is timed will have a bad time carried forward in the round even if the group subsequently arrives back in position or within time.
Penalty for Breach of Condition:
1st bad time — Verbal warning from Official
2nd bad time — Verbal warning and a 50€ fine.
3rd bad time — Disqualification and an additional 50€ fine.
Players will not be advised that they are being timed.
Timings will be taken from the moment it is deemed by the Official that it is the player’s turn to play.
In some circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.
SUSPENSION of PLAY due to a DANGEROUS SITUATION (Note to Rule 6-8b) – Pages 140-141.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. Page 136.
Practice Between Holes (Note 2 to Rule 7) – Page 141
This condition does not apply to pre-tournament Pro-Am or Match-Play tournaments. N.B. This prohibition includes rolling a ball on the putting green of the hole last played.
TRANSPORTATION – Page 142
(Exception: When permitted to ride by The Rules Committee).
RESULT OF THE COMPETITION – COMPETITION CLOSED
When the final results sheet is placed on the official notice board, the result of the Competition is deemed to have been officially announced and the competition closed.
RECORDING AREA, SCORECARD RETURNED
The recording area may include but is not limited to temporary buildings, tents or permanent rooms. Others may be defined on the official notice board. A scorecard will be deemed returned when a player has completely left the recording area.