1. Out of Bounds
a. Beyond any fence, hedge and white posts that border the course.
b. 1st and 2nd hole – a ball that lies on or to the left of the road.
c. 18th hole – a ball that lies on or to the right of the road, the pathway at the
back of the green, the patio areas.
2. Immovable Obstructions – Rule 16.1
a. Artificially surfaced areas (gravel, concrete, tarmac).
b. All sprinkler heads, pipes and covers for the watering system.
c. All wooden seats, fixed course furniture and waste bins.
d. Man-made steps.
e. Small bricked wall in the left hand rough on the 9th.
f. All staked trees.
In addition if the ball lies in the general area and an immovable obstruction,
on or within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club
lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between ball and hole, the
ball may be lifted and dropped at the reference point where the ball is a) not
nearer the hole, b) avoids the intervention and c) is not on the putting green. Rule 16.1b
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 15.2.
4. Tractor Marks, Drainage Works, GUR
A ball that lies in a tractor mark or drainage work, may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club length of the reference point. Rule 16.1 Relief for a ball lying in GUR MUST be taken.
5. Penalty Areas
As defined by yellow stakes or red stakes Rule 17.1d.
If the player does not know whether the ball is in the penalty area (holes 2, 6,
14, 16) a provisional ball may be played under the options in Rule 17.1d (2) & (3).
If the original ball is found outside the penalty area, the player must continue to play with it. If the ball is found in the penalty area, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally. If the ball is
not found within a three minute search time or it is known or virtually certain to
be in the penalty area – the provisional ball becomes the ball in play.
6. Drop Zones
If a ball in is in the penalty area behind the 7th and 13th greens, 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 under penalty of one stroke may:
a. Take relief under rule 17.1.
b. Drop a ball in the dropping zone furthest away from the hole. The dropping zones are relief areas under rule 14.3.