Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green (effective 1/1/17)
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”
Mobile phones may be used to obtain distance information but must not be used to obtain any other information that may assist play. Penalty is LOSS OF HOLE in Match Play and DISQUALIFICATION in Stroke events. SMS messages may be viewed only, and only between the playing of holes. Mobile phones must be kept on silent at all times if they are turned on. Phone calls may not be made during any club competitions except in the event of an emergency or to obtain rules assistance.
Distance Measuring Devices
Distance measuring devices are permitted in all club competitions. HOWEVER: they must be limited to measuring distance only. Use of any device which has the extra capability of gauging or measuring other conditions such as wind speed, gradient or temperature would be a breach of the local rule even if the additional functions can be switched off or disengaged. A mobile phone is not a Distance Measuring Device.
Motorised carts may be not be used in club competitions except by players 70 years of age and over. Exceptions to this rule may be made by a written application supported by a medical certificate, or at the discretion of the Match Committee.
Erosion in Bunkers
A ball located in an erosion washout in any bunker may be lifted and dropped within one club length in the bunker, no nearer the hole, without penalty. The ball may NOT be cleaned before being dropped.
TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES
Fairway damage caused by birds
The damage caused by birds to a number of the Sandringham FAIRWAYS constitutes an “abnormal ground condition” from which members MAY take full relief. This means that a ball lying in a damaged FAIRWAY can, without penalty, be lifted and dropped within one club length no nearer the hole. The ball may be cleaned before being dropped.
On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
The Match Committee, Sandringham Golf Club