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Hankley Common Golf Club

Local Rules & Course Information

Permanent Local Rules

1. ROADS, PATHS & TRACKS

All roads, paths and tracks are integral parts of the course and the ball must be played as it lies or declared unplayable (Rule 19)

2. FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS

All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a penalty 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 the ball and the hole, the player may take relief (Rule 16.1b). 

3. SAND WASTE AREAS

The prepared areas of sand on the 2nd hole (the first two areas), in front of the 3rd tee and to the left of 4th hole, are part of the general area and not bunkers.

Nb. - 2nd Hole - For clarity, there are four sand areas on the 2nd hole, the area short of the bridle path and the area just beyond the path are waste areas, the two areas nearest the green, (front and right) are bunkers.  

Temporary Local Rules

3. PREFERRED LIES

Preferred lies are currently NOT in operation.

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less , 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: 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.

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

4. LOCAL RULE 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.

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

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Areas of newly laid heather that are marked with white lines are to be treated as No Play Zones. The full wording can be found below:

5. RELIEF MUST BE TAKEN FROM INTERFERENCE BY NO PLAY ZONE IN ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITION

In each of these situations, the ball must not be played as it lies:

(1) When Ball Is in No Play Zone. If the player’s ball is in a no play zone in or on an abnormal course condition in the general area, in a bunker or on the putting green:

No Play Zone in General Area. The player must take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

No Play Zone in Bunker. The player must take free relief or penalty relief under Rule 16.1c(1) or (2).

No Play Zone on Putting Green. The player must take free relief under Rule 16.1d.

(2) When No Play Zone Interferes with Stance or Swing for Ball Anywhere on Course Except Penalty Area. If a player’s ball is outside a no play zone and is in the general area, in a bunker or on the putting green, and a no play zone (whether in an abnormal course condition or in a penalty area) interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or area of intended swing, the player must either:

Take relief if allowed under Rule 16.1b, c or d, depending on whether the ball is in the general area, in a bunker or on the putting green, or

Take unplayable ball relief under Rule 19.

For what to do when there is interference by a no play zone for a ball in a penalty area, see Rule 17.1e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 16.1: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a.


Course Information

EMERGENCIES

In the event of an emergency, after calling the emergency services if required, the club can be contacted by calling (01252) 792493.

Defibrillators - The club has two defibrillators, one located on the wall of the clubhouse, by the entrance into the rear of the clubhouse, near the 4th green, (keycode 1000) and one in the toilet hut by the 10th tee, (keycode 2014). 

HEALTH & SAFETY

General - Green staff and the public have priority on the course. the ball MUST not be played when they are in range. Green staff will give way when practicable, please wait until the way is clear or you are called through.

Thunder & Lightning - Players must take individual responsibility for their safety in relation to staying safe from lightning. Whilst the club will sometimes use a claxon to warn golfers and close the course, all golfers are reminded that rule 5.7a allows them to discontinue play and leave the course if he or she reasonably believes there is danger from lightning and we encourage all golfers to do so if appropriate. 

A link to the full health and safety documentation can be seen by clicking here. 

ETIQUETTE

1.  BUNKER RAKES

     After use bunker rakes are to be placed totally outside of the bunker on the T marked area on the  ground.      

2.  TROLLEYS AND BUGGIES

     Trolleys and buggies are to be kept out of all heather and are not
      to be taken between greenside bunkers and the adjacent green.

3. PITCH MARKS

    Please repair your pitch mark on the Green

4.  MEASUREMENTS

   On sprinkler heads in Yards - To the Centre of the Green.








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