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Winter Rules 2018-2019 (Effective 5th November 2018)
‘A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green (fairway) may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, it must be placed on a spot within ‘1 club length’ (this is specific to SCGSC) of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green’.
See R & A Rules of Golf 2016: Course Condition
LOCAL RULE: GOLF BALL EMBEDDED IN THE ROUGH:
If your golf ball is found to be EMBEDDED in the rough, you can lift, clean and place, without penalty, as NEAR AS POSSIBLE to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. If this means that the golf ball is placed on the fairway, this is the ‘Rub of the Green’ and is permitted. R & A Rules of Golf: Embedded ball
The reason for this addition ‘Local rule’ is:
- Protecting the course.
- Fairness to all golfers.
- Request for this introduction last winter by several members.
- To maintain the speed of the round.