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    Major-San Juan Oaks

    Local Rules Changes

    Local Rules Key Update is for "Landscape Areas" so please educate yourself on the new rule.  The Men's Club also continues to play the area on the left side of the fairway on #9 as "through the green".  So we don't recognize the red stakes.  Play it as it lies if you find your ball, but remember you can move "loose debris" without incurring a penalty.  If you can't find your ball, then you must replay from the Tee Box.  So hit a provisional ball if you're not sure.

     

    If you have any questions about the rules, please send me a note and I'll do my best to answer it myself or get help from the NCGA.  If you're interested in learning more about the rules, here is a great website.

     

     

    As Handicap Chairman, I'd like to also remind you to please post your scores as you play them.  This year the NCGA has started reporting handicaps twice a month (1st and 15th of each month) to get the most up to date representation of each players index.  So don't wait to the end of the month to input your scores!  I'm watching...

     

    Some additional information on the new "Groove" rule...  I asked the NCGA when they would require players to abide by the new groove rule for NCGA events.  Here's their answer:

     

    The earliest the NCGA would require the new grooves for competition is 2014.  The only time you would be required to play with the new grooves in 2010 is if you are trying to qualify for the US Open or Senior Open.  For the US Open you would only need the if you advanced beyond local qualifying. 


    Hole #9 - Red Hazard Stakes left of fairway

    According the USGA, red hazard stakes are used to identify water hazards and last we checked there wasn't any evidence of water defying gravity up on the hill side.  This season, we will not be playing the left side of Hole #9 as a water hazard.  Keep in mind that the red stakes will still be there, but our Men's Club will not be playing the hill side as a water hazard.

    What this means is that if you hit your ball up on the hill side and cannot find your golf ball, you must declare a lost ball.  It is a good idea to play a provisional ball if you hit your ball up on that hill side to avoid having to go back to the tee and re-hit thus affecting our pace of play.

    Remember that since we aren't playing this as a hazard, you can remove loose impediments without penalty.

    The drop zone on Hole #9 is only in play if your ball goes through the end of the fairway and into the ravine marked by yellow hazard stakes. It must be known or virtually certain that the ball traveled through the end of the fairway in order for a competitor to be able to utilize the drop zone.

    Drop Zones

    There are several holes on the golf course where you can utilize drop zones.  However several of our drop zones in the past have provided a considerable advantage to the player.  For example, on Hole #5, if you are teeing off from the blue tees and you blow your ball right off the tee and into the trees right of the creek, many players used the drop zone as their next playing point.  This allowed the player to advance 200 yards out from the green, when in reality the ball last crossed the hazard only a few yards off the tee box.  This is an inequitable ruling.

    The golf course Superintendent has agreed to add additional drop zones on several holes on the golf course, notably holes number 3, 5 and 8. A player can utilize a drop zone that is nearest the point where the ball crossed the hazard, provided the drop zone is no nearer the hole than where the ball crossed the hazard.

    Keep in mind that drop zones are an additional option to following Rule 26 - Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards).  They are not mandatory.


    Landscape Area - Any area on the golf course where sprinkler lines (with or without white caps) are visible and is not deemed a hazard or Out of Bounds.

    If your ball is deemed to be within a Landscape Area, you must play the ball as it lies.   

    If your ball is in the middle of a bush and /or is Unplayable, then follow Rule 28 under penalty of one stroke.

    If a sprinkler line (or other immovable obstruction) interferes with your stance or your swing path, then follow Rule 24-2, and you 
    must drop your ball (without penalty).  If it comes to rest in a bush after dropping, and less than two club lengths from where you dropped, you must play the ball as it lies.  If it ends being Unplayable, then follow Rule 28 under penalty of one stroke.

     

    Rule 24-2.  Immovable Obstruction

     a. Interference

    Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player's ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

     b. Relief

    Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows:

    (i)Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the immovable obstruction and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

    The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule.

    Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than an immovable obstruction or (b) interference by an immovable obstruction would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

     

    Rule 28. Ball Unplayable

    Definitions

    A player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

    If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:

    ·      Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

    ·      Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; OR

    ·         Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

    If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.

    When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

    Penalty for Breach of Rule:

    Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

    26-1. Relief for Ball in Water Hazard

    It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the hazard. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.

    If a ball is in a water hazard or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in a water hazard (whether the ball lies in water or not), the player may under penalty of one stroke:

    a. Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

    b. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped; or

    c. As additional options available only if the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than (i) the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard or (ii) a point on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistant from the hole.

    When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.



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