winter rule - embedded ball
The following temporary Local Rule will be introduced with immediate effect.
Course conditions, including mud and extreme wetness, may interfere with proper playing of the game and warrant relief for an embedded ball anywhere through the green.
Rule 25-2 provides relief, without penalty, for a ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in any closely-mown area through the green. On the putting green, a ball may be lifted and damage caused by the impact of a ball may be repaired (Rules 16-1b and c).
Note: “closely mown area” means any area of the course including paths through the rough cut to fairway height or less.
The following Local Rule applies to taking relief for an embedded ball anywhere through the green which is not “closely mown”.
“Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Note: A ball is “embedded “ when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g. grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).
1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely- mown.
2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything else other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:
Match play-Loss of hole: Stroke play-Two strokes.”
Chair of the Golf Committee