At Dunham Forest Golf Club, we follow local rules:
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27)
A ball is out of bounds if it lies:
a) Beyond the perimeter of the course.
b) Over the fences on the 1st, 4th and 14th holes.
c) On or over the path or white line/stakes behind the green when playing the 4th hole.
2. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24)
a) Building foundations within the trees.
b) The tarmac approach, concrete walls and guard rails of the reservoir on the 14th hole. (When a ball lies on the tarmac entrance to the reservoir relief may also be taken by dropping the ball at the side adjoining the 14th fairway, within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole.)
3. LATERAL HAZARDS (Rule 26)
Marked by red stakes and/or a red line
a) On the left of the 8th hole.
b) On the left of the 17th green.
4. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)
a) Deep ruts and deep tyre marks made by greenkeeping equipment.
b) All areas circled by white lines.
c) The practice putting green is a “wrong green” and relief must be taken (4th hole-Out of Bounds).
5. MARKED AREA ON THE 14TH HOLE
A ball lying in the marked area in front of the railings on the 14th hole where the railings do not interfere with the stance or swing may be dropped in the dropping zone (20 yards behind).
6. SLOPE ON 16th HOLE DOWN FROM THE RESERVOIR
A ball lying on the slope leading down from the reservoir on the 16th hole that lies within the area designated by blue posts and blue lines may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point of level ground no nearer the hole without penalty. (This will usually require going back up the slope)
7. SPRINKLER HEADS (Appendix 1 Part B-5)
All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and such an 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 as follows:
The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies. Loose impediments may be removed from bunkers. If the ball moves, penalty one stroke (Rule 18-2)
9. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES
If a staked tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing the ball MUST be lifted without penalty and dropped in accordance with the procedure described in Rule 24-2B(I). The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
10. MOVED BALL (Rules 18-2,18-3,20-1 modified)
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is moved accidentally by the player, his partner, his opponent or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced. If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved naturally, such as by the wind or gravity, the ball must be played from its new location. A ball-marker must be replaced.