Local Rules Season 2022
Fédéral Hard Card :
the Sporting Committee decides to apply the Local Rules included in the Federal Hard Card of 1 January 2020.
These rules are applicable since January 1st 2020.
The following Local Rules, together with any additions or amendments published by Golf de Liège-Gomzé on the day of the competition, are applicable to any competition.
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Out of bounds (Règles 18.2)
A ball is out of bounds:
- When it lies beyond any wall, public road, fence, hedge, marker or line of white stakes defining the boundaries of the course.
- Between holes 11 and 17, if a ball crosses the road and lands on the course on the other side of the road, it is considered out of bounds.
- A ball is out of bounds when it lies entirely on or beyond any white line defining the boundaries of the course.
- When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out-of-bounds, the stakes identify the out-of-bounds and the lines delimit the out-of-bounds.
- All boundary elements (such as stakes and fences) are declared immovable.
Penalty areas (Règle 17)
Penalty Areas are defined either by yellow stakes or lines or by red stakes or lines.
When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a penalty area, the stakes identify the penalty area and the lines define the penalty area.
Note: Dropping zones for penalty areas
Where there are dropping zones for a penalty area, this is an additional option for a one stroke penalty clearance. A ball may be played in accordance with Rule 17.1 or may be dropped in the dropping zone nearest to where the ball last crossed the boundary of the zone. The ball must fall and remain in the dropping zone to be played in accordance with Rule 14.3.
Abnormal Course Conditions (Règle 16.1)
with the exception of the white lines delimiting the foregreens
- Any area surrounded by white lines.
- Any area surrounded by blue lines or blue posts: no play area.
- Gravel-filled drains, whether or not they are marked.
- In a bunker, any gully or gully caused by heavy rain is a Repair Pitch. The player may disengage by applying Rule 16.1c(1).
- Animal Holes: Interference by an animal hole with the player’s stance entitles the player to a relief under Rule 16.1.
- Second Hole on the Green: Interference exists only when the ball is on the green and the second hole is on the line of play. A clearance is then possible according to Rule 16.1d.
Irremovable obstructions (Règle 16.1)
- Pathways along or across holes 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13 & 18 are immovable obstructions.
- Sponsor signs.
- Areas marked with white lines adjoining any area defined as an immovable obstruction shall be considered as part of the obstruction and not as land under repair.
- Garden areas surrounded by an obstruction are part of that obstruction.
The player may clear the general area under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play and is :
- Within two club lengths of the green, and
- Within two club lengths of the ball.
Exception: There is no clearance under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
Penalty for playing a ball from the wrong place in contravention of the Local Rule: general penalty under Rule 14.7a.
Protection of trees and plantations:
Staked trees and plantations surrounded by plastic sleeves, plastic tubes, wire mesh or the like are prohibited playing areas defined as part of an abnormal course condition.
If the ball lies on the course outside a penalty area and is on or touches such a tree or plantation or such a tree or plantation interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his or her intended movement, the player must take a clearance under Rule 16.1f.
If the ball lies in a penalty area, and there is interference by such a tree or plantation with a player’s stance or area of intended movement, the player must either take a penalty stroke under Rule 17.1e or take a free stroke under Rule 17.1e(2).
Exception: The player may not take a clearance under this Local Rule if the interference from such a tree or plantation occurs only through the use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily normal stance, movement or direction of play.
Integral part of the course :
- The wood chips around the plantations.
- The post supporting the tree between holes 12 & 13.
- The rock on the fairway of hole 9.
Ravines in the bunkers:
Gullies caused by rain in a bunker are considered to be a repairing ground.
A ball lying in such a gully may, without penalty, be lifted, cleaned and dropped into the bunker in accordance with Rule 16.1c(1). The nearest point of full relief and the relief area must be in the bunker.
Bunker under repair :
Bunkers marked with a blue peg lose their status of obstacle and become “ground under repair.
A ball lying in a bunker under repair may, without penalty, be lifted, cleaned and dropped, outside the bunker, in accordance with Rule 16.1b.
Dropping Zone :
On hole 6, if a ball lies on the path around the fairway bunker, the player may, without penalty, drop a ball in the dropping zone before the bunker.
On hole 6, if a ball lies on the path to hole 7 AND in the area marked on the ground with white dots, the player may, without penalty, drop a ball in the dropping zone before that path.
On hole 7, if a ball lies or is lost in the penalty area, the player may, with a one stroke penalty, drop a ball in the dropping zone on the right side of the hole.
On hole 17, if a ball lies on the path around the green bunker on the left, the player may, without penalty, drop a ball in the dropping zone before that bunker.
On hole 18, if a ball lies or is lost in the penalty area the player may, with a one stroke penalty, drop a ball in the dropping zone in front of the bunker.
Start at Tee 10, Penalty Area :
If the ball ends up in the penalty area, there are two possible scenarios:
1 –You find the ball and play it as it lies
2 –You can’t find the ball, but you are 95% certain that it is there…
You find your ball but for whatever reason your ball is not playable, you will then have 3 possibilities of clearance with a penalty point:
A –play a ball again from the start;
B –perform a side drop;
C –drop on the “flag – entry point” line.
Traffic on the Hole 8 fairway
The fairway of this hole is often very wet…
In order to guarantee the quality of the ground, it is forbidden for carts to use it, it is compulsory to make the diversions by the path.
For players on foot, it is requested as much as possible, to stay in the rough!
Temporary Local Rule: application of “This day we place the ball”.
In the general area, a ball may be lifted and cleaned without penalty.
On any mown area at or below the fairway, the ball must be marked and placed back in the general area within 15cm of where it originally lay and no closer to the hole.
A player may move or place his ball only once and after the ball has been so moved or placed, it is in play.
In the rough, if permitted, the ball must be marked and replaced within 15cm of where it originally lay but no closer to the hole and must remain in the rough.
Note: It is compulsory to mark the ball (with a tee, pitch rest, club head, etc.) before raising it according to this local rule. (Rule 14.1) If not, a penalty of one stroke will be applied.
- See valves if temporary local rules apply.
- The white, yellow, red and blue marks on the fairway are located at 200, 150, 100 and 50m from the start of the green.
- The white lines in front of the greens determine the areas where trolleys and carts are prohibited. When these lines are dotted, they mark the prohibition for carts only.
Respect for the course
- No practice swing on the tees.
- At the driving range, it is forbidden to play on the grass. Any player accessing the grass area does so under his own responsibility and will suffer the consequences.
- Do not play practice balls on the course, on the putting green or in the approach area (Pros during lessons may use them)
- Carefully replace your divots everywhere except on the tee boxes.
- Rake and smooth out your marks in the bunkers.
- Repair your pitchmarks on the greens.
- Before playing, wait until the greenkeepers are out of range. In non-competitive situations, the grounds crew always has priority over the players.
- It is the responsibility of the group to keep in touch with the group ahead. Players should always be ready to play their ball as soon as it is their turn.
- Play “ready golf”, but allow your partners to see the shot you are making.
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