Local Rules at Rancho Park
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Match Play: Loss of Hole
Stroke Play: Two Strokes 

If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of a Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied.

Rancho Park Golf Club tournaments are governed by these Local Rules and NOT those on the back of the Rancho Park scorecards.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: When a player's ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, Section 3a is in effect. 

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes, and/or property fence posts; left of the road that borders holes 4 and 5; completely inside the driving range posts on #9; and on #18 (a) the fence and line on the ground behind the gren, (b) the curb on the right side of the fairway, and (c) the inside of the driving range posts where the curb does not exist. When defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. Players should proceed under Rule 27-1.

AERATION HOLES: The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, Section 3d is in effect. 

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: The protective fence on the left and right of #1, behind #4 tee box, and the driving range support posts and guide wires are immovable obstructions. Players may proceed under Rule 24-2b.

FLOWER BEDS: Free relief MUST be taken from all flower beds.




LEFT SIDE: If your ball comes to rest between the boundary fence and the protective fence on the left side of Hole #1 and is not Out of Bounds, the ball may be dropped, with no penalty, either (a) in the absence of a Dropping Zone, within 2 club lengths of the end of the protective fence closest to the first tee or (b) if a Dropping Zone is provided, within the Drop Area.

RIGHT SIDE:. If your ball comes to rest between the cart path and the protective fence surrounding the #4 green, you are allowed (by USGA rule) to take relief on the left side of the cart path (as you're facing the #1 green).

There is no Free Drop on the left side of the cart path from the protective fence on the right side of Hole #1 that protects the 4th green. You MUST follow the procedures under Rule 20.

If your ball comes to rest near the protective fence on the right side of the 1st Hole that protects the 4th green, you CANNOT pick up your ball and drop it on the first fairway without following the procedure for determining the Nearest Point Of Relief (Rule 20). Please note that in most situations your relief will be on the grass between the cart path and the fence itself. After completing the proper procedure for taking a drop, your stance may be on the cart path (from which you are entitled to a drop), however, the likelihood is that after completing another proper drop you will be obstructed by the protective fence again. To avoid repeatedly obtaining relief from the two obstructions, as an additional option, a Dropping Zone may be provided on the right side of Hole #1 on the left side of the cart path behind the 5th tee box. If so provided, the ball may be dropped and played from the Dropping Zone, with no penalty. If a Dropping Zone is not provided, then relief may be taken as provided above keeping in mind that the best alternative may be to play the ball while standing on the cart path.

HOLE #13

If your ball comes to rest on a cart path or curb to the left of the 13th green, you may, as an additional option, use the marked Dropping Zone located beyond the 14th tee box with no penalty.

HOLE #18

NURSERY AREA ON LEFT SIDE: If the area in question is not clearly defined as OB with boundary stakes, fence or white marking the area where the ball comes to rest must be considered in play and you play your ball as it lies.

Ground Under Repair (GUR): A ball that is in a GUR area may either be played as it lies or relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1. Unless otherwise advised, the Committee will only mark the course to indicate GUR areas for Major Tournaments. For all other tournaments any white lines purportedly marking GUR areas shall be ignored and the ball shall be played as it lies except for the following:

An area that has a sign that reads Ground Under Repair shall be treated as such. If the player elects to take relief from this GUR, it shall do so outside of the white line, rope or chain that identifies the border of the GUR. Please note that there are areas on the course that are blocked off by rope/chain, but do not have a sign indicating GUR (i.e. right of #1 fairway bunker, front left of #12 green, etc). These areas are not GUR, but have ropes/chains to keep carts off. There is no free relief from those areas.

There are other areas on the course that some believe should be considered GUR (i.e. deep tire tracks). As volunteers, we simply don't have the time to mark the entire course for each tournament. In addition, there are other stakeholders (women's and senior's clubs) that are way too aggressive in their markings of GUR. If you believe an area should be GUR, you can always proceed under Rule 3-3, play a second ball, and obtain a ruling from the Committee. In this case, it would be helpful if you were to take pictures of the area to help expedite a decision.


* The old temporary greens are no longer considered putting greens and no relief is permitted from them. 

* The fence at the back of Hole #18 is no longer a protective fence and is now a boundary fence.  As such, no free relief is permitted from this fence.  Players must proceed under Rule 28. Additionally, there is an OB white line on the cart path past the #18 green.