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.

DISTANCE-MEASURING DEVICES (NOTE TO RULE 14-3): The use of distance measuring devices is permitted in all competitions.

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 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 is in effect. 

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

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

IMMOVEABLE OBSTRUCTION (RULE 24-2) - The protective fences located on both sides of hole # 1 and behind the tee box of hole #4 are Immoveable Obstructions.



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.

If your ball comes to rest near the boundary fence past the protective fence on the left side, you may, as an additional option to those listed under Rule 28, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, within the Dropping Zone. In the absence of a Dropping Zone, one a flat surface within two  club lengths of the left edge of the flat area, no closer to the hole.

RIGHT SIDE:. 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 going through the procedure for determining the Nearest Point Of Relief. 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 beyind the 14th tee box with no penalty.

HOLE #18

NURSERY AREA ON LEFT SIDE: If the area in question is not clearly defined 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.


* 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.