Local Rules at Rancho Park
Last Updated: 01/12/20

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. 

If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction (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 under Rule 16.1 per Model Local Rule F-5 stated in Section 8F of Section 8 of the Committee Procedures.


Members shall not play any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played in any RPGC stroke play event. If a practice stroke is played on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player shall incur a penalty of 2-strokes at the next hole, except that in the case of the last hole of the round, he incurs the penalty at that hole.

OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes, and/or property fence posts; all service yards; 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 green, (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, and (d) left of the low fence to the left of the fairway. When defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. Players should proceed under Rule 18.

AERATION HOLES: If a player's ball lies in or touches an aeraration hole, the player make take relief under Rule 16.1b (in General Area) or Rule 16.1d (Putting Green) per Model Local Rule E-4 stated in Section 8E of the Committee Procedures.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Includes concrete drainage swales, paved roads, staked trees, and the protective fences 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 16.

WRONG GREENS, APRON, AND FLOWER BEDS: Free relief MUST be taken within one club length of nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. 



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: 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 #4 green. However, in addition to the free relief options available under Rule 14 and Rule 16, a Dropping Zone is provided near the 200 yard marker on the right side of #1. Remember, a ball obstucted by the protective fence on the right side of #1 cannot be simply dropped left of 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 must be played 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 16-1. 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 20, 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.


Pursuant to Model Local Rule E-5 stated in Section 8Eof Section 8 of the Committee Procedures, when a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds (and the ball is not in a Penalty Area nor has a Provisional Ball been played), the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

>> For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or a substituted ball in the relief area (see Rule 14.3) between Two Estimated Reference Points.

>> The first is the Ball Reference Point (i.e. where the original ball is estimated to (a) have come to rest on the course, or (b) last crossed into out of bounds.)

>> The second is the Fairway Reference Point (i.e. the point on the fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the Ball Reference Point, but is not nearer the hole than the Ball Reference Point).

>> The Relief Area is anywhere between a line from the hole through the ball reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (or within two club- lengths to the outside of that line).

>> A diagram clearly illustrating this new Local Rule can be found here.


* 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.  If a player chooses to take relief, he must proceed under Rule 19. Additionally, there is an OB white line on the cart path past the #18 green.