SaddleBrooke Golf Club
Local Rules and Course Information
Play is governed by the Rules of Golf of the United States Golf Association and the following Local Rules.
Out of Bounds defined by property lines and the curbs of any roadway bordering the course, and within those boundaries, any white stakes and white painted lines on cart paths and concrete curbs.
Decorative Rock Areas:Any landscaped area containing decorative rock, including the rock bordered area behind the left side of the Catalina 6 green, shall be played as Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited, and you must take relief, without penalty, under Rule 25-1a and 25-1b. (Penalty for breach: Stroke Play -- 2 strokes; Match Play -- Loss of Hole)Any ball struck toward such areas that has not been found is to be played under Rule 25-1c.
Stones in Bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.
Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green: If a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and an immovable 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 must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt, the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. Penalty for Breach: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
Drainage Areas: Free relief, except in a hazard, under Rule 25-1b from all concrete drainage inlets and outlets, large rocks in drainage channels, concrete culverts and pads, and French drains.
Bridges on Catalina 5 and 7:The first cart bridge on Catalina 5 and the cart bridge on Catalina 7 are immovable obstructions under Rule 24.2 and relief without penalty is under Rule 24.2 b (i). On Catalina 5, the second cart bridge and the foot bridge are in the hazard and the player must play the ball as it lies, or by taking relief under Rule 26.1
Free relief from any concrete soil retention grids and attached bare dirt areas at the entrances or exits of concrete bridges under Rule 25-1b.
Drop Zone – SaddleBrooke 2:If a ball is in or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard on SaddleBrooke hole 2, the player may: (i) proceed under Rule 26-1, or (ii) as an additional option, drop a ball under penalty of one stroke in the designated dropping zone. (Note: The provisions for dropping and re-dropping of a ball in a drop zone are set out in Appendix I, Part A (6) to the Rules of Golf.) Penalty for Breach: Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two strokes.
Embedded Ball:A ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground through the green, other than in sand in an area that is not closely mown, may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as nearly as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule. Penalty for Breach: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
Ground Under Repair:Areas of the course marked with white painted lines are “ground under repair,” and relief may be obtained, without penalty, under Rule 25-1b. Relief is not optional for decorative rock areas, young trees (see below), or if the area is designated as one from which play is prohibited.
Young Trees:The area under, and within the white lines around, all new trees on the course is ground under repair from which play is PROHIBITED. If a player’s ball lies in any of these areas, or if a tree, or the ground around it, interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take reliefunder Rule 25-1. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this local rule. Penalty for breach: Stroke Play -- 2 strokes; Match Play -- Loss of Hole.
Aeration Holes:Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
Preferred Lies (Lift, Clean & Place):After adverse weather conditions or during periods of heavy irrigation after overseeding, the head golf professional may declare that “preferred lies” may be used on the closely mowed areas of any course and the following local rule shall apply only during that designated period:
A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green (or any more restricted area defined by the head golf pro) may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. “Closely mown area” means any area of the course cut to fairway height or less. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within one club length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on the putting green.
A player may place the ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply. If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it, or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke. Penalty for breach: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.
Distance Measuring Devices:For all routine play, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. A player is not permitted to use a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance-measuring device, but it must not be used to gauge or measure other conditions where doing so would be a breach of Rule 14-3. The penalty should now read Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – two strokes. For subsequent offense – Disqualification. See Rule 14-3.
Metal Spikes Prohibited:The use of shoes with metal spikes is prohibited.
Pace of Play:Under normal conditions expected pace of play is 2 hours and 5 minutes per nine holes. When the course is restricted to cart path only, expected pace of play is 2 hours and 15 minutes per nine holes. The course rangers are authorized to enforce these rules. Following are suggestions to speed play:
· Cary an extra ball in your pocket in case you need to hit a provisional ball.
· Think ahead and carry extra clubs to your ball so you will not have to return to the cart for a different club. Also take you putter when you are near the green.
· Plan your shot while walking to your ball or while others are playing.
· Mark your scorecard and return your golf clubs to your bag at the next tee and not the hole you just completed.
· Move along—talk while you are riding in the cart. When you get to your ball, be ready to hit.
· PLAY READY GOLF—If you are ready and no one is in the way, hit it, even if it is not your turn.
Gate System:This system utilizes a pair of gates to designate the entry and exit point from each fairway open to cart traffic. Please follow the following simple rules:
• Keep the cart on the path until reaching the entry gate.
• Do not drive to the first ball until after you pass through the entry gate.
• Remain on the fairway until reaching the exit gate.
• Keep the cart on the path after leaving the exit gate
• Red Flag Carts are the only carts allowed to drive in the rough unless otherwise
• Follow all posted cart signs.
• Some holes may be closed periodically to cart traffic based on turf conditions.
Lighting Policy:In the event of lightning all play shall cease. Players should seek protection n a large permanent building, fully enclosed vehicle, or lower elevation area. Golfers who continue to play when lightning is near risk serious injury and play at their own risk and responsibility.
Red Flag Policy: Golfers with red flags are allowed to drive on areas of the golf course restricted to other golf cars. Red flags are allowed to drive on the course on Par 3’s. A complete set of red flag policies is available in the golf shop.
Additional Course Notes
Out of Bounds:
White out of bounds stakes may not be moved under Rule 13-2.
There is no relief from the property line walls and fences, which are out of bounds. You may take a one stroke penalty for an unplayable lie due to a property wall or fence under Rule 28, and drop within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but no nearer the hole.
Poles and Hazard Stakes:
Distance and Gate System poles and red and yellow hazard stakes are movable obstructions under Rule 24.1 and may be removed without penalty, but must be replaced after your shot.
When both hazard stakes and lines are used, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin.
If your ball strikes a pole or gate, it is considered a “rub of the green,” and you must play the ball from where it lies. See Rule 19-1.
The Exception to Rule 6-6d is modified as follows:
Exception: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.
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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.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.