As from May 20th 2022 the following temporary local rule is in force:

Areas defined by a white line (circular), where there used to be a tree and now freshly sown grass, is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f – (the rule also applies if the no play zone is interfering with swing  or stance).

Penalty for Playing a Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 16.1: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a


As of Friday 16/9 2022 temporary local rule for preferred lies within one scorecard is implemented. This means it is allowed to mark the ball and clean it and then replace it inside the size of one scorecard in the general area cut to fairway or less. The full rule reads as follows:

Local Rule E-3

“When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one scorecard length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a.