LOCAL RULES FOR SADDLEBROOKE RANCH GOLF COURSE – Revised 5-18
OUT OF BOUNDS: Homeowners’ property lines, walls, fences, streets and parking lots shall define out-of-bounds when white stakes are not present.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: All newly sodded areas, landscaped areas*, areas outlined by white lines, staked trees and embedded stones in the turf area are ground-under-repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies within the area or if it interferes with the player’s stance or his intended swing, the player must take relief under rule 25-1.
Cow, Coyote or Javelina dung, anthills, and damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs, are to be treated as Ground Under Repair. Relief from damage due to animal hoofs is restricted to lie of ball and area of swing and is not permitted for stance. Rule 25-1 applies.
EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground, other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. “Through the green” is the whole area of the course except a) the teeing ground and the putting green of the hole being played; and b) all hazards on the course.
STONES IN BUNKERS are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies. If the ball moves while removing the stones, it must be replaced, without penalty, providing the movement is directly attributed to the removal of the stones.
FRENCH DRAINS are immovable obstructions. Rule 24-2 applies. The player may lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
PROVISIONAL BALL ON HOLES WITH LATERAL HAZARD: If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the lateral water hazard on holes # 4, 8, 10,11, 13, and 16 a player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1. If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it. If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1.If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.
GREENSIDE IRRIGATION HEADS are immovable obstructions. If a ball lies off the putting green and the irrigation head is within two club-lengths of the putting green and is within two club-lengths of the ball and intervenes on the line of play to the hole, the player may take relief as follows: The ball may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole and b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
AERATION HOLES: Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or “slice” 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 or “slice” may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
If a player has reason to believe he is entitled to relief from this condition, Decision 20-1/0.7 applies.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.
TURF AREAS IN THE ROUGH WORN BY CART TRAFFIC OR ERODED BY IRRIGATION/SOIL ISSUES TO BARE GROUND*: A golf ball that lies** on bare ground within the turf area of the rough (between the cart path and irrigation heads*** bordering the desert) will be entitled to relief without penalty. The ball may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
* Bare ground to be defined as an area of soil completely devoid of turf or thatch.
**Relief from bare ground is restricted to lie of ball only and is not permitted for stance and area of swing.
*** Use the line created by the irrigation heads to determine if the ball lies in the turf area or in the desert.
DRAINAGE FROM ROADS: Portions on the course are designed for drainage using large rocks. A ball that lies in these areas and is in bounds is entitled to free relief of stance and swing at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. These areas are located on holes #’ 7, 15, and 17.