Local Rules

SOUTH SHIELDS GOLF CLUB – LOCAL RULES (Issued May 2015, New Rule Added July 2017)

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27).

(a) Beyond any of the fences and walls forming the course boundaries.

(b) Beyond the line of white posts to the left side of the 18th hole and also on or over the path to the rear of the 18th green which extends beyond the practice putting green and the first tee.

(c) On or over the path leading to the Ladies locker room.

Note. Both (b) and (c) are defined either with white posts, lines or markings.


2. OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24).

(a) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1), relief must be taken under Rule 24-1.

(b) Relief from immovable obstructions is obtained under Rule 24-2.

(c) Immovable obstructions within 2 club lengths of the putting green. If a ball lies through the green 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.

(d) All artificially surfaced paths (and sides).

(e) Yellow wooden way markers on public right of way across the course.

(f) All stone/wood tee markers. Rule 24-2b(i).

(g) Large rocks (bedrock) breaking through the surface of the course are immovable obstructions. Rule 24-2 applies.

(h) The rockery and flower bed, which includes the hedge, to the rear of the first tee.

(i) Wooden steps into bunkers Rule 24-2 applies.


3. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE (Rules 24 and 33-2a).

(a) All internal walls.

(b) All paths that are not artificially surfaced.

Note. In both cases the ball must be played as it lies or be declared ‘unplayable’ under Rule 28.


4. OVERHEAD WIRES or CABLES (Decision 33-8/13).

If a ball strikes an overhead wire or cable at any hole, the player must disregard that stroke, abandon the ball and play another ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5.



(a) All areas enclosed within white lines and duly marked.

(b) Tractor marks. Deep ruts, not merely indentations, caused by course machinery are GUR.


6. PRACTICE (Rule 33-2c)

On any day of a stroke play competition or between rounds practice is permitted on the designated practice area situated between the 1st and 16th holes and to the right side of the 18th hole and also on the putting green adjacent to the 18th green.
Note:- During normal play the practice putting green, the green in the practice area and also the original 17th green are ‘Wrong Greens’ and relief must be taken under Rule 25-3.



For all play at this course, 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.


New Rule – from Jan 2017

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

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.”




The artificial insets are classed as an ‘obstruction’ within the rules of Golf 24-2 Immovable Obstructions as follows:

(a) Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his/her intended swing. If the player’s ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on their line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this rule.

(b) Relief: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not a hazard. The nearest point of relief may be off the putting green as provided in Rul2 24-2 (iii).

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