SOUTH SHIELDS GOLF CLUB – LOCAL RULES (Updated 16th January 2019)
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18)
(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 behind 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. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
(1) The following are immovable obstructions from which relief may be taken under Rule 16
(a) All artificially surfaced paths and sides.
(b) Yellow wooden way markers on public right of way across the course.
(c) All stone/wood tee markers.
(d) Large rocks (bedrock) breaking through the surface of the course are immovable obstructions.
(e) The rockery and flower bed, which includes the hedge, to the rear of the first tee.
(f) wooden steps into bunkers.
(g) Artificial hole inserts on the greens.
(2) Immovable obstructions within two club lengths of the putting green. If a ball lies in the general area
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 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 (i) is not nearer
the hole, (ii) avoids the intervention and (iii) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
3. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE
(a) All internal walls.
(b) All paths that are not artificially surfaced.
Note: In both cases the ball must be played as it lies (Rule2.3) or be declared ‘unplayable’ under Rule
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 14.6.
5. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 16.1)
(a) All areas enclosed within white lines and duly marked.
(b) Tractor marks, Deep ruts, not merely indentations, caused by machinery are GUR.
(c) The practice bunker to the left of the 16th hole is Ground Under Repair and relief may be taken under
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 13.1f.
Please note:- South Shields GC have NOT adopted the new lost ball rule, for competitive club golf. Normal stroke and distance rules apply.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES: STROKE PLAY – TWO STROKES. MATCH PLAY – LOSS OF HOLE