IPGC Local Rules

- This edition applies from: 1 July 2015
- If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, or is unknown, the decision should be made in accordance with equity.
​- If a decision remains in dispute, the player should nominate a ball to be played as a second ball for the remainder of that hole. At the conclusion of the round the facts of the matter in dispute should be put to the organiser of the day for a final ruling.

Ants: Relief may be taken if the presence of ants is deemed to be threatening. Relief must be taken as follows: 
Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that ball may be dropped.

Ball Embedded: Through the green (the whole golf course, excluding hazards), a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark, relief may be taken at the nearest point of relief without penalty, and the ball may be cleaned when lifted before being dropped. 

Caddies: Players are reminded that under the rules of golf it is the markers responsibility to mark the score of another player during the competition and not the caddies.

Call Holes: Should not be used, unless a group of players outside the competition request to play up.

Cart Paths: Through the green, either man made or formed by constant use of vehicles, including tractor tracks, relief may be taken without penalty. The ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point of relief, in accordance with the Rules of Golf.

Distance Measuring Devices: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. 

Drainage Ditches: and any construction forming part thereof through the green are to be treated as lateral water hazards and relief may be taken under penalty. Exception; concrete ditches not marked as a hazard or lateral water hazard, the player will receive a free drop of one club length, not nearer the hole.
 
Drop Zones: Will not be used. Please refer to the rules of golf as to the correct procedure. 
Flower Beds and Landscaped Areas: Local Rules as per the card of the course apply.

Preferred Lies: This condition is automatically invoked whenever a course that ordinarily allows carts on fairways, restricts their use to cart-paths only. It may also be invoked by the organiser of the day. Under this condition, where a ball lies on a closely mown area, the golfer may lift, clean and place their ball within one club-length, not nearer the hole.

Putting Green: If a ball lies on an edging groove around the green, the player may, without penalty, lift his ball, clean it and place it out of the groove within 6 inches from where it lay, not nearer the hole.

Sprinkler Heads: If within two club-lengths from the green, on line of intended stroke, relief may be taken without penalty.

Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. 

Washed Out Areas: This refers to abnormal ground conditions caused by excessive water, through the green and in bunkers. In a bunker relief must be taken within the bunker. In other instances the ball may be dropped at the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole, without penalty. 

Water hazards: Unmarked and insufficiently marked water hazards are all to be treated as lateral water hazards, the margin of which is formed by the natural limits of the hazard, i.e. where the ground first breaks down to form the depression. 

Yardage Markers: All yardage markers whether man made or of natural materials are to be treated as immovable obstructions and relief may be taken, without penalty under the rules of golf 24-2, the nearest point of relief plus one club length. 

Note: A-5 sized plasticised (weatherproof) forms of these rules are available from your golf organiser