At every rules course I’ve ever
been to, the first and most important statement goes something like this.....”If you read nothing else in the rule book,
read the definitions. You will learn a lot!”
In the new rule book, the
definitions are, unfortunately, hidden at the back, starting on page 135. It is
worth checking them out every so often.
Here are two that have caused
concern in recent weeks.
1.The teeing area. This is the area you
must play from at the start of each hole. The teeing area is a rectangle that
is two club-lengths deep, where the
front edge of the rectangle is the line between the forward-most points of the
two tee markers and the side edges are defined by the lines back from the
outside points of the tee-markers. (It does not mean the whole raised teeing
ground.....the rest of this is in the general area.)
2.The general area (formerly “through the
green”). This is the area of the course that covers all of the course except the other four defined areas as
follows 1. the teeing area of the hole you are playing, 2. all penalty
areas, 3. all bunkers and 4. the putting green of the hole you are playing. All
other teeing locations and all other greens are part of the general area.
There is no specific mention of
fairway and rough in the rules. They are both part of the general area, but you
will see reference to these areas in local rules such as the preferred
At Breakers, we usually have preferred lies on
fairways only. In this case, you may prefer your lie if your ball lies on
the fairway. However, if you are close to the edge of the fairway, there is
nothing to stop you from preferring onto a nice lie just in the rough as the
rule states that you can prefer onto any part of the general area.
Similarly, we occasionally have
preferred lies in the general area (formerly through the green). In this case,
if you are just in the rough, you may choose to prefer your ball onto the
Note: Occasionally you will see that
the preferred lie local rule at other clubs is more restrictive eg. If on the
fairway, you must prefer onto the fairway but this is not the case at Breakers.
CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE HUGHES...HOLE IN ONE 13TH.
This is always a highlight and, once again, word spread like wildfire. All reports suggest it looked like going in the hole from the moment she hit it!! Is she on a roll or what? This follows up two outstanding days at Toukley, where Michelle was the overall nett winner for Division One for the 36 hole event. What a week!!
Considering the weather forecast, we were very lucky to even be out there today and managed to finish without getting wet.
Although we now only have red penalty areas at Breakers, you
need to know the rule for Yellow penalty areas as well in case you come across
one at another course (eg Toukley) so...
Relief for ball in Yellow Penalty Area(this has not changed!)
1.Stroke and distance relief.Go back and hit from where you played the
previous stroke for a one stroke penalty (One club length relief area from the
original point in the general area)
2.Back on the Line relief.The reference line is the line from where the
ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area to the flag. You may go back as
far as you like on the line. (One club length relief area from the chosen point
in the general area)
The above two options are also available for all Red Penalty Areas
(this has also not changed!)
For Red Penalty Areas
there is still this additional option
3.Lateral relief. You may take two club lengths
relief from the reference point, where the ball last crossed the edge of
the penalty area. It must not be nearer the hole.
As an example, on our 3rd hole, you may sometimes
prefer to use option 2 above as that may take you back to a good lie on the
fairway whereas you might get a poor lie if you choose to drop using option 3.
It is important to
note that you can no longer take relief on the opposite side of a red penalty
area, UNLESS there is a local rule allowing this option. This is the case on
our 4th hole.
You can drop on the fairway side even if you didn’t cross on
that side BUT....NOT WHERE IT FINISHED!!!You must estimate the point on the opposite side that is the same
distance from the flag as the point where your ball last crossed the edge of
the penalty area and drop within two club lengths of that point, no nearer
NOTE: Changes when dropping. As well as dropping from
knee height, another very important change when dropping is that the ball must finish
within the relief area. It can no longer roll two club lengths out of the relief
PLEASE CHECK YOUR RULE BOOK (RULE 17 page 104) for further
information and diagrams.
If you still aren’t sure, please ask for clarification as
these rules come up just about every time we play at Breakers so it is
important for us all to know the correct procedures.