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With the very wet weather we’ve had this Spring, it may be hard to find an appropriate spot to place your ball – standing water being quite an issue!  However, when you marking the ball – please remember before you lift the ball you must mark its position.  Once having marked its position you must not roll it with the club, otherwise it’s a one-stroke penalty, so make sure you place the ball.

When placing the ball, you can only do this once…….so pick your spot wisely! If the ball doesn’t come to rest immediately Rule 20-3d applies and you can replace it.  This Local Rule is for closely mown areas only, i.e. when the ball lies on any area that is cut to fairway height.

Embedded Ball Through the Green

Courses can get muddy and wet over the winter period, which can result in balls plugging in their own pitch marks, including areas in the rough.  Under Rule 25-2, relief is available for a ball that is embedded in a closely-mown area.

Luckily for some, the Committee also has the authority to implement another Local Rule under these conditions which would allow a player who had a plugged ball anywhere through the green to lift, clean and drop the ball as near as possible to where the ball originally lay.