The following Local Rules apply from 1 January 2019.

All local rules when being implemented must be applied before the start of play and apply until after the completion of the round or competition.

A1 Preferred lies

  • Own fairway only

When a player’s ball lies partly or wholly in the general area on an area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take relief once by marking the position of the original ball and by placing the original or another ball in the relief area which is no more than 15 cm from the original ball position and not nearer the hole. The ball lifted may be cleaned.

  • General area

When a player’s ball lies anywhere in the general area, the player may take relief once by marking the position of the original ball and by placing the original or another ball in the relief area which is no more than 15 cm from the original ball position and not nearer the hole. The ball lifted may be cleaned.

Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e apply.

Penalty for playing from the wrong position: General penalty

 A2 Paspalum

Paspalum, and only Paspalum, flowering stalks, but not leaves, anywhere in the general area may be plucked without penalty if they interfere with the stance or stroke.

Rule 15.2a applies.

Penalty for removing any other material: General penalty

 A3     Gardens

The gardens adjacent to the fourth green and behind the eighteenth tee are both an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken.

Rule 16.1b applies.

Penalty for any infringement: General penalty

A4     Staked trees

All staked trees are an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken.

Rule 16.1b applies.

Penalty for any infringement: General penalty

A5     Maximum score

The lowest maximum score that earns NO points must be taken in Stableford-only competitions, to speed play. When that score has been reached the player should not continue any strokes on that hole.

Penalty for infringement: No penalty

 

A5 Alternative to stroke and distance for lost ball or ball out of bounds

When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the relief area.

Rule 14.3 applies.

Walton Golf Club recommends that in the likelihood of a ball lost or out of bounds a provisional ball is played before the player proceeds.