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These Local Rules are rules issues that are unique to the Sea ‘n Air Women's Golf Club at the Sea ‘n Air Golf Course. These Local Rules are established by the SNAWGC Rules Committee and are in effect at all SNAWGC events, except where indicated. Further explanation of the rules may be found in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, the Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, or the Rules of Golf.


Match Play= Loss of hole.  Stroke Play= General Penalty.

AERATION HOLES: If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:  BALL IN GENERAL AREA- Free relief is allowed. The nearest point of complete relief should be identified and a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area. BALL ON PUTTING GREEN- Free relief may be taken by placing a ball on the spot of the nearest point of relief. Interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play. (MLR 8E.-4)


BALL LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS: ALTERNATIVE TO STROKE AND DISTANCE:   As an alternative to stroke and distance for a lost ball or a ball out of bounds an option exists to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds, INCLUDING THE NEAREST FAIRWAY AREA,  for a TWO-STROKE penalty. The relief area must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point, and must be in the general area. (The relief area is quite large-it may extend two club-lengths into a fairway.) This option may not be used to take relief for the original ball when the ball is in a penalty area or the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance; however, it may be used to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is out of bounds. (MLR 8E-5)


MAXIMUM SCORE - SWEEPS & MIXED:  Rule 21.2 is in effect for Sweeps and Mixed events.  If the maximum score is reached on any hole, the player may enter the maximum score for the hole and continue to play in the event.  The SNAWGC Rules committee is assigning a TWELVE (12) as the maximum score.  This hole score is for the overall contest only and you may be disqualified from other contests affected by not holing out. (USGA Rule 21.2) Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) must still be used for posting to GHIN. (USGA Handicap Manual Section 4-3)   

Note: This LOCAL RULE may not apply in TOURNAMENTS.  Please check the Tournament Rules Sheet.


There two conditions that sometimes present themselves on SNAGC.
(Application of Rule 16-1)

  • There are often areas on the course that are too soft to stand on caused by water that does not drain.  The ground sinks under any weight.  These areas will be considered ground under repair (GUR), even if not marked with white lines. If a player’s ball lies in such a condition, or if such condition interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1: Abnormal Ground Conditions - Relief. The player may lift his ball and drop it without penalty within one club length, of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

  •  There are areas with dirt area, no grass, sometimes caused by wildlife but not marked as GUR.  Relief will be provided for all bare ground through the green. The ball must be sitting on dirt.  Rule 16.1 will be applied as above.

 NON-PLAYERS, INCLUDING SPECTATORS AND CADDIES:  Non-players, including spectators and caddies, are NOT allowed during sweeps and tournament competitions, unless specifically authorized by the event chairman. (MLR 8H-1)

PREFERRED LIES (WINTER RULES) (When allowed.):  A ball lying in the general area may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. The player must mark the position of the ball before lifting it. The ball must be placed on a spot that is within one club- length of that spot, not nearer the hole, in the general area. A player may place the ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed.

(MLR 8E-3)


SPRINKLER HEADS:  All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference from them may be obtained under Rule 16.1.  Additionally, under Rule 16.1b when the ball is in the general area and the sprinkler head, 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 the hole, the player may take relief as follows: The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which is not nearer the hole, avoids such

intervention, and is not in a penalty area or on a putting green. (MLR 8F-5)


TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTION:   Immovable groundskeeper’s maintenance equipment positioned on the course is deemed to be a Temporary Immovable Obstruction. Swing and stance relief is granted. Line of play relief is granted only if that line were available without the presence of the TIO. (MLR 8F-23)


WATER HAZARD (Hole #12, 14 & 17):  If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the penalty area (Hole #12; only the greenside water), the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in RULE 18-3, as modified by MLR B-3.

  • If the original ball is found outside the penalty area the player must continue play with it. 

  • If the original ball is found in the penalty area, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under RULE 18-3.  If the original ball is not found or identified within the3-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.