Local Rules 2019 for Otepää Golf Course
- Out of Bounds - Out of bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes. Holes 1,3,5,9,14,17,18.
- Penalty Areas – The penalty areas are defined by the line between the course-side points with red or yellow stakes. When a ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area on hole N1, N4, N8, N9 as an extra relief option adding one penalty stroke, the player may drop a ball on the opposite edge of the penalty area. See Model Local Rule B-2.1 for details of where to drop. As an extra relief option for the penalty area hole 7,16,17 adding one penalty stroke, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone marked DROP ZONE or DZ. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
- Provisional Ball for Ball in a Penalty Area
If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in the penalty area Hole 9, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:
In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), the back-on-the-line relief option (see Rule 17.1d(2)) or, if it is a red penalty area, the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)). If a dropping zone (see Model Local Rule E-1) is available for this penalty area, the player may also use that relief option.
Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.
In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:
When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:
- Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or
- Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.
When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. The provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play.
- Prefferred Lies - When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less , the player may prefer the lie within one clublenght. See Model Local Rule E-3 for details of how this must be done.
- Relief from Aeration Holes - If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole on the putting green, relief may be taken under Rule 16.1. See Model Local Rule E-4 for further details.
- Abnorma Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule16)- Ground under repair is defined by blue stakes or white line or a blue line. Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water, resulting in deep furrows through the sand are ground under repair.
All sprinklers, distance posts, pavilions, „next tee“ markers, fences and etc. are immovable obstructions.
The stone wall on hole 9 is integral object.
Pilings when located in penalty areas are integral objects.
The area left side on the green 15 & right side on 16 as an abnormal course condition
- Dropping Zones - As an extra relief option for the ground under repair hole 16, a player may drop a ball in the dropping zone marked DROP ZONE or DZ. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
- Relief from Cracks in Ground - Cracks in the ground in parts of the general area cut to fairway height or less are ground under repair. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
But interference does not exist if the crack only interferes with the player’s stance.
- Damage by Animal - In the general area, areas of damage caused by any type of animal are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.
But interference does not exist if the damage only interferes with the player’s stance.
- All Roads and Paths Treated as Obstructions - All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. As an extra relief option on hole N7 a player may drop ball in to lower DZ or the closest DZ.
- Concrete Darainage Channels - Drainage channels that are made of artificial materials and run next to cart paths are treated as immovable obstructions in the general area and are part of the cart path. A player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. Or use a drop zone if there is one.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.
- Methods for Stopping and Resuming Play
An immediate suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signalled by ONE long continuous sounding of the klaxon. All other suspensions will be signalled by THREE separate soundings of the klaxon. (Rule 5.7b) In either case, resumption of play will be signalled by TWO separate soundings of the klaxon. (Rule 5.7c)
Penalty for breach of Local Rule: The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which there is a breach of this Local Rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.