Heaton Moor Golf Club – Local Rules Updated April 2023
Only Hybrid clubs or Irons may be used when playing from the 8th Yellow tee.
Exceptions, if a player is completing a card for Handicap purposes they are permitted to use any club from the 8th Yellow Tee.
Out of Bounds
A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall, fence or hedge defining the recognized boundary of the course.
Holes 6, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 A ball is out of bounds if it is beyond the line between the course-side edges of the white stakes to the left of the 6th hole, left of the 9th hole (extending down the sides of the practice area) and behind the 13th green, 14th tee extending down the left of the 16th hole. The boundary of the course left of the tees on the 17th hole is defined by course-side edges of the white stakes adjacent to the pylons supporting the protection fence, all parts of the protection fence are “integral objects” (See Rule 8.1a) and No Free Relief is available.
Hole 3. A ball is out of bounds if it is beyond the edges on the 3rd fairway side of the white stakes on the right of the 3rd hole, this area extends beyond the front of the 4th green as defined by the white stakes.
Hole 9. A ball is out of bounds if it is in or over the ditch that runs on the right side of the fairway and green.
Hole 18. A ball is out of bounds if it is beyond the line between the course-side edges of the white stakes on the left of the fairway. Behind the green the boundary of the course is defined by the course side edge of the low wall in front of the Clubhouse. The boundary of the course extends along the course side edge of the steps to the clubhouse, the 10th tee side edge of the concrete path edging, beyond the line on the tarmacked path and the course side edge of the stones, painted white, at the rear of the putting green. A ball is out of bounds if it is beyond the course side edge of the white posts at the back left of the green.
All Penalty areas are defined by course side edge of red stakes or lines at ground level. Relief should be taken in accordance with Rule 17.1d.
Ground Under Repair (Normally marked by white lines or signs)
Relief in accordance with Rule 16.1b must be taken from any area marked Ground Under Repair in the general area of the course.
Abnormal Ground Conditions/Immovable Obstructions
Hole 4. The white stakes defining the out of bounds on the 3rd hole should be treated as immovable obstructions and relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b.
Paths. Relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b for any ball that is lying on a path or road with an artificial surface.
Bridges. Relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b for any ball that is lying on a bridge or penalty area crossing point on the 6th, 7th, 11th, 12th and 13th holes.
Protection Matting. Relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b when a ball lies on ground that clearly has plastic or rubber matting under the surface to protect the ground from excessive wear. (This does not include areas of the course that have become worn following use by players and Ground Staff where the ball must be played “as it lies”.)
Aeration Holes, if a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:
(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this
(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d. But 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.
Immovable obstructions close to the Putting Green and in the line of play.
Ball in the General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:
• On the line of play, and is:
• Within two club-lengths of the Putting Green, and
• Within two club-lengths of the ball.
Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of
play that is unreasonable.
Abnormal Ground Conditions- Public Footpath
If a player’s ball lies within two club lengths of the public footpath crossing holes 11,12,13,14,15 and 17 free relief can be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b. (The ball must not be moved nearer to the hole.)
When a player’s ball is interfered with by Goose Droppings a player may choose to either treat the droppings as a loose impediment and take relief in accordance with Rule 15.1. Alternatively, a player can decide to treat the droppings as GUR and relief taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b Relief from.
Interference does not exist if the goose droppings only interfere with a player’s stance.
Players may also remove droppings on the green that are on their line of play without penalty.