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Chester Golf Club  Local Rules                                                                                              

Updated – June, 2019

Flower Beds: All flower beds throughout the course are NO play zones. . Relief is taken under Rule 16-1. Ball must be dropped within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, not closer to the hole. No penalty.

Equipment:   If a club is damaged it can be replaced if not caused by abuse

Yellow and Red Penalty Stakes and Lines: When a red penalty area is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a yellow or red penalty area is bounded by out of bounds, the penalty margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

Additional relief option:   When the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area on the left hand side of the fairway of Hole #4 as an extra relief option the player may drop the original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area that is the same distance from the hole as the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area.  Two club length relief with one penalty stroke.

French Drain on right side of Hole #4:  French Drains are gravel filled trenches designed to improve course drainage. Relief is taken under Rule 16-1.   Ball must be dropped within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, not closer to the hole. No penalty.

Public road between Hole #10 and Hole #11 is considered part of red penalty area – no relief given without penalty.

Wooden structure behind green on Hole #14:   This wooden structure is considered an integral part of the course and no relief is given without penalty.

Driving Range Netting:  Relief is taken under Rule 16-1.   Ball must be dropped within one club length of the nearest point of complete relief, not closer to the hole. No penalty.

Driving Range:   The driving range on the left side of Hole #10 has a designated drop area which is right of the driving range. Ball substitution is allowed.   No penalty.

The driving range is considered out of bounds from Hole #17 and Hole #18.

NO Play Zone (Green/Red Stakes) on right side of Hole 18:  If the ball is found in or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the No Play Zone., the player must, under penalty of one stroke, proceed under Rule 17-1. Play or searching for ball is not allowed in this No Play Zone. Relief options the same as red penalty area.


#4 Hole

The retaining stone wall (immovable obstruction/abnormal course condition) that is in the ditch on the right-hand side of #4 fairway is no longer in a penalty area. You can take relief from this wall without penalty if it interferes with your stance or area of swing. However, you MUST take complete relief at the nearest point of complete relief.  Nearest does not mean nicest so if your ball is in the ditch next to the wall when taking relief, you will remain in the ditch.

To determine the reference point (nearest point of compete relief) you use the club you will use to make your next shot. Let’s say you decide on a 9-iron. What direction can you move the ball? You can’t move it closer to the hole, so forward is out. Can you go left? Right? Behind? Using your 9-iron, try setting up for a shot (or picture doing so) in each direction. Make sure you are taking full relief from the wall. How far is it from these potential locations to where your golf ball came to rest next to the wall? The spot that is closest to the original position without being closer to the hole is your nearest point of complete relief. Tis is your reference point and you should put a tee down. Then to take relief you use your longest club in your bag other than your putter and you get one club length.

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