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#1 pom

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:25 PM

  There is always plenty of discussion on here about the rules of golf & how unfair some of them are but how about the local rules that some clubs put into place. In my travels I have seen a few instances of strange local rules & plenty of unacceptable ones. So here is an opportunity for members to post some of the strange local rules that they have seen in their golfing travels.

  At my last club , for many years. they had a local rule on a par three over water requiring any player that put their tee shot in the water hazard to take a drop in the drop zone that was 100 m closer to the hole. This was not an island green and there was 70m of fairway in front of the green that you could aim for if you could not reach the green.The reason for the rule was to speed up play.

 Another local club has a local rule in place giving players preferred lie through the green. The fairways at this place are as good as any in Qld at the moment but the local rule is still in place


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:31 PM

Who cares? Same rules for everyone so if it increases the enjoyment of the club members, i dont see the issue.
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:46 PM

Who cares? Same rules for everyone so if it increases the enjoyment of the club members, i dont see the issue.

Easier? Well lets look at the 2nd example. Definitely makes it easier for the players as long as they do not leave their and go and play somewhere else where their handicap, which is probably not a realistic reflection of their true ability, could leave them at a serious disadvantage.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 05:51 PM

Easier? Well lets look at the 2nd example. Definitely makes it easier for the players as long as they do not leave their and go and play somewhere else where their handicap, which is probably not a realistic reflection of their true ability, could leave them at a serious disadvantage.


Would having local rules such as that not naturally make the dsr lower which would reduce the impact significantly?

And it's only disadvantage the club members who choose to play there, it doesn't affect anyone outside the club

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:06 PM

I agree, Pom. There are heaps of dubious local rules out there, many of which go against the rules.

But as Itchy said, all in the comp are playing on those rules, so it matters little.

If a player ends up with a handicap that's lower than it should be, and he plays elsewhere, it doesn't affect anyone else.

The important thing is to always read the local rules and temporary local rules, particularly this time of year.
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:11 PM

I remember that old olinda course having preferred lies basically everywhere, that was crazy. We were playing match play and we would go bush looking for my opponents ball and once we found the ball in destination fcuked he always managed to find a lie he could get it in play from.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:14 PM

My course had a garden bed rule, whereby if you found yourself in one, you got free relief. This rule was rescinded in November.

It's had quite an effect...particularly on certain holes, like the 4th.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:27 PM

There should be a universal rule that if you lose your ball in that stupid blade grass you not only get free relief but if you can find the person who planted them you can punch them in the guts for being fuckknuckles
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:36 PM

Easier? Well lets look at the 2nd example. Definitely makes it easier for the players as long as they do not leave their and go and play somewhere else where their handicap, which is probably not a realistic reflection of their true ability, could leave them at a serious disadvantage.

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:38 PM

There should be a universal rule that if you lose your ball in that stupid blade grass you not only get free relief but if you can find the person who planted them you can punch them in the guts for being fuckknuckles





Oi karnt!!!!!!!! Do you know how hard it is to plant that grass blade by blade?????


Love the phrase fuckknuckle though .....!!!!!!!!
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 06:50 PM

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 07:27 PM

Oi karnt!!!!!!!! Do you know how hard it is to plant that grass blade by blade?????


Love the phrase fuckknuckle though .....!!!!!!!!

 

Should be a local rule that if your ball gets plugged around the 3rd green cause its soo fukcing wet you get relief. My ball was so plugged last week the surface had folded back over the top like a little trap door! 


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 07:54 PM

Should be a local rule that if your ball gets plugged around the 3rd green cause its soo fukcing wet you get relief. My ball was so plugged last week the surface had folded back over the top like a little trap door! 

If it was that wet surely casual water could have been in effect



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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:03 PM

I agree, Pom. There are heaps of dubious local rules out there, many of which go against the rules.

But as Itchy said, all in the comp are playing on those rules, so it matters little.

If a player ends up with a handicap that's lower than it should be, and he plays elsewhere, it doesn't affect anyone else.

The important thing is to always read the local rules and temporary local rules, particularly this time of year.
Preferred Lies might be a card length, a handspan, a club length, through the green or closely mown only.

How about a local rule ( not posted ) that if a player adds up his stableford points incorrectly he is disqualified.Sorts out a few visitors I believe.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 08:04 PM

If it was that wet surely casual water could have been in effect

 

Not really "water" just soft ground, almost muddy






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