Recently I wrote a piece on the subject addressed to The Club Captain and Women's Captain.
I am pretty certain the Women's Captain will send this to the women members via a regular newsletter.
What the Club Captain might do with it I have no idea.
My experience at my Club is women take the Rules quite seriously and try to do the right thing. They seem willing to learn.
I hope it may help some of the people who face the difficulties of managing Rules on courses which are far from pristine.
It runs to several paragraphs. Be ready. There as more than a question some dispute was on.
"I am writing this because of a question I was asked. Preferred Lies are not always straightforward.
When you use the Specimen Local Rule correctly in a truncated manner the Local Rule reads like this
“ Preferred lies (distance) on Close-Mown Areas, Through the Green, refer Specimen Local Rule Appendix 1-3b”
Unfortunately so many players can’t understand ‘Closely-Mown Areas, Through the Green” means essentially fairways. Many players start preferring the ball in the rough as well as fairways, they get fixated on “Through the Green”.
Because of this it became common practice here to simply state “Preferred Lies 30 centimetres on Closely-Mown Areas”.
The Note in the Specimen Local Rule reads “ ‘ Closely-Mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.”
The target area is fairways.
In a perfect world every fairway is mowed with good definition of the fairway by the mowers. The fairways are generally level and the turf height is quite consistent
In the real world the definition of fairway/rough is variable and the turf is somewhat uneven on the fairways due to humps and hollows. The turf can easily be multiple times the set blades height.
The intention of the Rule is to apply to all the fairway. If your ball happens to be in a patch of grass that is much longer than the mower blades are set, on the fairway, it is reasonable that a Preferred Lie applies.
This would apply to anywhere on the fairway. It is easy to see this on the main areas of the fairways but not so easy on the fairway edge.
It is then up to the player to do the “right thing” assessing the mowing line and decide honestly where the mowing line is in relation to the lie of his Ball.
Fairway height or less is not an absolute as pointed out above. Humps and hollows occur at the edge of the rough as well as in the main fairway areas."
Edited by languid, 17 April 2018 - 01:55 PM.