Local Rule - Preferred Lies
We are now in the realms of Preferred Lies commonly known as Winter Rules.
Here's a reminder of the Rule...
A ball lying on a closely mown area through the green may be lifted
without penalty and cleaned.
Before lifting the ball, the player must mark
Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within 6
inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay,
that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been
placed (Rule 20-4).
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.`
(It also says..If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it
is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the
spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty
and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other
Note: ’Closely Mown Area” means any area of the course, including paths
through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
It does not mean in the rough.
Penalty for breach of Local Rule: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play –
If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no
additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied