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Local Rules

Abnormal Ground Condition – Rule 16


General Area


In the general area, the following are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.

  • Areas of damage caused by badgers
  • Areas with grass seeded topsoil
  • Tractor tracks

General Area - Grass cut to Fairway Height

In the general areas where grass is cut to fairway height the following are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.

  • Bare patches of soil
  • Surfaces above drainage pipes where the grass has died back.


Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a


Badger Damage

In the general area, areas of damage caused by badgers are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.


Accumulation of loose Impediments

Throughout the course any ground with accumulation of:

  • Fallen Trees
  • Logs cut from fallen trees
  • Piled leaves twigs and bracken
  • Wood chippings

In the general area it is treated as ground under repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1

  • Seeded areas (Seeded ground NOT seeded divots) - in particular the areas where tree stumps have been ground out.

Play is prohibited & the player MUST take relief under Rule 16-1  


Chester Golf Club Local Rule – No Play Zone

1st Hole

If a ball is in the roped off area to the rear of the 1st green that was once used as a tee for hole 2, including when it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in this area, the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone marked to the rear of the first green

The dropping zone is a relief area under rule 14.3


15th Hole

The areas roped off on the 15th hole are no play zones that are to be treated as an abnormal ground condition. Free relief must be taken from the no play zone under Rule 16.1f


18th Hole

The flower bed to the right of the 18th green is a no play zones to be treated as an abnormal ground condition. Free relief must be taken from the drop zone.

The drop zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3


Dave Wells

Chair of Golf

1st May 2022

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Tel: 01244 677760
Email: info@chestergolfclub.co.uk

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