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SHORELINE GOLF LINKS

"Your position on the course is immediately behind the match in front.
Not immediately in front of the match behind."

The U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf govern all play, and are supplemented by local rules

LOCAL RULES

Summer rules will be in effect when the course is in good shape. Tournament Chairs will determine and post when Lift, Clean and Place Rules are in effect. Tee to green, a ball may be marked, lifted and cleaned, without penalty, and placed within 6 inches of where it originally lay, not nearer the hole.

BARE SPOTS
In the fairway only, the ball may be dropped within one club length on the nearest grass, no nearer the hole. No penalty.

WATER HAZARDS
Holes #4 and #11 are water hazards defined by yellow stakes. Hole #17 is played as a lateral hazard from the red tee. You may play the ball from the hazard without grounding the club - no penalty, or you may take relief under rule 26 1-a and 26 1-b. A drop area will be designated for water holes #4 and #11. You cannot tee the ball up in the drop area. ALSO, drop areas do not apply for major tournaments (Match Play or Club Championship) or Captain's Day Trophy.

LATERAL WATER HAZARDS
Holes # 1,3,10, and 12 are lateral hazards defined by red stakes or lines. Hole #17 is played as
a lateral hazard from the red tee. You may play the ball from the hazard without grounding the club - no penalty, or you may take relief under rule 26 1-a, 1-b, or 1-c.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREA (ESA)
Environmentally Sensitive Areas are defined as any hole, cast or runway reasonably believed to
have been occupied by or made by a burrowing owl. Play from there is PROHIBITED. Relief
MUST betaken pursuant to Rule 21 b or 25-1 c if located or lost therein

WATERFOWL FENCING
Fences and other devices which are installed seasonally to help protect greens from migratory birds are defined as temporary immovable obstructions. If a player's ball is located outside the hazard, the player is entitled to relief, not nearer the hole at no penalty.  If a player's ball is located with the hazrd,the options for relief from the fencing are: (a) a ball drop within the hazard, not nearer the hole without penalty. The player should drop the ball on the green side of the fencing, but still within the margins of the hazard. This may require moving a distance
along the fencing, in order to satisfy the "no closer to the hole" component, and where there is space within the margin of the hazard that allows swing/stance without interference from the fencing, or (b) a ball drop outside the hazard, not nearer the hole at a
penalty of one stroke.

OUT OF BOUNDS
Out of bounds (Rule 27) are defined by boundary fences and are located on the following holes: #1 (right.), #7 (right), #8 (right), #9 (right and rear), #10 (left), #12 (right and rear), #13 (left and rear), #15 (rear), #16 (left), #18 (right and rear). No relief from stakes or fences defining out of bounds.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR)
Do not hit out of GUR in areas where play is prohibited. Take complete relief, including fences surrounding GUR, at nearest point, no closer to the hole (Rule 25 1-b).

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
Immovable obstructions (Rule 24) are defined as:artificially surfaced golf cart paths and headers;
sprinkler heads; drainage ditches and irrigation control boxes; staked trees; 150 and 100 yard markers;manholes and related systems; the retaining wall on hole #10 is an integral part of the course. If a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows: the ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or a putting green. The ball may be
cleaned when lifted.

MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-1):
Stones in bunkers are defined as movable obstructions.

BIRD DROPPINGS:
If a player's ball lies on, next to or has feces adhering to the ball, the player may mark, lift, clean the ball and place it within six inches of the original spot, no nearer the hole.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES:
the use of devices that measure distance is allowed. However, the use of devices that gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player's play (e.g., wind or gradient) is not permitted.

RAIN OUT—DAY OF PLAY
The tournament director will call the ProShop to find out if it is raining at the course. If so and she decides to cancel she will let the Pro Shop know by 6:30 AM. If you are a starter/scorer, be sure to call and see if it is cancelled so you won't have to go to the course.

FROST DELAY
Members should call to find out if there is a frost delay If there is a frost delay, members must still arrive and check in by 8:30.No one will be bumped until after 8:30. The desk will then stay open until 8:45 and any reassignments will be determined between 8:30 and 8:45