Local Rule – Bunkers – Preferred Lies

Please note that during the current Covid-19 situation, where bunker rakes are not permitted to be in use, the following local bunker rule is in place at present.

The following rule is approved by CONGU and the R&A.

When a player’s ball lies in a bunker the player may take free relief once by placing the ball in, and playing it from, this relief area:-

  • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point:
    6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
    • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
    • Must be in the same bunker.
    • The area CANNOT be smoothed before placing

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Please refer to the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the General Penalty

 Ramsdale Park Management Team.