Preferred Lies

General Club Noticeboard : Preferred Lies

When we return to golf on Monday, we will be playing Preferred Lies on the fairways only, but not in the semi-rough, long rough or plantations. Players may place the ball within 6 inches, and no nearer the hole. This is a short term measure and we will send out a further communication when Preferred Lies are withdrawn.
Preferred Lies will continue to be in operation in bunkers as part of our Covid precautions.

The formal definition is included below and will be displayed in the Locker Rooms.

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another 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:
o Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
o Must be in the general area.
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.

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

PREFERRED LIES IN BUNKERS - Until further notice.
As a Covid precaution, to enable rakes to be removed from the course, preferred lies continue to be allowed in bunkers.
You may prefer the lie of your ball in the bunker, within 6 inches of its original position, no nearer the hole.
You must not smooth the bunker before taking relief.
Penalty for breach of Rule: General penalty – 2 strokes.

Any questions: please contact the competitions team at

Phil Tennant
Competitions and Handicapping Team

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