Picton Golf & Country Club

Established 1907

Rules of Golf govern all play, except as modified by Local Rules 

Local Rule E-5:  Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds.

When a provisional ball has not been played, significant issues with pace of play can result for a player needing to take stroke-and-distance relief for a ball that is out of bounds or cannot be found. The purpose of this Local Rule provides an extra relief option that allows a player to play on without returning to the location of the previous stroke. 

This option allows the player to drop in a large area between the point where the ball is estimated to have come to rest or gone out of bounds and the edge of the fairway of the hole being played that is not nearer the hole. 

The player gets two penalty strokes when using this relief option. This means that the relief is comparable to what could have been achieved if the player had taken stroke-and-distance relief. 

Please note the following:

  1. Local Rule E-5 is in use for the entire golf course.
  2. Local Rule E-5 will not be in effect for any club matches or for the club championship.
  3. Scores obtained using this local rule are valid for handicap purposes, and must be posted as normal.
  4. This alternative may not be used for an unplayable ball or for a ball known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area.

Local Rule F-9.2: Allows for free relief under Rule 16.1b for specified interference to the ball from exposed tree roots. This rule is applied to the general area including the fairway and the first cut of the rough.

Additional local rules pertaining the course are:

  1. A ball striking any overhead hydro or telephone wire must be replayed as nearly as possible from its original lie. No penalty.
  2. Safety Screen on holes 9, 10 and 17, on course shelters and relief facilities,  railway tie cribbing at tees 14 and 18, and irrigation control units are immovable obstructions. If such obstructions interfere with your stance or swing, you are permitted to lift and drop your ball within one club length of the nearest point free of interference, as defined, without crossing over, through or under the obstruction. No penalty.
  3. A ball entering the parking lot is deemed out of bounds.