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Preferred Lies Notification 2019

 Winter Rules From January 2019


As CONGU have now asked each Home Union or Area Authority to define the period within which the use of preferred lies is allowed, the Essex Golf Union has decided to follow England Golf and keep this as 1st October to 30th April.
During this period Clubs Do Not require permission from the County Union to invoke the operation of preferred lies.

The ‘New Rules of Golf’ come into effect from 1st January 2019, and it is therefore necessary to review/amend the wording of your local rules.

The following local rule wording is recommended:

When a player’s ball lies on a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, it may be lifted once without penalty, and may be cleaned. They must replace the original ball, or another, on a spot within a relief area.

  • Reference Point: The spot of the original ball.
  • Relief Area: The size of the relief area is up to 6 inches (150 mm) from the reference point, not nearer the hole than the reference point, and which is 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 the ball under rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule: General Penalty (Matchplay: loss of hole, Strokeplay: two stroke penalty)

Note: When lifting a ball it is recommended that a player marks the position of the ball to establish a fixed reference point.

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