Being so unique in the design of its course leads Beverley & East Riding Golf Club to have some extremely unique local rules. Posts and wires help keep the greens in immaculate condition and if a ball is to hit either the post or the wire then rule 4b applies ‘If a ball strikes any part of a protective fence around the green of the hole being played, the player may disregard that stroke, either abandon the ball or retrieve it and play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5′.
The post or wires around the green are treated as immovable objects and therefore relief can be taken in accordance with Rule 4b ‘Protective fence relief, for a ball lying outside the wire, relief will always be outside the wire, and for a ball lying inside the wire relief will often be taken outside the wire’.
Sharing the course with the golfers are often a herd of cows leads to the existence of a couple of Local Rules:
Rule 6a ‘Dung: If a ball lies in or touches dung or when dung interferes with stance or area of intended swing relief is taken under Abnormal Ground Conditions in accordance with Rule 25-1′.
Rule 6b ‘Hoof Marks: Other than on the putting green, damage that is clearly identifiable as being caused by animal hooves is ground under repair (Rule 25-1 applies). Such damage on the putting green may be repaired’.
For more information on local rules please refer to the back of the scorecard (as shown below).