2017 – R&A Amendment to Local Rules

2017 – Adoption of R&A Amendment to Local Rules

The R&A have announced a new LOCAL RULE which clubs can adopt.

I am pleased to say that the Park Golf Club has opted to adopt this change to rules immediately.

It is a New Local Rule that eliminates penalty for a golfer who accidentally causes a ball to move on the putting green.

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1″ are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

For the full R&A details please use this link:


Hon. Secretary
Park Golf Club

Date: 10th February 2017