Our goal is to offer superior service to our members and visitors; therefore we follow a strict policy of implementation of rules in our golf club. All members & visitors must respect these Internal Regulations of Marbella Golf Country Club.
1. STONES IN BUNKERS
Stones in bunkers are removable obstructions. If, whilst removing the obstruction, the ball moves, it may be replaced without penalty.
2. STAKED TREES
If a staked tree interferes with stance or swing then ball may be lifted and dropped without penalty within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
3. OUT OF BOUNDS (OB)
Beyond all boundary fences, walls and white stakes/posts. Also the clubhouse, patio, car parks and flower beds. (Note: White stakes/posts may not be removed)
4. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTION
Immovable obstructions include artificially surfaced paths (including cart paths), drainage covers, green satellite boxes for irrigation system and internal retaining or decorative stone walls (but not boundary walls or fences). If an immovable obstruction interferes with the lie or stance or swing, the ball may be dropped without penalty within one club length of the nearest point of re- lief, not nearer the hole.
Rakes must always be left inside bunkers. If a ball comes to rest against a rake, the rake may be removed; should this cause the ball to move, the ball may be replaced without penalty.
6. DESIGNATED DROP ZONES
Holes 4, 5, 8, 14 and 15 have designated drop zones. If a ball played from the men’s tee enters the hazard to the right on these holes, the player must either drop a ball in the drop zone under penalty of one stroke or replay the shot under penalty of stroke and distance. Exception to this rule on Hole 4: if a ball lands in play before entering the red-staked hazard, the player may drop the ball under penalty of one stroke, within 2 club lengths of the point of entry to the hazard no nearer the hole than the point of entry - but only if it is agreed by the playing partner(s) that the ball did land in play before entering the hazard. If a ball played from the Ladies’ tee enters the red-staked hazard, the player may drop the ball within 2 club lengths of the hazard behind the long fairway bunker.
7. SITUATIONS FOR LIFT, CLEAN AND PLACE (OR DROP) WITHOUT PENALTY
A. Under Winter Rules, a ball coming to rest on close mown areas may be lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it originally lay, no nearer the hole.
B. A ball plugged through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped (not placed) within one club length not nearer the hole.
C. A ball coming to rest in a tyre rut may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club length, no nearer the hole.
D. If damage caused by wild boar interferes with the lie or stance, then it may be treated as damage caused by a burrowing animal. The ball may be dropped with- out penalty within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
8. NO PENALTY IF A BALL IS ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON THE PUTTING GREEN
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. If the ball was moved by wind, water or other natural cause (e.g. gravity), the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
9. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
Players may use devices that measure distances. However, devices that measure elevation (slope) or wind speed are not allowed. Penalty for breach of rule is disqualification.
10. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE
Unless otherwise stated in the Local Rule above, penalties for breaches are:
Match Play – Loss of hole
Stroke Play – Two strokes
Updated 19th April 2017