Local Rules RoG Rule 33-8; Appendix I Part A and Part B. Created 2011-11-13
In depth: RoG Appendix I Part A Local Rules: "As provided in Rule 33-8a, the Committee may make and publish Local Rules for abnormal conditions if they are consistent with the policy established in this Appendix. In addition, detailed information regarding acceptable and prohibited Local Rules is provided in "Decisions on the Rules of Golf" under Rule 33-8 and in "Guidance on Running a Competition". 
If local abnormal conditions interfere with the proper playing of the game and the Committee considers it necessary to modify a Rule of Golf, authorisation from the R&A must be obtained".
Note. Questions regarding Local Rules shall be directed to the Swedish Golf Federation (SGF). SGF may, in doubtful cases only, refer the question to the R&A.

RoG Appendix I Part B Specimen Local Rules:
"Within the policy established in RoG Appendix I Part A, the Committee may adopt a Specimen Local Rule by referring, on a score card or notice board, to the exapmples given. However, Specimen Local Rules of a temporay nature should not be printed on a score card".

The Swedish Golf Federation (SGF) uses two types of Local Rules:
General Local Rules confirmed by the SGF and are applicable on all Golf Clubs associated with the SGF. General Local Rules are intended to be used for a long time. The period of validity often coincides with the current Rules of Golf. The General Local Rules ought to be posted.
Local Rules issued by the SGF, a Golf District (GDF), a Golf Club or the Committee are applicable on a specific golf course. A Local Rule may be used for many years, for a short period of time or just for a single competition (Temporary Local Rule).
From GoRaC; General: Rule 33-8 provides:
a. Policy
The Committee may establish Local Rules for local abnormal conditions if they are consistent with the policy set forth in RoG Appendix I.
b. Waiving or Modifying a Rule
A Rule of Golf must not be waived by a Local Rule. However, if the Committee considers that local abnormal conditions interfere with the proper playing of the game to the extent that it is necessary to make a Local Rule that modifies the Rules of Golf, the Local Rule must be authorised by the R&A.”
Generally, Local Rules are introduced to clarify the course marking (e.g. clarifying the boundaries of the course, ground under repair, etc.) or to provide relief from local abnormal conditions that are not covered by the Rules themselves. Appendix I to the Rules of Golf suggest specific matters for which Local Rules may be advisable. In addition, “Decisions on the Rules of Golf ” provides detailed information regarding acceptable and prohibited Local Rules under Rule 33-8.
It is the duty of Committees to interpret their own Local Rules and, if a doubt arises about the applicability or interpretation of a Local Rule, it is the responsibility of the Committee to give a decision. The R&A’s Rules of Golf Committee, while giving advice on the drafting of Local Rules and considering cases where a modification of a Rule of Golf is requested, does not interpret Local Rules other than those covered by Appendix I in the Rules of Golf.
The R&A and the USGA Rule books contain identical versions of Appendix I. Consequently, it is possible for a Committee wishing to adopt the recommended wording for a Local Rule provided in Appendix I to simply refer to the Rule book. For example, if the Committee is adopting the standard wording for a Local Rule for immovable obstructions close to the putting green, the Local Rule could read:
Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green
The specimen Local Rule in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 134-135.” 

It is important to note that Local Rules may not be introduced or altered after a stroke play round has started. All competitors in a given round must play under uniform Rules. However, it is permissible to alter the Local Rules for different rounds in an event consisting of more than one round, although this should be avoided if at all possible".


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