Preferred Lies on Closely-Mown Areas and Putting Greens. RoG; Rule 20-1, Appendix I Part B 4c and Dec. 16-1 d/3. Temporary Local Rule. Revised 2014-11-27.
IN DEPTHThe Committee must decide on which hole/holes this Local Rule applies. When several (usually more than three) holes are in a bad condition the Local Rule should include all holes. The area within which the player must place his ball should be stated as e.g. one or two scorecards, 15 centimetres, one or several club lengths etc. To prevent misunderstandings the Committee should try to use the same area whithin which the player may place his ball on through the green and on the putting green

If a player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke, except when the ball lies on the putting green (Decision 16-1d/3). The player is not required to mark the area within which he must place his ball.  
 
Note: As an average, rounds played under this local rule, will take 15-20 minutes longer to complete.
Note: This Local Rule may only be used to provide relief for balls lying on a closely mown area through the green or on a putting green never in the rough. When the margin between the rough and a closely mown area through the green is vague the Committee may define the margin with a spray line.

In English. Suggested wording. This Rule shall always stand under its own headline. If the Committee finds that the players knowledge of the rules is adequate the three redcoloured sentences and the two Notes may be removed.

Preferred Lies on Closely-mown Areas and Putting Greens
A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green, whose limit in some areas is defined by a white spray line on hole ... may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within ... of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
A ball lying on a putting green on hole ... may be lifted under Rule 16-1b and placed on a spot within ... of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay. 
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or, on a closely-mown area, moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Note: "Closely-mown area" means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.
Penalty: Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes. If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied. 
Note: The EGA-Handicap Rules 2012-2015; § 2.6.1 states that rounds played with preferred lies may be used for handicapping purposes.
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