Local and carts rules
We request that all players observe golfing etiquette, replace divots on the fairways and tees and smooth out footprints on the greens after their plays.
Play on the course is handicap-restricted: only those with a handicap of 36.0 or below may play.
We kindly request that players not enter the driving range from hole number 1, for their own safety.
Your play and presence on the Gray Bear golf course is at your own risk.
1. PLAYING TIME FOR EIGHTEEN HOLES
Playing time for 18holes (4Hours: 40 min /3 balls/; 5 hours 10 min /4 balls/.
2. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITION /Rule 15, 16/
a) Large ant hills on the course are, at the player´s option, loose impediments that may be removed under Rule 15.1 or ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
b) Damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs is ground under repair from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. But on the putting green, as an additional option, such damage may be repaired under Rule 13.1.
c) All areas indicated by white line or blue stakes.
d) French drains (small stone filled drainage trench).
e) Seams of turf covering drainage trenches and other temporary turf repair in the standard area.
f) All routs and paths on the course made of concrete (including new cultivated side / either soil or gravel/ on either paths), even if not artificially-surfaced (such as rails on upper bridges), are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
g) Green stakes indicating distances.
h) Stone piled in small pyramids.
j) Sheds and other buildings.
k) Advertising boards and flags situated in ether on or close vicinity of tee. In case of readily movable board or loose banner it is considered movable obstruction /Rule 16/, otherwise it is considered TIO.
3. OUT OF BOUNDS /Rule 18/
a) Hole 1 – driving area on the left side beyond the stone wall.
b) Hole 3,9,18 – area of the practice putting and chipping green.
c) Hole 6,11,15,16 – wire fence.
d) Hole 18 – course edge of approaching asphalt road and edge of asphalt path on the left side of the fairway and behind the green hole 18.
e) When a player´s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.
For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):
Size of relief area based on reference points (not nearer the hole, must be in the general area: anywhere between:
- A line from the hole through the ball reference point where the original ball is estimated to be, or point where ball last crossed the edge of the course boundary (and within two clubs´ lengths to the outside of that line, and
- A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two clubs´lengths to the outside of that line.
But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:
- The ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or
- The player played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).
4. HOLE 9
a) If the player does not know whether his or her ball is after a drive in the penalty area the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3. When original ball is found in penalty area within 3-minute search time: player may either continue to play the original ball in the penalty area or continue to play the provisional ball. When original ball is not found within 3-minute search time or is known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area: provisional ball becomes the players ball in play.
b) „The area within the red penalty area defined by red stakes with black top, on the right of the fairway on hole 9 is a no play zone. When a ball is in the no play zone within the penalty area, the ball must not be played as it lies, and relief must be taken from interference for the stance by the no play zone under Rule 17.1e.
On all sprinkle heads are marked in meters indicating. Distance is measured to the centre of the green by the air line. Green stakes with 1 white stripe – 100 m, with 2 white stripes – 150 m, with 3 white stripes – 200 m.
6. PENALTY AREA
Extra relief option: when a player´s ball is in a red penalty area (including when it is known or virtually certain to be in a red penalty area even though not found), the player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d or as an extra relief option. The player may drop original ball or another ball on the opposite side of the penalty area (not nearer the hole, in any area except the same penalty area, ball must come to rest in the same area of the course that ball first touches, when dropped in the relief area).
Penalty for playing from a wrong place in breach of Local Rule: general penalty under Rule 14.7a.
Players are required not to enter the driving range from the hole 1 because their own safety concern. Play and occurence on the golf course Gray Bear are at one´s own risk.
- Ride the golf carts carefully and safely; take care to avoid damaging the grass on the golf course.
- More than two people riding on a cart at the same time is prohibited.
operated by players’ caddies.
- Golf carts must not be operated by persons unaware of how to safely operate and handle them.
- Golf carts must not be operated by persons younger than 16 years of age.
- Golf carts must not be operated by players’ caddies.
- While operating the golf cart, stay as much as possible on the pavement and observe the directions shown on signs around the golf course.
- Golf carts are prohibited to be taken into the following areas, whether marked as such by signs or not:
– over inclined surfaces or sloping greens, tees or sand hazards,
– closer than 10 metres to the tee,
– closer than 30 metres to the green,
– in all unmowed grass areas,
– over wet sections of the course.
- In places where there is no pavement, golf carts should be ridden over low-mowed surfaces (fairways), with the exception of entering the greens. The directions shown on signage and in the preceding points of the riding rules should also be observed (especially the 30 m distance from the green). At the green the player must park at an appropriate spot in the direction of the next tee. From here the player shall walk to the green on foot, play his hole and then continue on.
- Players (operating golf carts) who do not follow the vehicle operating rules shall lose their ability to use motorised carts on the Gray Bear course during their future games.
- The six-seat sightseeing golf carts may only be driven on the paved sections of the golf course. They are prohibited all entry to grassed areas on the course.
- Golf carts marked with flags are not available to golfers, and special operating rules apply to them.
- In exceptional cases, taking motorised carts on the golf course may be prohibited.