Starting on 8/1, the one club length relief in bunkers will no longer be in effect, whether or not a rake is nearby. Play it as it lies.



If a ball lies in the General Area and an immovable obstruction (within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball) intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1 per Model Local Rule F-5 stated in Section 8F of Section 8 of the Committee Procedures.



Relief must be taken at the nearest point of relief that is NOT on the putting apron.



Relief may be taken, no closer to the hole, when your ball lies in an edging groove near the putting green.


Members shall not play any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played in any RPGC stroke play event. If a practice stroke is played on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player shall incur a penalty of 2-strokes at the next hole, except that in the case of the last hole of the round, he incurs the penalty at that hole.


Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes, and/or property fence posts; all service yards; left of the road that borders holes 4 and 5; completely inside the driving range posts on #9; and on #18 (a) the fence and line on the ground behind the green, (b) the curb on the right side of the fairway, and (c) the inside of the driving range posts where the curb does not exist, and (d) left of the low fence to the left of the fairway. When defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. Players should proceed under Rule 18.


If a player's ball lies in or touches an aeraration hole, the player make take relief under Rule 16.1b (in General Area) or Rule 16.1d (Putting Green) per Model Local Rule E-4 stated in Section 8E of the Committee Procedures.


Includes concrete drainage swales, paved roads, staked trees, and the protective fences on the left and right of #1, behind #4 tee box, and the driving range support posts and guide wires are immovable obstructions. Players may proceed under Rule 16.


Free relief MUST be taken within one club length of nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. 




If your ball comes to rest between the boundary fence and the protective fence on the left side of Hole #1 and is not Out of Bounds, the ball may be dropped, with no penalty, either (a) in the absence of a Dropping Zone, within 2 club lengths of the end of the protective fence closest to the first tee or (b) if a Dropping Zone is provided, within the Drop Area.



You can NEVER take a drop to the left side of the cart path if you're taking relief from the protective fence on the right side of Hole #1. However, in addition to the free relief options available under Rule 14 and Rule 16, you may drop within two club lengths of the 200 yard marker on the right side of #1. 



If your ball comes to rest on the road on the left side, you get a free drop no closer to the hole. It's only OB if it somehow gets through the fence into the maintenance yard.


HOLE #13
If your ball comes to rest on a cart path or curb to the left of the 13th green, you may, as an additional option, take a free drop within a club length of the black tees plate on #14.


HOLE #13

Due to the frequently wet condition of the front part of the green on hole #13, we are implementing the following Local Rule that will be in effect until such time as the Board notifies membership of a change. 

The mushy part of the Putting Green and adjacent General Area located at the bottom of the green shall be treated as Ground Under Repair and relief is allowed per Rule 16 due to Abnormal Ground Condition. A few things of importance to note:


a)    If you elect to take relief, complete relief must be taken. This includes ball and stance.

b)    The nearest point of relief is likely to be behind the GUR, but no line of play relief is allowed from the relief area.

c)     If the ball is on the Putting Green (as determined by a consensus of your foursome since it may be difficult to determine), the nearest point of relief can be either on the Putting Green or the General Area (not on the Putting Green), whichever is nearest but not closer to the hole. The ball must be PLACED within the relief area.

d)    If the ball is in the General Area (not on the Putting Green), the nearest point of relief may only be in the General Area, not nearer the hole. The ball must be DROPPED within the relief area.

e)   Line of play relief is NOT allowed unless your ball is on the Putting Green.


In addition to the options above, players shall have the right to free relief by dropping a ball in the Drop Zone, which during Major Tournaments will be marked with paint. In the event the Drop Zone is not marked (i.e. other tournaments), players may estimate a Drop Zone, which shall be one club length from the left edge of the GUR, in the General Area, and not nearer the hole (see diagram). Please review Rule 16 and the notes above to ensure that you are proceeding correctly. 



Should you have any questions, feel free to contact the Rules Chairman at ranchogolfrules@gmail.com.


HOLE #18
In regards to the nursrey area on left side, if the area in question is not clearly defined as OB with boundary stakes, fence or white marking the area where the ball comes to rest must be considered in play and must be played as it lies.

Ground Under Repair (GUR): RPGC marks Ground Under Repair (GUR) with
yellow or pink paint, and only for Major Tournaments. Ignore any other area marked as GUR from a different club (Seniors, Womens, etc...). A ball that is in a GUR area may either be played as it lies or relief may be taken in accordance with 
Rule 16-1

An area that has a sign that reads Ground Under Repair shall be treated as such. If the player elects to take relief from this GUR, it shall do so outside of the white line, rope or chain that identifies the border of the GUR. Please note that there are areas on the course that are blocked off by rope/chain, but do not have a sign indicating GUR (i.e. right of #1 fairway bunker, front left of #12 green, etc). These areas are not GUR, but have ropes/chains to keep carts off. There is no free relief from those areas.

There are other areas on the course that some believe should be considered GUR (i.e. deep tire tracks). As volunteers, we simply don't have the time to mark the entire course for each tournament. If you believe an area should be GUR, you can always proceed under Rule 20, play a second ball, and obtain a ruling from the Committee. In this case, it would be helpful if you were to take pictures of the area to help expedite a decision.

Pursuant to Model Local Rule E-5 stated in Section 8E of 
Section 8 of the Committee Procedures, when a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds (and the ball is not in a Penalty Area nor has a Provisional Ball been played), 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 a substituted ball in the relief area (see Rule 14.3) between Two Estimated Reference Points.
  • The first is the Ball Reference Point (i.e. where the original ball is estimated to (a) have come to rest on the course, or (b) last crossed into out of bounds.)
  • The second is the Fairway Reference Point (i.e. the point on the fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the Ball Reference Point, but is not nearer the hole than the Ball Reference Point).
  • The Relief Area is anywhere between a line from the hole through the ball reference point (or within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (or within two club- lengths to the outside of that line).
  • A diagram clearly illustrating this new Local Rule can be found here.


* No relief is permitted from the temporary putting greens. 

* The fence at the back of Hole #18 is a boundary fence.  As such, no free relief is permitted from this fence.  If a player chooses to take relief, he must proceed under 
Rule 19. Additionally, there is an OB white line on the cart path past the #18 green.