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Boys County Championship Rules

Sussex County Golf Boys Championship 2024
Local Rules in addition to the England Golf Hard Card


LOCAL RULES in addition to the England Golf Hard Card

No other local rules are in operation for the Sussex County Golf Junior Championship unless otherwise advised by the Championship Committee.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a local rule is the general penalty (two penalty strokes in stroke play).

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

Where a course boundary is solely defined by a fence, the boundary edge is the line between the course side edge of the fence posts at ground level.
A ball coming to rest on or beyond the road leading from High Beech Lane to the car park, or on the car park;
the practice area, including the Driving Range building and surrounds, bounded by the 8th, 9th and 11th holes, where the ball lies on or beyond the white line or white stakes as applicable;
during the play of the 6th hole, the area of the 14th hole, is out of bounds as defined by white stakes; these stakes are treated as boundary objects during the play of the 6th hole. For all other holes the stakes are immovable obstructions;

e)  during the play of the 11th hole, the area of the 12th hole, is out of bounds, as defined by white
     stakes; these stakes are treated as boundary objects during the play of the 11th hole. For all other
     holes the stakes are immovable obstructions;

f)  a ball lying on or over the path behind the 9th green;

g)  when playing the 3rd and 15th holes, beyond the back of the greens, as marked by white stakes;

h)  behind the 18th green, where the ball lies on or beyond the white line.

Abnormal Course Conditions

Sleepers, steps and any adjoining paths should be treated as a single immovable obstruction and relief may be taken under Rule 16.1b;
Bunkers marked “GUR” are Ground Under Repair in the General Area, they are not Bunkers for this Championship and relief may be taken under Rule 16.1b.  All other bunkers on the course are still bunkers for all purposes under the Rules.

  Abnormal Course Conditions – No Play Zones

Where young trees are identified by wrapping, stakes or other protection, both the staked tree and the related protection are No Play Zones and Relief Must be taken under Rules 16.1f;
All defined flower beds and other areas which have been covered by wood chippings, including any retaining boards or sleepers are No Play Zones and relief MUST be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1f;
Bushes and “variegated holly bush 150-yard markers” – if there is any interference with a player’s stance or area of intended swing, free relief MUST be taken;

      (Note: unattached 150-yard markers are movable obstructions (Rule 15.2 applies);

Any Eco Pile Structure is a No Play Zone and relief MUST be taken under Rule 16.1f.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

All penalty areas, marked or not, are defined as red penalty areas. Penalty relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 17.1d.  Where there are no stakes the red penalty area is defined by where the ground breaks away.

Preferred Lies

When any part of the player’s ball touches part of the General Area, cut to fairway height or less, a player may take free relief ONCE by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area.

Reference Point – spot of original ball

Size of Relief Area – six(6) inches within these limits:

Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the General Area

Animal Dung

MLR F-12 applies. At the player’s option dog dung may be treated as a loose impediment which may be removed under Rule 15.1 or treated as Ground Under Repair, from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.


No caddies are allowed for the Junior Championship. Number 16 on the England Golf Hard Card does not apply to this Championship.

Tee Markers and Score Recording Area

Play will be from the White Tee markers. A player’s score is deemed as officially returned to the Committee when the player has left their chair at the Championship Scorer’s table.

Results of Championship – Competition Closed

The competition is closed when the Championship trophy is presented to the winner.

Referee Contacts:

Chris Spencer:              0777 588 5763

Steve Williamson:         0797 002 9474

General Championship Conditions

Sussex County Golf Competitions and Championships are open only to members of Clubs affiliated to Sussex County Golf.

All players must hold Amateur Status and be in possession of a current WHS Handicap Index.

In addition, Championship Events (i.e. County Amateur, Foursomes, Veterans, Seniors, Boys and Junior Championships) are restricted to those who have not competed in a Championship of another County or represented another County in matches in the same calendar year as the date of the Championship.

Sussex County Golf or any delegated authority thereof reserves the right to refuse entry to any Competition or Championship and is not obliged to state the reason for such refusal.

Clubs with more than one course must use their ‘main’ course for all County Competitions and Championships.

County Competitions and Championships will be played in accordance with: The Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
The Local Rules for all County Competitions and Championships will be as set out on the latest England Golf Hard Card.

The latest England Golf Hard Card together with any additions or amendments published by Sussex County Golf at the venue will be the only Local Rules.  The local rules of the host Golf Club will not apply.

Sussex County Golf have adopted the England Golf Transport Policy.  Transportation-policy.pdf (

A competitor shall not knowingly make use of any drug to enhance his performance. Attention is drawn to the list of prescribed drugs issued by the UK Sports Council or SPORT ENGLAND. Any competitor infringing this condition or, if asked to do so, refusing to take a test, may be disqualified.
The “Tournament Controller” for each County Competition and Championship will be the County Secretary or their designate.

12.For County Championship events, host Clubs may grant a practice round at a reduced fee, which will be no more than the applicable County Card Rate. Competitors wishing to have a practice round before any event must make arrangements in advance with the relevant host Club.

Unless the provision of a meal forms part of the Entry Fee, competitors requiring food are advised to make their own arrangements for snacks or meals with the host club on arrival.

If prize winners do not attend presentations without excusing themselves with the Tournament Controller, they shall forfeit their prize.

Winners Responsibilities: A competition winner (an individual or a Club), will be fully responsible for the Trophy from the time it is presented until it is physically returned to the Sussex County Golf Office. The winning individual or winning Club shall also ensure that the Trophy is returned to the Sussex County Golf Office before the following year’s Championship/Competition, suitably engraved and cleaned.

Sussex County Golf reserves the right to alter the format of any Championship or Competition.

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