The following Local Rules and terms of competition, together with any additions or amendments as published by the Kenya Open Golf Limited at the golf course, will apply to all Safari Tour events run under auspices of the Kenya Open Golf Limited. In the event of a dispute arising as to the meaning of any Rule of Golf or the Safari Tour Local Rules and Terms of Competition, the Rule will be interpreted according to the English Edition of the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf effective from January 2019 as published by the R&A Rules Limited or the Safari Tour Local Rules and Terms of Competition.
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the General Penalty.
Match Play – Loss of Hole Stroke Play – Two Strokes
1. Out Of Bounds (Rule 18.2) +
(A) Beyond any wall, fence or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
(B) In or beyond any ditch defining the boundary of the course.
Please note: Where out of bounds is defined by white stakes or fence posts (excluding angles supports), the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes or posts. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or beyond such a line.
2. Penalty Areas (Rule 17) +
1. Opposite Side Same Distance Relief for Red Penalty Areas.
The weekly Local Rules sheet will specify which (if any) red penalty areas have a same distance option on the opposite side. Model Local Rule B-2.1 will apply only to the penalty areas that are listed.
2. Dropping Zones for Penalty Areas.
Where a dropping zone is marked for a Penalty Area, it is an additional option under penalty of one stroke. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3. meaning a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area.
3. Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16.1) +
a) Any area encircled by a white line.
b) Relief is available from interference to the lie of the ball or the area of intended swing from termite mounds in the general area. Interference does not exist if the termite mounds only interferes with the player's stance.
c) Relief will be denied for interference to stance from a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.
d) Young Marked Trees identified by a band or stake are no play zones and relief MUST be taken under Rule 16.1f
e) Landscaped garden areas (and everything growing in them) that are completely surrounded by an immovable obstruction are treated as a single abnormal course condition.
4. Immovable Obstruction Close To Putting Greens. +
Model Rule F-5 is in effect but is modified as follows:
For a ball in the general area, relief is allowed only when both the ball and the immovable obstruction lie in an area cut to fairway height or less.
Note: If it is a sprinkler in the way, all the following must be true for relief to be available:
It must be within 2 club-lengths of the green,
The ball must within 2 club-lengths of the sprinkler,
It must be on the line of play,
Both the sprinkler and the ball must be on grass cut to fairway height or less.
5. Integral Objects. +
a. Bunker liners in their intended position
b. Wires, cables, wrapping or other objects when closely attached to trees or other permanent objects
c. Artificial retaining walls and pilings when located within penalty areas
d. Any closed gate attached to a boundary object.
6. Permanent Overhead Power Line. +
Model Local Rule E-11 is in effect but only for a ball which strikes a power line located in bounds and not the supporting pole.
(Stroke is cancelled and must be replayed).
7. Clubs And Balls. +
A. List of Conforming Driver Heads.
Model Local Rule G-1is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification
B. Groove and Punch Mark Specifications.
Model Local Rule G-2 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification
C. Conforming Ball List.
Model Local Rule G-3 is in effect. Penalty for making a stroke in breach of this Local Rule: Disqualification
D. The One Ball Rule.
Model Local Rule G-4 is in effect. (Exception: This Local Rule does not apply to professional or amateur players in any pre-tournament Pro-Am or approved one-day event or to amateurs who partner professional players in a major Pro-Am tournament).Penalty for making a stroke at a ball in breach of this Local Rule: General Penalty for each hole during which the player is in breach.
8. Pace Of Play Policy. Rule 5.6b +
Monitoring may happen before timing but it does not have to.
In absence of mitigating circumstances, a group is liable to be timed if it is in excess of the time allowed and, in the case of second or subsequent groups, Out of Position.
From the commencement of timing, if any player exceeds 50 seconds on a 'first to play' approach shot (including Par 3 tee shot), chip or putt, or 40 seconds if it is a tee shot or 'second or third to play shot', he is deemed to have a 'bad time'.
The time allowed will be determined by the Chief Referee and will be published on the official notice board. The first group and any group after a starter's gap will be "Out of Position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes completed. Any following group will be "Out of Position" if it is more than the starting interval behind the group in front and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes completed.
A player whose group is timed will have a bad time carried forward in the round even if the group subsequently arrives back in position or within time.
Penalty for Breach of Pace of Play Policy: Stroke Play and Match Play:
1 bad time – Verbal warning from Referee
2 bad times – 1 stroke penalty and Kshs 3,000 fine.
3 bad times – 2 strokes penalty or loss of hole in Match Play and Kshs 6,000 fine
4 bad time – Disqualification and Kshs 10,000 fine.
i. Players will be advised that they are being timed.
ii. Timings will be taken from the moment it is deemed by the Referee that it is the player's turn to play.
iii. In some circumstances, an individual player or two players within a group of three, may be timed rather that the entire group.
9. Play Suspensions. Rule 5.7 +
The following signals will be used to suspend and resume play:
Immediate Stop/dangerous situation – one prolonged not of the siren.Normal non-dangerous situation – three consecutive short notes of the siren.
Resume Play – two consecutive short notes of the siren.
When Play is stopped in a dangerous situation, all practice areas are immediately closed.
10. Practice. Rule 5. +
A. Practice before or between rounds in Stroke Play.
Rule 5.2b is modified in this way:
A player must not practice on the competition course before or between rounds. Penalty for breach of Rule 5.2: See penalty statement in Rule 5.2.
B. Practice on or near previous Putting Green Prohibited.
Rule 5.5b For stroke play events only, Rule 5.5b is modified in this way:
Between the play of two holes, a player must not:
- Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed or
- Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball.
11. Distance Measuring Devices. Rule 4.3a. +
Rule 4.3a(1) is modified in this way:
During a round, a player must not obtain distance information by the use of an electronic distance measuring device.
Penalty for breach of Rule 4.3: See penalty statement in Rule 4.3.
12. Transportation Policy. +
Model Local Rule G-6 is in effect and modifies Rule 4.3a(1) in this way:
During a round a player or a caddie must not ride on any form of motorised transportation except as authorised or later approved by the rules committee.(A player taking a stroke and distance penalty is always authorised).Penalty for breach of this Local Rule: General Penalty for each hole during which there is a breach. A breach between holes applies to the next hole.
13. Deciding Ties +
If there is a tie for the first place, there will be a hole-by-hole play-off to determine the winner.
14. Recording Area And Scorecard Returned. +
There location of the recording area will be detailed for competition on the notice board. The scorecard is returned when the player leaves the recording area with both feet.
15. Results Of Competition – Competition Closed +
The result of the tournament is officially announced when the final results sheet is placed on the official noticeboard at the tournament venue.