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  1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1) (a) Beyond any craters bounding the course. (b) Beyond any white stakes bounding the course. (c) Within the practice/teaching area defined by white posts. (d) If a player launches a ball into orbit, it will be deemed to be Out of Bounds if it would take the player more than five minutes to find it.

  2. PROTECTION OF TREES (Rule 24-2) There are no trees on the course, so this rule doesn't apply. Artificial trees don't count.

  3. ROADS AND PATHS (Rule 24-2) All roads and paths are immovable obstructions. These will be clearly marked by Earlston Golf Club Moon Course flags. Players are entitled to a free lift and drop Rule 24-2b (i).

  4. WATER HAZARDS & LATERAL WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26) This is the Moon, there is no water! However, any part of the course that resembles a beach is deemed a lateral water hazard and Rule 26 applies.

  5. FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS (Rule 24-2) All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition if such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief, without penalty, as follows. If the ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and is within two club lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. Penalty for breach of Local Rule 4: Match Play - Loss of hole; Stroke Play - Two Strokes. And you read all this when you knew that there was no water on the course!

  6. STONES & RAKES IN BUNKERS (Rule 24-1) Stones and rakes in bunkers are movable obstructions, but must be replaced after the ball is played. We have a duty to keep the Moon tidy.

  7. AERATION HOLES (Rule 8) If a ball comes to rest in an aeration hole, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and clean it. Through the green the player shall drop the ball as near as possible to where it lay, but not nearer the hole. On the putting green, the player shall place the ball at the nearest spot not nearer the hole which avoids such situation. Penalty for breach of Local Rule 7: Match Play - Loss of hole; Stroke Play - Two Strokes. For the purposes of this Local Rule, the green is deemed to be the flat bit without stones where the flag is.

  8. RABBIT SCRAPES If a player claims relief from a hole deemed by the player to have been made by a burrowing animal, the player will forfeit the game. We don't encourage the telling of tall tales at Earlston Golf Club's Moon Course.

  9. TEES (Rule 25-1) For clarification, a ball coming to rest on any Tee must be played where it lies. For the avoidance of doubt, the Tees are numbered and named according to the Course Card. Players playing from a wrong tee must give way to players playing the correct tee.

  10. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE (Rule 28) The Moon Lander Vehicle, the Club House, the Half-Way House Bar. No relief without penalty. The ball shall be played as it lies, declared unplayable under Rule 28 or, when in a water hazard as defined above dealt with under Rule 26.

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