Quinta da Ria


Local Rules


1.      Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24 1 applies)

2.      The sandy partially planted areas between the first fairway and the eighth green and between the third and ninth greens on the Ria course form part of the course and the ball must be played as it lies. They are not hazards and players may therefore ground their clubs and remove loose impediments.

3.      Protection of young trees identified by a blue or wooden stakes. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted and dropped without  penalty  in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2 (b)

4.      If a player’s ball comes to rest in a circular unturfed depression surrounding a tree, the ball may be lifted, without penalty and dropped within one club length of the depression, not nearer to the hole.

5.      All sprinkler heads, fences and posts on the course (excluding boundary fences) buggy paths and man-made paths and roads are immovable obstructions (Rule  24-2 applies)

6.      All vehicle tracks and ruts, newly planted and repaired /constructed areas may be treated as ground under repair.

7.      If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard on the 14th hole of the Ria course, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1

If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.

If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1

If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

8.      Range finders and GPS systems are permitted.

9.      If a ball strikes any part of the well on the fairway of the 7th hole of the Ria course, the stroke is cancelled  and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball  was played in accordance with Rule 20-5 (making Next Stroke from where Previous Stroke Made)

10. Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. If a player wishes to invoke this Local Rule, he must prior to lifting his ball announce his intention in advance to his opponent in matchplay or fellow competitor in stroke play and mark the position of the ball. If his opponent or fellow competitor does  not agree that the ball was embedded, it shall be replaced, re-creating as far as possible the original lie.


a) This Local Rule shall only apply when a “preferred lies” Local Rule is in force

b) A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown

c) A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule

Matchplay- Loss of hole

Stroke play- 2 strokes