Preferred Lies from 1st October 2022

Further to guidance received yesterday from England Golf, we can confirm that Preferred Lies will be in effect from the 1st of October 2022.


The Rule:


When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the 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 the original ball

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits:


- Limits on Location of Relief Area:

- Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and

- Must be in the general area.


In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e (see below)


https://www.randa.org/en/rog/the-rules-of-golf/rule-14#14_2b


https://www.randa.org/en/rog/the-rules-of-golf/rule-14#14_2e



Best wishes,

The Committee