Penalty Areas: All bodies of water are defined as penalty areas.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas: The courses have identified wooded
areas and/or unmown grassy areas as environmentally sensitive areas
(ESA), and they are not marked as penalty areas. A ball that enters one of
these areas laterally (from the side) may be played the same as a ball that
has entered a penalty area EXCEPT you MAY NOT enter the ESA to
search for your ball. If your ball can be identified from outside of the ESA,
you may enter the area to hit your ball as it lies. If you are reasonably
certain that your ball has entered one of these areas, the other penalty area
options may be used with a penalty of one stroke. In the absence of a line
or stakes, ESA boundary will be determined by the mow line.
Drop Zones: If a ball comes to rest in a penalty area or ESA that is
designed to be cleared (hit over), a drop zone may be used incurring a
penalty of one stroke. Designated drop zones are as follows:
Lake Arlington - #11 - center of the rough just green side of the boundary of
Tierra Verde - #2, #3, #6, #10, #12, #13 and #18 – center of the rough just
green side of the boundary of the penalty area; #4 and #14 – right side of
cart path just green side of the boundary of the penalty area; #7, #8, #11 -
center of the rough just green side of the boundary of the ESA.
Texas Rangers - #3, #4 and #9 - center of the rough just green side of the
boundary of the penalty area.
All Stakes are deemed to be Immovable Obstructions. Under USGA
Rule 16.1, Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable
Obstructions), a player will have free relief from a stake in the general area
if the stake interferes with stance or area of intended swing. This is done to
avoid pulling up a stake, thus loosening its position in the ground even if it
is replaced. This includes cart path signs.
Putting: Putts must be holed out.
Rocky Areas in Rough: When your ball lies on the rocks in the rough, you
may find the nearest rock free surface, no closer to the hole (not
necessarily on grass) and place your ball there with no penalty. This relief
is to protect your club, not improve line to the hole. (For example, if the ball
is behind a tree, it must remain behind the tree.)
Lift, Clean and Place: A ball lying in the General Area (anywhere except penalty areas, ESA's, bunkers and tee box or green of the hole being played)
may be lifted and cleaned without penalty and placed within 1 grip length of where it originally lay, no closer to the hole. This relief is not intended to improve your stance or your line to the hole and should stay in a "like position". Lift, Clean & Place does not apply when in a penalty area.
Lake Arlington Special Conditions – The concrete drain between #7
green and #8 tee box shall be played as an Immovable Obstruction and
free relief will be granted if it interferes with stance or area of intended
swing. The area to the right of the cart path on #11 shall be played as a penalty area. If you wish to take relief rather than playing the ball as it lies, relief
may be taken from the fairway side of the cart path as the boundary.
If you are unsure of a ruling, play a second ball (be sure to inform your
fellow competitors you are doing so), record both scores and check with the
Rules Committee at the completion of play. Take a photo!