Our official season ends each year on 11/1. Many courses attempt to remain open through November and a few stay open all year, conditions permitting. At various times over the past several decades I have found myself playing "golf" on semi-frozen courses in December, January and February. Typically I would not venture out if the ground is completely frozen as that is like playing golf in a paved parking lot. But when there are several mild days and sun, the ground will soften and allow one to play an approximation of golf.
Since it is out of season and the conditions are pretty variable depending on what parts of the course get sun, I often trample upon the Rules. A few of my personal rules are:
1. If the flagstick is frozen into the cup liner or the hole filled with ice, it is okay to leave the flagstick in when putting.
2. Preferred lies granted from frozen muddy turf (essentially areas that were hard pan but now are frozen)
3. Frozen sand bunkers played as GUR
4. Approach shots hitting a frozen green on the fly may be played from the spot where the green was struck if one can approximately identify the spot.
5. Leaf rule - a ball that is seen landing in a large collection of leaves on areas of the course that are mown and subsequently can not be found is allowed a free drop in the area where last seen
Any one else have any personal rules for the off season?
I did not post this in the Rules forum since these are not official Local Rules and the game I am playing under my personal rules is only an approximation of golf.