England Golf winter check list: Winter rules from 1st October. Lift clean and place closely mown area within 6" etc. Ques: Ball not on a closely mown area it is off the fairway, it has mud on it. Can you lift clean and replace (replace) in same spot and still handicap the round? There may be a flexible local rule saying Cttee can stipulate clean and replace a mud ball not on closely mown (but not in p.a.s or bunkers) Can you handicap the round if the local rule is in force?