Local Rules

LOCAL RULES

(to be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf (January 2019) and any temporary local rules as displayed on the notice board)

 

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18)
    • All areas outside the boundary of the property as defined by the perimeter fence
    • Beyond the inside points, at ground level, of any line of white stakes with black tops

 

  1. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)
    • Red Penalty Areas are defined by red stakes, lines or plates.

 

  1. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 16)
    • Constructed pathways and associated steps
    • Constructed garden beds
    • Woodchipped areas with introduced planting
    • The area the between the 4th and 7th tees
    • The garden bed between the 11th green and the 12th tee (note as an addition relief option the player may drop the ball in the dropping zone behind the 11th green).
    • Fences protecting the no play zones on the 15th and 16th holes
    • Artificial turf plugs covering holes on the putting green. When the player’s ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs when the obstruction intervenes on his line of putt. Relief: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty at the nearest point of relief which must be either on the putting green or in the general area.

 

  1. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 16)
    • Areas encircled by white paint, marked as dots, broken lines, unbroken lines or white pavers and / or Ground Under Repair signage
    • Clearly defined wheel ruts in the General Area made by course maintenance machinery
    • Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows through the sand.
    • Areas of bare earth on fairways, not including divots
    • Bunkers with White Stakes in them
    • If a ball comes to rest in a footprint or cast made by a kangaroo in a bunker, a player may obtain relief under Rule 16.1c. Relief is denied if the condition only interferes with the player’s stance.

 

  1. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITION – NO PLAY ZONE (Rule 16.1f)
    • The areas fenced off beside the river on the 15th and 16th Players are prohibited from entering this area to retrieve balls. Free relief MUST be taken from interference by the no play zone. It must be known or virtually certain that the ball has come to rest in the no play zone in order to take relief under this rule, the reference point for taking relief is the estimated point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the no play zone.

 

  1. INTEGRAL OBJECTS
    • Bunker walls made of stacked artificial turf – no free relief is available.

 

  1. TREES & SHRUBS
    • Trees and shrubs, less than 2 club-lengths in height, are no play zones and are ground under repair (the GUR includes any stakes and/or protective guards. Relief MUST be taken in accordance with 16.1b

 

  1. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (EG SPRINKLER HEADS) CLOSE TO PUTTING GREENS – LINE OF PLAY INTERFERENCE For a ball in the General Area a player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:
  • On the line of play and is:
  • Within 2 club-lengths of the putting green
  • And within 2 club-lengths of the ball
  • Exception – there is no relief under this rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

 

  1. BALL DEFLECTED BY POWER LINES, CHAIN FENCING OR ROAD SIGNS
    • If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit the chain fencing, road sign or power lines or tower or a wire or pole supporting a power line during the play of the 1st or 9th holes, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6 for what to do).

 

  1. DROPPING ZONES (indicated by blue and white “dropping” stakes)
    • When the player is using a dropping zone, the ball must be dropped in the dropping zone and it must come to rest in the dropping zone. The margin of the dropping zone is defined as two club-lengths in any direction from the dropping stake.

 

  1. EXPOSED TREE ROOTS IN THE FAIRWAY
    • If a player’s ball is in the general area cut to fairway height or less and there is interference from exposed tree roots then the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. Interference does not exist if the tree roots only interfere with the player’s stance.

 

  1. PROTECTIVE FENCING – LINE OF PLAY RELIEF
    • During play of the 4th Hole, if the protective fence beside the 5th Tee is on a player’s line of play:
      • The player may take free relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from the dropping zone (describe location)
      • But this relief is allowed only if the ball is in play nearer the hole than where the dropping zone is located (see Rule 14.3).

 

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE IS THE GENERAL PENALTY:

Stroke Play – Two Strokes  |  Match Play – Loss of Hole