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Permanent Local Rules - Temporary Local Rules

Permanent Local Rules

To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf and other temporary local rules displayed at the clubhouse.

Out Of Bounds (Rule 27-1) Ground beyond the course boundary fences and the practice putting green (this is defined by the white pegs with black tops). Objects defining out of bounds are deemed to be fixed. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.

Protection Of Young Trees (Rule 24-2) Protection of young trees is identified by stake or tree guard. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction).

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2) All artificial roads & pathways are immovable obstructions. All other roads & paths are integral parts of the course.

Movable Obstructions (Rule 24-1) Watering equipment, protective hoops and distance markers are movable obstructions, replace after moving.

Stones In Bunkers (Rule 24-1) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 25-1) If a ball lies in an area (ie. Bunkers) severely damaged by non-burrowing animals (kangaroos), it may be treated as ground under repair. Relief from interference with stance does not apply.

Relief is also available from wheel tracks from green-keepers equipment when it creates an unfair lie, markers permission to be provided before taking relief from this rule.

Distance Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3) For all play at this course a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3. for which penalty is disqualification. regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Penalty For Breach Of Local Rule:
 MATCH PLAY - loss of hole. STROKE PLAY - 2 Strokes.

Plugged Ball - Any ball plugged through the green
(excluding Bunkers) can be lifted &  dropped at the nearest
point of relief. 

Temporary Local Rules


Ground Under Repair (rough area between the 11th and 12th holes):

The area between the 11th and 12th holes as defined by white stakes is to be treated as ground under repair. Relief without penalty is available when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

Proceed under Rule 25-1.


Earthworks left hand side of 12th hole:

The earthworks inside the course boundary (as marked by “out of bounds” markers) on the left hand side of the 12th hole is to be treated as ground under repair. Relief without penalty is available when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

Proceed under Rule 25-1.


Sprinkler heads (fairways only):

A ball coming to rest in a washout area caused by a sprinkler head (fairways only) may be lifted and dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

Proceed under Rule 25-1.


Abnormal Ground Conditions:

An abnormal ground condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.


Except when the ball is in a water hazard, relief without penalty is available from immovable obstructions and abnormal ground conditions when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.

If the ball is on the putting green, it is placed at the nearest point of relief, which may be off the putting green.


There is no relief for intervention on your line of play unless both your ball and the condition are on the putting green.

Proceed under Rule 25-1.


Breach of Local Rule:

Match Play - Loss of Hole

Stroke Play - Two Strokes

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