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Local Rules

Local Rules

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


PEGS and LINES

Course conditions are designated by the following coloured pegs and/or lines:

White with black top – Out of Bounds

Black – No Play Zone

White – Ground Under Repair

Red or Yellow – Penalty Area

Blue – Dropping Zone


OUT OF BOUNDS Ground beyond the course boundary fences or beyond white pegs with black tops or the practice putting green. Objects defining out of bounds are deemed to be fixed.

DROPPING ZONES [Rule 14.3]

Where relief from any condition is provided at a Dropping Zone (designated by a blue peg) it must be taken at the peg nearest to the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the condition (even if this is nearer to the hole) by using the peg as the reference point for a one club-length relief area, no nearer to the hole than the peg.


PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES [Rule 16.1a & b and 14.3]

Protection of young trees is identified by a stake or tree guard. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or swing the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions.


ROADS and PATHWAYS

Roads and pathways which are not artificially surfaced are integral parts of the course.


IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS [Rule 16]

All watering equipment, pegs, cart direction signs, and distance markers are Immovable Obstructions.


COURSE MAINTENANCE [Rule 16]

If there is interference to the lie of the ball, or the player’s stance or swing arising from course maintenance work the ball may be lifted without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions.


BALL LOST or OUT OF BOUNDS

If a ball is lost or out of bounds and a provisional ball has not been played, relief may be taken by dropping a ball within two club-lengths of, but not nearer to the hole than, the nearest point on the fairway to the point where the ball is believed to have come to rest on the course or last crossed the course boundary. This relief option carries a penalty of two strokes.




Local Rules - Temporary


Dirt Bare Patches on Fairways
On the fairway, dirt bare patches may be treated as GUR. Your ball must sit in the bare patch to take relief and is only available on the fairway of the hole in play.


The dirt bare patch can be any size and must be devoid of grass either green or dried. A divot is NOT a dirt bare patch.


Dirt Bare Patches off the Fairways
Off the fairway, a ball on a bare patch is played as it lies. This includes old course maintenance such as tree removal.   


Pegs/Ropes on Fairway

A ball hitting a peg/rope ON THE FAIRWAY, may be replayed with no penalty. Similar concept to clubs that have a local rule if a ball hits overhead power lines.


Washout areas in bunkers
A ball coming to rest in an area of the bunker that has been affected by water runoff may be lifted (not cleaned) and dropped at the nearest point of relief in the bunker, no nearer the hole. No penalty.


Matted Batter Walls on 11th and 12th
Drop at base of slope at nearest point of relief. In some situations this may be nearer the hole. No penalty.


11th Green – Oil Tracks
A ball on the putting green that will be affected by the oil tracks damage, may be lifted and free relief taken at the nearest point of complete relief.


14th Fairway – Abnormal Ground Conditions
A ball in a course maintenance area on the 14th Fairway, even if not the fairway in play, MUST be taken to the side of the fairway and PLACED no nearer to the hole on the fairway. The player has the option of either the LH or RH side and does not have to be the nearest point of relief. For example if there is no suitable fairway on the RH side it can be taken to the LH side and placed.


NOTE: Relief for a ball in the black pegs (compulsory GUR) area is firstly taken as per normal GUR i.e. dropped within two clubs lengths at the nearest point of relief outside the black pegs.

Then, if applicable, this Abnormal Ground Conditions local rule applies.


14th Greenside Bunker - Immovable Obstruction
The steps and railing on the 14th greenside bunker may be treated as an immovable obstruction.  If the ball is in the bunker you may move the ball under normal immovable obstruction relief however the ball must remain in the bunker.


Short Course Orange Tees - Immovable Obstruction

If there is interference to the lie of the ball, or the player’s stance or swing arising from the orange tees the ball may be lifted without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions.

 
Updated:14 April 2021



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