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Local Rules

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27.1)

Beyond all boundary fences and areas designated by white posts.

Beyond the white marker posts defining the internal out of bounds to the right of the 5th hole when playing the 5th, right of the 11th when playing the 11th, left of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th holes.

2. GROUND UNDER REPAIR

All areas defined by notice or white lines are designated as GUR. If a player's ball lies in an area from which play is prohibited or if such an area interferes with the players stance or the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief, without penalty as follows:

  • Nearest point of relief
  • Within one club length
  • Not nearer the hole.

All tees are GUR during casual play, this excludes the hole in play.

All temporary greens are GUR when play is to the main greens.

3. TROLLEYS

No trolleys to be wheeled between greenside bunkers and greens at any time.

No trolleys to be taken on to the teeing ground or greenside apron.

4. STAKED AND NEWLY PLANTED TREES (Rule 24.2b)

If a staked or newly planted tree interferes with the players stance or intended swing, the ball must be lifted and dropped within one club length from the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole without penalty.

5. WATER HAZARD - 18TH HOLE (Rule 26.1)

Balls may be retrieved from the pond using the scoop provided, but only when the pond is uncovered.  The pond area is designated as a lateral water hazard and Rules 26-1a,

26–1b and 26–1c apply, all under penalty of one stroke.

26-1. Relief for Ball in Water Hazard

It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In the absence of knowledge or virtual certainty that a ball struck toward a water hazard, but not found, is in the hazard, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.

 

If a ball is found in a water hazard or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard (whether the ball lies in water or not), the player may under penalty of one stroke:

 

26-1a. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

 

26-1b. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how

far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped; or

 

26-1c. As additional options available only if the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than (i) the point where the

original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard or (ii) a point on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistant from the hole.

 

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

Players using any of these options must be aware of other players using the 1st hole.

 

6. HEALTH & SAFETY

All directional signs must be adhered to.

Daylight Hours:   No play is permitted on the course of any description if the flag on the first green cannot be clearly seen from the first tee and the flag on the 14th green viewed from the area adjacent to the 10th tee cannot be clearly seen.  This includes all practice areas.  Play is never permitted during the hours of darkness (except when playing a Night Golf Organised Event) or before the Green Keepers have inspected the course (6:00 a.m. in Summer and 7:00 a.m. in Winter).

Fog or Poor Visibility:  If the flag on the first green cannot be clearly seen from the first tee and the flag on the 14th green viewed from the area adjacent to the 10th tee cannot be clearly seen due to fog, low cloud or general poor visibility, the Green Staff, Professional or Manager, or their acting deputies have been authorised to close the course, and display the ‘Course Closed’ notice.  This includes all practice areas.

The course will only be re-opened when the flags on these two holes have been visible from these two designated viewpoints for a continuous period of 15 minutes. The decision to re-open the course and practice areas can only be made by authorised personnel either by an appropriate notice, the removal of the ‘Course Closed’ notice or verbally.

In the event of closure during play, 3 short blasts will be sounded on a horn.  All golfers will be required to leave the course immediately.

All golfers must be aware that should visibility deteriorate whilst out on the course, they have a duty of care to themselves and other golfers to return to the clubhouse safely.

Any member found to be playing on the course in breach of this ruling will be suspended pending possible disciplinary action being taken

Lightening:  Play may be suspended at any time due to lightening.  If the claxon sounds, all players must return to the Clubhouse immediately

Green Keepers:  Green keepers have priority on the course before 8am.

7. ORDER OF PLAY

Play is only permitted to commence from the 1st and 12th tees unless authorised for a shotgun competition.

8. TEMPORARY TEES & GREENS

1st November to 31st March inclusive - During this period temporary tees will be in operation, temporary greens will be in use when deemed necessary due to weather/ground conditions and the course maintenance program.

1st April to 31st October inclusive - During this period temporary tees and greens will be in use when deemed necessary due to the weather/ground conditions and the course maintenance program.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

OUT OF BOUNDS POSTS

 

Posts defining out of bounds are considered fixed during the play of the hole to which they refer, rule 13-2 applies. If the player declares his ball is unplayable, Rule 28 applies and the player must proceed under a penalty of one stroke.

 

YARDAGE MARKERS / GORSE BUSHES / TREES

Yardage markers, gorse bushes, trees (and internal out of bounds posts when not on the hole to which they refer) are considered immovable obstructions and relief should be taken in accordance with Rule 24-2b.

WHEEL RUTS

A wheel rut created by a tractor, work vehicle or the like is considered G.U.R. Rule 25-1b(i) applies. the ball should be lifted and dropped without penalty within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not in a hazard nor on a green and not nearer the hole.

UNDUE DELAY – THE CABIN

Players making use of the cabin must allow following players to play through or be prepared to continue their game immediately the 12th tee is free.

Slow play and causing delay to other players is not acceptable at any time.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Players should observe health and safety notices around the course.

Play is not permitted when the course has been closed due to adverse weather.

Players must return to the clubhouse immediately when the horn is sounded for course closure.

Green staff have priority on the course before 8am.  Play must not commence prior to the green staff completing a course inspection.

Play is not permitted after sunset unless authorised in advance.

The use of Golf Carts is permitted under guidance of the Professional, please adhere to Buggy signage at all times.  Misuse of a Buggy may result in suspension under Bye-Law 4.

PRACTICE

Practice is only permitted in the designated practice areas.  Neither chipping nor pitching is allowed onto the practice putting green.

PRACTICE ON THE COURSE IS NOT PERMITTED AT ANY TIME.

 

PLEASE SHOW CONSIDERATION FOR YOUR FELLOW GOLFERS AND ADHERE TO THESE RULES


These rules are in addition to those printed on the scorecard.  R&A rules must be followed at all times, rule books are available from the foyer.

2017 Local Rules and Conditions of Competition

 

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