Rules of Golf

Competition Rules

a) On competition days, players will start at the appointed time as indicated on the time sheet.

b) No member or player will be permitted to start in a competition round without paying the prescribed competition fee.

c) Social play during a competition round is not permitted unless at the discretion of the PGA member and Match Committee.

d) Competition players must report to the starter no later than ten minutes before tee allocation times. Play will be in fours unless otherwise directed.

e) Any player not at the tee ready to play by the allocated time will be allocated a new slot at the next available slot or at the end of the field if time permits.

f) In Championship and knockout events, players must play at their allocated time as set down by the Match Committee.

g) Competition play is to comply with the Conditions of Play as set down by the Match Committee and in accordance with the Rules of Golf and any Local Rule listed on the score card or Local Rule Notice Board adjacent to the professional shop entrance.

h) All competitions must commence on the 1st or 10th tees or as directed by the Match Committee.

i) Motorised carts can be used in all competitions unless the Match Committee alters such use for a particular Championship or Open event.

j) Mobile phones cannot be used during the course of play in any competition unless a player is granted permission as an emergency call service only as part of their profession.

k) A visitor is eligible to win any competition they compete excepting Monthly Medals, Medal of Medals or Members Only nominated events.

l) The lowest marker in any group will be responsible for the groups conduct and etiquette.

m) Players are responsible for the checking of their handicap before they commence their rounds and ensure their Membership Number and handicap is recorded in the space provided on the score card.

n) Competition fees include a Club fee, a compulsory green fee and ball competition fee and other fees as adopted by the Board of Directors . Birdie or novelty competitions are discretionary. These and ball competitions are administered by the PGA member.

o) The Match Committee has set three Grades for member competitions as follows:
A GRADE: plus to 12 B GRADE: 13-18 C GRADE: 19-36

p) In some instances alternate Grades will apply for Championship events.

q) In any Matchplay knockout competition the maximum handicap is 27. Players can qualify on a higher handicap however after qualifying must revert to a 27 handicap.

r) All competitions will be a minimum of 18 holes excepting Wednesday competitions, Lady or Veteran member events that may comprise 12-hole duration.

s) A minimum of 20 players will constitute a competition field. If the field is less than 20 players having returned scorecards or completed their rounds, the competition fees will revert to a ball competition only with one grade applicable. If the field is more than 20 players but less than 50 players, the Match Committee can conduct an event for one grade only in a single or four-ball competition.

t) Junior members will not be permitted to play in Member competitions until such time as the designated Clubs Junior Promotions Officer has established the Junior member has achieved an appropriate level of golfing skill, demonstrated sound knowledge of the Rules and Golf etiquette and conduct to participate in member competitions. It is preferred that no more than two Junior members play in any one competition group. In the absence of a JPO, the Club Captain reserves the right to permit juniors to play in Member events.

u) Members who are to receive any trophy at the completion of events are requested to attend presentations. If unable to attend, the recipient should lodge an apology or have another member accept the trophy on their behalf.

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Championship Events

Conditions of Play

To be read in conjunction with Local Rules.


a) To be eligible for Championship and Honour Board Events, members must have been a consecutive member of the club for a minimum period of two months and play a minimum of six rounds prior to the conducting of the event or have joined Duntryleague from another golf club or location outside the township of Orange and be in one of the following categories of membership:
• Full Playing Member.
• Regional Member.
.  Under 30 Member.
• Under 23 Member.
• Under 18 Member.

b) The Medal Play Championships will be conducted over 72 holes of medal play in A, B & C Grades as set for normal Club Competitions. Senior (over 55 years on first day of play) and Junior (under 18 years on first day of play) Medal Championships will be held in conjunction. The lowest returned scratch scores in each grade or section will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie there will be a three hole play-off on holes 10, 11 & 12. If match remains tied then sudden death. Players may not take up the use of motorised carts after commencement of play.

In the event that any round cannot be completed by all participants due to the closure of the course the entire round will not count on the overall result.

c) The Club Championships will be conducted in the following four grades:
* Club Championships Open.
* A Reserve 6 – 12 handicaps.
* B Grade 13 – 18 handicaps.
* C Grade 19 plus.

d) The qualifying rounds of the Club Championship will be conducted over four grades comprising 36 holes of medal play on nominated days determined by the Match Committee to determine the top 16 qualifiers for each grade to then play off in match play elimination rounds of 36 holes (Championship, A reserve, and B grades)
and 18 holes (C grade)

e) The top 16 players irrespective of their grade qualify for the Club Championship

f) Finals in all grades will be contested over 36 holes.

g) For the Club Championship, players must not ride on any form of transportation during match play unless authorised by the Match Committee. Players in all other grades may not take up the use of motorised carts after commencement of play of each stipulated match unless authorised by the match committee.

h) The 2nd and 4th rounds of the Medal Play Championships will be used to determine the qualifiers.

i)  In the event of a washout of one of the first qualifying round the round immediately following will be used as a qualifying round (ie. if the first qualifying round is washed out then the following Saturday round shall be used).  Should the 4th round (second qualifying round) be washed out the first qualifying round shall be used to determine the qualifiers in all grades.

In the event that any round cannot be completed by all participants due to the closure of the course the entire round will not count on the overall result.

In any other circumstances the qualifying rounds shall be determined by the Match Committee.

Qualifiers will be determined on a count-back basis and a seeded draw will be posted, including reserves, by 12 noon on the Friday immediately preceding the first match play round.

No changes will be made to the seeded draw once published.

In the event a seeded player withdraws after the draw has been posted the reserves will be used to fill the vacancy(s) up until the first designated tee time for the first match play round, for that respective grade.

If all reserves are unavailable, the seeded opponent must be present to hit off at the designated tee time, and will then be awarded a walkover/forfeit into the next round.

The Match Committee reserve the right to review or make amendments to the above conditions in the best interest of its members and the Club.

j) Club Championship, Honour Board or other significant Trophy events are open to full- playing Members only.

k) To be eligible for Championship and Honour Board events, Members must have been a consecutive member of the Club for a minimum period of two months prior the conducting of the event, or, have joined the Club from another Golf Club or location outside the Orange Township.

l) Conditions of Play will be displayed for each event and available before entries close and during the playing of the events. Players are to ensure they have a sound knowledge of the Conditions of Play when entering and participating in the event.

m) The Club Championship will be conducted over 4 Grades comprising 36 holes Medal Play to determine the top 16 qualifiers for each grade to then play off in elimination rounds of 36 holes Matchplay on nominated days as determined by the Match Committee. C Grade elimination rounds comprising 18 holes with the final played over 36 holes. The top 16 players in the qualifying rounds irrespective of their Grade qualify for the Club Championship.

n) Medal Play Championship will be conducted over 72 holes of Medal Play in A, B and C Grades as set for normal Club competitions. Senior (over 55 years on first day of play) and Junior (under 18 years as at date of play) Medal Championships will be held in conjunction. The lowest returned scratch scores in each Grade or Section will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie there will be a 3 hole play off on holes 10,11 & 12 if match remains tied then sudden death. Players may not take up the use of Motorised carts after commencement of play.

o) Monthly Medals will be played on the first available Saturday of each month over 18hole Medal Play. The lowest net score from all players who returned scorecards will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie. Winner will be decided on a countbanck in accordance with the countback rule of golf.

p) Medal of Medals will be conducted at the conclusion of the full calendar year over 18 hole Medal Play competition with all monthly medal winners to compete in the monthly medal round in February to determine the Medal of Medals winner. Handicaps on the date of play of the Medal of Medals will apply. In the event of a tie. Winner will be decided on a countback in accordance with the countback rule of golf.

q) Members Fourball Championships will be conducted as a 4BBB Stroke event played in two Grades over 36 holes comprising 18 holes on alternate days as nominated by the Match Committee. ‘A Grade’ - combined handicaps of less than 27 and ‘B Grade’ - combined handicaps of 27 or more. Any ‘B Grade’ combination may not include any single figure handicap player. The lowest returned scratch scores will be declared the Champions of the event for each Grade. In the event of a tie there will be a 3 hole play off on holes 10, 11 & 12, if match remains tied then sudden death. Entry fee to be paid for both days when nominating.

r) Members Foursomes Championships will be conducted over 27 holes of Medal Play on a nominated date as set by the Match Committee. Played in two Grades. All as for the Fourball Championships.

s) Mixed Fourball Championship will be conducted over 18 holes of Medal Play on a date set by the Match Committee. The winners shall be those with the lowest gross score on the day. A handicap event will be held in conjunction with this event.

t) Dalton and Canobolas Cups will comprise 18 holes Medal Play qualifying round with the top 16 qualifiers to proceed to Matchplay Handicap rounds over 18 holes on dates set by the Match Committee. The ‘even’ numbered qualifiers will play the Dalton Cup and the ‘odd’ numbered qualifiers play for the Canobolas Cup. Hanidcaps on the day of qualifying round will remain the same through elimination. Final to be played over 36 holes.

u) Apples and Electrolux trophies will comprise a 4BBB Stableford qualifying round over 18 holes with the top 1 to 8 qualifiers contesting the Electrolux Trophy and 9 to 16 qualifiers contesting the Apples Trophy by way of Match Play handicap elimination rounds conducted over 18holes on dates as set by the Match Committee.  Hanidcaps on the day of qualifying round will remain the same through elimination rounds.  Final to be played over 36 holes.

v) NSW / Duntryleague Inter-Club Cup is played annually between Duntryleague G.C. and NSW G.C at alternate Club venues. The event is held over 18 holes in conjunction with inter-club visitations comprising 4BBB Stableford matches played in one Grade. The Club with most matches won is declared the winner of the NSW Cup. Trophies awarded to highest returned scores by a pair for each Club.

w) John Cook Real Estate Eclectic will commence on the first day of play of the golfing calendar year. The competition will be inclusive of all players and will be controlled by the Club’s Golf Link Program. Changes will occur to players scores weekly as scores are entered at Kiosk.

x) Captains versus Presidents competition to be played over 18 holes 4BBB Stableford with the field evenly divided into two teams. Shotgun start with winner declared on a total accumulation of all points returned for each side. Trophies awarded to the highest returned scores for two pairs for each Team.

y) Members Christmas Cheer conducted over 18 holes as a 4 Person Best Ball Stableford event for members only held in December with a shotgun start. Entry forms to nominate one team available two weeks in advance with draw being completed by Club administration, payment upon nomination.

z) Mixed Christmas Cheer conducted over 18 holes as a 4 Person Best Ball Stableford event for members only held in December with a shotgun start.

aa) Orange Open Amateur Tournament will be conducted over 36 holes of Medal Play. Conditions of play will be published with nomination forms and all fees must be paid when nominating to participate. The lowest returned score over 36 holes will be declared the Open Amateur Champion.

ab) Anzac Memorial Bowl is conducted over 18 holes on Anzac Day.  If Anzac Day falls on a Saturday the event will be changed to the Sunday immediately following.  This event is open to Members and Associates with all eligible to win the trophy.

ac) Neville Hawke Shield will be contested between participating Clubs over 18holes Medal Play on dates TBA. Each team will comprise 5 players from each Grade (B & C Grades) with the winning Team declared on the day.

ad) Charles Stead Shield is conducted in conjunction with the Neville Hawke Shield between participating Clubs in A Grade only with the top 5 gross scores of each team included in the total gross score. The Club with the lowest accumulated total score is declared as the winning Team. In the event of a tie, a representative from each Club will be nominated to participate in 3 hole play off.

ae) Definitions: For the purpose of this Program - Medley: Any combination of Male and Female; Mixed: Consists of Male and Female as Partners.

af) Sunday Competitions visitors with an official Golflink handicap are eligible to play for prizes upon payment of prescribed competition fee plus a $10 Green Fee with the exception of major events designated as Closed (Members only).

ag) Wednesday Competitions visitors with an official Golflink handicap are eligible to play upon payment of the prescribed competition fee plus a $10 Green Fee.

ah) Colour City Cup is conducted throughout the year with the winner recording the best 20 scores during Wednesday Competitions.

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Ladies' Competition Notes

1. Scratch competitions held for each Division in conjunction with monthly medals.

2. Putting competition held with all 18 hole stroke events conducted on Tuesdays.

3. Eagles nest conducted on Tuesdays commencing first Tuesday following Opening Day and to conclude on Christmas Cheer day.

4. Birdie Board Competition on all Par 3’s and Gobbler Board on all holes commencing 1st Tuesday after Opening Day and concluding Tuesday prior to Ladies AGM.

5. Ladies are permitted to use motorised transport (see Club rule 12).

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Right of the Course

a) All players MUST report to the professional golf outlet or staff prior to commencing any round of golf.

b) The greens’ staff has right of way in all instances when attending to course maintenance.

c) Any group competing in a Club competition has the right of way over any other group not in that competition. A Match Play grouping has a right of way over any kind of group on the course.

d) Two ball matches have precedence over any three-ball or four-ball match. A single player has no standing and should give way at all times to any other match not exceeding a four-ball match.

e) Play shall not exceed any more than four players in any one group. Any group comprising more than four players has no standing on the course.

f) Social rounds of golf must be played from the white markers. Lady players to use red markers at all times.

g) Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.

h) If players fail to keep their place in the field the normal courtesy is to be extended to the group behind in calling them pass.

i) All players must have their own set of clubs. Clubs cannot be shared.

j) Players can during a practice round play no more than two balls on any one hole.

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Care for the Course

a) The Orange Golf Club has a “soft spike” policy at all times on the course.

b) Wide wheel buggies are preferred for use on the course, particularly during winter months or when wet conditions are evident.

c) Please observe signs and directions at all times.

d) Replace and repair divots by carrying and using sand buckets including when carrying your clubs in carry-bags. Repair pitch marks on greens, smooth bunkers after use, leave rakes outside bunkers and do not walk up the face of bunkers.

e) Play from tees designated for social or competition play. Practice rounds from blue markers is not permitted.

f) Players are to be careful not to cause damage to the hole or surrounds when removing or replacing the flagstick or removing balls from the hole.

g) Players are not to park their buggies or equipment on the putting greens or the immediate putting green surrounds. Park buggies at the closest point to the exit point of approach to the next tee area.

h) All members should be on the lookout for vandals and trespassers. Vigilance in this way may assist in a reduction of course vandalism and damage.

i) Practice on the course is not permitted by using a fairway, bunker or green to play more than two balls. Use Practice areas and facilities provided for this purpose.

j) Motorised carts are not to be driven within 10 meters of any green or outside any designated path areas near tees.

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Practice Areas

a) Practice areas and facilities are provided for MEMBERS ONLY and are located at the front (northern side) of the Clubhouse and to the east of the car-park area bound by the 18th and 16th fairways. Visitors who are to play or have played in a competition round and or have paid a prescribed green fee can use the facilities. Guesthouse patrons can use the Practice facilities during their stay at the Club.No greater than a 5 iron is to be used on this practise fairway.

b) Chipping to the practice green in front of the Clubhouse is to be confined to an area no more than 3 meters from the edge of the green.

c) Chip shots to the chipping green near practice nets are to be confined within the Practice Area. No shots exceeding 30 meters in distance from the green are to be played to this green.

d) No balls are to be hit beyond the boundary of the Practice Area and in particular onto the 16th or 18th fairways.

e) Members are to rake practice bunkers on completion of their practice and remove any rubbish before departing the Practice Area.

f) Members are to repair and sand fill divots and repair pitch marks on the chipping green.

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Motorised Carts, Bikes and Power Buggies

a) Motorised carts & bikes must have current public liability insurance cover.

b) There must be no more than two persons to ride in each motorised cart at any one time.

c) No more than two sets of clubs are to be attached to carts at any one time.

d) Carts or bikes must not be driven or wheeled over tees or driven within 10 meters of any green.

e) Carts or bikes must not be driven near, over or on shoulders of bunkers or areas between a bunker and greens.

f) Drivers must avoid driving over sprinkler heads on fairways.

g) Carts or bikes should not be driven at excessive speeds.

h) Storage of carts and bikes on the Club premises are by arrangement with the Club Manager.

i) Persons under the age of 16 years are not permitted to drive carts or bikes on the course or within the confines of the Golf Club boundaries.

j) Any cart or bike operator failing to comply with these Rules designed to preserve the course and ensure safety of all golfers’ could lose their privilege to drive or operate a cart or bike at the Club.

k) The re-charging of batteries on the Club premises is to be under arrangement with the Club Manager or PGA member.

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Competition Rules
Championship Events
Ladies' Competition Notes
Right of the Course
Care for the Course
Practice Areas
Motorised Carts, Bikes and Power Buggies
Major Club Events