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LOCAL RULES

TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH LOCAL RULES AND THE RULES OF GOLF (January 2019) AND ANY TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES AS DISPLAYED ON THE LOCAL RULE BOARD

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18.2)
    1. All areas outside the boundary of the property as defined by the perimeter fence, Tennis Courts, Guest House and Main Car Parks, and any area beyond white stakes with black tops.
  2. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)
    1. Red Penalty Areas are defined by red stakes and or Red lines
    2. Yellow Penalty Areas are defined by yellow stakes and or Yellow lines.
    • 2.1 PENALTY AREA – NO PLAY ZONE (Rule 17.1e)
      18th Hole – The Red Penalty Area at rear of the 18th Green beyond the Red Stakes with Black Tops is a no play zone. When a ball is in the penalty area – no play zone, the ball must not be played as it lies, and relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 17.1e. (See Dropping Zone Local Rule 3.3).
  3. DROP ZONES
    • 3.1 DROP ZONE ON 14TH HOLE:
      If a player’s ball enters the dam whilst playing the 14th hole relief can be taken at the Drop Zone marked by post and sign within 2 club lengths of the post.
    • 3.2 DROP ZONE ON 17TH HOLE:
      If a player’s ball enters the lateral water hazard defined by red pegs whilst playing the 17th hole, relief can be taken at the Drop Zone behind the ladies 17th tee.
    • 3.3 DROP ZONE ON 18TH HOLE:
      If a player’s ball enters a No Play Zone (Garden Bed or Red Hazard Area defined in Local Rule 2.1) beyond the 18th green relief can be taken at the nearest point. Note as an additional relief option if no nearest point of relief can be identified without going nearer the hole the player may use the nearest Dropping Zone.
  4. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITION – INCLUDING IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 16)
    • 4.1 GROUND UNDER REPAIR
      Free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1

      1. GUR – Areas encircled by white paint, marked as dots, broken lines, unbroken lines or and / or Ground Under Repair signage
      2. All artificially surfaced roads & paths (includes gravel paths and adjoining posts or barriers) excluding carpark and roadway toward tennis courts.
      3. Unformed cart paths in the general playing area where traffic has been directed by cart signs or blue lines or on and off formed cart paths.
      4. WHEEL RUTS – Clearly defined wheel ruts in the General Area made by course maintenance machinery
      5. TREE ROOTS – In the General Area, ground affected by tree roots where swing is affected. 
Exception – no relief under this Local Rule if the tree root/ roots only interfere with the player’s stance.
      6. PAINTED LINES in the general area are to be treated as an abnormal ground condition
Exception – no relief under this Local Rule if painted lines only interfere with the player’s stance.
    • 4.2 IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
      1. All stakes defining GUR, Penalty Areas, Distance Markers
      2. Line of Play Interference close to Putting Greens e.g. Sprinkler heads.
Immovable obstructions close to putting greens. In addition to the types of interference described in Rule 16.1a, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is:
        1. On the player’s line of play, AND
        2. Is within two club-lengths of the putting green, AND
        3. Is within two club-lengths of the ball.
Exception – no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
  5. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITION – NO PLAY ZONE (Rule 16.1f)
    The following areas are Abnormal Course Conditions in – NO PLAY ZONES and as such Relief MUST be taken in accordance with 16.1f.

    1. Trees and shrubs under two (2) club-lengths in height which interfere with the players intended swing are a no play zones and compulsory ground under repair (the GUR includes any stakes and/or protective guards).
    2. Cultivated or Formed Gardens identified with “Garden Bed” signs are no play zones that are to be treated as an abnormal course condition. Garden edging / boarders are immovable obstructions.
    3. Greens Nursery marked by white stakes adjacent the 6th and 8th holes
  6. IF A BALL IS LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS
    If a ball is lost or out of bounds, as an alternative to stroke-and-distance relief, Local Rule E-5 may be used. A player may drop a ball within two club-lengths, but not nearer the hole, of the nearest edge of the fairway at an equal distance from the hole to where the ball was believed to be lost or went out of bounds and add two penalty strokes. 

    This Local Rule may not be used if:


    1. If a provisional ball is in play, or
    2. For a ball in a penalty area,
    3. For an unplayable ball.
    4. During Club Championship Events


    A Determine the location where the ball went out of bounds (diagram on the left) or was likely to have been lost (diagram on the right)
    B Find the nearest fairway edge no closer to the hole
    C Drop your ball in the shaded area as defined in diagram by lines one side from the hole through point A and on the other side from the hole to point B and not nearer to the hole.

UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE IS THE GENERAL PENALTY:
Stroke Play – Two Strokes | Match Play – Loss of Hole

PENALTY AREA – NO PLAY ZONE (Rule 17.1e)

18th Hole: The Red Penalty Area at rear of the 18th Green beyond the Red Stakes with Black Tops is a no play zone. When a ball is in the penalty area – no play zone, the ball must not be played as it lies, relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 17.1e. (See Dropping Zone Local Rule 3.3).

Drop Zone on 18th hole: If a player’s ball enters a No Play Zone (Garden Bed or Red Penalty Area defined in Local Rule 2.1) beyond the 18th green relief can be taken at the nearest point. Note the player may use the nearest Dropping Zone as an additional relief option if no nearest point of relief can be identified without going nearer the green.