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Local Rules

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1) Out of Bounds – proceed under Rule 27-1

a) Beyond any wall, fence, hedge or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.

b) On or beyond any white line defining the boundary of the course. (A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies on or beyond such a line).


i) Where out of bounds is defined by a fence or line of white stakes, the line joining the nearest inside points at ground level of such stakes or any inside fence posts (excluding angled supports) defines the boundary. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies beyond such a line.

ii) Objects defining out of bounds are not obstructions; therefore relief without penalty from them is not available.

2) Water Hazards, including Lateral Water Hazards (Rule 26)

Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines.

Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or red lines.

When both stakes and lines are used, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin.


i) A ball is in a water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches the water hazard, including any stake or line.

ii) Stakes defining the margin of a water hazard are obstructions.

iii) Relief without penalty is not available from immovable obstructions or abnormal ground conditions when the ball is in a water hazard.

iv) Retaining artificial walls and pilings surrounding bordering water hazards are immovable obstructions.

3) Ground Under Repair (GUR) (Rule 25-1)

a) Any area encircled by a white or blue line.

b) Any area of damaged ground that is considered by a Rules Official to be abnormal.


i) Any area defined as GUR is ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in the area, or if it interferes with the player’s stanceor the area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1

c) When the course has been aerated, a Local Rule permitting relief, without penalty, from an aeration hole may be posted. Unless such a rule is posted there is no relief from aeration holes.

4) Movable Obstructions (Rule 24-1)

a) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

b) Marker post 12th fairway

5) Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2) include.

a) All artificially surfaced roads and paths on the course. All other paths and tracks are integral parts of the course.

Exceptions: A Ball played on the 14th hole and coming to rest on the tarmacadam, must be played from the designated dropping zone.

b) White lined areas adjoining any immovable obstruction are part of the obstruction and not ground under repair

c) Fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions

d) The fence protecting the 16th Tee is an immovable obstruction

e) The Ha-Ha is an integral part of the course

6) Protection of Young Trees

Trees which are staked or otherwise identified or protected (e.g. by wrapping). 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).

7) Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green

Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that:

(a) is not nearer the hole,

(b) avoids intervention and

(c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Relief under this Local Rule is also available if the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. The player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point to where the ball lay that

(a) is not nearer the hole,

(b) avoids intervention and

(c) is not in a hazard.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted

8) Wrong Greens (Rule 25-3)

Practice putting and/or pitching greens on the course must be treated as wrong greens.

9) Bunker Faces

a) A bunker face which consists of stacked turf is not part of the bunker and is not deemed to be a "closely mown area" (Rule 25-2: Embedded ball).

b) A grass covered bunker face, not consisting of stacked turf, is likewise not part of the bunker.

10) 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 his play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.


i) Trolleys with a distance-measuring capability: May be used provided any other features, which are non-conforming, are disabled (e.g. 'taped up' or switched off).

ii) Multi-functional devices (such as a mobile phone) with a distance-measuring application: May be used provided the application is restricted to "distance only" and the device does not have any other "non-conforming" features or applications.

11) Water Hazards (9th Hole)

For a ball played from the 9th Tee. If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the lake adjacent to the 9th green or within the defined margin around it the player may (Rule 26-1):

(a) 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, normally the tee (see Rule 20-5); or

(b) 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 (this means you must keep the lake between you and the green); or

(c) drop a ball, in the dropping zone (please note the dropping zone has three areas only one of which is in use, the other two being marked as GUR)

In addition:

Water Hazards; Ball Played Provisionally Under Rule 26-1

If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard (only the lake adjacent to the 9th green or within the defined margin around it) the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1 above.

If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.

If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1. (The player may not proceed under rule 26-1 with the original ball)

If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

12) Dropping Zones

When using a dropping zone the following provisions apply regarding the dropping and re-dropping of the ball:

a) The player does not have to stand within the dropping zone when dropping the ball.

b) The dropped ball must first strike a part of the course within the dropping zone.

c) If the dropping zone is defined by a line, the line is within the dropping zone.

d) The dropped ball does not have to come to rest within the dropping zone.

e) The dropped ball must be re-dropped if it rolls and comes to rest in a position covered by Rule 20-2c(i-vi).

f) The dropped ball may roll nearer the hole than the spot where it first struck a part of the course, provided it comes to rest within two club-lengths of that spot and not into any of the positions covered by (e).

g) Subject to the provisions of (e) and (f), the dropped ball may roll and come to rest nearer the hole than:-

i) its original position or estimated position (see Rule 20-2b);

ii) The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief (Rule 24-2, Rule 24-3, Rule 25-1 or Rule 25-3); or the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard or lateral water hazard (Rule 26-1).

Unless otherwise specified above or the breach is covered by a Rule of Golf,


Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes