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Local Rules - Temporary 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.



PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

General Penalty

Temporary Local Rules


Bare Patches on Fairways
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.


13th Hole – Right Hand side of path – Free Relief
Free relief may be taken from the GUR or Roped Area or Bare Patches on the high (right) side of the path but before the fairway.
Relief is taken on the low (left) side of the path at the blue peg drop zone. Refer to DROPPING ZONES [Rule 14.3] on the back of the score card

  > Relief is only available when playing the 13th hole


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
Drop at base of slope in direct line with the hole *May be nearer the hole*. No penalty.


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.


First Green – Abnormal Course Conditions
If your ball is on the first green and there is interference from the abnormal course condition on the back right of the green, you may take free relief by placing the original ball or another ball at the nearest point of free relief on the green not nearer the hole.


9th Tees – Compulsory GUR
The roped off area and signage surrounding the new 9th tees is COMPULSORY GUR and to be treated as a black peg No Play Zone.


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