Local Rules

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L O C A L   R U L E S

 (To be read in conjunction with the of the Rules of Golf effective 1st  January 2019)

1.  OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18.2)

(a)   Those areas beyond the boundary fences of the course.
(b)    Those areas beyond the inside line of white stakes with black tops bounding the course.
(c)     The area to the right of the concrete edging of the cart path on the 8th and to the left of the 10th.
(d)     The clubhouse and carpark

2.  PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)

(a)   All Penalty Areas are deemed to be Red Penalty Areas and are defined by stakes with red tops and/or, herbicide lines                      surrounding water holes.

     Note – The stakes are immovable obstructions and are in the penalty area.

3.  STAKED TREES (Model Local Rule E10)

      The young trees identified by stakes or guards are no play zones:

·    If a player's ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a         tree interferes with the player's stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

·    If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player's stance or area of intended swing exists from such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief under Rule 17.1e(2).

    Exception – A player may not obtain relief under this Local Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to play a stroke because      of interference by anything other than such tree or shrub, or (b) interference by such tree or shrub would occur only through          use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

    Note – The stakes or guards protecting such trees/shrubs are immovable obstructions.

4.  IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 16.1)

     The following are classified as immovable obstructions:

  (a)   All stakes, tee markers, tee signs, seats, chain barriers, tree guards, tree stakes, sand bins and all buildings on the                      course.

  (b)   Roads and Pathways - Only those clearly defined by concrete edges or are artificially surfaced with concrete, bitumen              or decomposed granite surfaces are classified as immovable obstructions. Worn areas, even if they are tracks made by            carts, are not covered by this local rule.

  (c)   Road to right of 5th green A ball coming to rest on this road may be lifted and dropped in the nearest drop zone.

  (d)   Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction (e.g. sprinkler head) may be taken under Rule 16.1.

          The player also has the extra option to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting                              green and  on the line of play:

          Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is on the line of play, and            is within two club-lengths of the putting green, and within two club-lengths of the ball. (Model Local Rule F-5)  

          Exception - No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player                        chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

   (e)      V Drain on 3rd, 4th and 18th holes

          This drain is classified as an immovable obstruction.  The margins of the obstruction are defined by the outer edge of                 the concrete.

           Relief for a ball that enters the water in this drain is to be taken at the point of entry into the water.

                   (f)     Plastic root barriers – relief may be taken if the barrier interferes with players swing. (holes 2, 4, 16, 17  & 18)                                     free relief may not be taken from root barriers within a penalty area.

5.  GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)

                   (a)   Those areas as defined by white lines, white stakes, or appropriate signage.

     (b)  All garden beds with clearly defined (i.e. brick, concrete, rock or timber) borders, afford a compulsory drop without                    penalty, except where the garden is within the bounds of a penalty area.

    6.  ALTERNATIVE TO STROKE AND DISTANCE FOR LOST BALL OR BALL OUT OF BOUNDS

(Model Local Rule E-5)

When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:

(a). Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:

·         Come to rest on the course, or

·         Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.

(b). Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway" means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).

But with these limits: Limits on Location of Relief Area:

  • Must be in the general area, and
  • Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

  • The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.
  • This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).

But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when:

  • That ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or
  • The player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).

A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

7.  GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)

Relief is available from an area in a bunker obviously damaged by kangaroos. Drop, in bunker, at nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole.

Player Information: 

Distance Markers 

All Distance markers are to the centre of the green and can also be found on a number of sprinkler heads.

Flag Positions -    Yellow - Front third of green, Red - Middle third of green, White - Back third of green        

                                                                                                         

CONDITIONS OF PLAY

Starter

  • All players must comply with all reasonable requests from the starter.
  • Players must be available at the First Tee twelve (12) minutes before scheduled hit off time.
  • Players not available to hit off at the scheduled time will be rescheduled to the next available time slot.

Fees

All appropriate fees must be paid before access to the course will be granted.

General

  • Each player must have a set of clubs.
  • Maximum of 4 players per group unless approved by the starter

Course Marshall

Is in complete control of play.  Instructions by the marshall must be abided by.

Course Etiquette

  • No player should hit until the players in front are out of range or have left the vicinity of the green.
  • Mark card on the next tee or well away from the final green.
  • When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the green and proceed to the next tee.
  • A player should carry a sand bucket at all times and fill any divot that is encountered on the course.
  • Plug marks on greens should be repaired.