Local Rules

Always check the notice board for any updates to these Local Rules.

OUT OF BOUNDS

  1. Beyond all white stakes or white lines defining the course.
  2. The Clubhouse and beyond the ‘living wall’ behind the 18th Green and 10th Tee.
  3. The new Raymond Ackerman Academy practice facility.
  4. The Workshops on the right hand side of the 1st and 9th Holes.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR/ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITION

  1. The Greens nursery and the Practice Bunker right of the 9th Fairway are classified as through the green and defined as ground under repair.
  2. All areas circled with white paint.
  3. Relief is denied for interference to STANCE from a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.
  4. Wheel Tracks: A player may treat a deep rut caused by a wheel or tyre as ground under repair & take relief without penalty if the ball comes to rest in a rut. (The intention of this local rule is to give the player relief from an abnormal ground condition, but not a shallow indentation made by golf cars or green keeping equipment.)
  5. Relief may be taken from all newly sodded areas.

PROTECTION OF THE COURSE

  1. Only flower beds on the course marked with green stakes are ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in these areas, or if they interfere with the player’s stance or swing, the player MUST take relief under Rule 25-1.
  2. Trees that are required to be protected from damage are identified by white stakes. If a tree so marked interferes with a player’s stance or the area of intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted & dropped without penalty as provided in Rule 24-2.
  3. All CANDELABRA plants, irrespective of where they are – the player MUST take relief without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-1.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

  1. Roads & Pathways: Relief can be taken from ALL artificially surfaced roads and pathways under Rule 24-2.
  2. Relief may be taken from all Distance markers.
  3. Relief may be taken from all fixed sprinkler heads. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard & such an obstruction on or within 2 club lengths of the putting green & within 2 club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball & the hole, the player may take relief as follows: the ball shall be lifted & dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which
    1. is not nearer the hole,
    2. avoids such intervention &
    3. is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
    the ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
  4. Computer boxes – if there is interference with your stance or area of intended swing, the ball may be lifted & dropped within one club length of & not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief on a part of the course which avoids interference.

MOVEABLE OBSTRUCTIONS

  1. All hazard stakes (yellow- water hazards and red – lateral water hazards)
  2. Stones in bunkers.

DROP ZONES

If the ball is dropped in the dropping zone, the ball shall not be re dropped if it comes to rest within two club lengths of the spot where it first struck a part of the course even though it may come to rest nearer the hole or outside the boundaries of the dropping zone.

  1. 15th Hole: If a player’s ball enters the lateral water hazard at the 15th green, the player may, in addition to the options available under Rule 26, drop a ball in the designated drop zone, for penalty of 1 stroke.
  2. 8th Hole:
    1. If a player’s ball comes to rest in the flower bed (Green stakes) on the right hand side of the 8th green and right hand side of the 9th teeing ground, the ball MUST be lifted, dropped and played without penalty from the DROP ZONE in front of the men’s 9th teeing ground.
    2. If a player’s ball enters the lateral water hazard on the right hand side of the 8th green between the two blue stakes, the player may, in addition to the options available under Rule 26, drop a ball in the designated drop zone, in front of the men’s 9th teeing ground for penalty of 1 stroke.

NOTE:
All measurements are to the centre of the green.
White Flag – Front Yellow Flag – Middle Red Flag – Back.

TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

RULINGS: If in doubt seek a ruling or play two balls in accordance with Rule 3-3. If two balls are played you MUST report the facts of the situation to the Tournament Committee before returning your scorecard. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. After completion of the round, settle any doubtful points with the Committee before returning your scorecard.

OTHER CONDITIONS: Competitors must report to the ‘Starters’ TEN MINUTES before their advertised time of play. If a player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in Rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes in stroke play. Penalty for lateness beyond five minutes is disqualification. The Tournament Committee shall have the power to delay the time of starting, if they consider that circumstances render this necessary.

NOTE: Ball embedded in ground through the green. For a ball to be considered embedded, it must be in its own pitch-mark with part of the ball BELOW the level of the ground. However, the ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be considered embedded (e.g. grass or loose impediments may intervene between the ball and the soil)

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES

For all play at this course, except on Championship and Trophy days, 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, windspeed, 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.

PREFERRED LIES

There are preferred lies one club length.

 

Always check the notice board for any updates to these Local Rules.