Local Rules

Ground Under Repair

When a player’s ball lies in ground under repair, the player must take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Note: Definition of ‘General Area’ is ’The area of the course that covers all of the course except for the other four defined areas: (1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing, (2) all penalty areas, (3) all bunkers, and (4) the putting green of the hole the player is playing.

Drainage Channels are ground under repair.

The player may take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Tyre & Tractor Marks are ground under repair.

The player may take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Bunkers under complete renovation and marked as ground under repair.

The player must take free relief (outside of the bunker) under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Immovable Obstructions

Fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions.

When a ball lies in the general area cut to fairway height or less, and a fixed sprinkler head on or within two club lengths of the putting green, and within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play, the player may take free relief under rule16.1b 1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.)

All man-made paths and the public footpath that runs through the course (7th & 9th holes) are immovable obstructions.

The player may take free relief under rule16.1 by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Note: Bridges over water hazards. The edge of a penalty area extends both up above the ground and down below the ground. This means that all ground and anything else (such as any natural or artificial object) inside the edge is part of the penalty area. If an object is both inside and outside the edge, only the part of the object that is inside the edge is part of the penalty area.

Out Of Bounds

A ball is out of bounds if all of it lies in, on or beyond any fence, hedge, line or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.

  • The right of the 1st hole
  • The right of the 2nd hole
  • The back of the 5th green
  • The right of the 6th hole
  • The right of the 7th hole
  • The back of the 7th green
  • The right of the 9th hole

Note: Where the out of bounds is defined by a hedge, the boundary line is considered to be the inside line of the hedge trunks at ground level.

A ball at rest is out of bounds only when all of it is outside the boundary edge of the course. When defined by a stake or painted line on the ground, the boundary edge is the course-side edge of the stake or painted line, and the line itself is out of bounds.

Protection of Young Trees

Young trees identified by a stake or protective sleeve. If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or intended area of swing:

The player must take free relief under rule16.1f by dropping the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Playing the 4th Hole

The ditch is a Yellow penalty area.

Playing the 8th Hole

To avoid unduly delaying play, if there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under the following relief options:

Stroke-and-distance under rule 17.1d or Back-on-the-line under rule 17.1d.

If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue to 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.

The peninsula (island) is included as part of the water hazard. A line drawn between the two yellow stakes defines the margin of the hazard.

If you hit your ball into the hazard from the tee, you may not drop and play another from the peninsula.

Playing the 9th Hole

The ditch is a Red penalty area.

Temporary Local Rules

Tee Mats

Where present, tee mats comprise the teeing area. When starting a hole from a tee mat the player must stand and play a ball from the mat.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: Match play – loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Preferred Lies

Preferred Lies apply when notices are displayed by the greens keeper.

When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the ball in, and playing it from the following relief area:

Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.

Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches, but not be nearer the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area.

Note: ‘Closely mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths cut through the rough cut to fairway height or less.

Cross Country Path

During cross country season a pathway is roped off from behind the 5th green and extends past the 2nd green to the tee of the 2nd hole. During this period the pathway is ground under repair.

The Committee                       Oct 01 2019