To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf, as adopted by R&A Rules Ltd, and any Temporary Local Rules on the Noticeboard
1.Out of Bounds (Rule 18)
Out Of Bounds is defined as beyond the course side points, at ground level, of any line of white stakes with black tops or fence posts defining the boundary of the course.
2.Penalty Areas (Rule 17)
Penalty Areas are defined by red stakes, lines or dots. Note: these stakes are immovable obstructions.
3.Abnormal Course Conditions (Rule 16)
3.1 Ground Under Repair (GUR) is any area encircled by white painted lines or dashes, and/or white stakes. Stakes defining GUR are Immovable Obstructions.
3.2 Except in a Penalty Area, clearly defined wheel ruts made by a mower, tractor or motor vehicle. Interference does not exist if a wheel rut interferes with a player’s stance.
3.3 If an Immovable Obstruction is on the line of play, and is in the General Area and is within 2 club-lengths of the putting green and within 2 club-lengths of the ball, a player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
The ball may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that is, a) not nearer the hole, b) avoids interference and c) is not in a penalty area or on a putting green. Exception; there is no relief if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.
3.4 Exposed Tree Roots. If a player’s ball is in the General Area and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the General Area cut to fairway length the tree roots are treated as Ground Under Repair. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1 (but interference does not exist if the tree roots interfere with the player’s stance).
3.5 Washaways in bunkers. Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows are abnormal ground conditions (Ground Under Repair).
3.6 Play is prohibited from a cultivated garden bed identified by white stakes with a green stripe. Note: All other planted areas are an integral part of the course from which the ball must be played or declared unplayable.
3.7 Staked Trees and Shrubs. If a tree or shrub, that is either staked and/or protected by a tree guard, interferes with the player’s stance or the area of their intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 16. Note; stakes are Immovable Obstructions.
3.8 Roads and Paths Artificially surfaced or formed roads and paths (including loose gravel) are immovable obstructions. All other roads, paths and tracks are an integral part of the course from which the ball must be played or declared unplayable (Rule 19).
4.Power Lines and Poles (Rule 14.6)
If a ball strikes an elevated power line or cable on the course or poles supporting such lines or cables, the stroke must be cancelled and replayed without penalty. If the ball is not immediately recoverable another ball may be substituted.
5.Above-Ground Travelling Irrigators
If the irrigator, its anchoring mechanism, or the metal guiding cable interfere with a player’s stance or intended area of swing, the provisions of Rule 16 (Immovable Obstructions) apply.
Line of Sight Interference occurs if all of the following conditions are met:
- The Irrigator or its anchoring mechanism lie on a player’s line of intended play (so long as the intended line of play is reasonable)
- The ball is not in a Penalty Area
- It is NOT clearly unreasonable to expect the Travelling Irrigator Unit to interfere with the movement of the player’s ball
If Line of Sight interference occurs, as defined above (or if the player’s ball lies within one club-length of Line of Sight Interference existing as defined, and where the other Line of Sight requirements are met), the player MAY take relief as follows:
- Drop a ball within 2 club-lengths of the nearest spot on the course (which is not in a penalty area or on a putting green), which is not nearer the hole than the ball’s original position and where Line of Sight Interference as defined above, does not exist.
The car parks are compulsory GUR. If your ball enters the car park from the 8th or the 18th holes, you can choose to drop in a drop zone or take normal relief (When a player uses a dropping zone, the ball must be dropped in the dropping area and it must come to rest in the dropping zone)
An Integral Object is an artificial object defined by the Committee as part of the challenge of playing the course from which free relief is not allowed.
- All dirt tracks, pathways and roads that are not artificially surfaced
- All wood-chipped and mulched areas (individual wood chips are loose impediments)
- All gardens unless defined with white stakes with green tops
- Artificial retaining areas, and pilings when located within a penalty area
- The artificial stacked-turf walls of bunkers
Penalty for breach of Local Rule
- Match Play; loss of hole
- Stroke Play; general penalty under Rule 14-7a (2 strokes)
Temporary Local Rules
(check Local Rules board or Scorecard when in operation)
8a. Preferred Lies
- 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 by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
- Reference Point is the spot of the original ball.
- Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 30cm from the reference point, but within these limits must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and must be in the General Area.
In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.
- A player must mark the Reference Point before lifting the ball.
8b. Relief from Aeration Holes
This rule may be in operation only during course renovations and will be indicated on the Noticeboard.
If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:
- (a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.
- (b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.