Local Rules (inc. Temporary Local Rules)
To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf & GV Rules on the back of the scorecard
UPDATED – 17/11/2019
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)
All ground outside the boundary fence and those areas the margins of which are defined by white stakes with black tops.
2. MOVEABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (24-1)
The following items are defined as moveable obstructions and relief, without penalty, may be taken:
¨ Stones in bunkers
¨ Stakes in front of greens
3. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2)
The following items are defined as immovable obstructions and relief, without penalty, may be taken:
¨All fixed sprinkler heads, tap covers and hoses are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2 in addition, if such, an obstruction on or within
two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, as follows, if the ball lies off the putting green but not in a
hazard and is within two club lengths of the interfering obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such
intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on putting green.
¨ Sand bins
¨ Stakes & Guards (excluding OOB stakes)
4. STAKES TREES AND SHRUBS
If a staked tree or a tree less than two club lengths in height interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his or her intended swing, the ball must be lifted and dropped in
accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b.
5. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25)
The following areas are deemed GUR and relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1(b):
¨ Wheel marks made by a mower, tractor or motor vehicle (except in a hazard)
¨ Sunken areas of course drainage on closely mown areas
¨ All new course works (inc. tree stumps) & areas marked by white stakes
¨ Trees surrounded by mulch on 13th hole
The following areas are deemed GUR from which play is prohibited and relief must be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1(b):
¨ All garden beds (Note: Mounds planted with tussock grasses are NOT gardens unless marked with GUR)
6. 18th HOLE – PATHWAY AND CARPARK
A ball coming to rest on the pathway (including carpark) behind the 18th green must be dropped, without penalty, within the designated drop zone.
7. BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON GREEN
(This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.)
Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as
it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.
8. BALL IN DAM ON 2nd HOLE
If a ball does not clear the water hazard (the dam) (from the blue tees on the 2nd hold), the player may:
(i) re play the ball from the tee (under Rule 26-1)
(ii) drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the drop zone. (in front of the white tees on the other side of the dam).
NOTE: When playing the Blue course, ALL players must play from the Blue tees on the 2nd hold.
9. WATERING EQUIPMENT
As we are now entering the warmer months, we will be irrigating the course and all players are reminded that all watering equipment including hose, sprinkler and soak hoses are to be treated as an
immovable obstruction. (Rule 24-2)
Relief without penalty may be taken under the rule Known as Relief from Abnormal Ground Condition page 109 Rules of Golf 2016
All players are reminded that all temp Direction, GUR signs and Rope / Chain Barriers including posts are Immovable Obstructions and relief under rule 16.1 page 93, R&A 2019
RELIEF FROM ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS
The sprayed areas in the middle of fairways and along fairway edges have not recovered as expected. It would appear that they will take quite some time into the future to recover fully.
As a consequence, free relief will be allowed from sprayed areas in the middle of fairways and along the edges of fairways.
This will come under the rule for “Abnormal Course Conditions” and will apply from the start of play on 14th November 2019.
The actual rule is:
Rule 16 .1a.
When relief is allowed
1 The players ball touches or is in or on an abnormal course condition
2 An abnormal course condition physically interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or area of intended swing.
Director of Golf