Local Rules

From time to time new local rules are introduced either on a permanent or temporary basis.  Existing rules are also sometimes changed.  This means that the scorecard may not be up to date.  The purpose of this section of the Diary is to set down the up to date position with regard to all local rules as at 1st January 2018 with complete revisions being undertaken on an annual basis.  A copy of the fully updated local rules will also be displayed prominently in the clubhouse and locker rooms at all times in a complete form with any changes made during the course of a year highlighted.

The local rules as at 1st January 2018 are as follows:

1.    Out of Bounds (Rule 27) A ball is Out of Bounds when it finishes:

a) Over any fence around the perimeter of the course including the fence to the left of the 11th.  

b) In the green keeper’s compound adjacent to the second green.  

c) In or over the burn bordering the course. d) In or over the ditch beyond the 18th.

e) In the ditch or on or over paved areas around the clubhouse and locker room buildings, excluding path to 1st forward teeing area.

f) In or over the ditch to the left of the 4th hole.

g) On or beyond the gravel strip down the left of 18th

2.    Water Hazard (Rule 26) The cross burn at the 1st, 2nd and 18th holes is a water hazard.  The bridges, bridge supports, sleeper shoring and supports are part of the hazard.

3.    Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2) All huts, paths, manhole covers, hose points, sprinkler heads, McDivot stakes, green plastic blocks repairing damaged walkways and 150 yard markers identified by yellow discs/green posts are immovable obstructions.

4.    Protection of Young Trees These are identified by tree shelters, canes and stakes. If such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b(i) (Immovable Obstruction).  The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.

5.    Movable Obstructions (Rule 24-1) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

6.    Practice during Strokeplay Competitions (Rules 7 and 33 - 2c) Members may use the following areas (which are part of the course) to practice on Strokeplay competition days:

(a) The practice putting green.  

(b) The practice fairway which is situated between the 14th green and 8th tee and which lies adjacent to the 17th fairway and straddles the 15th fairway and tee.  

(c) The practice area behind the 17th green.

       Practice is NOT allowed in any hazard or on any putting green or other part of the competition course. 

7.    Temporary Greens When stand-alone temporary greens have been cut and play is to these greens, the permanent greens are classed as ‘ground under repair play prohibited’.

When play is to the permanent greens, the stand-alone temporaries are ‘ground under repair play prohibited’

8.    Winter Play – The following will operate on depending on weather conditions – notices will be displayed.

a) Play Prohibited From Fairways A ball finishing on the fairway (inside the broken white lines) must be either

(a)  Dropped and/or placed either side not nearer the hole. There is no limit to how far left or right a player chooses to drop/place. (The position where the ball originally lay does not need to be marked.)

or (b)  Played with a putter

or (c)   Played from a mat: Mat to be placed within 1 ft of the ball.  The ball can then be picked, cleaned and placed on the mat not nearer the hole.

Mats, if desired, can be purchased from the Pro Shop.


Match play – Loss of hole;   Stroke play – Two strokes.

Note: Anyone playing from the fairway without a mat or using a putter may be subject to disciplinary action.

b) Preferred Lies In addition a player may prefer his lie ‘Through the Green’ with the exception of the uncut areas in plantations.

“A ball lying through the green may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.

Definition: "Through the green" is the whole area of the course except:

a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and

b. All hazards on the course. 

Leaves in Bunkers - Leaves in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24 – 1 applies)

9.    Bunkers Under Repair (Rule 25 lb) Any bunker under repair is deemed “through the green” from which relief may be taken.

10.  Integral Parts of the Course Around the practice putting green area all pillars and chains are integral parts of the course.

11.  Ground Under Repair All tractor marks and any area identified by white lines.

12.  Distance Measuring Devices Will be allowed for all play, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.

Important Note: 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.  

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