From time to time new local rules are introduced either on a permanent or temporary basis. Permanent Rules are defined below, Temporary Local Rules are available here. Existing rules are also sometimes changed. This means that the scorecard may not be up to date. The purpose of this section of the website is to set down the up to date position with regard to all local rules as at 22nd March 2021 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 22nd March 2021 are as follows:
1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 18)
A ball is Out of Bounds when it finishes:
a) Over any fence around the perimeter of the course.
b) Beyond white stakes around the perimeter of the course.
c) In the green keeper’s compound adjacent to the second green.
d) In or over the burn bordering the course. (except 13th hole see local rule 2.c)
2. PENALTY AREAS (Rule 17)
a) The cross burn at the first, and eighteenth holes, defined by yellow posts, is a Yellow Penalty Area. Bridges, bridge supports are part of the Penalty Area.
b) The burn to the left of the first green / adjacent to and in front of the 2nd tee, defined by red posts, is a Red Penalty Area.
c) The area to the left of the 13th hole defined by red posts is a Red Penalty Area.
NOTE: The following local rule applies on 13th: Players MUST not attempt to retrieve the ball or play from beyond the burn- they must proceed under the penalty options available (Rule 17.1d Red Penalty Area).
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE Stroke play – disqualification: Match play – General Penalty.
3. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS (Rule 16)
Relief under Rule 16 may be taken from Animal holes, Ground Under Repair, Immovable Obstructions and Temporary water. Areas marked by small blue flags or white lines are Ground Under Repair. Bunkers marked with small blue flags are deemed to be GUR.
Distance identification discs and posts, artificial paths, and sprinkler heads, red and yellow penalty area marker posts and boundary posts are Immovable Obstructions.
4. PRACTICE (Rule 5)
The following are Practice Areas:
(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.
5. YARDAGE MARKERS
The follwoing dustance markers are measured to the centre of the green - 100, 150, 200 yard discs and posts.
6. PACE OF PLAY
Consider all players and maintain prompt pace of play.
Allow faster groups of any size to play through.
Adopt "ready golf" philosophy.
8. WINTER PLAY
Local Rules will operate depending on weather conditions - notices will be displayed and will be available here Temporary Local Rules are available here