Local Rules

The following Local Rules are the complete local rules as of January 1, 2018 and include those that are on the scorecard. Additional local rules may be posted on the noticeboard prior to updating of this comprehensive listing.

OUT OF BOUNDS (RULE 27)


  1. The practice area
  2. Beyond any boundary fences, hedges or white posts
  3. In the car park, the Clubhouse and its paved surroundings
  4. When playing a stroke from the 11th tee, on or beyond the 8th fairway
  5. In or beyond the brook on the left of the 12th hole past the last footbridge

WATER HAZZARD (RULE 26)


All streams and ditches crossing fairways, and lakes as defined by yellow posts. (Rule 33-8) 6-b) Provisional Ball (holes 4,9 Stock course) Permitting play of a provisional ball for a ball which may be in a water hazard of such character that it would be impractical to determine if the ball is in the hazard or to do so would unduly delay play. In such a case, if a provisional ball is played and the original ball is in a water hazard, the player may play the original ball as it lies or continue the provisional ball in play, but he may not proceed and rule 26-1.

LATERAL WATER HAZZARD (RULE 26)


All streams and ditches running parallel with the fairways, and lakes as defined by the red posts.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (RULE 24-2)


All parts of the watering system, paths are to be regarded as immovable obstructions

STONES IN BUNKERS (RULE 24-1)


Stones may be moved without penalty, if in doing so the ball is moved it must be replaced on its original spot.

STAKED TREES (RULE 24-2)


If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area intended of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty and dropped in accordance with procedure prescribed in rule 24-2 (immovable obstruction). The ball may be cleaned when lifted. This rule also applies to any artificial support to any tree.

LOCAL RULE-FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS


If 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 between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:-

  • If the ball lies on the putting green it may be lifted, cleaned and placed not nearer the hole at the nearest point of relief at which intervention by the obstruction is avoided.
  • If the ball lies off the putting green (but not in a hazard), it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoides such intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green

LOCAL RULE
USE OF DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES IN COMPETITIONS


The use of Global Positioning Systems and other range finding devices is permitted in all competitions except:-

  • Equipment/devices which provide information on other conditions which might affect play e.g. gradient, windspeed, temperature etc.
  • Competitions where the use of such devices is specifically prohibited under the governing rules of the competition.

LOCAL RULE
AERATION HOLES/SLITS


Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or machine made slit may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. Relief may similarly be taken when a ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing in accordance with Rule 25-1
On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

DROP ZONES HOLES 4 and 7


If a ball is in or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in:

  1. When playing the 4th hole, the lateral water hazard of the brook at the right of, or beyond, the 4th green designated by red stakes

  2. OR

  3. When playing the 4th hole, the lateral water hazard beyond the bridge to the left of the 4th green designated by red stakes

  4. OR

  5. When playing the 7th hole, the lake at the back of the 7th green, designate by the red stakes

The player may

  1. proceed under Rule 26-1; or
  2. as an additional option, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke in the nearest dropping zone for the hole being played to the point that the ball last crossed the hazard.

LOCAL RULE
BALL ACCIDENTLY MOVED


When a ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidently moved by the player, his partner, his opponent or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

COMPETITION NOTICE – USE OF BUGGIES


The use of buggies is permitted in all competitions including Monthly Medals/Stablefords unless specifically excluded under the rules of the competition-

Penalty for breach of local rule

Match Play- Loss of Hole Stroke Play-2 strokes

Competitions Committee