Local Rules

1.  Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall or fence defining the boundary of the course or marked by white posts, lines or stakes.
When playing the 6th and 7th holes a ball on or beyond the footpath on the embankment to the left of the hole.
On or over the 3rd fairway when playing the 13th hole.

2.  Red Penalty Areas (Rule 17.1d & 17.1e)

The area around the greenkeeper’s facilities and clubhouse. This is a No Play Zone.
Any body of water on the course (whether or not marked by the Committee) including a lake, pond, river, ditch, surface draining ditch or other open water course even if not containing water.
No Play Zones - When a ball is in the No Play Zone within the penalty area, the ball must not be played as it lies and relief must be taken from interference by the No Play Zone under Rule 17.1e. The Ball must be dropped in the Relief Area, the Reference Point for which is where the ball last crossed the margin of the Penalty Area 1 Stroke Penalty.

3.  Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16)

Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 16.1.

 The player also has these extra options to take relief when such immovable obstructions are close to the putting green and on the line of play:

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b if an immovable obstruction is:

On the line of play, and is:

Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and
Within two club-lengths of the ball.

Exception - No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

Items included:

Fixed and pop-up sprinkler heads and covers associated to the irrigation system.
All artificially surfaced roads and paths including their kerbs and edges.
The footpath on the top of the embankment when playing the 5th hole.


 4.  Relief must be taken from a Wrong Green (Rule 13.1f)

The Winter 3rd Green is to be classed as a Wrong Green except when in use.

5.  Embedded Ball in Stacked Turf Faces or Soil Faces Above Bunkers (Rule 16.3a)

Free relief is allowed for a ball embedded in the stacked turf faces or soil faces above bunkers. As per Rule 16.3, the reference point for taking relief is the spot right behind where the ball is embedded. A ball must be dropped in and come to rest within a relief area of one club-length from the reference point, which is not nearer the hole and is in the general area, not in the bunker.

If a player’s ball is embedded in the general area but neither the reference point nor any part of the course within one club-length of the reference point is in the general area, the player is not allowed to take free relief under Rule 16.3b.

For example, free relief is not allowed if:

a ball is embedded at the very base of the lip, wall or face above a bunker;
the spot right behind the ball is in the bunker;
within one club-length of and not nearer the hole from that reference point, there is no part of the relief area that is in the general area.

6.  Ground Under Repair (Rule 16)

All GUR is compulsory lift and drop.