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LOCAL RULES

1. Out of Bounds:

(a) Beyond any fence, wall or gate bounding the course.

(b) In the car park or any of the paths or flower beds adjacent to the Clubhouse.

2. The dykes crossing the 3rd and 5th holes are integral parts of the course as are all rock outcrops, ditches and similar depressions – other than on closely mown areas or areas designated as “Ground Under Repair”.  The ball must be played as it lies or a penalty taken under Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable.

3. The following are deemed to be “Immoveable Obstructions”:-

(a) Seats, shelters, steps and immoveable marker poles.

(b) Permanent tractor tracks except in areas designated as “Ground Under Repair”

(c) Pathways surface with gravel, stone, concrete or the like, including the tank cover on the 1st fairway.

(d) Staked trees and trees protected by netting or shelters.

(e) Embedded stones or rocks on closely mown areas.

Relief is permitted under Rule 24 – 2 without penalty (within one club length of nearest point of relief but no nearer the hole) and MUST be taken in the case of staked trees and trees protected by netting or shelters.

4. The following areas are designated as “Ground Under Repair”:-

(a) Any area on the course outlined in white or marked as “Ground Under Repair”

(b) Tractor wheel marks on closely mown areas.

(c) Re-seeded divot marks and other re-seeded areas.

(d) The area between the white posts and the out of bounds boundary wall to the right of the 9th green.

Play is prohibited from areas marked as “Ground Under Repair”.  Relief is permitted under Rule 25-1 without penalty (within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole)

5. A ball finishing on the practice putting green, on either of the greens on the practice ground or the old 4th green when not playing to these greens MUST be lifted and dropped in accordance with Rule 25-3

6. A ball finishing on the lower 1st green or apron thereof when not playing to that green should be lifted and dropped from the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole without penalty.

7. When playing the 3rd hole any shot striking either the marker pole on the 8th green or the marker pole in front of the 3rd green MUST be played from where it lands.

8. A ball finishing between the back edge of the 7th tee and the boundary wall may be declared unplayable and dropped in the dropping zone next to the tee under penalty of one stroke.

9. Preferred lies:

During the period from 1st November to 30th April each winter a ball lying on any closely mown area through the green may, without penalty, be moved or lifted, cleaned and placed within 6 inches of where it originally lay, but no nearer the hole. After the ball has been so moved or placed, it is in play, and if it moves after the player has addressed it, the penalty shall be one stroke – Rule 18-2b.

NOTE: “Closely mown area” for the purpose of these Local Rules means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.


R&A Rules

Rule 18-2. By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment

b. Ball Moving After Address

If a player's ball in playmoves after he has addressed it (other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke. The ball must be replaced, unless the movement of the ball occurs after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of the club for the stroke and the stroke is made.

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Rule 24-2. Immovable Obstruction

a. Interference

Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player's ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

b. Relief

Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows:

    (i)Through the Green:If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole  than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard  or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course  at a spot that avoids interference by the immovable obstruction  and is not in a hazard  and not on a putting green.

    (ii)In a Bunker: If the ball is in a bunker, the player must lift the ball and drop it either:

        (a) Without penalty, in accordance with Clause(i) above, except that the nearest point of relief must be in the bunker and the ball must be dropped in the bunker; or

        (b) Under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the bunker the ball may be dropped.

    (iii)On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief may be off the putting green.

    (iv)On the Teeing Ground:If the ball lies on the teeing ground, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, in accordance with Clause(i) above.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule.

(Ball rolling to a position where there is interference by the condition from which relief was taken - see Rule 20-2c(v).)

Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than an immovable obstruction or (b) interference by an immovable obstruction would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

Note 1: If a ball is in a water hazard (including a lateral water hazard), the player may not take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction. The player must play the ball as it lies or proceed under Rule 26-1.

Note 2: If a ball to be dropped or placed under this Rule is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.

Note 3: The Committee may make a Local Rule stating that the player must determine the nearest point of relief without crossing over, through or under the obstruction.

Rule 25-1. Abnormal Ground Conditions


a. Interference

Interference by an abnormal ground condition occurs when a ball lies in or touches the condition or when the condition interferes with the player's stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player's ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an abnormal ground condition on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

Note: The Committee may make a Local Rule stating that interference by an abnormal ground condition with a player's stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule.

b. Relief

Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an abnormal ground condition as follows:

    (i)Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

    (ii) In a Bunker: If the ball is in a bunker, the player must lift the ball and drop it either:

        (a) Without penalty, in accordance with Clause(i) above, except that the nearest point of relief must be in the bunker and the ball must be dropped in the bunker or, if complete relief is impossible, as near as possible to the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole, on a part of the course in the bunker that affords maximum available relief from the condition; or

        (b)Under penalty of one stroke, outside the bunker, keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the bunker the ball may be dropped.

    (iii)On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the putting green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief that is not in a hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief may be off the putting green.

    (iv)On the Teeing Ground: If the ball lies on the teeing ground, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, in accordance with Clause(i) above.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted under Rule 25-1b.

(Ball rolling to a position where there is interference by the condition from which relief was taken - see Rule 20-2c(v).)

Exception: A player may not take relief under this Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than an abnormal ground condition or (b) interference by an abnormal ground condition would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

Note 1: If a ball is in a water hazard (including a lateral water hazard), the player is not entitled to relief without penalty from interference by an abnormal ground condition. The player must play the ball as it lies (unless prohibited by Local Rule) or proceed under Rule 26-1.

Note 2: If a ball to be dropped or placed under this Rule is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.

Rule 25-3. Wrong Putting Green


a. Interference

Interference by a wrong putting green occurs when a ball is on the wrong putting green.

Interference to a player's stance or the area of his intended swing is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

b. Relief

If a player's ball lies on a wrong putting green, he must not play the ball as it lies. He must take relief, without penalty, as follows:

The player must lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the wrong putting green and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Rule.

Penalty for Breach of Rule:

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

 Rule 28. Ball Unplayable


The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:

    a. Play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

    b. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or

    c. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

Penalty for Breach of Rule:

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes