Play is to be in accordance with the R&A Rules of Golf with the following Local Rules:
1. STONES IN BUNKERS
Stones in Bunkers are removable obstructions. If ball moves it may be replaced without penalty.
2. STAKED TREES
If a staked tree interferes with stance or swing then ball may be lifted and dropped without penalty within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
3. OUT OF BOUNDS
Beyond all boundary fences, walls and white stakes/posts; also around the clubhouse, including patios & car-parks. (Notes: (a) White stakes/posts may not be removed. (b) Free relief may not be taken from boundary walls/fences)
4. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTION
Immovable obstructions include artificially surfaced paths (including cart paths), drainage covers, green satellite boxes for irrigation system and internal retaining or decorative stone walls. If such an immovable obstruction interferes with the lie or stance or swing, the ball may be dropped without penalty within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole. Free relief may also be claimed from flower beds and from the decorative stone wall surrounding the lake on holes 14 & 15, provided the ball lies outside the hazard. (Boundary walls or fences are not immovable obstructions)
Rakes must always be left inside bunkers. If a ball comes to rest against a rake the rake may be removed; should this cause the ball to move, the ball may be replaced without penalty.
6. DESIGNATED DROP ZONES
Holes 5, 14 and 15 have designated drop zones. If a ball played from the tee enters the hazard to the right, the player must either use the drop zone under penalty of one stroke or replay the shot under penalty of stroke and distance.
The same applies on Hole 4 and 8 with the additional options on (a) Hole 4, if a ball played from the Men’s tee lands in play before entering the hazard, a drop may be taken under penalty of one stroke, within 2 club lengths of the point of entry no nearer the hole - but only if playing partner(s) agree that the ball landed in play before entering the hazard. If a ball played from the Ladies’ tee enters the hazard, the penalty drop should be taken within 2 club lengths of the hazard behind the fairway bunker; (b) on Hole 8, a penalty drop may be taken within 2 club lengths of the point of entry to the hazard no nearer the hole - provided playing partner(s) agree on the point of entry.
7. SITUATIONS FOR LIFT, CLEAN AND PLACE (OR DROP) WITHOUT PENALTY
A. Under Winter Rules, a ball coming to rest on close mown areas may be lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it originally lay, no nearer the hole.
B. A ball plugged through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped (not placed) within one club length not nearer the hole
C. A ball coming to rest in a tyre rut may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club length, no nearer the hole.
D. If damage caused by wild boar interferes with the lie or stance then the ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole.
8. NO PENALTY IF A BALL IS ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON THE PUTTING GREEN
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
9. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
Players may use devices that measure distances. However, devices that measure elevation (slope) or wind speed are not allowed in competitions. Penalty for breach of rule is disqualification.
10. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE
Unless otherwise stated in a local rule above, penalties for breaches are:
Match Play – Loss of hole
Stroke Play – Two strokes
Updated July 2021