Local Rules


Supplementary Local Rules (To be read in conjunction with R&A Rules Ltd – Rules of Golf):

1. Out of Bounds (OOB) – Refer R&A Rule 18.2 and Local Rule 6.4a:

a) All areas beyond the inner border of the white stakes with black tops:

i) to the right side of the 9th hole (i.e. the Driving Range area)

ii) behind the 14th and 17th greens

iii) to the left side of the 18th hole beyond the waterway and extending to the left of the 18th green

b) All areas beyond the painted white line on the concrete path behind the 9th and 18th greens

2. Conservation Zones (defined by red stakes with green tops) – Refer R&A MLR E-8.2:

a) Marked Conservation Zones on the right side of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th holes, and left side of the 13th hole are No Play Zones that are treated as Penalty Areas. Players must not enter a Conservation Zone, nor play a ball that is in a Conservation Zone, nor stand inside a Conservation Zone to play a ball. Compulsory drop outside Conservation Zone for 1 Penalty Stroke

b) Where a Red Penalty Area (i.e. a sandy waste area) borders a Conservation Zone, compulsory relief from the Conservation Zone is to be taken outside the bordering Red Penalty Area. Eg on the 7th and 8th holes, generally to the left side of the cart path in an area as shown on R&A diagram 16.1A. The reference point for relief is where the ball last crossed into the Red Penalty Area

3.Red Penalty Areas – Refer R&A Rule 17.1d:

a) Defined by red stakes, lines, pavers and/or natural margin of the hazard. Includes all dams, waterways, garden beds, and sandy waste areas. The ball may either be played as it lies or relief (drop and Penalty Stroke) taken in accordance with the options outlined in R&A Rule 17.1d

4. Abnormal Course Conditions – Refer R&A Rule 16.1:

a) Immovable Obstructions. Free relief for interference with lie, stance or swing is permitted from the following Immovable Obstructions :

i) Staked trees outside Penalty Areas – Compulsory relief

ii) Any stakes or pavers defining penalty areas, but only if the ball lies outside the Penalty Area; (note – no relief from OOB Stakes)

iii) Stakes indicating Dropping Zones

iv) All direction signs (cart direction, blue line instruction, wait here signs), hoops and ropes

v) Tee markers/tee plates and distance markers on fairways

vi) Concrete paths and sealed roads in the General Area

vii) Amenities buildings/shelter structures/course furniture located in the General Area

viii) Deep wheel ruts created by course machinery or motorized vehicles in the General Area. See R&A MLR F-4

ix) Fixed sprinkler heads and grated drains in the General Area

b) ‘Two plus two’ rule for Sprinkler heads adjacent to greens – Refer R&A MLR F5.1. Additional Relief per R&A Rule 16.1 is allowed if the sprinkler head is:

i) On, or within 2 club lengths of the putting surface and

ii) The ball lies within 2 club lengths of the sprinkler head and

iii) The sprinkler head lies on the direct line of play to the hole

c) Ground Under Repair (GUR) includes:

i) Areas defined by White stakes/continuous or dotted white lines/GUR signs are No Play Zones. Compulsory relief per R&A Rule 16.1

ii) GUR sign/White stake in a bunker signifies a No Play Zone. Compulsory Relief per R&A Rule 16.1b

iii) Washouts/animal footprints in bunkers. Optional Relief per R&A Rule 16.1c

iv) All new drainage works and newly laid turf in the General Area. Compulsory Relief per R&A Rule 16.1b

5. Maximum Score on Hole – Refer R&A Rule 21.2b:

a) IN ALL STROKE GAMES: Unless otherwise stated in the ‘Conditions of Play’ for specific events, the maximum score on any hole is 10 shots. Players should pick up once their score on the hole reaches 10 and record a 10 on their scorecard

b) IN STABLEFORD/PAR GAMES: Players should pick up once no score is possible on the hole and record a ‘P’/‘Minus’ on their scorecard

6. Model Local Rules (MLRs):

6.1 Penalty Area 7th Hole:

a) Refer R&A MLR B-3: Long Penalty Area to the Left side of the 7th hole. If unsure whether the original ball is beyond this Penalty Area, play a provisional ball from the point that the ball last crossed into the Penalty Area (with relief as per Area 2 as shown R&A Rule 17.1d, Diagram 2) prior to searching for the original ball. If the original ball is not found, the provisional ball has a 1 shot penalty applied and is in play

6.2 Putting Greens:

a) Putting greens are defined by the margin of the inner cut groove (or inner closely mowed area if no groove is evident)

b) If the ball lies directly on either the inner or outer groove (but only if a cut groove is evident), relief may be taken at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, and in a direct line to the hole. Place ball/No Penalty

c) Play is prohibited from the areas of the green or the fringe (between the inner and outer cut grooves) of the wrong green . Drop within 1 club length from the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. Compulsory Drop/No Penalty

6.3 Preferred Lies:

a) Preferred Lies in the General Area – only if posted in the Course Conditions/course signage on the day of play. Lift, clean and place ball within 15 cm/6 inches, no nearer the hole

6.4 Alternatives for OOB/Dropping Stakes:

a) Alternatives to stroke and distance where the ball lies OOB. Refer to R&A MLR E-5

i) Beyond the white stakes with black tops either to the right side of the 9th hole (in the Driving Range area), or to the left side of the 18th hole on the far side of the waterway, an alternative to stroke and distance is to drop on the edge of the fairway for 2 Penalty Strokes . The reference point on the edge of the fairway for the drop is the nearest point to where the ball is estimated to have crossed Out of Bounds; ensuring that it is no nearer the hole. Relief area extends two club-lengths into the fairway

ii) Beyond the painted white line behind the 9th and 18th greens, or beyond the white stakes with black tops positioned behind the 14th and 17th greens and to the left of the 18th green, an alternative to stroke and distance is to drop within one club-length of the nearest Pale Blue ‘Dropping Stake’ for 2 Penalty Strokes

iii) Note – this Local Rule is not available if a Provisional Ball is in play

b) If the ball lies in the area signposted ‘Practice Putting Green’ – the ball must be dropped within one club-length of the Pale Blue ‘Dropping Stake’ adjacent to the 18th green bridge exit. Compulsory Drop/No Penalty

Penalties for Breach of Local Rules

a) Match Play – Loss of Hole

b) Stroke Play – the General Penalty (Two Strokes)



a) Sprinkler head distance measurements are in metres to the centre of the green

b) Fairway distance markers are at 200m (Yellow), 150m (Blue) and 100m (Red) to the centre of the green

c) Player restrooms and water coolers are located adjacent to the 5th and 15th tees


a) Do not cross the Blue Lines. Where the cart sign points towards the cart path, return to cart path before the sign, or if no sign is present, at the Blue Line painted on the path and remain on the path until the next tee

b) If Blue Lines are not visible, remain at least 10 metres from greens at all times. On holes where it is permitted to drive to the side of the green (i.e., where cart sign points away from the cart path), stay in the rough area and do not drive on closely mown areas

c) Click on Maps link to view exclusion areas on each hole

d) Carts are to strictly remain on paths on the 4th, 12th and 16th holes as per signs on paths. (On the 16th hole, cart access is permitted to the bunkers on the Right side of the green via the back of the green only. Stay more than 10 metres from the bunkers and stay in the rough area but DO NOT drive beyond the front of the bunkers/garden bed) – see Maps above)


a) Obey the Blue Line Rules above

b) Park completely on paths (especially at tees and around greens). DO NOT park with 2 wheels off the path. All paths are wide enough for 2 buggies to pass whilst remaining on the path. The drinks cart and maintenance machinery will maneuver around you as required

c) Avoid any wet/low areas on the course

d) The ‘90 degree Preferred’ rule is in place at all times. This means that wherever practical, you drive down the cart path, out to the ball, then return to path; at all times avoiding any wet/low areas on the course. In the event of a very short (duffed) hit, players are permitted to drive directly along an elevated section of fairway to their ball, prior to returning to the cart path

e) On ‘CARTS ON PATHS ONLY’ days – DO NOT drive off the cart path at any time

f) Remain 5 meters from Red Penalty lines marking wetlands and waterways. DO NOT drive along edges of red penalty lines adjacent to waterways and wetlands

g) DO NOT drive between bunkers and wetlands/waterways

h) Always park Carts on the cart path towards the rear of greens , avoid ever having to walk off the front of a green in order to not hold up play


a) Buggies are permitted to cross greens. Avoid parking buggies on greens where possible

b) Never park buggies in front of greens. Always position your buggy so that you can exit in the direction of the next tee


a) Sand buckets – must be carried and used by all players to repair divots

b) Pitch Marks – should be located and repaired using an appropriate pitch repair tool

c) Bunker Maintenance:

i) Always enter and exit bunkers via a ‘low point’, never via a bunker face

ii) Rake and smooth your divot and all footprints as you exit the bunker

iii) Always replace rake entirely within the bunker, on a flat area, adjacent to a ‘low point’, and pointing in the direction of play on the hole

d) Report any damage to the course, fixtures or amenities to the Pro Shop immediately


a) Observe the R&A ‘Ready Golf’ principles outlined on the Match Noticeboard

b) Your responsibility is to keep up with the group in front

c) The low marker in your group is responsible for the overall pace of the group