LOCAL RULES TO BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RULES OF GOLF AND ANY TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES AS DISPLAYED

Local Rule – Lost Ball

  • The Model Local Rule E-5, LOST BALL OR BALL OUT OF BOUNDS when a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed under the alternate Stroke and Distance Local Rule for a Penalty of two strokes, rather than proceeding under the standard Stroke and Distance rule provided under rules 17, 18 or 19.
  • The ball MUST be dropped anywhere between the point where the ball is known or believed to have been lost/out of bounds and the nearest edge of the fairway.
  • This Local Rule is not available if a provisional ball has been played.

Local Rule – Rock walls are No Play Zones

In the interests of player safety, all rock walls within penalty areas are deemed No Play Zones. 

If a ball touches or rests upon any such Rock wall, or the rock wall physically interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or swing, the player MUST either:

  • Take free relief by dropping the ball within the penalty area, or
  • Under penalty of one stroke, take relief outside the penalty area.

If the ball lies OUTSIDE the Penalty Area and the rock wall physically interferes with the player’s intended stance or swing, the player MUST:

  • Take free relief in accordance with the Immovable Obstruction Rule (16.1),
  • and the ball must be dropped Outside the penalty area.

 

Penalty for Breach of Local rules.

  • Stroke play-two strokes.
  • Matchplay – loss of hole.

Ground Under Repair (Rule 16.1a)

  • Defined by white stakes, lines or signs. White painted tree roots.
  • Clearly defined deep wheel ruts. Erosion in bunkers.
  • Gardens and hedges are NOT GUR unless so marked.
  • NPZ: All areas marked with a no play zone (NPZ) sign or bunkers marked with a stake are no play zones that are to be treated as abnormal course conditions. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f.

Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1)

  • Stakes defining penalty areas and GUR. Safety screens. Retaining walls.
  • Tree protection screens. Staked trees and shrubs.
  • Traffic directional signs, posts and ropes and 150 metre markers.
  • Sprinkler heads, the player may take relief under rule 16.1b if a sprinkler head is on the line of play and is within 2 club Lengths of the putting green and within 2 club-lengths of the ball.
  • In a bunker, if your ball lies on or your swing is obstructed by the exposed matting the rule 16.1b applies. No penalty but the ball must be dropped in the bunker.

Penalty Areas (Rule 17.1)

  • Defined by red stakes or red lines.
  • A ball entering the Penalty Area at the rear of the 4th or 15th green, or front of the 16th tee defined by red stakes with blue tops may be dropped in the nearest designated drop zone under penalty of one stroke.

Non-Penalty Areas (Free Relief Area)

  • Defined by Blue stakes / poles or blue lines Only.
  • A ball entering a Free Relief area to the rear of the 5th hole, or between the 14th Fairway and 18th Tee, defined by blue stakes/lines/poles may be dropped in the nearest designated drop zone without penalty.

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2a)

  • Beyond the inside line of any fence bounding the golf course.
  • Beyond the inside line of any white stakes with black tops or painted boundary line.
  • 12th Hole, beyond white squares with black dots on the kerb LHS of the entry road. A Ball which crosses the LHS kerb of the entry road which comes to rest beyond that point is out of bounds, even though it might lie on another part of the course.

Distances

  • All measurements are metres to centre of green, including 150 metre markers located on either side of fairways. The use of measuring devices is permitted.

Suspension of play

  • During a round, a player must not stop play except in these cases:
    (a) Suspension by committee
    (b) Stopping play by agreement in Match Play
    (c) Individual player stopping play because of lightning.
    (d) and the interpretation 5.7a

     

    Examples of where the committee is likely to disqualify a player under Rule 5.7a for stopping play include when:

  • The player takes shelter from rain for a significant amount of time.
  • All players who sheltered for a significant amount of time should be disqualified.

General Information

Flags

  • White – Front of green
  • Yellow – Middle of green
  • Check – Back of green.

Mulch

  • Mulch on the course is to be treated as an integral part of the course where the individual pieces of mulch may be moved as a loose impediment.

Smoking

  • Smoking on the course is only permitted in the rough and treed areas.
  • Mulch on the course is to be treated as an integral part of the course where the individual pieces of mulch may be moved as a loose impediment.

Indexing

Golf Australia’s recommended Matchplay indexes will be used:

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