Local Rules

The regular Local Rules have been included below. However, from time to time Special Local Rules are published, together with Winter Rules. The precise dates between which these rules apply are detailed on the Club Notice Boards. Click here for the latest version (2015)

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)

  • On or over any wall, fence or hedge bounding the Course.
  • On or over any wall or gateway bounding Lodge Farm on the 13 th hole.
  • Beyond the beech hedge from the front of the 1 st tee and its continuation to the back of the 2 nd green.
  • On or over the boundary fence to the railway line.
  • On or over the paths surrounding the 1 st tee, clubhouse and the car park.
  • The car park.

2. LATERAL WATER HAZARDS (Rule 26-1)

  • Water hazards marked by red stakes such as those on the 1st, 3rd , 5th , 11th and 12th holes. NOTE: All other water hazards on the Course are ordinary water hazards (Rule 26-1).

3. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE (See Definition of Obstructions)

  • The quarries to the right of the 6th fairway and 15th tee. In all cases the ball must be played as it lies or be declared unplayable (Rule 28).

4. ROADS AND PATHS

  • The roads running through the Course and all paths on the Course, including hexapath, are obstructions. Relief may be obtained (Rule 24-2b)

5. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTION CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN

  • The specimen local rule in the rules of golf is in effect (see pages 128-129).

6. STONES IN BUNKERS

  • Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions - Rule 24-1 applies.

7. GROUND UNDER REPAIR (Rule 25-1)

  • Any area encircled by a blue line. Unless in play, temporary greens (encircled by a blue line) should be treated as mandatory ground under repair; full relief must be taken. The only exception to this rule is that players may use a putter to play from a temporary green.

8. PRACTICE AREAS

  • The practice area on the right of the 18th hole is an integral part of the Course on which practice is permitted on the day of competition.

9. PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES

  • Protection of young trees identified by stakes. If such a tree interferes with a player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction).

10. EMBEDDED BALL IN ITS OWN PITCHMARK

  • Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitchmark in the ground, other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must strike a part of the course 'through the green'. Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this local rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this local rule.

11. DEEP RUTS MADE BY TRACTORS

  • A rut made by a Tractor Tyre is not a 'hole made by a greenkeeper' however 'through the green', any deep rut, caused by a tyre can be treated as ground under repair. Exception: This provision does not apply to shallow marks or indentations made by tyres.

12. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS

  • If a player's ball lies on the putting green and there is interference by an abnormal ground condition i.e. excessive water lying around the hole, the player may under such circumstances be permitted to remove such water as necessary, before taking their putt. Only in such circumstances will the player not incur any penalty as defined under rule 13-2.  

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE:

  • Match Play - LOSS OF HOLE
  • Stroke Play - TWO STROKES