Local Rules

Napier Golf Club Local Rules - short version (v2 10.05.2019) see Full version of Local Rules below                               

Course boundaries and out of bounds


All boundary fences; white stakes; safety fences adjacent to the hole 1 together with painted white line from the end protecting Club House and practice greens;

A ball coming to rest beyond a public road is out of bounds, even if on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.

Internal out of bounds

hole 1, includes practice area boundary fence in addition to already described safety fences and painted white line;

hole 13, a ball hit from any of hole 13 teeing areas on to or beyond the hole 14 fairway is out of bounds.

hole 18, Club House environs, practice green and hole 10 tee areas marked by any painted white line; the course side concrete edge of paths and practice green.

Penalty areas

The red penalty area is defined on only one side and extends to infinity.

Relief from Red Penalty Area allowed using one of the options under Rule 17.1d(1) or Rule 17.1d(3).

Declaring practice bunkers part of general area

The practice bunker located: to the right of hole 10; to the left of hole 11 and hole 15; is ground under repair and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b.

Status of practice putting green or temporary putting green

The practice greens adjacent to the Club House are out of bounds.

The practice green located to the right of hole 10; to the left of hole 11 and hole 15; is a wrong green and free relief must be taken under Rule 13.1f.

Preferred lies (only applies when printed on playing card)

Alternative to stroke and distance for lost ball or ball out of bounds

If Elite Play does not apply the player may proceed under the Stroke and Distance Local Rule E-5 for penalty of 2 strokes rather proceeding under stroke and distance. This Local Rule is not available when the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance.

Ball played from outside relief area when taking back-on-the-line relief

Local Rule E-12 is in effect.

Protection of young trees and garden areas

The young trees identified by: height less than 2 club lengths; protecting stakes; garden areas (excluding the garden area defined as out of bounds on the hole 9) are no play zones. The player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

Abnormal course conditions

Abnormal course conditions: ground under repair (white dotted lines or blue stakes); wood chip pile on hole 9; immovable obstructions (distance marker blocks/plates; drainage grates; fixed seats; grave sites on right of hole 16 fairway; kiosks; sprinkler heads; stakes (including attached rope/tape); stiles; tee signs; toilet blocks; water fountains); are a no play zone. The player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

All course roads and paths treated as obstructions

Except roads and paths designated out of bounds and the un-grassed area between hole 16 tee blocks and hole 15 green which is not a path all other course roads and paths are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

Treating movable objects to be immovable

All: boundary fence gates; stakes on the course; are immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

Relief is not allowed to be taken under Rule 15.2.

Painted lines or dots

Painted lines or dots on the putting green or in a part of the general area cut to fairway height is ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. Interference does not exist if painted lines or dots only interfere with the player’s stance.

Use of distance-measuring devices

During a round, a player may use an electronic distance-measuring device only for distance information.

Replacement of a club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged

Local Rule G-9 is in effect

Methods for stopping and resuming play

A suspension of play for any reason will be signalled by 2 extended siren bursts. All players on the course must immediately return to the Club House. If play is able to continue, players will be given 15 minutes to return to their position on the course when resumption of play will be signalled by 1 extended siren burst.

Penalty statement

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty (stroke play – 2 strokes; match play – loss of hole).

 
 
 
 

 

 
Local Rules (Full Version) v2 10.05.2019

A Course boundaries and out of bounds

A-1 Defining boundaries

· out of bounds is defined by:

   ·   the line between the course-side points at ground level of:

         ·   fence posts;

         ·   white stakes;

         ·   safety fences adjacent to the hole 1 blue, white and yellow tee areas;

         ·   the painted white line on concrete curbs; paths; from the end and right of the hole 1 safety fences;

· on hole 9 white stakes mark the garden area and E 10 does not apply.

A-3 Out of bounds when public road runs through course

A ball coming to rest beyond the roads: Korokipo Road (hole 9 and hole 18); Links Road (hole 10 and hole 11); is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.

A-4 Internal out of bounds

During play of:

· hole 1,  a ball hit:

         ·   between/over the safety fences and coming to rest outside the area defined in A-1;

         ·   over/through the hedge and past the course side concrete edge of the carpark;

         ·   through the post and wire fence marking the boundary with the practice area;

            is out of bounds;, a ball hit from any of
 
 · hole 13,    teeing areas on to or beyond the hole 14 fairway is out of bounds. For the purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway"                        means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less;

· hole 18,    a ball hit to the left or behind green 18: over the painted white line on concrete curbs; paths; from the end and                      right of the

         ·   hole 1 safety fences;on to or across the path between the
         ·   hole 10 tee areas;
         ·   on to the practice green between the Club House and green 18;

is out of bounds.            

   For the purposes of this Local Rule the boundary is defined by: any painted white line; the course side concrete edge of paths    and practice green.


A-5 Stakes identifying out of bounds

Where a boundary is defined by white stakes these stakes are immovable obstructions.

B Penalty areas

B-1 Defining penalty areas

· The red penalty area to the left on hole 1 defined on only one side extends to:

      ·   infinity;
      ·   coincides with an out of bounds edge.

· The red penalty area to the right of hole 10 defined on only one side extends to infinity.

B-2 Relief from red penalty area

When a player's ball is in a penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area even though not found, the player may take relief using one of the options under Rule 17.1d(1) or Rule 17.1d(3).

B-3 Provisional ball for ball in a penalty area

If a player does not know whether their ball is in the penalty area at hole 1 or hole 10 the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:

In playing the provisional ball, the player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (see Rule 17.1d(1), or the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)).

Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, the player may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.

In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:

   ·     When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. The player may choose either to:

o  continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be                   played.  All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty                   strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or

         o   continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.

   ·   When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area.         The provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play.

C Bunkers

C-4 Declaring practice bunkers part of general area

The practice bunker located: to the right of hole 10; to the left of hole 11 and hole 15; is ground under repair and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b.

D Greens

D-5 Status of practice putting green or temporary putting green

The practice greens adjacent to the Club House are out of bounds (see A-1 and A-4).

The practice green located:

   ·   to the right of hole 10;
   ·   to the left of hole 11 and hole 15;

is a wrong green and free relief must be taken under Rule 13.1f.

E Special or required relief procedures

E-3 Preferred lies (only applies when printed on playing card)

When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

   ·   Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.

   ·   Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one scorecard length or 30 cm from the reference point, but with these         limits:

·   Limits on Location of Relief Area:

o   must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and

o   must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b and 14.2e.

E-5 Alternative to stroke and distance for lost ball or ball out of bounds

This rule is not available for Elite Play.

Elite Play is defined as: Club Championships; Club and District Competitions/Opens; National Championship.

Full wording:

When a player's ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

   ·   the original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.

   ·   this is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:

(a) Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:

   ·   come to rest on the course, or
   ·   last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.

(b) Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway" means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing area for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

   ·   a line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and

   ·   a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).

But with these limits:

Limits on Location of Relief Area:

   ·   must be in the general area, and

   ·   must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball when the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).

A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

Short Card wording:

“If Elite Play does not apply the player may proceed under the Stroke and Distance Local Rule for penalty of 2 strokes rather proceeding under stroke and distance. This Local Rule is not available when the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance. See Local Rule E-5 for full detail.”

E-10 Protection of young trees and garden areas

The:

   ·young trees identified by: height less than 2 club lengths; protecting stakes;
   ·garden areas (excluding the garden area defined as out of bounds on hole 9);
are no play zones.

If a player’s ball lies anywhere on the course:

   ·   in or on a garden area;
   ·   touching a young tree;
   ·   or the garden area or young tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing (there is no relief under this          Local Rule if interference exists only because the player chose: a club; direction of play; swing; type of stance; that is          clearly unreasonable in the circumstances);

the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

E-12 Ball played from outside relief area when taking back-on-the-line relief

When taking Back-On-the-Line relief, there is no additional penalty if a player plays a ball that was dropped in the relief area required by the relevant Rule (Rule 16.1c(2), 17.1d(2), 19.2b or 19.3b) but came to rest outside the relief area, so long as the ball, when played, is within one club-length of where it first touched the ground when dropped.

This exemption from penalty applies even if the ball is played from nearer the hole than the reference point (but not if played from nearer the hole than the spot of the original ball or the estimated point where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area).

This Local Rule does not change the procedure for taking Back-On-the-Line relief under a relevant Rule. This means that the reference point and relief area are not changed by this Local Rule and that Rule 14.3c(2) can be applied by a player who drops a ball in the right way and it comes to rest outside the relief area, whether this occurs on the first or second drop.

Short Card wording:

“Ball played from outside relief area when taking back-on-the-line relief: Local Rule E-12 is in effect.

F - Abnormal Course Conditions

F-1 Defining abnormal course conditions

Abnormal course conditions are:

   ·   ground under repair defined by:
               ·   the outside edge of a white dotted/painted line on the ground;
              ·   the line between the course-side points at ground level of blue stakes;
   ·   the wood chip pile on hole 9;
   ·   immovable obstructions:

               · distance marker blocks/plates; drainage grates; fixed seats; grave sites on right of hole 16 fairway; kiosks; sprinkler                   heads; stakes (including attached rope/tape); stiles; tee signs; toilet blocks; water fountains;

are a no play zone. The player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

F-17 All roads and paths treated as obstructions

Except:

   ·   those roads and paths designated out of bounds under A-4 above;

   ·   the un-grassed area between hole 16 tee blocks and hole 15 green which is not a path;

all other roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

F-18 Treating movable objects to be immovable

All:

   ·   gates on any boundary fence;

   ·   stakes on the course;

are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

Relief is not allowed to be taken under Rule 15.2.

F-21 Painted lines or dots

Painted lines or dots on the putting green or in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less are to be treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.
But interference does not exist if painted lines or dots only interfere with the player’s stance.

G Restrictions on use of specific equipment

G-5 Use of distance-measuring devices

During a round, a player may use an electronic distance-measuring device only for distance information.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule - see Rule 4.3.

G-9 Replacement of club that is broken or significantly damaged

Rule 4.1b(3) is modified in this way:
If a player’s club is “broken or significantly damaged” during the round by the player or caddie, except in cases of abuse, the player may replace the club with any club under Rule 4.1b(4).
When replacing a club, the player must immediately take the broken or significantly damaged club out of play, using the procedure in Rule 4.1c(1).

For the purposes of this Local Rule:
A club is “broken or significantly damaged” when:

   ·   the shaft breaks into pieces, splinters or is bent (but not when the shaft is only dented)
   ·   the club face impact area is visibly deformed (but not when the club face is only scratched)
   ·   the clubhead is visibly and significantly deformed
   ·   the clubhead is detached or loose from the shaft, or
   ·   the grip is loose.

Exception: A club face or clubhead is not “broken or significantly damaged” solely because it is cracked.
Penalty for Breach of Local Rule – See Rule 4.1b.”

Short Card wording:

“Replacement of a Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged: Local Rule G-9 is in effect.

 J Procedures for bad weather and suspensions of play

J-1 Methods for stopping and resuming play

A suspension of play for any reason will be signalled by 2 extended siren bursts. All players on the course are required to immediately return to the Club House.

If play is able to continue, players will be given 15 minutes to return to their position on the course when resumption of play will be signalled by 1 extended siren burst. See Rule 5.7b.

K Penalty statement

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty (stroke play – 2 strokes; match play – loss of hole).