Local Rules

Local Rules (subject to variation by the Board(v3.3 01.02.2020)

Short version 

Course boundaries and out of bounds

Out of bounds is:

· boundary fence posts or white stakes;
· internal out of bounds;

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

Internal out of bounds

Club House Area: including gardens and marked by white stakes and painted lines; course side concrete edges; paths; parking area.

hole 1: Club House Area; practice area boundary fence posts; white stakes.

hole 9 and 10: white stakes.

hole 13: a ball hit on to or beyond the hole 14 fairway (defined by: the edge of, and all the general area cut “closely mown”; a line extending at a right angle from the start of hole 14 fairway towards hole 16 fairway;) is out of bounds.

hole 18: Club House Area.

Declaring practice bunkers part of general area

The practice bunker located: to the extreme right of hole 10; to the extreme 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.

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

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 if the:

· player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance;
· form of competition is Elite Golf (advised on the day by the golf committee).

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

Local Rule E-12 is in effect.

Protection of garden areas and trees

Garden areas (defined as any planned space set aside for the cultivation and enjoyment of plants but excluding the garden area defined as an internal out of bounds on hole 9); trees identified by height less than 2 club lengths or with protecting stakes; are no play zones.

The player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

All course paths and roads treated as obstructions

Except paths and roads 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 paths and roads 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 (not boundary 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 dots or lines 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 dots or lines only interfere with the player’s stance.

Preferred lies (cleaning and replacing) only applies when printed on playing card.

Other

Practice is only permitted:

· Club House Area; (chip green; putting green);
· hole 1; behind tee block (pitch/chip green; bunkers; driving bays); driving range left of fairway;hole 11; bunker and green to extreme left of 11th green;
· hole 12; driving range right of tee block and fairway or access from Links Road;
· maximum 2 balls on the 6 or 18 hole courses.

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.

Distance markers

Distance on sprinkler heads; fairway markers (colour/conifer trees) are measured in metres to the centre of the green.
Fairway markers: blue 170; white/conifer trees 135; red 100.
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A Course boundaries and out of bounds

A-1 Defining boundaries

· out of bounds is defined by:
   · boundary fence posts;
   · white stakes;
   · internal out of bounds.

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

Club House Area includes gardens and is marked by: white stakes; painted white lines; course side concrete edges; paths; parking areas.

During play of:

· hole 1, a ball hit:
   · into the Club House Area;
   · 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;

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

· hole 10 white stakes mark the right course boundary.
 
· hole 13 , a ball hit on to or beyond the hole 14 fairway is out of bounds. For the purposes of this Local Rule, "fairway" means: the edge of, and all the general area that is cut “closely mown”; a line extending at a right angle from the start of hole 14 fairway towards hole 16 fairway.

· hole 18, a ball hit into the Club House Area is out of bounds.

A-5 Stakes identifying out of bounds

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

C Bunkers

C-4 Declaring practice bunkers part of general area

The practice bunker located: to the extreme right of hole 10; to the extreme 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 fairway;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 (cleaning and replacing) 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.

E-10 Protection of garden areas and trees

The:

· garden areas (defined as any planned space set aside for the cultivation and enjoyment of plants but excluding the garden area defined as an internal out of bounds on hole 9);
· trees identified by height less than 2 club lengths or with protecting stakes;
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.

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 paths and roads treated as obstructions

Except:

· those paths and roads 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 paths and roads 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 (not boundary 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 dots or lines

Painted dots or lines 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 dots or lines only interfere with the player’s stance.

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).

Other

Practice is only permitted:

· Club House Area; (chip green; putting green);
· hole 1; behind tee block (pitch/chip green; bunkers; driving bays); driving range left of fairway;hole 11; bunker and green to    extreme left of 11th green;
· hole 12; driving range right of tee block and fairway or access from Links Road;
· maximum 2 balls on the 6 or 18 hole courses.

Distance markers

Distance on sprinkler heads; fairway markers (colour/conifer trees) are measured in metres to the centre of the green.
Fairway markers: blue 170; white/conifer trees 135; red 100.