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(Local Rules are often amended when a reprint of the scorecards is necessary, therefore it is always advisable to check that the Rule has not been altered. See below for Temporary Local Rules.)


1. OUT OF BOUNDS
(a) Outside of area bordering the course as marked by white posts or fences.
(b) On or over all pathways or roads.
(c) When playing the 10th hole beyond the white posts on the right-hand side.

2. PENALTY AREAS (AND LATERAL PENALTY AREAS)
Stakes marking penalty areas (yellow) or lateral penalty areas (red) indicate the designation of the nearby hazard. The margins of hazards are where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.
When playing the 14th hole, if a ball comes to rest in the penalty area in front of the green a ball may be played under penalty from the dropping zone under Rule 17-1.
When playing the 13th hole, if a ball comes to rest in either of the penalty areas around the green a ball may be dropped under penalty within two club lengths of the post marked “drop zone”.

3. IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS
(Relief may be taken under Rule 16-1).
(a) Pump houses and associated pipe work.
(b) All pathways, parts of bridges which lie outside the margins of penalty areas, internal fences, course markers and course furniture not out of bounds, including inspection chambers.
(c) All ornamental rocks.
(d) Sprinkler heads. In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and a sprinkler head on or within two club lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief, without penalty, by dropping the ball at the nearest point which avoids such intervention, is not nearer the hole and is not in a hazard or on a putting green.

4. ABNORMAL COURSE CONDITIONS
(a) Play is prohibited from all areas marked with blue stakes. Relief must be taken under Rule 16-1b without penalty.
(b) Relief from Wrong Greens (Rule 13.1f) includes aprons of Wrong Greens. Relief must be taken under Rule 16-1b.
(c) All drainage cuts and flower beds.
(d) Areas marked with white lines.

5. YOUNG TREES
If a young tree having a stake supporting it, or is less than two driver-lengths in height, interferes with a player's stance or area of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Rule 16-1b.

6. TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES
(As posted in the Clubhouse)
These temporary local rules have precedence over those stated above.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULES:
Match Play: Loss of Hole.
Stroke Play: Two strokes.

COURSE SAFETY
LIGHTNING RISK: Players are responsible for their own safety when there is lightning risk.
(Rule of Golf 5-7a).

COURSE EVACUATIONS: Audible warning: 3 short blasts on Klaxon: Fog or Lightning
When the Klaxon is sounded in Fog, at any time, or when Lightning risk exists during a Competition, play is suspended and players MUST leave the Course.

1st January 2019.



Temporary Local Rules


A ball coming to rest in the general area in a crack, hole or tractor rut may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club length of the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole without penalty.

Aeration holes. A ball coming to rest on an aeration hole in the general area may be lifted, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. When the aeration hole is on the green the ball must be placed.

The following applies only when Winter Rules are in force:
When a player’s ball lies on a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, it may be lifted once without penalty, and may be cleaned. They must replace the original ball, or another, on a spot within a relief area.
• Reference Point: The spot of the original ball. When lifting the ball, the player must mark its position to maintain a fixed reference point.
• Relief Area: The size of the relief area is up to 6 inches (150 mm) from the reference point, not nearer the hole than the reference point, and which is 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 the ball under rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for breach of Local Rule: General Penalty (Matchplay: loss of hole, Strokeplay: two stroke penalty)


AREAS IN PLAY
All cultivated areas around trees (other than young trees as defined on the local rules) are in play, whether they have been recently transplanted or not.

The area of eucalyptus trees on the right of hole 15 is in play. The path worn by green staff in this area is to be treated as GUR until a decision is made on its future use.

1st January 2019