Local Rules and Etiquette

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

  • A ball is out of bounds when it lies on or beyond the public footpath besides the main driveway.
  • A ball is out of bounds when it lies beyond the course side of any white posts indicating the course boundary.
  • A ball is out of bounds when it lies on or beyond the bridal path to the left of the 15th hole.
  • A ball is out of bounds when it lies on or beyond the wall surrounding the 18th green and the 10th tee, including the professional shop walls and fenced enclosure.

2. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 16.1)

  • All artificial areas and paths.
  • Pathway traversing the 6th and 8th holes.
  • Bell posts at 1st, 5th, 15th and 18th holes.
  • Bridges at 10th and 18th holes out with the designated hazard markings.
  • Electricity poles on the 2nd and 9th holes.
  • Fixed sprinkler heads.
  • Waste bins, benches and sign posts.

3. Boundary Wall and Fence at 18th Hole

When walls, or indeed fences or railings, form the boundary of the course, they are deemed to be fixed, and no relief is available should your ball be lying so close to them as to make your next shot either very difficult or impossible.

You can always attempt to play the ball in some way, whether via a shortened stroke, playing in the wrong direction or attempting a ricochet off the wall.

But do remember that under Rule 14.1, the ball must be fairly struck at, and anything that constitutes a pushing, scraping or spooning action will cost you a general penalty, two strokes, or loss of hole in match play.

If you decide not to play it, you may proceed under Rule 19 (unplayable ball), in which theoretically at least, you have three options, all under penalty of one stroke.

1. You can go back to where you last played from; drop within two club-lengths not nearer the hole.
2. Go back as far as you like on a line keeping the point where your ball lies between you and the flag.
3. Drop the ball within two club lengths not nearer the hole.

Our boundary wall runs parallel to the hole and beyond the green, therefore the second option outlined above might not be available as you can't drop your ball out of bounds!

Also as the boundary wall is beyond the green, the third option won't be available either, as it is impossible to drop within two club lengths not nearer the hole.

So the harsh reality is that sometimes the only realistic option when your ball is lying next to the boundary wall will be the long walk back to where you last played from (i.e see Option 1 above).

4. Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

  • The ponds on the 3rd, 12th and 13th holes are RED penalty areas.
  • The burn on the 10th and 18th holes is a YELLOW penalty area.

5. Suspensions of Play (Rule 5.7)

  • A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signalled by one prolonged note from the siren and play must cease immediately.
  • All other suspensions of play will be signalled by three consecutive notes of the siren and players have the option of completing the hole they are on.
  • In either case, resumption of play will be signalled by two consecutive notes of the siren.

6. General

  • Temporary Local Rules will be displayed in the pro shop.
  • Green staff have priority at all times.
  • Non-playing children under 10 years of age are not allowed to accompany players during competition play.
  • Casual play should give way to official club competitions and knockout matches.
  • Members and visitors should be dressed for golf which includes golf shoes. Wearing of denim jeans or jackets, tracksuits and football kit on the course is not permitted.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the golf course.
  • Do not enter the private property grounds of any house running parallel to the 5th and 6th holes to retrieve golf balls.

7. Etiquette

  • Please repair divots everywhere on the course, except on Teeing Grounds, where you should use the divot mix if it is available.
  • Please repair your pitch marks on Putting Greens and repair any other pitch marks that you see.
  • Please rake bunkers and leave the rake in the bunker with the handle resting on the rim of the bunker, avoiding the line of play.