Slow Play

The Club is actively involved in reducing the occurrence of slow play.

Please watch a short presentation on tips for you and your partners to avoid slow play.

Pace of Play Policy

Please view the links below to read our policy on the pace of play. This policy is designed to reduce slow play and increase the enjoyability of the game.

Pace of Play Policy

 

To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf

LOCAL RULES – To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf.

  1. Out of Bounds – all ground beyond the boundary fences and areas defined by white posts with black tops and a continuous blue line on left side of hole 9.
  2. Relief from interference by an abnormal course condition is allowed anywhere on the course except in a penalty area. Drop to the nearest point of relief. Close to greens, interference also exists if the immovable obstruction is on the player’s line of play and is within 2 club lengths of the putting green and 2 club lengths of the ball. Rule 16.1b.
  3. Areas around the maintenance facility and surrounds are a no play zone and are marked with blue pegs indicating a compulsory free drop. The drop zone for the hole you are playing should be used and relief taken within 2 club lengths, the ball must come to rest in the dropping zone.
  4. Staked trees and shrubs are designated as No Play areas from which relief must be obtained.
  5. Gardens, including edges/borders, which are deemed a No Play area from which relief must be obtained, are defined by white stakes with green tops.
  6. All GUR areas are defined by white stakes/lines.
  7. Penalty areas are defined by red stakes/lines or yellow stakes/lines.
  8. All players should mark the position of their ball prior to lifting for any type of relief or penalty.
  9. All penalty area and G.U.R. stakes, fences, sand and rubbish bins, tee markers and indicators, seats, bridges, drainage pipes, sumps, brick and concrete walls, steps, cart paths and artificial or formed roads are Immovable Obstructions.
  10. The unsurfaced road to the right of Hole 7 is to be treated as an Immovable Obstruction from which free relief is allowed. Rule 16.1.
  11. If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole: (a) Ball in General Area – the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule (b) Ball on Putting Green – The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d. But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.

Penalty for breach of Local Rules – Stroke play – General Penalty   Match Play – Loss of Hole

Course Information – players must replace and sand all divots, repair pitch-marks on the greens and rake bunkers after use.

Distance Markers – Distances are marked on sprinkler heads, a marker post 1 metre high, on the left of the fairway is 150 metres from the centre of the green. The yellow plastic ball on the flagstick indicates bottom position – front of green, middle position is middle of the green and top position is back of green.

All players must take direction from the Course Marshall/Ranger.

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 & Temporary Local Rules

To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf

Plugged/Embedded ball – Rule 25-2

A ball embedded in its own pitchmark in the ground through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

Abnormal Ground Conditions – Bandicoots – Rule 25

Holes dug by bandicoots are considered to be Abnormal Ground Conditions for purposes of Rule 25 and relief may be obtained under Rule 25-1.

Interference by holes dug by bandicoots with a player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under this Rule.

Relief is denied if the only interference is to the player’s stance.

Aeration Holes

Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

Lost ball 7th Hole

If an original ball may be in the lateral hazard on either side of the 7th fairway, a provisional ball must be played.

The original ball:

If found, please proceed under Rule 26-1 (Relief for ball in Water Hazard)
If the ball is deemed lost, the provisional ball must become the ball in play (Rule 27)

Preferred Lies

When the daily Conditions of Play refer to ‘Preferred Lies’ the following Temporary Local Rule will be in effect for that day:

A ball lying on the area specified in the daily Conditions of Play (ie through the green or mown portion only) may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, it must be placed on a spot within 15 centimetres of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

A player may place their ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.

If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, they incur a penalty of one stroke. If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied

Irrigation Trenches

Through the green, irrigation trenches that are sanded are G.U.R. Relief may be obtained under Rule 25.1.

Distance Measuring Devices

Within all competitions played at this Club a player may obtain distance information using a device that measures ‘distance only’. If during a stipulated round a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (e.g. gradient, wind speed, temperature etc) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.

Penalty for breach of Local Rules

Stroke Play- Two strokes
Match Play- Loss of Hole