Local Rules

Bunkers – Temporary Local Rule

Please be aware as of 1st of April 2021 all bunkers are now back in play.

Please Note due to Covid-19 safety measures the following temporary rule applies.

As all bunker rakes have been removed from the course, players MUST make every effort to return the bunker to a playable condition by smoothing their disturbances in the sand with their feet or club. However it is recognised that this can be difficult to achieve.  Therefore,  preferred lies are now in operation for a ball coming to rest within a bunker.  This now allows a player to lift a ball and place it within 6 inches of where it had come to rest. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

A further notice will be posted when this temporary Local Rule is no longer in effect.

Temporary Local Rules – Nov 2020 to April 2021

To ensure that equity of play is maintained, the following temporary local rules will be in effect as of 2nd November 2020.

Preferred Lies

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 and playing it from this relief area.
• Reference point: spot of original ball
• Size of relief area from reference point: 6 inches
• Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point
• Must be in the general area
Note: our additional local rule on preferred lies in bunkers is still in operation

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Aeration Holes

In the General Area, 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. 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.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.
These Temporary Local Rules will apply until 30th April 2021.

Guidance Notes – GUR and New Local Rules

Please find available to download below guidance notes for relief etc from on-going earth and irrigation works:

Guidance Notes (word)

Guidance Notes (pdf)

On-Course Safety

Please be aware of our On-Course Safety Guide to help you have a safe and experience

Out of Bounds & Relief – 18th Hole Clarification

Please refer to the downloadable document for clarification on whether or not a ball is deemed to be out of bounds at the 18th hole and what relief is permissible:

Out Of Bounds – 18th Hole

Local Rules from 2019:

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS: Rule 18-2

Out Of Bounds is defined by the line between the course side points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts.  It is also defined by the course side edge of any white line used to define the OOB boundary

a) Beyond the course side edge of any wall or fence bounding the course. NOTE: A ball is deemed OOB even if it crosses Maryborough Road and comes to rest on another part of the course.

b) Within the electricity sub-station at the 17th tee or the Greenkeepers compound at the 15th

c) If a ball lies inside the fence surrounding the quarry or the ESA area in front of the quarry marked by white stakes or the area behind the 8th green in front of the quarry marked by white stakes.

d) The white lines at the sea side of the 6th and 8th

e) Practice nets and putting green area as defined by white posts or white lines.

f) Beyond the inside face i.e. the course side, of the concrete posts which run alongside the car park

g) Beyond the course side edge of the white line which runs alongside the various areas on the 1st This allows movable OOB obstructions, including the loose chain links, to be moved.


a) The burn at the south end of the course

Abnormal Course Conditions : Rule 16.1

a) All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially surfaced, are treated as Immovable obstructions.

b) Sprinkler heads and Valve Covers – If a ball lies off a putting green (but not in a hazard) and an immovable obstruction, on or within two club-lengths of the putting green AND within two club-lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole. Relief may be taken as follows: The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

c) Tractor pathways to the right of the 1st, 14th and 15th

d) Golf course signage, furniture and the practice bay shed.

e) All man made steps cut into the side of teeing areas and bunkers, including the observation steps to the left of the 4th tee and to the right of the 16th

f) At the players option, dung from dogs may be treated either as : A loose impediment that may be removed under rule 15.1, or Ground Under Repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1

g) If a players ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing in the General Area, the player may take relief under rule 16.1b.

h) The Salt Pans to the right of the 3rd green are not an immovable obstruction but an integral part of the course.


a) Staked trees – only if such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing. The player must take relief under rule 16.1f

b) Any areas defined as Ground under Repair.


a) During a stroke play competition, it is permissible to practice on and within the boundary of the practice ground area as defined by red and white stakes located to the left of the 5th fairway.

b) If during normal competition play, a ball comes to rest within the boundary of the practice ground it must be played as it lies. EXCEPT if it comes to rest on the putting green where relief must be taken under rule 13.1f


These will be displayed on the Notice Board.



Penalty for Breach of a Local Rule:

Match Play – Loss of Hole;

Stroke Play – Two Strokes.