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(To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf and any temporary additional Local Rules)
OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27-1)
All areas beyond the inside of the course boundary fences.
All areas beyond the inside line of stakes marking Out of Bounds (white with black tops)
See also 6 below.
OBSTRUCTIONS – IMMOVABLE (Rule 24-2) Any staked tree, which interferes with the players’ stance or intended swing. Relief must be taken – Rule 24-2 (b)
II. “2 and 2 Rule”. (Refer Local Rule Appendix 1- Part A Para. 4a).
III. Any red, yellow, blue or white stake (excluding any out of bounds stake).
OBSTRUCTIONS – MOVABLE
Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions. (Refer Local Rule Appendix 1 Part A Para. 3)
MULCH & WOODCHIP
To be regarded as an integral part of the course.
ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS (Rule 25-1)
Any area surrounded by a continuous white line is GUR from which play is prohibited.
Any clearly defined wheel mark made by course machinery or vehicle.
Any washaway in a bunker.
Any other area defined by white stakes (except out of bounds stakes) and/ or sign and/or broken white line is GUR.
i – Lateral water hazards to the right of the 6th, 8th and 12th holes are deemed to extend to infinity. Any ball lying beyond the borders of these hazards is not considered out of bounds, but in the lateral water hazard. Any ball lying outside of the course boundaries must not be played, Penalty – Disqualification
ii – Where the margin of a water hazard or lateral water hazard is not marked by a line or stakes, the margin of the hazard is the edge of the grass adjacent to a hazard which is identified by a stake.
7A. DROPPING ZONES
If a ball is in or known or virtually certain that a ball has not been found is in the lateral water hazards, or either lateral water hazards beyond the 13th putting green the player may:
6th teeing ground, near the protective fence – A ball at rest between protective fence and out of bounds fence with line of play interference to the hole on the 5th putting green and
9th hole, behind the putting green -A ball at rest on the gravel pathway beyond or to the right of the 9th putting green.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY
When play is suspended due to a dangerous situation, play MUST stop immediately on the sounding of the siren. (Refer Local Rule Appendix 1 Part B Para. 4). Penalty of breach of Local Rule – Disqualification.
Penalties for breach of Local Rules
Match Play – Loss of Hole
Stroke Play – Two strokes (unless otherwise nominated)