Permanent Local Rules

Permanent local Rules

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When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.  The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced – 18.2

 BARE PATCHES: On closely mown fairways are considered as GUR – Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25-1.  On Putting Green free relief – Abnormal Ground Conditions Rule 25-1 b (iii)

 DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES:  For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that MEASURES DISTANCE ONLY. Rule 14-3.

EXPOSED TREE ROOTS On fairways are deemed to be GUR but relief is restricted to the lie of the ball and the area of intended swing R & A Decision

2014-2015 Rule 33-8/8

 GROUND UNDER REPAIR:  All areas defined by white stakes and or lines.

Except in a hazard, clearly defined wheel marks or ruts made by a mower, tractor or motor vehicle, drainage pipes and grates as well as ant hills and ant nests are GUR.  Any other GUR will appear in as a temporary local rule.


Cultivated gardens, marked with Blue paint or Blue pegs, are GUR from which play is prohibited.  Newly planted trees under ONE club length in height are to be considered an immovable hazard if the tree interferes with a player’s stance or swing.  The player MUST take relief in accordance with Rule 24-2b, 25-1.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Large stakes supporting young trees, drainage pipes and grills as well as Sponsors signage are covered by Rule 24-2b.  A player is entitled to free relief (24-2) from a sprinkler if, on the closely-mown fairway, their ball lies within 2 club lengths of a sprinkler that is within two club lengths of the putting surface.

MOBILE PHONES: With the exception of an emergency or if a phone is being used as a distance measuring device, the use of mobile phones by a competitor or caddie whilst on the golf course during the competition is strictly prohibited Rule 14-3. Golf Committee members and players who are emergency personnel on call are an exception to this rule and use is permitted, if required. If a mobile phone is being used as a Distance Measuring Device it must only be used as such.

MOVEABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Metal Hoops and Green Stakes with Rope are considered to be moveable obstructions – A player may move the obstruction without penalty and then MUST replace the obstruction. Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions Rule 24-1a.

OUT OF BOUNDS:  Those areas beyond the course boundary fences, those areas beyond any line of white stakes with black tops as well as the Club House and adjacent gardens.  NO relief available from boundary fences.

 PREFERRED LIES: A ball on closely mown area through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned, before lifting the ball the player MUST mark its position. Having lifted the ball the player must replace it on a spot within 30cm of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard or on the putting green.  Appendix 1, 4 Course Conditions B.  A player must only place the ball ONCE and is in play when it has been placed.  If a player fails to mark their ball before lifting it they incur a ONE shot penalty.

PROVISIONAL BALL: If there is a doubt whether a ball is in or lost in the water hazard (from 14th tee on the 14th hole or from the 15th fairway to the 15th green), the player may play another ball provisionally under Rule 26-1 App 1-B-1

RELIEF FOR EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green a ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground may without penalty be marked lifted cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole Rule 25-2

ROADS AND PATHS: Only roads and paths that are constructed using an artificial surface are immovable obstructions. Players are entitled to relief under Rule 24.2. The road adjacent to the railway line on the 12th, 17th and 18th holes extends to the fence and players are entitled to relief.

The artificial constructed face at the rear of the bunker on the 1ST hole is considered an integral part of the course. No relief is available.

If a ball strikes the overhead power lines on the 12th hole it MUST be replayed without penalty

If a ball lies within, or a player’s swing or stance is interfered with by the Sewerage works (18th), the Greenkeeper’s Compound or the Leaderboard, the player is entitled to free relief but MUST use the designated Drop Zone

Penalty for breach of local rule: Stroke play – Two Strokes, Match play – Loss of hole – unless otherwise stipulated.

 Additional Temporary Local Rules may also apply.

 Golf and Match Committee – Morisset Golf Club