Local Rules & Etiquette

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Local Rules
  1. Out of Bounds – Rule 18.2 or Model Local Rule E-5

  • In or over the canal on 1st/10th; 2nd/11th; 6th/15th; 7th/16th holes.

  • In, on or over all Boundary Fences. 

  • On the Entrance Bridge.

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3. Penalty Areas

  • Yellow Penalty Area as marked by Yellow Stakes or lines – Rule 17.1d(1)

  • Red Penalty Area as marked by Red Stakes or lines – {Rule 17.1(d)3 and (2)}

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 5. Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions)

  • Immovable Obstructions – Signboard behind 9th/18th green; sprinkler heads; manhole covers; steps on teeing areas; teeing areas other than hole in play; seats; stone markers on fairways; gravel paths; stone filled drains. – Rule 16.

  • Ground Under Repair – All Ground Under Repair is marked by a white line.

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2. Lost ball- Model Local Rule E-5

  • A lost ball anywhere on the course with the exception of in a penalty area (see PDF and Video)

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4. Movable Obstructions

  • Penalty Area Posts, Waste Bins, Rakes - Rule 15.2(a)

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 6. Drop Zone

  • While playing the 7th/16th Holes if a ball comes to rest in the stone area behind the green the player must take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the Dropping Zone as indicated by a white circle. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.

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 Penalty for breach of local rule: Stroke Play – 2 Shots; Match Play – Loss of Hole
Etiquette

Courtesy on the Course

  • Players searching for a ball should signal the players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found.

  • They should not search for 3 minutes before doing so.

  • They should not continue play until the players following them have passed and are out of range.

  • When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

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Priority on the Course

  • In the absence of special rules, two-ball matches should have precedence over, and entitled to pass any three or four-ball match.

  • A single player has no standing and should give way to a match of any kind.

  • All Players playing in an 18 hole competition have full priority on non-competitive players.

  • Any match playing a whole round is entitled to pass a match playing a shorter round.