The following local rules apply to playing golf at the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club and are printed on the back of all score cards, to be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf and the Temporary Local Rules as issued.
Players should regularly check the Local Rules noticeboard outside the Pro Shop, which contains the authoritive local rules applicable, which may over-ride local rules printed on the scorecard. It is the Player's responsibility to be familiar with the published local rules.
See Rule 24 for definition of OBSTRUCTIONS. Relief from IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS may be taken in accordance with Rule 24-2b. Immovable Obstructions include: STAKES, 150M BLUE MARKER POSTS, SPRINKLERS, SPRINKLER HEADS, HOSES & DRAINAGE GRATES.
STAKED TREES: Rule 24-2b applies "MUST DROP AWAY" - if the ball is in a hazard, the ball must be dropped within the hazard (without penalty), or relief taken from the hazard under rule 26 under a penalty of 1 stroke.
FIXED SPRINKLER HEADS & DRAINAGE GRATES
In addition to rule 24-2b, if such an obstruction on or within two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on theline of play between the ball and the hole, the player may obtain relief, without penalty as follows:
If the ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and is within two club lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c), is not in a hazard or on a putting green.
STONES IN BUNKERS
Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies)
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREA
The area to the left hand side of the 16th fairway, demarcated with white stakes with black tops, is classified "Environmentally Sensitive" and, as such, is OUT OF BOUNDS (OOB). Players are not permitted to stand in this OOB area and play a ball that is in bounds. Penalty under 33-8/43 - Decisions on the Rules of Golf, is 2 strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play. Please see the illustrated guide to this rule which is based on the R&A specimin local rule.
OUT OF BOUNDS
Ground outside the Club boundary fences (Rule 27-1).
Blue stakes (150m) and sprinkler head markers indicate the distance to the centre of the green being played.
A ball hitting the overhead cables MUST be replayed without penalty.
When playing the 15th hole, if a ball comes to rest on or within the area of the 18th tee, relief may be obtained from the fence adjacent to the 18th tee, providing the fence interferes with the line of play. Relief may be obtained by use of the dropping zone. The dropping zone is defined with orange bricks.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR (GUR)
The following areas are deemed to be GUR. See Rule 25:
Garden Beds (adjacent to the practice putting green and 6th tee only): Relief MUST be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1. Greenkeepers Sheds: Relief MAY be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1, Residential Water Washaways: Relief MAY be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1 from washaways caused by Residential Water Run Off.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
A player may obtain information by using a device that measures distance only. If a player uses a distance measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (eg gradient, wind speed or temperature), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3 for which a penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
BREACH OF LOCAL RULE
MATCH PLAY: LOSS OF HOLE
STROKE PLAY: TWO STROKES
Temporary Local Rules and other policies
From time to time the Match Committee will issue temporary local rules - as issued on the notice board. Any temporary local rules currently in action can be downloaded for your reference, however the Temporary Local Rules posted on the noticeboard outside the Pro Shop take precedence over on-line versions at all times: