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 published on the Local Rules noticeboard outside the Pro Shop.

A new Temporary Local Rule, Preferred Lies Between The Tree Lines has been approved by the Board effective from Friday 14th June 2019.

The local rules have been revised for the 2019 Rules of Golf and take effect from 1st January 2019. Prior to that date, refer to the Local Rules Board and the scorecard. The new local rules provide a number of additional options for players, so it is important to read them. They are published in an abbreviated form, which will be printed on the back of score cards, and the full version which contains more detail. A summary of changes is also available.

Score cards will be updated with the new local rules as soon as possible. Meanwhile, existing scorecard stocks with the old local rules will be issued, but from 1/1/2019 players are required to follow the new local rules. A half-scorecard size version of the local rules is available in the Pro Shop and should be retained until the new score cards are available. 

Players should regularly check the Local Rules noticeboard outside the Pro Shop, which contains the official local rules applicable, which may over-ride local rules printed on the scorecard or on the website. It is the Player's responsibility to be familiar with the published local rules.

7th Hole Dropping Zone

The general area between the 7th southern tee block and the red tee block is a no play zone that is to be treated as an abnormal course condition. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f, by dropping the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone comprising the closely mown area of the red tee block.

If the player’s ball is known or virtually certain to be in the penalty area, relief may be taken under rule 17.1, or from the drop zone, for a penalty of 1 stroke.

The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.

7th Hole Penalty Area - Provisional Ball

If a player does not know whether his or her ball is in, or is unplayable in the penalty area of the 7th hole, the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:

In playing the provisional ball, the player may use any of the relief options under rule 17.1d, or the drop zone on the red tee block for a penalty of 1 stroke. Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball.

In deciding when that provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play or if it must or may be abandoned, Rule 18.3c(2) and 18.3c(3) apply except that:

If the original ball is found outside the penalty area it is in play.

When Original Ball Is Found in Penalty Area Within Three-Minute Search Time. 

The player may choose either to:

Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played. All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes made and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count, or

Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played.

When Original Ball Is Not Found Within Three-Minute Search Time or Is Known or Virtually Certain to Be in Penalty Area. 

The provisional ball becomes the player's ball in play.

16th Hole No Play Zone

The area to the left-hand side of the 16th fairway, demarcated with white stakes with black tops is Out Of Bounds and is a no play zone. The player must take free relief under Rule 16.1f(2) if his or her ball is on the course and anything in the no play zone interferes with the player's area of intended stance or swing. The player must not play the ball as it lies.

Ball deflected by Power Lines

If it is known or virtually certain that a player's ball hit an overhead cable or supporting structure, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6).

Protective Screen 15th hole

During play of the 15th hole, if the protective fence adjacent to the 18th tee is on a player's line of play:

The player may take free relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from the dropping zone defined with orange bricks. But this relief is allowed only if the ball is in play nearer the hole than the dropping zone (see Rule 14.3).

Alternative to Stroke and Distance

When a player’s ball has not been found or is out of bounds, the player may drop a ball under penalty of two strokes in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

A. Anywhere on a line FROM:

•    the ‘ball reference point’ (the ‘ball reference point’ is the spot where the ball is estimated to have come to rest on the course or gone out of bounds) TO

•    the closest point on the hole being played that has grass cut to fairway height or less, and which is not nearer the hole than the ‘ball reference point’.

This line must be the most direct line between the two points with the condition that no part of it may be nearer the hole than the ‘ball reference point’.

B. On a line starting at any spot that meets the requirements of A and then which goes directly away from the hole from that spot (with no limit on how far back).

C. Anywhere within two club-lengths of any spot that meets the requirements of A or B, but not nearer the hole than the ‘ball reference point’.

When a ball is put into play under this Local Rule it is not a provisional ball, it has become the ball in play.

But, the player may not use this Local Rule when:

•    It is known or virtually certain that the original ball came to rest in a penalty area, or

•    The player has already played a provisional ball.

Illustration: Refer to web page and the diagrams below:

Immovable Obstructions

All hoses and sprinklers on the course, and spray there-from are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1. Relief is not allowed to be taken under Rule 15.2.

All roads and paths on the course including tracks worn by maintenance vehicles, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

If an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the green is on the line of play from a ball that is in the general area and within two club-lengths of the obstruction, relief may be taken under Rule 16.1b, unless the line of play is clearly unreasonable.

Ground Under Repair

Ground under repair is defined by any area encircled by a white line or marked by white stakes.

Ground under repair includes the following conditions, whether marked or not:

•    Greenkeepers shed area.

•    Deep furrows from water damage in bunkers or residential water runoff in the general area.

•    Deep wheel ruts made by maintenance vehicles.

•    Root pruning grooves.

•    Exposed tree roots or rocks in areas cut to fairway height or less or within four club-lengths of the edge of an area cut to fairway height or less.

•    A fallen tree branch may be treated as GUR or a loose impediment.

Garden beds adjoining tee blocks and the practice putting green are GUR and are No Play Zones, relief MUST be taken under rule 16.1b.

Any bunker marked with a single white stake in it is out of play and is treated as GUR in the general area and a no play zone, relief MUST be taken under rule 16.1b.

Fenced telecommunications compounds on 15th LHS and 17th LHS are OUT OF BOUNDS. These were formerly GUR and some whit paint on the posts remains but does not mean these are GUR.

The young trees and shrubs identified by white stakes are no play zones:

If a player's ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player's stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

If the ball lies in a penalty area, and interference to the player's stance or area of intended swing exists from such a tree, the player must take relief either with penalty under Rule 17.1e or with free relief in the penalty area under Rule 17.1e(2).

Stopping and resuming play

A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged note of the siren. All other suspensions will be signaled by three consecutive notes of the siren. In either case, resumption of play will be signaled by two short notes of siren. See Rule 5.7b.


Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty (stroke play – two strokes, match play – loss of hole).

Temporary Local Rules and other policies

From time to time the Match Committee will issue temporary local rules - as published on the notice board adjacent to the Pro Shop entrance. 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:

Temporary Local Rules

Preferred Lies Between The Tree Lines

Extreme Weather Policy

Cancelled & Suspended Play Policy

Pace of Play Policy

General Information

All penalty areas are Red penalty areas.

Bunker rakes should be placed in the flat area of the bunker aligned with the direction of play.

Blue stakes (150m) and sprinkler head markers indicate the distance to the centre of the green being played.

The fenced Telecommunications compounds near the 15th tee and left of 17th are Out Of Bounds.

Match Play

Match Play

While a score card is not required in Match Play a Match Play card is available with the Match Play Index, based on starting from the first tee. This index is used for Handicap Match Play and follows the Golf Australia recommendations. Not that for this index, the hole number is 1 for the first hole you play, regardless of which golf course hole this happens to be. It has nothing to do with the degree of difficulty of the hole but is designed to apportion the handicap difference fairly over the match.