Local Rules

Local Rules –  Updated 2020

Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2 applies)

  • In or over any hedge or fence defining the boundary of the course.
  • Raised area as marked on the left-hand side of the general area of the 18th general area.
  • The course-side edge of any wall defines the boundary of the course.
  • The course-side edge of the driveway when playing the 18th hole defines the boundary of the course.
  • A ball coming to rest on or beyond the Horseshoe Road that splits the course is out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.
  • During play of the 14th Hole, in or over the burnt line as marked by the whites post on both sides of the general area is out of bounds.
  • During play of the 15th Hole, in or over the burnt line as marked by the whites post on the left-hand side of the general area is out of bounds.

Note: Out of Bounds on left hand side of the general area on the 10th hole is no longer out of bounds.

Status of Practice Putting Green
The practice green located to the left-hand side of the penalty area on the 18th hole is not a wrong green and free relief is not required to be taken under Rule 13.1f, but it is ground under repair and a player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

Protection of Young Trees
Young trees staked, boxed or less that one club length in height 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 under Rule 17.1e(2).

Penalty for playing ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

Ball Deflected by Power Line
If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line within the boundary of the course, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made [see Rule 14.6 for what to do]

Penalty for playing ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

All paths on the course except for the overgrown path on the left hand side of the 12th hole, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

Penalty for playing ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty under Rule 14.7a

Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16)
Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows through the sand are ground under repair.

All flower beds are no play zones that are to be treated as an Abnormal Course Condition. Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f

Integral Objects

  • The raised ground around the base of the trees on to the left-hand side of the seventh general area. [or the left-hand side of the fifth general area.
  • The stone wall surrounding the tree in the middle of the ninth general area
  • The overgrown path on the left hand side of the twelfth fairway are integral parts of the course.

If a player wishes to take relief, they may deem their ball to be unplayable under penalty of one stroke. [Rule 19]

Transportation [Buggies]
During a round a player must not ride on any form of transportation during a club competition except as authorised or later approved by the Match & Handicap committee.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the General Penalty for each hole during which there is a breach of the local rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.

Maximum Time for All or Part of Round
If a group finishes the round more than the starting interval behind the group in front and 4 hours 10 minutes from the time of starting, all players in the group are subject to a penalty of one stroke.

Etiquette: players should play at a good pace.  It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster group to play through.

“Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf.

“Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play. For example, in a survey of Australian golf clubs conducted by Golf Australia, 94% of clubs that had promoted “ready golf” to their members enjoyed some degree of success in improving pace of play, with 25% stating that they had achieved ‘satisfying success’.

When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.

“Ready golf” should not be confused with being ready to play, which is covered in the Player Behaviour section of this Manual.

The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are:

  • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
  • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
  • Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
  • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
  • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
  • Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
  • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot
  • Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off

Score Cards

From 1st April 2022 all Covid provisions will no longer apply, which means the Rules of Golf 3.3b will apply.

Electronic Score Cards
Although members can continue to use the HowDidiDo app to return competition scores we will not accept them if a physical score card is not returned.

For General Play rounds members can use the HowDidiDo and Golf Ireland app but a physical score card must be returned as well.

Physical Score Cards
The player’s score is kept on his or her scorecard by the marker.

Marker’s Responsibility:
After each hole during the round, the marker should confirm with the player the number of strokes on that hole (including strokes made and penalty strokes) and enter that gross score on the scorecard. When the round has ended the marker must sign the hole scores on the scorecard.

Player’s Responsibility:
During the round, the player should keep track of his or her scores for each hole. When the round has ended, the player should

  • Carefully check the hole scores entered by the marker and raise any issues with the Committee.
  • Must make sure that the marker signs the scorecard,
  • Must not change a hole score entered by the marker except with the marker’s agreement or the Committee’s approval, and
  • Must sign the scorecard and promptly return it to the Committee, after which the player must not change the scorecard.
  • If the player breaches any of these requirements in Rule 3.3b, the player is disqualified.

Scoring in Handicap Competition.
The player is responsible for making sure that his or her handicap is shown on the scorecard. If the player returns a scorecard without the right handicap:

Handicap on Scorecard Too High or No Handicap Shown. If this affects the number of strokes the player gets, the player is disqualified from the handicap competition. If it does not, there is no penalty.

Handicap on Scorecard Too Low. There is no penalty and the player’s net score stands using the lower handicap as shown.

Under WHS these rules apply to the Handicap Index only but we would ask members to record their Course Handicap and Playing Handicap on the score card.