Local Rules

Covid-19 Temporary Local Rule

Temporary Local Rule No 1:

Ball in a Bunker: Optional Lift, Clean, Repair and Replace.

When a player’s ball lies in a Bunker, the player may take free relief by lifting, cleaning and placing the ball within 15 cm.  Prior to placing the ball, the sand may be smoothed in the area where the ball is to be placed.

Temporary Local Rule No’s 2 & 3:

The Flagstick
A:                     Definition:      The Flagstick is an Immovable Obstruction

Anywhere on the course any Flagstick is to be considered an Immovable Obstruction.

Rule 2:             Putts Conceded when at rest within 30cm of the Flagstick:     

If a ball comes to rest within 30 cms of the flagstick on the green of the hole being played, the player must take a 1 Stroke Penalty Relief and lift the ball.    By taking that relief the player is deemed to have been conceded the next putt and to have holed out with the next stroke.

Rule 3:             Penalty for Handling or Moving the Flagstick.

Anywhere on the course, taking the Flagstick from a hole or adjusting the position of a Flagstick in a hole is “improving the conditions for a stroke”.  Any such action is a breach of Rule 8-1a(1) and the player incurs the General Penalty.    (Stroke Play: 2 strokes or Match Play: Loss of Hole).

The penalty is incurred by any player who Removes or Adjusts any Flagstick.   In addition, the penalty is incurred by any player who requested the Flagstick to be Removed or Adjusted.

A player may not invoke Rule 8-1c(1) by restoring the “conditions affecting the stroke” by replacing the Flagstick or returning it to its original position after it has been moved.


  1. This rule identifies the Flagstick as an Immovable Obstruction.
  2. There is compulsory relief for the player whose ball is at rest within 30cm of the Flagstick.
  3. This rule removes the requirement for an opponent to concede the next putt. The next putt is “given” by this rule when the ball is at rest within 30 cm of the hole.
  4. As soon as the ball is at Rest within 30cm of the hole, that player has completed that hole.
  5. The rule forbids the handling of ANY Flagstick on the course by deeming that removing or adjusting any flagstick is “improving the conditions affecting a stroke” and therefore covered by Rule 8-1.
  6. The Rule identifies that the Penalty is incurred by the player who Removes or Adjusts the Flagstick and by any Player who requested that action.
  7. Finally, restoring the Flagstick to its original position does not negate the Penalty that a player incurs.

Temporary Local Rule No 4:

Scoring a Round.

It is the responsibility of the Player to keep their own scorecard.  After each hole during the round, the player and their opponent should confirm the number of strokes each person has taken on that hole (including strokes made and penalty strokes) and enter those gross scores on the Player’s scorecard.

When the round has ended, the player:

  • Should carefully check and total the hole and round scores for both the player and the opponent.
  • Must confirm that their Opponent agrees with those scores, and
  • Must certify that agreement of scores by writing their Opponent’s 7-digit Golf ID Number in the space allocated for the Markers Signature on the scorecard
  • Return the card to the Pro Shop attendee who will be responsible for the scores being entered into DotGolf.

Local Rule No 1: STARTING

Other than social play, all Rounds start from Tees 1 or 9. Rule 5.1.

This rule may be varied if the play is under control of a Starter who has been appointed to that task.

  • Penalty / Relief: Disqualification under Rule 5.3a

Local Rule No 2: OUT OF BOUNDS

A ball is out of bounds when lying on or beyond the concrete and paving-stone path around the clubhouse; or outside the fence surrounding the course; or lying beyond the timber edging at the foot of the fence to the left of the 18th green. [MLR: A – 1]

  • Penalty / Relief:
    – Under penalty of one stroke, as near as possible to the spot from which the original ball was last played.
    – Under penalty of two strokes use the alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds under Local Rules. [MLR: E – 5]


When a player’s ball has not been found in the General Area or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, other than when this position is short of the fairway, the player has an option to proceed under the alternative to the Stroke and Distance Rule for a penalty of two stroke. [MLR: E – 5]

Local Rule No 4: ROADS AND PATHS

The path behind and beside the 8th Tee is not out of bounds.

Note The hedge immediately behind the 8th Tee and adjacent to the path IS NOT part of the pathway. There is only ‘free relief’ for a ball lying in or under the hedge when the path interferes with the players Stance or Swing.

The Old Road that runs across the No 8 fairway and along the western edge of the 9th fairway is Road or Path when it is not marked as part of a Penalty Area or as GUR.

  • Penalty / Relief: Rule 16: Roads and Paths are defined as Obstructions and relief options are set out in Rule 16. [MLR: F – 1]

Local Rule No 5: TREES and SHRUBS

Free Relief must be taken from trees identified by orange stakes/pegs:

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 free relief is required under this rule in a Penalty Area, the nearest point of complete relief must be in the Penalty Area. Rule 17.1e. [MLR: E – 10]

  • Penalty / Relief: General Penalty


The fence above the dam on Hole No 5, the trellis surrounding the practice green and the driving nets near the 7th green, are all immovable obstructions. Interference with stance or swing – optional lift and drop without penalty at the nearest point of relief. [MLR: F – 1]


If it is known or virtually certain that a player’s ball hit a power line or pole or a wire supporting a power pole during the play of any hole, the stroke does not count. The player must play a ball without penalty from where the previous stroke was made. Rule 14.6. [MLR: E – 11]

  • Penalty / Relief: General penalty – Two strokes.


Abnormal Course Condition relief options may be used for a ball lying in tractor or implement marks. The relief is an optional lift and drop without penalty at nearest point of relief.

The practice bunker located between the 7th and 9th fairways is an Abnormal Course Condition and is part of the general area. Free relief is available under Rule 16.1b. [MLR: C – 4]


The Red and Yellow Penalty Area Pegs only identify the type of penalty area. Penalty Areas edges are identified by the physical features which indicate the place where the Penalty Area starts, such as longer grass, sprayed-out turf or water’s edge. A ball touching, within or beyond the longer grass, sprayed-out turf or water’s edge is within the Penalty Area.

Local Rule No 10: NO PLAY ZONES

The flower gardens on either side of the 8th fairway; behind the 17th green and the two gardens behind the 18th greens are PENALTY AREAS with NO PLAY ZONE designations identified by having Red Boundary stakes with Orange Tips.

Relief Must Be Taken from each of these gardens, the player must not play the ball as it lies but take penalty relief under Rule 17.1d. [MLR: E – 8.2]

Local Rule No 11: ‘LINE OF PLAY’ RELIEF

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b or Rule 16.1d if an immovable obstruction is:

On the line of play, and is:

  • Within two club-lengths of the putting green, and
  • Within two club-lengths of the ball.

Exception – No Relief If Line of Play Clearly Unreasonable. There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable. [MLR: F – 5]


A ball which, when dropped, goes forward and comes to rest outside the ‘back-on-the-line’ relief area but within one club length of where it first touched the ground when dropped, may be played from that place without penalty. [NZGA Adopted Rule – July 2019]


Except in cases of club abuse, when a player’s club has been damaged the player may replace the club with any other club under Rule 4.1b(4).[NZGA Adopted Rule – July 2019]

Local Rule No 14: No. 13 HOLE

The GUR to the right of the green is a NO PLAY Zone. The GUR extends from the left edge of the cart path up to the edge of the Tee Boxes on the 14th Hole. Ball lying in the GUR – No Play Zone, compulsory free drop within one club length and not nearer the hole than the estimated point where the ball crossed into GUR. [MLR: E – 8.1]

Ball in the Penalty Area immediately behind the green (in trees) optional use of Drop Zone beside the path for a one-shot penalty. [MLR: E – 1.1]

Local Rule No 15: No. 14 HOLE

The path at back of the 14th green between the orange pegs extends to the fence. A ball lying on this part of the path may be played as it lies or lifted and dropped without penalty in the nearest Drop Zone. No other relief option can be used. [MLR: F – 1]

Local Rule No 16: No. 18 HOLE

Ball lying on path between the orange pegs at back of green including under the shelter, may be played as it lies or lifted and dropped without penalty in the drop zone. [MLR: F – 1]

FAIRWAY DISTANCE MARKERS (meters to centre of green)

BLUE: 180 metres | WHITE: 135 metres | RED: 90 metres