Local Rules


Clarification of Gardens

There are no designated gardens, all barked or mulched areas are part of the general area.

 

Clean & Place – Only in play when written on scorecard.
When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area, the player may take free relief once by placing a ball in the general area within 15cm of the original spot, no closer to the hole.

 

Wrong Green Relief

When taking wrong green relief, the wrong green is defined to include the area within two club-lengths from the edge of the putting green. This means when taking relief under Rule 13.1F, the nearest point of complete relief must avoid interference from this area in addition to the wrong green.

 
 

Designated Immovable Obstructions

All objects used as edging or to retain a barked or garden area on the course 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.

 

Aeration Holes

If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:
(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.
(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance or, on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.

 

Sprinkler Heads

When a ball lies within two club lengths of a fixed sprinkler head which is within two club lengths of the green and the sprinkler head intervenes with the line of play, the player may take relief under rule 16.1b.

 

Bunker Washouts

Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in deep furrows through the sand are ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1c.

 

Spongy Turf

If a ball is embedded or lost in and area of ‘spongy turf’ defined as ground which significantly changes shape when a player applies weight to it yet no casual water appears on the surface the player may take relief without penalty under rule 16.1b.

 

Cracks in Ground

Cracks in the ground in parts of the general area cut to fairway height or less are ground under repair. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.

Tree Stumps

If a player’s ball is at rest in the general area and there is interference to the players swing or stance from a exposed tree stump the player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

 

Tree Roots in Fairway

If a player’s ball is at rest in the general area cut to fairway height or less and there is interference from exposed tree roots that are in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the tree roots are treated as ground under repair. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

Seams of Cut Turf

If a player’s ball lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing:
(a) Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b.
(b) Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
But interference does not exist if the seam only interferes with the player’s stance.

All seams within the area of cut turf are treated as the same seam in taking relief. This means that if a player has interference from any seam after dropping the ball, the player must proceed as required under Rule 14.3c(2) even when the ball is still within one club-length of the reference point.

 

Motorised Transport

Motorised transport may not be used in any club championship event unless a medical certificate is produced to the Committee Chairman prior to the event which either:

· Evidences the presence of an irreversible medical condition that will necessitate the use of motorised transport from the date of the certificate forwards.

· Evidences a current medical condition which necessitates the use of motorised transport and is not more than 3 months old.

 

10th Hole Red Penalty Area (water hazard)

If a ball is in the red penalty area (the lake) on the 10th hole the player may:

As an extra option, take relief with a penalty of one stroke by dropping the original ball or another ball in the nearest drop zone to where their ball lies. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
 
 

SUSPENSION OR ABANDONMEMT OF PLAY

One prolonged blast on the siren will indicate that play has been suspended.

Players are NOT entitled to complete the hole they are playing and must return to the clubhouse immediately.

At any stoppage, a player who wishes to lift their ball, should first mark its position by triangulation and agree the procedure with their opponent or marker.

Upon returning to the clubhouse players will be notified of the restart procedure and time by the committee.

Players must ascertain restart requirements before leaving the course that day.

 

Pakuranga Golf Club Pace of Play Policy

Maximum Allowable Time

The maximum allowable time is the maximum time considered necessary by the Committee for a group to complete its round. This is expressed in a per-hole and aggregate time format and includes all time associated with playing the game, e.g., for rulings and walking times between holes.

The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes at Pakuranga Golf Club is 4 hours and 07 minutes.

The following procedure applies only if a group is "out of position."

Definition of Out of Position

The first group to start will be considered "out of position" if, at any time during the round, the group's cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes played. Any following group will be considered out of position if it is one hole behind the group in front of them and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played.

Procedure When Group is Out of Position

A Referee and/or Committee Representative will monitor pace of play and decide whether a group that is "out of position" should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made.

If a decision is made to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a referee will advise each player that they are "out of position" and they are being timed.

In exceptional circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.

The maximum time allocated per stroke is 40 seconds.

The timing will start when a player has had sufficient time to reach their ball, it is his or her turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction. Time taken to determine distance and select a club will count as time taken for the stroke.

On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace the ball, repair damage that interferes with the line of play and move loose impediments on the line of play. Time spent looking at the line of play from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the stroke.

Timings will be taken from the moment it is decided by the referee that it is the player's turn to play and he or she is able to play without interference or distraction.

Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule:

Penalty for first breach: One-stroke penalty.

Penalty for second breach: General Penalty applied in addition to the penalty for the first breach.

Penalty for third breach: Disqualification.

Until a player has been advised of a bad time, he or she cannot incur a further bad time.

Procedure When Again Out of Position During Same Round

If a group is "out of position" more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed.