Local Rules

All members are required to report to the Pro Shop on arrival before play for all bookings.

Following are the local rules for Capital Golf Club as they appear on the score card.

Local Rules as Printed on Score Card

Yellow Pegs/Lines Water Hazard
Red Pegs/Lines Lateral Water Hazard
Blue Pegs/Lines Immovable Obstruction
White Pegs/Lines Ground Under Repair
White Pegs with Black Tops Out of Bounds
Blue Posts/Blue Fairway Plate 150m to middle of green
Red Fairway Plate 200m to middle of green
Sprinkler Head Numbers Metres to middle of green

 

All such items are immovable obstructions.

The following specimen local rules in Appendix I of Rules of Golf apply:

1 Water Hazard – Provisional Ball When playing 11th or 14th hole.

3 Protection of Young Trees Staked trees or under 2 club lengths high.

8 Dropping Zone Playing 14th Hole Defined by white markers teeing ground.

9 Distance Measuring Devices Applies to all competitions.

Road from Club House to Top of Course/wheel tracks deeper than half ball diameter are GUR.

Wire Protective Barriers:  Free relief for intended line of play.

Shoulders and/or area within 5 club lengths of wrong green to be treated as part of wrong

green for the purposes of Rule 25-3.

Drain Near Greenkeeper’s Shed

Drain from the greenkeeper’s shed behind 9th tee is GUR.

Greenkeeper’s Shed and Surrounds

The greenkeeper’s shed and surrounds, as defined by the surrounding fence, comprise an immovable obstruction.  Should the surrounding fence interfere with the intended line of play, free relief may also be taken for the intended line of play, except:

when it is clearly unreasonable to make the nominated stroke because of interference by anything other than the fence (e.g. the sheds or nearby trees), or interference would occur only through the use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

150 metre Posts Beside Fairways

Free relief may be taken for the intended line of play from the posts beside fairways indicating 150 metres from the centre of the green, except:

when the ball lies more than four club lengths from the post, or

when it is clearly unreasonable to make the nominated stroke because of interference by anything other than the post, or

interference would occur only through the use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

Three of the specimen local rules in Appendix 1 of the Rules of Golf have been adopted under the conditions described in the right hand column on the score card.

Specimen Local Rule #1 : Water Hazard – Provisional Ball. 

This rule applies to any water hazard or lateral water hazard while the golfer is playing either the 11th or 14th hole.  Its intent is to save time when the ball seems to have crossed the water but may or may not be in a playable position inside or outside the hazard.  Note that if the original ball is found inside a hazard, the only options are to play the original ball as it lies or proceed with the provisional ball.

Specimen Local Rule #3 – Protection of Young Trees. 

The purpose of this rule is to protect our young trees, not to provide an advantage to individual golfers.  Where practical, protected trees are staked.  However, stakes can go missing from time to time and the appearance and maintenance of the course is improved if the stakes can be removed when the new trees are maturing but still vulnerable to severe damage.  The test of “2 club lengths high” was adopted because everyone on the golf course has a club, but few carry a tape measure.

Specimen Local Rule #8 – Dropping Zone Playing 14th Hole. 

This local rule applies as an optional extra to the provisions of Rule 26 when a player’s ball is any water hazard or lateral water hazard while playing the 14th hole.  The player always has the option of proceeding under any legitimate option under Rule 26 rather than using the drop zone.  Fixed drop zones are notorious for rapidly adopting the texture of a recently ploughed cultivation.  For this reason, the drop zone is defined as the teeing area for social players, as defined by the location of the white tee markers on the day.

 Private Golf Carts are not permitted at this course.