Local Rules

Out of Bounds

  • a) Beyond any fence or hedge bounding the course. Where the out of bounds is defined by a
    hedge the boundary line is considered to be the inside line of the hedge trunks at ground level.
  • b) In, on or over all trenches or fences adjacent to the railway embankment or the trench on the flood bank when playing the 6th hole (only).
  • c) During play of the 5th hole the stakes and trench identifying the out of bounds on the left of the 6th hole are deemed to be immovable obstructions
  • d) During play of the 12th hole, beyond the tarmac path to the right of the 12th hole.
  • e) Beyond any line of white stakes or fence with white painted posts.
  • f) In or over the river adjacent to the 1st, 2nd, 7th and 8th holes.
  • g) Black topped, white stakes do not define OOB but only identify the presence of OOB.
  • h) Protection of Young Trees identified by stakes or sheaths.

If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2(b) Immovable Obstruction).

Stones in Bunkers

Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).

Ground Under Repair

All areas encircled by white lines or identified by a GUR notice.

Roads and Paths

Artificially surfaced roads and paths (including wood chip) are immovable obstructions.


Practice is permitted on the course on any day of a stroke play competition but only on the closely mown area situated adjacent to the 18th fairway.

Distance Measuring Devices

A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Water Hazards

Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards are defined by yellow and red stakes/lines respectively.

The LWH on the 6th hole extends to the far bank of the river.

Supplementary Information re Water Hazards and Paths

All gravel or grass surfaced paths, which apparently cross a Water Hazard, are Immovable Obstructions and are not in the Water Hazard. Relief may be taken under Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction).

All other crossings are bridges and are in the Water Hazard. Relief, under penalty of one stroke, is available under Rule 26-1 (Water Hazard). The ball may be played as it lies without penalty.