Northcliffe Golf Club

Northcliffe Golf Club

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A ball is out of bounds:
a) Over any wall, fence or hedge bounding the course.
b) Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground level of white stakes and fence posts.
c) Over the wall or marked stones left of no. 9 and continuation of wall behind the 2nd tee.
d) In or over the ditch, or on the public footpath, or left of the white markers at no. 10


  • Staked trees/Plantations/Flower Beds are No Play Zones - The exception being the ‘Plantation’ to the left of the 16th Green which is a penalty area
  • If a player's ball lies anywhere on the course other than in a penalty area and it lies on or touches such a staked tree/flower bed or they interfere 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 with penalty under Rule 17.1e.
  • Staked trees bearing plastic tree protectors only are not classed as staked trees.


a) Ground Under Repair is defined by any area encircled by a white line and relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 16.1b.
b) Stop taps, drainage inspection covers, seats and artificially-surfaced paths are immovable obstructions – Rule 16.1b applies.
c) All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief may be obtained under Rule 16.1.

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b 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.


a) Immediate suspension of play for reasons of danger will be signalled by ONE PROLONGED BLAST on a siren which will signify immediate suspension of play & players must mark their balls & return to the clubhouse straight away without playing any further strokes.
b) Suspension of play for other reasons will be signalled by THREE SHORT BLASTS on a siren. Players may complete the hole they are playing or they mark the balls where they lie. A player must not start playing the following hole.
c) Resumption of play is signalled by TWO SHORT BLASTS, REPEATED. Play will be resumed immediately from where play ceased or the next tee if the hole was completed.


Purpose. When heavy rain has resulted in many areas of unusual damage to the course (such as deep ruts caused by vehicles or deep footprints caused by spectators), and it is not feasible to define them with stakes or lines, the Committee has the authority to declare such unusual damage to be ground under repair and as such the local rule is :-

"Ground under repair includes areas of unusual damage, including areas where traffic has combined with wet conditions to alter the ground surface materially"


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.


There has been substantial drainage work carried out resulting in many areas of unmarked ground under repair, primarily in the form of drainage channels. The drainage channels and associated workings within the General Area are classed as abnormal ground conditions. The infill will start to settle down leaving uneven furrows.

Interference is now deemed to occur when the player’s ball touches or is in the condition.
Additionally if the player’s stance or area of intended swing is affected, that is also classed as interference under this Rule.

  • Reference Point: Spot of original ball.
  • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: one club length from the reference point, but with these limits:
  • Limits on Location of Relief Area:

Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and

Must be in the general area (not be in a penalty area or on a putting green)

If further interference arises, the ball may be re-dropped

The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule.

Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty (2 strokes) Under Rule 14.7a.


When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:

Reference Point: Spot of the original ball
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 6 inches from the reference point, but with these limits
Limits on Location of Relief Area

- Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and

- Must be in the general area.

In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rule

Match play – loss of hole: Stroke play – General penalty ( 2 strokes)- (Rules 1 to 3 and 5 to 8)
Rule 4 - Disqualification


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