• 18 Hole Course Layout & Local Rules


    • 1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)

    • a) Beyond any boundary fence, hedge or line of white stakes or lines.

    • b) In or beyond the ditch demarcated by white stakes to the right of the 2nd hole

    • c) Beyond the white stakes to the right of the 5th hole.

    • d) When playing the 5th hole in or beyond the burn crossing the 4th fairway and closest to the 4th tee.

    • e) Within the grounds of Craigs Farm at the 5th hole.

    • 2. Water Hazards (Rule 26)
    • a) Parts of any burn marked with yellow stakes or lines are water hazards
    • b) Parts of the burns marked with red stakes or lines and all unmarked ditches are lateral water hazards

    • 3. Ground Under Repair (Rule 25-1)

    • a) Areas marked as Ground Under Repair, by blue stakes or enclosed by white lines

    • b) Outcrops of rocks on fairways

    • c) Intercept drains adjacent to various greens

    • d) Any deep depression made by greenkeeping equipment

    • e) Plantations of young trees defined by blue stakes

    • If a player’s ball lies in such an area or it interferes with the players stance or the area of his intended swing the player may take relief under Rule 25-1

    • 4. Plugged Ball
    • A ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped in accordance with the prcedure prescribed in Rule 24,2b (immovable obstruction)
    • 5. Stones in Bunkers

    • Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.


    • 6. Young Trees

    • If a staked tree or trees under one club length in height interfere with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstructions)”

    • 7. Fixed Sprinkler Heads
    • All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief from interference by them may be obtained under Rule 24-2.

    • In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green and not in a hazard and such an obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole the player may take relief as follows: The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which

    • (a) is not nearer the hole
      (b) avoids such intervention and
      (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green

    • 8. Usage of GPS and Laser Rangefinder Devices in Competitions

    • A player may use GPS and other measuring devices in competition play as long as that device is not shared amongst other players in the group and it is designed and used to measure or gauge distance only.



    • Buggies

    • Q.         Is it true that buggies may only be used in competitions with the permission of the committee? 

      A.         No. The Rules of Golf do not restrict the use of golf-carts/buggies (i.e. ride-on motorised vehicles) in any competition. The use of golf buggies is always permitted unless their use is specifically prohibited in the Conditions of the Competition.                        

      The committee in charge of a competition must establish the conditions under which the competition is played (see “Rules of Golf 2004-2007” - Rule 33-1 - page111). 

      The Conditions of Competition must be made available to all competitors (see “Guidance on Running a Competition” - Chapter 2 - page 8). 

      If it is desired to require players to walk during a competition this must be stated in the Conditions of Competition (see “Guidance on Running a Competition” - Conditions of Competition - page 18 and for recommended wording see “Rules of Golf 2004-2007” -  Appendix I - Transportation - page 138). 

      If the Conditions of Competition do not include “Players must walk at all times during a stipulated round” any competitor may drive or share any type of ride-on motorised vehicle.            

      If a golf club, county association or other organising body wishes to implement the above condition for some or all of its competitions that body should have in place a Transportation Policy exempting disabled players from that condition. 

      In view of the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, great care must be taken over the wording of this document.  The Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association has a Transportation Policy that was drawn up by its own solicitors. It sets out the circumstances in which golf buggies may be used in events organised and managed by SLGA in which it is a Condition of Competition that players should walk at all times.  It may be helpful to refer to this document (see the Rules & Regulations page) but it should be remembered that it has no bearing on club golf. 

      It is also very important to pay attention to Clause 1.7. which states:-  “This policy has been prepared specifically for the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association.. Other golf clubs should take separate legal advice in the event that they wish to put in place a transportation policy appropriate for their specific needs”.  The Ladies’ Golf Union has a similar Transportation Policy. It however relates only to LGU Championships and does not apply to LGU Medals. 

      It has been prepared specifically for the LGU by its legal advisors and like the SLGA policy states that golf clubs should take separate legal advice if they wish to put a transportation policy in place.