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CERBERUS GOLF CLUB

AUSTRALIA'S PREMIER NAVAL GOLF COURSE

LOCAL RULES

All golfers and patrons must be fully vaccinated (COVID-19).  Proof at check-in required.  If you are bringing and using your own private golf cart, please send a copy of the Certificate of Insurance of your golf cart to the Club upon booking. 

To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf

Out of Bounds

  • On and beyond the formed roadways adjacent to all holes.
  • The Cemetery, Tennis Court, Kindergarten Playgrounds and the Married Quarters

Drains

The concrete drain crossing holes 1, 9, 10 and 18 is classified Ground-Under-Repair (GUR) and relief must be taken.

Staked Trees

If a staked tree interferes with a player’s stance or area of intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty and dropped in accordance with procedures prescribed under Rule 24-2b(1) [immovable obstruction].  The ball may be cleaned when so lifted. 

Note:  Stakes or wire protecting young trees are classified as immovable obstructions.

Wheel Marks

Wheel marks and scars made by tractors and associated equipment are classified as GUR.

Watering Equipment

Hoses, sprinklers and valve hoses are immovable obstructions and must not be touched or altered.  These are to be treated as GUR and relief taken.

Penalty for Breach of Local Rules

Stroke Play:  2 Strokes

Match Play:  Loss of Hole

STAKES

Stake - Hazard

Lateral Water Hazard

Stake - GUR

GUR

Stake - Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

PACE OF PLAY

Slow play can detract from all players enjoying their round of golf.  Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take others to play their rounds.

Rule 6-7 states:  “The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee.

A round of golf at the Cerberus Golf Club is expected to take a group of four golfers on average four hours to play eighteen holes.  The low marker of the group is responsible for the pace of play of their group and should endeavour to keep up with the group in front.

Ready golf is designed to make each round quicker to play and be more enjoyable for all players.  Ready golf allows players to play out of turn when it is safe to do so and without compromising golfing etiquette.  The following should be incorporated during a round:

  • Walk throughout the course and between greens and tees at a good pace.
  • If you have the honour on the tee, play your shot then mark the scorecard.
  • Be ready with your club selected and glove on as soon as it is your turn to play.
  • Keep pre-shot routines to a minimum.
  • Play a provisional ball if you believe your ball may be lost or have gone out of bounds.
  • When arriving at a green, position your bag ready to exit towards the next tee.
  • Line up your ball and be ready to putt whilst your fellow competitors are playing.
  • Putt out whenever possible.

The following Rules of Golf will also be implemented during club competition rounds to support this Pace of Play Policy:

Rule 5.6b:  It is recommended a player make their stroke in no more than 40 seconds after they are able to play without interference or distraction.

Rule 18.2:  A ball is deemed lost if not found within three minutes after the player begins to search for it.

Rule 21.2b:  In stroke play (except Club Championships), when a player has reached the maximum score for the hole (at Cerberus this is 10 shots), the player is to pick up their ball and record the maximum score.

The Committee are also helping to improve the pace of play by managing the length of the rough areas thereby reducing the amount of time looking for a ball; reducing low hanging foliage to make it easier to play shots from the rough area; and managing groups during competition play to ensure a more enjoyable round of golf is experienced by all players.

CODE OF ETIQUETTE

No one should move, talk or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.

The player who has the honour should be allowed to play before the opponent or fellow competitor(s) tees his/her ball.  However, in the interest of a faster pace of play, if the fairway is clear ahead, players who are ready to tee off may do so out of turn. Our aim is to play ready golf and improve the pace of play.

No player should play until the players in the group ahead are out of range.

If your ball lands on the fairway of an adjacent hole, you must check for golfers teeing off or playing on the fairway of the adjacent hole and wait until they have played through before approaching your ball. 

In the interest of all, players should play without delay in accordance with the Club’s pace of play policy.  The player with the lowest handicap in the group is responsible for the group’s position in the field.

Players searching for a ball are allowed three minutes to find his/her ball.

Before leaving a bunker, a player should carefully rake the sand smooth and ensure that the rake is placed on the rake holders provided or the marked area for rakes.

Through the green, a player should ensure that any divots are filled with sand then pressed down.

On the putting greens, players should carefully repair all plug marks, spike marks or other damage.  This may be done at any time that the player occupies the green.

When the play of a hole has been completed, players should immediately leave the putting green.

Those teeing off on the 1st tee shall yield to those teeing off the 10th tee.

Dress of golfers shall at all times conform to the accepted standard of the Club.  The Club manager or staff shall have the power to require the offender in the matter of dress to leave the Club until such dress is rectified.  Members are responsible for the standard of dress for their guests.

The Club shall not be responsible for the loss or damage to personal property or for personal injury in or about the Club premises.

All complaints shall be made in writing and addressed to the Secretary of the Club within 7 days of the occasion of the complaint subject.

It is the custom of all golf members to yield to the Patron, President and Captain of the Club the ‘Rights of the Course’ at all times.  Apart from this, precedence on the course accords with the Rules of Golf.

It is the duty of the player with the lowest handicap to see that this Code is observed.

Attention to the Rules of Golf and the etiquette of the game will ensure that you avoid disqualification and make the game pleasant for all.

Mobile Phones are not to be used on the course unless the Match Committee has granted prior approval.

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