R&A Rules of GolfThese are the local rules that are generally in operation at Whiteleaf GC. Members and visitors are reminded to check in the Pro Shop to see if any other rules are in force for the day, e.g. due to course maintenance.

Also, you are strongly advised to read the sections on Alternative Precedence and Public Footpaths, below. These sections are provided for your safety and that of others who are using the course.

You will also find these rules printed on your scorecard for your convenience.

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1)

(a) Outside the boundaries of the course.
(b) The practice ground during play on the 1st, 6th, 10th and 15th holes.
(c) The area of the greenkeeper’s shed.
(d) On or beyond the entire length of the path leading from the main entrance to the course. The hedge behind the 6th/15th green is in bounds.
(e) A ball played into any garden or meadow abutting the course shall be deemed lost and no attempt shall be made to recover it.

2. Wrong Putting Green

A ball played onto the 2nd/11th green or coming to rest inside the painted line surrounding that green while playing the 4th/13th hole must be lifted and dropped within the adjacent dropping zone. Once dropped , a ball may be marked and placed within six inches, no nearer to the hole.

3. Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2)

(a) All shelters, machinery used for maintenance of the course, water taps, stone tee markers, tee steps, bells and their supports and manhole covers.
(b) The screen protecting the 3rd tee, the screen on the practice area to the right of the 1st fairway and the wire netting down the footpath of the 1st fairway.
(c) Pop-up sprinkler heads: all pop-up sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief by interference by them may be obtained under rule 24-2. In addition, if such an obstruction on or within two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole being played, a player may obtain relief without penalty as follows. If the ball lies off the putting green (but not in a hazard) and is within two club-lengths of the intervening obstruction, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay which (i) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids such intervention and (c) is not a hazard of a putting green.
There is no relief for line of sight from immovable obstructions.

4. Bunkers

Loose stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies) and they may be removed without penalty. If the ball moves whilst a stone is being removed the ball must be replaced, without penalty.

5. Trees

Play is prohibited from
(a) within the perimiter of a planted area designated by a notice.
(b) any lie where the swing would damage a staked tree. Rule 25-1b applies.

6. Winter Rules

A ball lying on any closely mown are may be marked, lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of its original position but not nearer the hole. If the ball is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.

General Penalty for Breach of Local Rules

Match play – loss of hole.
Stroke play – two strokes.

Alternative Precendence

Players on the 10th tee have alternate precedence over a match about to start on the 1st tee.
Players starting on the 7th have no such precedence.
Players playing a club competition or match have precedence on the course over other non-competitors.

Public Footpaths (1st/10th and 6th/15th)

When anyone is crossing the course by a public footpath a player must not play until they have reached a place of safety.

Please obey safety notices displayed on the course.