Northcliffe Golf Club

Local Rules


  A ball is out of bounds:
a)   Over any wall, fence or hedge bounding the course.
b)   Left of the white marker at no. 1
c)   In or left of the grip round the wood left of no. 2
d)   Left of the wall or trees marked white left of no. 4
e)   Left of the white markers at no. 7
f)    Over the wall or marked stones left of no. 9 and continuation of wall behind the 2 nd tee.
g)   In or over the ditch, or on the public footpath, or left of the white markers at no. 10


Any area marked G.U.R. or surrounded by a white line, relief may be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1.


A ball coming to rest in a position, where such tree or trees interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, must be lifted and dropped without penalty, within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole. Trees bearing plastic tree protectors only are not classed as staked trees.


a) Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions – Rule 24-1 applies.
b) Stop taps, drainage inspection covers, seats and artificially-surfaced paths are immoveable obstructions – Rule 24-2 applies.
c) All fixed sprinkler heads are immovable obstructions and relief may be obtained under Rule 24-2. In addition, if such an obstruction is on, or within two club lengths of the putting green of the hole being played and intervenes on the line of play, between the ball and the hole, the 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 obstructions, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay, which (i) is not nearer the hole, (ii) avoids such intervention and (iii) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.


For all play at this course a player may obtain distance 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. wind speed, gradient, 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.


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.


A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green may be lifted, without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, a player must mark its position, having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within six inches of and not nearer the hole where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.


  • Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
  • On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

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