Local Rules


Banyan 10th Hole

If a player’s ball lands on the path that crosses the General Area, about one hundred yards forward of the green, the player may take a free drop at the nearest point of compete relief within one club length and no nearer the hole. The reference point being the lower side of the path where the ball first crossed onto the path.

This drop is permitted when the ball is lost, comes to rest on the path or some other area of the course.

Red Ants

If a player identifies red ants in or around the immediate area of where the ball lies relief is available, with no penalty as follows:

  • Confirm with a fellow player to confirm that red ants prevent the player from setting up and/or playing a normal stroke.
  • The player and the fellow competitor/marker shall identify and agree where to drop the ball, but it must not be nearer the hole.
  •  Drop a ball within one club length of nearest point of relief and no closer to the hole.

Preferred Lies (Pick and Place)

  • A ball lying on a closely-mown area in the General Area may be lifted cleaned and placed, without penalty. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. The ball must then be placed within six inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a Penalty Area and not on a putting green.
  • A player may place his ball only, and it is in play once it has been placed. If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed there is no penalty, and the ball must be played as it lies unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
  • If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Marking Ball on the Green

  • Your caddie is allowed to mark your ball on the Putting Green. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is marked correctly, behind or to the side of the ball.

Range finders

  • Range finders are permitted for all competitions

Grooves around greens.

  • On some golf courses, notably Springfield, a groove around the green separates the two different grasses.
  • If a ball comes to rest in this groove, you may ‘pick and place’ within six inches (150mm) and no nearer the hole without penalty.