Local Rules & Etiquette

Local Rules

  1. OUT OF BOUNDS:  The bitumen on South Coast Highway, through all fences bordering the course, car park and through the trotting track.
  2. PREFERRED LIES:  On fairway being played, the ball maybe lifted, cleaned and placed within one club length – not nearer to the hole. After placing, ball is in play.
  3. FAIRWAY MARKERS:  To be treated as fairway. When the mown edge of the fairway to 1st cut (off fairway) cannot be clearly established the “Old” oil mark will be deemed as fairway edge.
  4. KANGAROO MARKS ON THE GREENS:  Relief may be taken within 25 mm of the mark not near to the hole and kangaroo marks may be repaired on the green.
  5. DRAINS:  A free drop of the ball may be taken within two club lengths of the centre of the drain – not nearer to the hole either side of that point.  The ball is deemed in a drain if it lays within one club length of the centre (deepest point) of the drain.
  6. MOTORISED CARTS – Refer to Cart Etiquette below.
  7. It is a players responsibility to enter their own score card into MiScore, the player make seek assistance to do so, cards once entered and confirmed, are deemed the result.
  8. Distance Measuring Devices approved in accordance with the Rules of Golf may be used.
  9. DISTANCE MARKERS: are immovable obstructions – Ref Rule 24-2.
  10. Accidental Movement of a ball on a putting green – Rule 18-2,18-3 & 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball marker must be replaced as provided in Rules above.  If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved by wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Temporary Local Rules

  • Newly sanded areas of the fairway and designated carts paths to be treated as GUR, nearest point of relief, not nearer to the hole.

  • Hole 10 sanded area near green, is GUR:  Player may take relief at the nearest point of relief or at the marked drop zone.

  • A plugged ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped at the nearest point of relief, not nearer to the hole – through the green.

(The above Local Rules supersede the  back of card local rules from 12/2/2017)

Denmark Country Club Golf Cart on Course etiquette Guidelines

(Replacing local rules on back of scorecard)

  1.  Always be courteous towards the course and other players.
  2. Be aware that the rules and requirements about using golf carts on the course may vary depending on the conditions on the course in different seasons.
  3. Obey all signs regarding use of carts.
  4. Use cart paths provided whenever practical.
  5. Avoid parking in front of the green.
  6. Never drive onto or close to tee boxes, unless on the cart path
  7. Never drive or park the cart in/through a:
    – Hazard
    – Fescue
    – 10 m of greens (unless on a designated cart path) or behind the blue lines
    – into the bush
    – mud or casual water on or off the fairway.
  8. Keep at a pace with your playing partners until you go to play your next shot, if driving a shared cart drop your partner at their ball and then drive to yours.

Please remember to take a sand bucket to repair divots.

Owners and operators should be of responsible age (18 years). Presentation, maintenance and insurance owners responsibility. Any damage to the club property or to the course will be the responsibility of the owner and/or operator of the cart at the time.
(Version – 12-2-2017)

Responsibilities of a Member


  • Respect your golf course and your fellow members and guests.
  • Read, understand and apply the rules and courtesies of golf.
  • Fair play and good humour are appreciated both on the course and in the clubhouse.


In order to maintain the course players are asked to observe the following:

  • Do not pull your buggy over greens or tees.
  • Motorised carts be used responsibly reflecting the conditions of the course. Cart paths to be used when provided.
  • Motorised carts must not be driven across or within 15 metres of the greens or parked in front of the greens.
  • Pug marks are to be repaired before leaving the green.
  • Repair divots on fairways or tee boxes by cutting in the edges with a club or shoe and then top dressing with sand.
  • Replace the flagstick correctly in the cup.

Pace of Play

Players may be penalised for slow play

  • Report to the office at least 10 minutes before hit off time and be ready to hit off when called.
  • Players looking for a lost ball should call through following players. The time limit for looking for a lost ball is 5 minutes.
  • When it appears that a ball will be difficult to find, always hit a “provisional” ball.
  • Walk briskly at all times, particularly when leaving the green. Be ready to play your shot as soon as it is your turn.
  • The player with the honour should play their ball before marking the card.
  • In competitions, the lowest handicapper is responsible for maintaining the group’s position as close to the group in front as is possible.
  • “Ready golf” is encouraged. Ready golf is a method for golfers to speed up play. It means that each golfer within a group may hit when ready. The Rules of Golf and golf etiquette prescribe the proper way to determine hitting order on a golf course.

   Penalties for slow play can be loss of points or being placed at the end of the field.