Local Rules

1. Out of Bounds. Rule 27.

a)    Beyond any boundary fence surrounding the course.

b)    Beyond the white markers to the left and to the rear of the 18th green and including the putting green.

c)     Beyond the white markers surrounding the lake (Villa Pond) in the middle of the course.

d)    Beyond any white markers defining both practice areas.


2. Water Hazards. Rule 26-1b.

The brook at the 3rd, 8th, 13th and 14th holes and the ponds at the 5th, 6th, 14th and 16th are water hazards, as defined by the yellow stakes. The lake alongside the 13th hole is a lateral water hazard as defined by the red stakes.


3. Fixed Sprinkler Heads. Rule 24-2 applies.

In addition, a ball lying on or within 2 club lengths in line of a water sprinkler may be lifted and dropped no nearer the hole.


4. Immovable Obstructions. Rule 24-2.

a)    All caged, fenced or staked trees.

b)    Coppice fences.

c)     All artificially surfaced paths and tracks.

d)    Stone bridges on 3rd, 13th and 14th holes.

e)    Plastic bungs covering a second hole on the putting green.


5. Stones in Bunkers. Rule 24-1.

Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions and may be lifted.


6. Deer Hoof Marks. Rule 25-1b

Other than on the putting green, damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs is ground under repair (Rule 25-1 applies). Any such damage on the putting green may be repaired (Rule 25-1 does not apply)


7. Plugged Balls

May be lifted, cleaned and dropped through the green.


8. Ball (On the Green) Moved Accidentally. Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. 

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of 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.


9. Wrong Putting Green – Winter Greens. Rule 25-3:

Below is a new Local Rule (or clarification of an existing rule) explaining what to do when winter greens are in play:

If the winter green is attached to the main green you are allowed to putt out without moving the ball.

 If the winter green and main green are separated as in 6th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 22nd and 24th - all players must play the main green as the wrong green. Pick and drop (Rule 25-3(B) and may play any shot to the winter green.


Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes


10. Distance-Measuring Devices. Rule 14-3:

 In all competitions at Belton Park Golf Club, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.”

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: (Artificial Devices and Unusual Equipment; Abnormal Use of Equipment)

Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

For subsequent offence – Disqualification.

In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.


Condition of Play – odd handicap shots are taken as follows:

Odd shots to be taken on the LONGER nine holes being played EXCEPT in MATCHPLAY when any odd shot will be taken on the FIRST nine holes played.