Local Rules & Frost Policy


To be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf and full Local Rules of the Waikanae Golf Club Inc. and any temporary Local Rules on the noticeboard in front of the Clubhouse.

1.Out of Bounds:Defined by white stakes or lines, beyond boundary fences or the natural boundaries including the stream to the left of holes 14, 16 and 17. InternalOOB to the right of Hole 1 and to the left of Hole 6 extending tee to green.

2.Immovable Obstructions:Defined as all staked trees, formed paths, walls, permanent buildings, elements of the course watering system, fences other than those defining OOB, distance markers and stakes.All internal OOB stakes and lines for Holes 1 and 6 are deemed Immovable Obstructions when playing other holes. No stake may be removed for any reason. Free relief (Rule 24) except when the ball lies in any hazard or there is interference by anything defining OOB.

3.Water Hazards-yellow stakes:Lateral Water Hazards-red stakes.The natural boundary of any Water Hazard and Lateral Water Hazard is defined by where mown grass ends and rough begins.

4.6thHole-Boundary Fence:If a ball comes to rest against or close to the boundary fence, beyond the signposted, painted fence post,the player may deem his ball unplayable and may 1. Play again from where the original shot was played or 2. Drop his ball in the Drop Zone behind the green, or 3. Drop within two club lengths of where his ball came to rest, no nearer the hole. Each option incurs a penalty of one stroke.If the third option is taken and the ball rolls back into the fence and becomes unplayable again all options remain open but will incur a further penalty stroke.

5.13thHole-Eastern (Blue)Tee Only: If there is reasonable evidence that a ball played from the tee has failed to clear the wetlands, to save time a provisional ball may be played from the tee. If the original ball is not found the provisional ball becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance. (Rule 27) If it is found in the wetlands it may be played or abandoned at the player’s discretion, no other relief options are available under Rule 26.6.Distance Measuring Devices: A player may obtain distance information 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. gradient, wind speed, 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.

7.Course Preservation: Compulsory-Free relief from all prepared beds and gardens, all ground under repair (whether marked or not) all newly seeded or turfed areas included newly reseeded or, sand filled divots. Optional-Free relief, though the green, from wheel ruts made by green keeper’s machinery and a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark other than sand. (Rule 25)

8.“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.

Updated 24/1/17

Copies have also been posted in both dressing rooms and in the glass cabinet under the walkway.

Cancellation of Local Rule

From 27th March 2013 the Drop Zone for the 1st Hole by the Greenkeeper’s Shed has been withdrawn.

A player who hits his ball towards the shed area and does not actually see it enter the water hazard is advised to play a provisional ball before going forward.

Unless the player finds his original ball, the provisional ball becomes his ball in play.

A player cannot assume that because his ball was hit towards or hit the shed or surrounds, it is virtually certain to have entered the hazard. In the event of him not being able to find his ball, he must declare it lost.

Cliff Martin – Match Committee: 26th March 2013

Temporary Local Rules

Maintenance Damage to Greens on the Line of a Putt

If the ball lies on the putting green, the player may lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the nearest point of relief or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The nearest point of relief or maximum available relief may be off the putting green.

 – Greens and Match Committee

Frost Policy

The Match Committee have recently reviewed and amended the Waikanae Golf Club Frost Policy

18 hole golf course on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand