Rules

The local rules on club score card or notice board do not apply!

I. LOCAL RULES

1. Out of Bounds (Rule 2-1)

a) Completely beyond the boundary edge of the course defined by the course-side points, at ground level, of fence posts and white stakes (excluding angled supports) and those stakes or fence posts are out of bounds.

b) Completely on or beyond the course-side edge of a white line defining the boundary edge of the course, and the line itself is out of bounds. When a line on the ground defines the boundary edge, stakes may be used to show where the boundary edge is, but they have no other meaning.

c) Holes 9 and 18: a ball which crosses the road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even if it may lie on another part of the course. All boundary objects (such as stakes and fences) are treated as immovable.

2. Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 16)

a) Any area defined by white lines or blue stakes.

b) Interference does not exist if an animal hole only interferes with the player’s stance.

3. No Play Zones (Rule 2–4)

c) On hole 17: the nursery green on the right-hand side of the putting green is a no play zone. The player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.
As an extra option the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone defined as being within one-club length of the stake marked D.Z.

d) On hole 12: the penalty area defined by red stakes with green tops is a no play zone. It is strictly forbidden entering and play the ball in this penalty area. If a player’s ball lies in this area, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f with one stroke penalty.

  • PENALTY FOR PLAYING BALL FROM A WRONG PLACE IN BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Two strokes Under Rule 14.7a
  • PENALTY FOR ENTERING IN A FORBIDDEN AREA: See the Code of Conduct

4. Immovable Obstructions

a) Sponsor boards.

b) White lined areas adjoining any areas defined as immovable obstructions are to be regarded as part of the obstruction and not ground under repair.

c) Landscaped garden areas surrounded by an obstruction (and everything growing in them) are part of the obstruction.

d) Paths and roads covered with gravel or by synthetic rubber are immovable obstructions.

e) The path between holes 1 and 10, leading to the New Course, is an immovable obstruction

5. Stones in Bunkers

Stones in Bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 15-2 applies).

6. Practice before or between Rounds (Rule 5.2a)

Rule 5.2a is modified in this way:

A player must not practice on the competition course before or between rounds.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS LOCAL RULE:

  • Penalty for first breach: Two strokes (applied to the player’s first hole).
  • Penalty for second breach: Disqualification.

7. Practice between Holes (Rule 5.2b)

Rule 5.2b is modified in this way:

Between the play of two holes, a player must not:

a) Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed, or

b) Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball.

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS LOCAL RULE: Two strokes at the next hole. In the case of a breach at the last hole of the stipulated round, the player incurs the penalty at that hole.

8. Clubs and Balls

a) Any driver the player uses to make a stroke must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, which is on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the R&A.

b) Any ball used in making a stroke must be on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the R&A.

  • PENALTY FOR MAKING A STROKE AT A BALL IN BREACH OF THIS LOCAL RULE: Disqualification

9. Transportation Policy

a) Players must not use electric trolley during a stipulated round.

b) Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorised by the Committee.

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS LOCAL RULE: Two strokes for each hole during which there is a breach of this Local Rule. If the breach occurs between the play of two holes, it applies to the next hole.

10. Restriction to who may serve as a Caddie

A player is prohibited from having a professional golfer serve as his caddie during the stipulated round.

11. Suspension of Play due to a dangerous Situation

When play is stopped by the Committee in case of imminent danger, all players must stop play at once and must not make another stroke until the Committee resumes play.

The following signals will be used to suspend and resume play:

  • Immediate stop/dangerous situation: one prolonged note of the siren, repeated
  • Normal non-dangerous stop: three consecutive short notes of the siren
  • Resume Play: two consecutive short notes of the siren, repeated
  • PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS LOCAL RULE: Disqualification (Exception: there will be no penalty if the Committee decides that the failure to stop was justified.)

12. Pace of Play (Rule 5.6)

a) Time Allowed

Each hole has been given a maximum completion time based upon the length and difficulty of the hole as well as upon the walking distance between the holes. The maximum time allotted for the completion is printed on the score card.

b) Definition of Out of Position

The first group and any group after a starter’s gap will be considered to be ‘out of position’ if, at any time during the round, the group’s cumulative time exceeds the time allowed for the number of holes completed. Any following group will be considered ‘out of position’ if it is more than the starting interval behind the group in front and has exceeded the time allowed for the number of holes played.

c) Procedure when group is Out of Position

  • a) Rules Officials will monitor pace of play and make a decision whether a group that is ‘out of position’ should be timed. An assessment of whether there are any recent mitigating circumstances, e.g. a lengthy ruling, lost ball, unplayable ball, etc. will be made. If a decision is taken to time the players, each player in the group will be subject to individual timing and a Rules Official will advise each player that they are ‘out of position’ and they are being timed.

The maximum time allocated per shot is 40 seconds. Ten extra seconds are allowed for the first player to play:

  • 1. on a par 3 hole;
  • 2. his/her approach shot; and
  • 3. a chip or putt.

The timing will start

  • 1. when a player has had sufficient time to reach his ball,
  • 2. it is his turn to play and
  • 3. he is able to play without interference or distraction.
  • b) On the putting green, timing will start when the player has had a reasonable amount of time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair ball marks and clear loose impediments on his line of putt. Time spent looking at the line from beyond the hole and/or behind the ball will count as part of the time taken for the next stroke.
  • c) Rules Officials Timing ceases when a group is back in position and players will be advised accordingly.
  • d) Procedure when group is Out of Position During the Same Round If a group is ‘out of position’ more than once during a round, the above procedure will apply on each occasion. Bad times and the application of penalties in the same round will be carried forward until the round is completed. A player will not be penalised if he has a second bad time before being advised of his earlier bad time.
  • PENALTY FOR BREACH OF CONDITION:
  • 1 bad time: Player will be warned by the Rules Official and told that if he has a further bad time he will be penalised.
  • 2 bad times: Penalty of One stroke
  • 3 bad times: Further Penalty of Two strokes
  • 4 bad times Disqualification

13. Code of Conduct

All players are required to act in accordance with the Code of Conduct

II. CODE OF CONDUCT

Committee decision: The Tournament Committee may decide to disqualify immediately on a serious breach.

1. Unacceptable Behaviour

a) Failure to care for the course: the player is responsible for (properly) raking bunkers after playing out of them, for replacing his/her divots and for repairing his/her pitch marks.

b) Use of unacceptable language towards other players, spectators, officials, or other people, such as impolite, abusive or aggressive language.

c) Being disrespectful to other players, spectators, officials or other people.

d) Abuse of clubs or the course, such as intentionally throwing or damaging clubs or causing damage to the course or other property.

e) Entering forbidden zones (no play zone at hole 12).

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH:
  • First breach: One stroke penalty
  • Second breach: General Penalty.
  • Third breach: Disqualification

2. Use of Mobile Phone

Mobile phones should be switched off or in silent mode. Use of a mobile phone by a player or caddie on the course must be limited to cases of emergency (such as for medical reasons) or danger or to call the Tournament Office.
The use of a mobile phone which is not authorised as above or is unnecessarily distracting other players is a breach of the Code of Conduct.

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH
  • First breach: the player is guilty of misconduct and should switch off his/her mobile phone.
  • Second breach: General Penalty.
  • Third breach: Disqualification

3. Smoking Prohibition for Junior Players

No player born in 2001 or later shall smoke on the course during a Round.

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH
  • First breach: General Penalty.
  • Second breach: Disqualification (Committee decision)

4. Spectators

During the course of a competition, all spectators (parents, coaches, club officials, supporters, etc.) have to remain at a reasonable distance from the players on the course, i.e. a distance from where it is practically impossible to give advice or interfere with play. Spectators must immediately comply with the injunctions of the Rules officials.

Every breach of Rule 10.2 of the Rules of Golf (advice) will be penalised in accordance with this Rule :
Rule Interpretation 10.2a/2: Player Must Try to Stop Ongoing Advice that Is Given Voluntarily If a player gets advice from someone other than his or her caddie (such as a spectator) without asking for it, he or she gets no penalty. However, if the player continues to get advice from that
same person, the player must try to stop that person from giving advice. If the player does not do so, he or she is treated as asking for that advice and gets the penalty under Rule 10.2a.

III. CONDITIONS OF COMPETITION

1. Eligibility

Players must meet the eligibility provisions established in the entry conditions for the specific competition.

2. Returning a Score Card

The player must, within 10 minutes after finishing the last hole of the stipulated round, verify and return his own scorecard in the Tournament Office. A player who fails to do so, may be disqualified by the Tournament Committee. A player is deemed to have returned his scorecard once he has handed over his card to an Official in the Tournament Office and he has left the ‘Recording Area’.

3. Close of a Competition

When the final results sheet has been placed on the official notice board, the result of the competition is deemed to have been officially announced.

III. GENERAL INFORMATION

1. Forecaddies

Forecaddies will be put out on the course. They will be signalling flag information as follows:

  • Red Flag: BALL NOT DETECTED
  • Green Flag: BALL DETECTED

2. Distance markers to the front of the green

  • White disc: 200 m (only on par 5)
  • Yellow disc: 150 m
  • Blue disc: 100 m
  • Red disc : 50 m

3. Doubt as to the procedure (R.20.1c)

When during the play of a hole a competitor is doubtful of his rights or procedure, and no referee is readily available, play of a second ball in accordance with Rule 20.1c is encouraged to avoid undue delay.

4. Refreshments and snacks

Available at the turn.

Committee

  • Anne Marien 
  • Charles Marien
  • Philippe Gille
  • Baudouin Nagelmackers

Rules Comittee

  • Philippe Gille - Chief Referee
  • Patrick Van de Water
  • Alain Vandebos
  • Frederic Chapel