Vikla Golf & Country Club Local Rules

Marker Stakes

White - Out of bounds

Blue Top - Fairway boundary (Solid blue denotes start of fairway)

Red Top - Lateral water hazard

Red top with solid blue band below - Combined fairway boundary & lateral water hazard.

Blue top with 1 - 4 red lines below - Distance markers. (Each band represents 50m from front of green)

Fairways and Fairway Marker Stakes

All Fairways have been marked with Blue Topped Stakes, and the start of each fairway is marked with a solid blue stake. A ball lying outside these fairway markers will be considered to be "in the rough" and will be played as it lies.

When there are fairway marker stakes at the edge of bunkers or grassed traps the edge of the fairway is deemed to follow the natural contours of the hollow (and not a straight line between each stake.)

Use of Mats and Preferred Lies (Qualifying Competitions)

A ball that comes to rest within a staked fairway (not just the fairway in play), may be lifted, placed on and played from a mat (which includes products such as the Rocket Launcher made by DivotEnd) . The mat must be placed as near as possible to where the ball originally lay. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this Local Rule. A mat may also be used on the tee area, or in a dropping zone
If a ball when placed rolls from the mat, it may be replaced without penalty. If it still fails to remain on the mat, relief may be taken by placing the ball on the ground, and using a preferred lie. 
There is no penalty should the ball move or be moved after being placed on the mat and before making a stroke, including when addressing the ball or taking a practice swing.

As an alternative to using a mat, a player may take a preferred lie - lift and place the ball within 6” of the original ball position, but no closer to the hole. When taking a preferred lie a player must not improve his line of play or swing path (if the ball is close to a tree for example).

Moveable Obstructions (Rule 24.1)

Stones in Bunkers, Rakes, Blue Fairway Marker Stakes, Yellow Water Hazard and Red Lateral Water Stakes. Stakes must be replaced.

 Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24.2)

Buildings, Tee Constructions (current and unused), Fixed Sprinkler Heads, Tractor Tyre Marks, Electrical Junction Boxes, Telegraph Poles, All Drainage Ditches, All Irrigation Equipment, All Roads and Pathways.

 Telegraph Poles, Overhead Cables & Junction Boxes

A ball striking any of the above items must be replayed without penalty

 Staked Trees

If a staked tree interferes with the player’s stance or swing, relief must be taken under Rule 24.2

Hole 12 - Dropping Zone

The dropping zone at the start of the fairway is available as an extra option (with one stroke penalty) to any player who loses his/her ball from their tee shot (no matter where the ball is lost).  If a player thinks he/she may have lost their ball from the tee shot, a provisional ball may be played from the dropping zone.

Practice on the Course - Qualifying Competitions

Practice on the course, prior to the commencement of a Qualifying Competition, is only allowed on or around the old 18th Green, as long as it does not interfere with play.


Amended April 2013

Pace of Play Guidelines for Vikla Golf Club

Adapted from the R&A guidelines, taking into account the age profile and typical skill level of players at the club.

It is a fact that slow play detracts from the enjoyment of the game for many golfers, and few golfers are heard to complain about play being too quick.

At all levels of the game, therefore, there is a responsibility on players and administrators to ensure that golf is played at a good pace, and a pace that is appropriate to the course being played.

As a guide, based on times recorded in various competitions at Vikla:

4-ball rounds normally take around 4 hours 30 minutes (15 mins per hole); 3-balls around 4 hours 2-balls no more than 3 hours 30 minutes.

Typically, some groups complete the round at least 30 mins faster than these norms.

Things that players can do to help to minimise round times:

·  In Stableford competitions, pick up the ball when it is no longer possible to score any points

·  Move quickly to your own ball

·  Do not wait until it is your turn to play before calculating your yardage and selecting your club.

·  Look at your own line of putt while the other players in the group look at theirs (within the bounds of normal etiquette).

·  Play a provisional ball if your ball may be lost outside a hazard or out of bounds.

·  At the green, position your bags so as to allow quick movement off the green to the next tee.

·  Move off the green as soon as all players in your group have holed out; mark score cards at or on the way to the next tee.

·  Be aware of your position with regard to the group in front -  it is your group’s responsibility to try and keep up with the group in front. If you keep up with the group in front, you cannot be accused of slow play.

·  If you feel that your group is falling behind, advise the other players in your group.

·  If your group is behind, try to catch up quickly.

·  If you lose a clear hole and are delaying the group behind, or if there is no group in front of you and you are delaying the group behind, invite the group behind to play through.