Local Rules

Refer to the Noticeboard near the 1st tee for Temporary Local Rules and Conditions of Competition. 

Penalty for breach of Local Rule: General Penalty (Loss of Hole in Match Play, Two-Stroke Penalty in Stroke Play) unless otherwise stated. 


Out of Bounds is defined by the line between the course-side points at ground-level of white stakes and/or boundary fences. 

Pro-Shop – the entire Pro-Shop building is Out of Bounds.  The adjacent area, defined by white posts (which may include Pro-Shop structural posts) is also Out of Bounds. 


  1. ALL STAKES AND TRAFFIC DIRECTION BARRIERS on the course are defined as IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.  
  2. Staked Trees:  Stakes Trees are NO PLAY ZONES that are to be treated as Abnormal Ground Conditions.  If a player’s ball lies on or touches such a tree or such a tree interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f 
  3. Ground Under Repair (GUR) is defined by Light Blue Stakes and/or White Lines. Compulsory GUR areas or No Play Zones are defined by Dark Green stakes with white top. 
  4. Kangaroo Damage in Bunkers: If a ball comes to rest in a kangaroo paw print or digging in a bunker, the player may take relief from the animal hole (which is an abnormal course condition) under Rule 16.1c. 
  5. Edging Groves:  The edging grooves around the collar/cuff/fringe of putting greens are defined as Ground Under Repair.  If a player’s ball lies in or touches a groove, or a groove interferes with the area of intended swing: 
    1. Ball in General Area – The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. 
    2. Ball on Putting Green – The player may take free relief under Rules 16.1d. 

      Note 1 – Interference does not exist if the groove only interferes with the player’s stance. 
      Note 2 – A ball lying in the groove defining a green is on the green, but not if the ball lies in the boundary groove between fairway and collar. 


  1. All Penalty Areas on the course are RED PENALTY AREAS, and are defined by red stakes and/or lines. 
  2. If a ball is in the Penalty Areas adjacent to the green at Holes 1, 14 or 17, the player has these relief options, each for one penalty stroke: 
    1. Take relief under Rule 17.1, or 
    2. As an extra option or if total relief is not available, drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3.
  3. If, following a tee shot on Hole 3 (black tee only) or Hole 4 (black and blue tee), it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found came to rest in the penalty area front/right of the respective teeing ground, the player may: 
    1. Take stroke-and-distance relief under Rule 17.1d(1), adding one penalty stroke, or
    2. Drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone near the WHITE TEE area, adding one penalty stroke. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3. 
  4. If, following a tee shot on Hole 3 (black tee only) or Hole 4 (black and blue tee), a player does not know whether his ball is in the penalty area front/right of the respective teeing ground, the player may play a provisional ball using any of the following relief options: 
    • Stroke-and-distance (17.1d(1)) 
    • Back-on-the-line (17.1d(2)) 
    • Lateral relief (17.1d(3)), or 
    • By using the dropping zone available for these penalty areas which are located near the WHITE TEE.

Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball. 


The target time for a social round at MCGC is 4 hours.  All players are urged to maintain their position in the field relative to the group in front. 


Motorised Carts

Must not proceed past the painted blue lines on fairways, and must remain at least 15m from all greens.  Please use cart paths where available. 


Distances to the centre of the green: 
Light green – 100m.  Blue – 150m.  Orange – 200m. 


FRONT – Red;  MIDDLE – Yellow;  BACK – Blue 


Smoking is only permitted on the left-hand side of all fairways, and is NOT permitted on tees, greens or any other part of the course. 


Recycled water is in use on the course.