Cupar Golf Club - Local Rules and Club Etiqutte

All Members, Visitors and Player are expected to observe our Local Rules and Club Etiqutee plus an additional or temporary local rules put on the club noticeboard from time to time.


At the present time the Club has ten local rules in force.


1.        Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

a)        A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall defining a boundary, line of white stakes or fence.

b)        At the 7th hole, the area around and between the 7th medal tee and the wall below – only the teeing ground itself is in bounds.

c) The Greenkeeper’s Sheds, Huts and Path/Area in front of the Sheds - at the side of the 1st/10th tees and to the left of 9th/18th green is out of bounds.

NOTE: - (Model Local Rule E.5) The Committee has not adopted the additional option, as a Local Rule, of a two stroke penalty instead of stroke & distance for a lost ball or a ball out of bounds.  


2.        Ground Under Repair.  Areas defined by blue stakes or enclosed by white lines are no play zones that are to be treated as an abnormal course condition.  Free relief must be taken from interference by the no play zone under Rule 16.1f.


    NOTE : - Blue Stakes: Uncommon, but they are sometimes used to denote ground under repair. (More commonly, GUR is denoted by a white line painted around the area.)


3.        Protection of Young Trees.  Young trees identified by stakes are no play zones.  If the ball lies on or touches a staked tree or it interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.   (one club length – see Rules of Golf 2019 Player’s Edition Page 95)


4.        Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green (sprinkler heads)  In addition to interference in Rule 16.1a, when a ball lies in the general area, interference also exists if an immovable obstruction is: on the player’s line of play, is within two club-lengths of the putting green and is within two club-lengths of the ball.  The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b. (Exception – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.)


5.  Immovable obstructions are abnormal course conditions and you are entitled to free relief under Rule 16.1.


6.  Under Rule 13.1f you are entitled to free relief when your ball is on a wrong green.  Interference includes ball touching the wrong green and the wrong green interferes with your area of intended stance or swing.


7.    Double Greens.  Greens 2nd /4th (outward) and 11th /13th (inward) (including the bank/ridge) have been declared a double green.

8.        Deep depressions or ruts made by tractors or other green keeping equipment are abnormal course conditions and you are entitled to free relief under Rule 16.1.


9.  Greenkeeper’s storage area to left of the 3rd/ 12th  fairways are to be treated as abnormal course conditions.  If a ball touches or lies in the abnormal course conditions and/or physically interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or swing, the player must drop a ball in the dropping zone provided.


10. Preferred Lies and Winter Rules.  See Model Local Rule E-3 in the Rules of Golf.  Preferred lies will be in operation from 1st November to 30th April, or otherwise, as decided by the Committee.  The following Local Rule will apply - When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may prefer the lie within 6 inches of the spot of the original ball.  The ball must not be placed nearer the hole.  Once placed, the ball is in play.      



Penalty for Breach of Local Rules:

Match Play – Loss of Hole

Stroke Play – Two Strokes




The path between the 1st / 10th green and 2nd / 11th tee is man- made and relief can be taken for a ball lying on this path.  Similarly, relief can be taken from the man- made path on the 4th / 13th fairway.  The track (virtually a grass track/path) running behind the 9th / 18th green is not considered man-made and NO RELIEF is allowed. Over many years the track has come into being because of usage by tractors and green keeping equipment.  



It is expected that all players taking part in any of our competitions has a full working knowledge of our local rules. The information is available on the club notice board, our website or can be sent to your email address.



Players and members should also read our “Etiqutte, Rules and Conditions of Play for Players and Members” – also displayed on the club noticeboard.


  1. Competition starting times cannot be changed on the day of the competition, unless agreed by a member of the Committee.
  2. Entry sheets, entry money and/or forms, as applicable, must be completed prior to teeing off.
  3. Any member entered for a club competition (match play or stroke play) and being unable to play at the stipulated tee-off time must make every endeavour to inform playing partner(s) of inability to attend.
  4. Slow play may cause a great deal of ill feeling with members and consideration must always be given to following matches and other players on the course.
  5. Four-Ball groups are only allowed during the winter competitions, under medal conditions but, even so, 2 ball groups and 3 ball groups still have precedence over four – ball groups, and are entitled to pass.
  6. Summer medal competitions are in 3 ball groups unless the format permits four balls.
  7. Any member is entitled to challenge player(s) on the course who are suspected of not having paid the required green fees.
  8. At all times treat other players as you would wish to be treated yourself.
  9. Visitors are not permitted until 3pm on Saturday due to club competitions, unless by prior approval of club officials.
  10. At weekends members and their guests are only allowed on the course out with competition times and must not at any time interfere with the playing of a recognised club competition.
  11. Juniors are not permitted to play until after 3pm on a Saturday due to club competitions, unless they are eligible to play in the same competition.
  12. On any day, juniors are not allowed in the clubhouse after 7pm unless accompanied by an adult, except at the prior discretion of the committee or during orgainsed junior events.
  13. All competitors must return their scorecard, regardless of whether or not their score for the round has been completed.
  14. In match play competitions The first named on the draw sheet is the challenger. The challenger must give a minimum of three dates, not in the same week. In the event of no challenge being made, 7 days prior to the closing date, it shall be incumbent upon the second named player to offer one date to the challenger. In the event of the tie not being played within the stipulated time, the tie will be awarded against the defaulter. This will be determined by the Match Secretary using the information available to him. It may well be that both (or all players) in a tie will be removed from the competition.
  15. The Match Secretary should be contacted        

(a)    Immediately after the closing date for a round, if a player wishes to claim the tie.

(b)    at any time, if an extension of the date for a tie is required.

(c)    for any other reason or question concerning a tie e.g. cannot make contact with the other player.

  1. A halved match will be decided by” sudden death” play –off.  Strokes must be given or received in accordance with the Handicap Stroke Index.   See CONGU Unified Handicap System Book (2016 – 2018) Page 72. Note 4.
  2. Competitors in club matches and club competitions will have precedence over all other players on the 1st and 10th tees.
  3. Practicing, pitching to or putting on the last green is not allowed.
  4. Players playing a full round shall be entitled to every alternate tee off time on the 10th tee.
  5. The above Etiquette, Rules and Conditions should be read in conjunction with the Club Booklet > Etiquette on the Course.
  6. All Players should have knowledge of our Local Rules and any temporary Local Rules in force.

Derek D. Murray (Match Secretary) - Approved by Club Committe on 6 May 2019.