Rustington Golf Centre

Course Information & Local Rules

Course Information

Local Rules for Rustington Golf Centre

1. Clarifying Boundary When Using Wall, Road or Other Objects
2. Relief from Aeration Holes
3. Protection o fYoung Trees
4. Ball Deflected by Power Line
A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall, fence, hedge or line of white stakes defining the boundary of the course.
A ball lying out of bounds in private property may not be retrieved under any circumstances.
If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole in the general area or on the putting green, relief may be taken under Rule 16.1.
The young trees identified by stakes are abnormal course conditions. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1.
Model Local Rule E-11 is in effect for a ball that hits the power line, tower, support wires or poles supporting the power line on the 1st and 10th holes (stroke must be replayed).
5. Defining Abnormal Course Conditions and Integral Objects Abnormal Course Conditions (including Immovable Obstructions) (Rule 16)
– All course furniture and benches are classified as Immoveable Obstructions
– The lifebuoy situated in the red penalty area just short of the 1st and 10th green is an immoveable obstruction. If a ball lies in the penalty area, there is no free relief. A player whose ball lies outside the penalty area and in the general area, but whose stance or swing is affected by the post, may take free relief in accordance with Rule 16.1b. There is no relief for an immovable obstruction affecting the line of play other than when a ball lies on the putting green
– Both the Ropes and Posts used to close areas of the course for trolleys during the winter are Immoveable Obstructions
– Hoops protecting areas of the course are Moveable Obstructions
– You must not play from areas marked GUR (Ground Under Repair). These areas are No Play Zones.
6. Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens
7. All Roads and Paths Treated as Obstructions
8. Prohibiting Use of Motorized Transportation (Buggies)
9. Penalty for Breach of Local Rule: The player gets the general penalty 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.

NB: RGC Policy for Dangerous Play
NB: Ball in a Penalty Area and Provisional Balls
Immovable obstructions (Sprinkler Heads) close to putting green: In addition to the types of interference described 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.)
All roads and paths on the course, even if not artificially-surfaced, are treated as immovable obstructions from which free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1.

During a Competition round, a player must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee.

Although there are no internal OOB posts, players must not intentionally play down the incorrect fairway to gain an advantage. They must play back to their fairway with their next shot. Any player who is found to be on the incorrect hole or playing recklessly and putting others in danger may be asked to leave the course or will be subject to RGC’s disciplinary process.

When playing the 8th/17th holes – once it is known or virtually certain that the ball is in the penalty area (as it will be if the ball is not found in the general area), the player must proceed under Rule 17.1 and either play the ball (if found) as it lies or take penalty relief. At this point any provisional ball can no longer be played, either as the ball in play or a provisional ball. If it is played, the player has played a Wrong Ball (Rule 6.3c). Given the topography of the hole, it is fair to conclude that playing a provisional ball will have no effect as it will be disregarded whatever the outcome.


Rules of Play:
1) Please snore you are checked in with our first tee kiosk or main reception prior to play.
2) All players must have a bag and clubs and must be wearing either golf shoes or trainers.
3) Player teeing off before 8am MUST give way to the green keeping staff.
4) In relation to the 1st and 10th hole – Player who intentionally play down the incorrect fairway to gain an advantage, fail to play back to their fairway should they find themselves on the incorrect hole will be subject to disciplinary process by the club competition committees and the golf centre.
5) Players found to be playing recklessly or in a way which puts others in danger will be asked to leave the golf course.
6) Players should shout fore if a golf ball travels toward another player or out of line of sight.

Please play ready golf at all times to ensure a good pace of play.
Should you fall behind time or loose ground on the group ahead please step to one side and let the people behind you play through.
Should you encounter an issue on the golf course, please call the centre on 01903 850790 so we can get the marshal on duty to come and assist.