These are our local rules we’ve set in order to enhance your golfing experience. We advise these local rules are to be read in conjunction with the Rules of Golf.


Yarra Yarra Golf Club Local Rules


Pace of Play

To ensure both competition and social rounds are played in a length of time which makes golf more enjoyable for everyone, players should play at a good pace.

Yarra Yarra Golf Club has established pace of play guidelines that all players should follow:

  • 4 hours 15 minutes (including an 8 minute break at the Café after 9 holes) to complete an 18 hole Stableford or Par competition round in a four player group.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (including an 8 minute break at the Café after 9 holes) to complete an 18 hole Stroke or Match Play competition round in a four player group.
  • The lowest marker in the group is responsible for the group’s pace of play.
  • If a group loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should call the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group.
  • Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should call the faster moving group to play through.



Local Rules For Golfers


All ground beyond the boundary and protection fences is out of bounds. Rule 27-1 applies


Protection of young trees: If a staked tree/shrub under two club-lengths in height interferes with a player’s stance or the area of the intended swing, the ball MUST be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with Rule 24-2b(i). The ball may be cleaned when so lifted.
Fixed sprinkler heads: Specimen Local Rule Part A – 4 in the 2016 Rules of Golf also applies for immovable obstructions close to the putting green.
Artificially surfaced roads, car parks and paths: In addition, if a player’s ball comes to rest on or over the car park when playing the 7th or 9th holes, relief without penalty MUST be taken either within one club-length of the nearest point of relief on the green side of the hole being played or by dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest dropping stake of the hole being played (even if the dropping stake is nearer the hole than where the ball originally lay).
Water Hazard stakes, GUR stakes, ropes and signs.


The pond at the rear of the 10th green is a lateral water hazard. Players may proceed under Rule 26-1, or as an additional option a ball may be dropped within one club-length of the nearest dropping stake even if the dropping stake is nearer the hole than where the ball originally crossed the margin of the hazard.


Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.


The following areas are defined as ground under repair:


The gardens directly surrounding the flagpole in front of the Clubhouse
The garden beds adjoining the outside perimeter of the Clubhouse
The garden bed surrounding the fountain on the putting green
b) those areas the margins of which are defined by white stakes, white lines, GUR signage and/or accompanying rope. Play is prohibited from GUR. Relief must be taken in accordance with Rule 25-1.


For all play at Yarra Yarra, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.

Specimen Local Rule 7 of Appendix 1, Part A, page 153, of the Rules of Golf applies.


When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.


Stroke Play – Two Strokes Match Play – Loss of Hole