1. STANDARD LOCAL RULES

Play shall be under the rules of the Royal and Ancient (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) subject to the following local rules: –

    1. All penalty areas are marked with red stakes.
    2. Penalty area drop zones are marked on holes 2 (back of green), 5, 9, 16 and 18.
    3. Free relief may be taken as per rule 16.1a should a concrete bridge surround, paved road or green irrigation box interfere with a player’s stance or swing.
    4. Out of bounds / lost ball : All boundary fences without white stakes and beyond all areas marked with white stakes.

Alternative to stroke and distance:  For two penalty strokes, the player may take penalty relief using the alternative relief guidelines published in the 2019 rules of golf update. The procedure is posted on the notice board OR CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXPLANATION

    1. A ball finishing beyond the cart path on 9 or 18 must be dropped on the side closest to the hole being played, within 2 club lengths from the point where the ball crossed the cart part for a penalty of 1 stroke.
    2. Compulsory relief must be taken if a young tree (a tree shorter than two driver lengths) interferes with a player’s stance or swing, see rule 16.1a for relief procedure. No relief may be taken if a tree is inside a penalty area.
    3. A ball coming to rest between the green and fringe may be placed backwards, onto the fringe.
    4. Bonanza adopts the player code of conduct as set in rule 1.2a and 1.2a/1. Bonanza’s conduct guide as well as applicable penalties for breach of conduct rules are available on the noticeboard and below.
    5. Temporary local rules are posted on the noticeboard and below.

2. EXPECTED PLAYER CONDUCT

The conduct guide below is linked to point 8 of the Bonanza Golf Course standard local rules: –

NO SHOWS
NO SHOW DURING TROPHY EVENT OR ORDER OF MERIT EVENT WITH NO VALID REASON | SUSPENSION FOR NEXT 3 EVENTS
CLUB ABUSE
REPEATED THROWING OF CLUBS OR BREAKING OF CLUBS | GENERAL PENALTY OR DISQUALIFICATION & DISCIPLINARY
CELL PHONES ON COURSE
Cell phones are strictly only to be used as distance measuring devices
 
USE OF CELL PHONE RINGS / OR TAKE CALL – 1st OFFENCE | GENERAL PENALTY
USE OF CELL PHONE RINGS / OR TAKE CALL – 2nd OFFENCE | DISQUALIFIED & DISCIPLINARY
DAMAGING THE COURSE
DELIBERATELY CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE COURSE – 1st OFFENCE | GENERAL PENALTY & DISCIPLINARY
DELIBERATELY CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE COURSE – 2nd  OFFENCE | DISQUALIFIED & DISCIPLINARY

 

OFF THE COURSE

Members, Guests and Visitors are reminded that:

  • Any form of discrimination, harassment or intimidation is regarded as unacceptable behaviour.
  • Consumption of excessive quantities of alcohol is not permitted by law. Please do not be offended if service is stopped based on irresponsible consumption.
  • The use of foul or abusive language such as swearing has no place in the clubhouse and any Member, Guest or Visitor heard using repetitively loud, unacceptable or offensive language will be asked to either stop or leave the premises. Where someone is noticed to be consistently using bad language after being warned then their continued membership will be reviewed accordingly.
  • Etiquette on course should be extended off course, consider those around you.
  • Smoking or the use of e-cigarettes is not permitted within any of the clubhouse buildings.
  • Music may not be played (no matter the device) within any of the clubhouse buildings.

Whilst fully acknowledging that adult “banter” contributes to creating a healthy atmosphere among Members, Guest and Visitors, these rules are designed to safeguard others who find such banter offensive or intimidating. This Conduct Guide is not intended to create a bureaucratic, regulatory environment, but rather to promote and enhance our values.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION: The Golf Director will be responsible for implementing disciplinaries in a fair and impartial manner.

3. TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

 

COVID-19 RELATED TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

    1. BUNKERS – in order to reduce the possible contact points, and transmission of the COVID-19 virus, all bunker rakes have been removed. Should a player’s ball finish in a foot print or divot in the bunker, the player must place the ball in the bunker at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. This MUST be in the bunker (you may not place outside the bunker) and the player must get his or her markers confirmation prior to taking relief.
    2. PIN FLAGS – Pin flags may NOT be removed. Pin flag removed in error will not result in penalty HOWEVER should a player putt with the pin out a general penalty will apply.
    3. SCORECARDS – It is acceptable to mark all scores on 1 scorecard to limit contact points.
    4. HANDING IN OF SCORECARDS – Scorecards must be placed in the scorecard box no later than 20 minutes after a round has been completed. EXCEPTION – During the Bonanza Championship cards must be handed to the Golf Director who will be seated in the restaurant.
    5. SOCIAL DISTANCING – Players are required to mask up and practice social distancing when in the clubhouse area. Players may not join tables and the table setups will be done in a manner to promote social distancing.
    6. PRIZE GIVING – There will be no prize giving presentation as we want to discourage congestion in the clubhouse area. Winners will be honored in a special event which will be hosted on a date which will be advised based on the COVID-19 situation.

 

TEMPORARY LOCAL RULES

    1. GOLF CART AND TRACTOR TYRE TREAD – Relief as per rule 16.1b may be taken should a ball finish in a golf cart or tractor tyre tread mark.
    2. RELIEF FROM YOUNG TREES – Note that point 6 in the updated standard local rules on this page and the notice board replaces point 5 of the standard local rules on the scorecard (rather than determining whether relief may be taken by using the 2m height as a reference, we have opted rather to use 2 driver lengths in order to avoid any debate regarding height).
    3. WEEDED AREAS OF FAIRWAY AND GREEN SURROUNDS – If a players ball finish on an un-grassed area within 5 club lengths of the green or fairway, relief may be taken at the nearest point. A ball further than 5 club lengths from the green or fairway must be played as it lies unless it is marked as ground under repair.