Gecko Hard Card 2019-12-01T10:26:14+02:00

Gecko Hard Card 2019/20


The following Local Rules and Terms of Competition, together with any additions or amendments published by the committee, will apply to all Gecko Tour events

For the full text of any Local Rule referenced below, please refer to the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf effective January 2019.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty (loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play).

1 Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

1a) A ball is out of bounds when it is beyond any wall or fence defining a boundary.

1b) A ball that is played from one side of a road which is defined as out of bounds and comes to rest on the other side of that road is out of bounds. This is true even if the ball comes to rest on another part of the course that is in bounds for other holes.


2 Penalty Areas (Rule 17)

2a) When a penalty area adjoins a boundary, the penalty area edge extends to and coincides with the boundary.

2b) When a player’s ball is found in or it is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in any penalty area where the ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area at a point that coincides with the boundary of the course, opposite side relief is available under Model Local Rule B-2.1.

Dropping Zones for Penalty Areas

Where a dropping zone is marked for a penalty area, it is an additional option for relief under penalty of one stroke. The dropping zone is a relief area. A ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area.


3 Abnormal Course Conditions (including lmmovable Obstructions) (Rule 16) 3a) Ground Under Repair

  • Any area bounded by a white or blue line or blue stakes.
  • Any area of damaged ground (e.g. caused by crowd or vehicle movement) that is considered by a referee to be
  • Grass covered cable
  • French drains (stone-filled drainage ditches).
  • Seams of cut turf; Model Local Rule F-7 isin
  • All deep ruts even without marking.


3b) lmmovable Obstructions

  • White lined areas and the immovable obstruction they tie into are treated as a single abnormal course
  • Landscaped garden areas and everything growing in them that are surrounded by an immovable obstruction are treated as a single abnormal course


3c) Embedded Ball

Rule 16.3 is modified in this way: No free relief is allowed for a ball embedded in the stacked turf face above a bunker.


4  lmmovable Obstructions Close to Putting Greens

Model Local Rule F-5 is in effect. This Local Rule only applies when the ball and immovable obstruction lie in part of the general area cut to fairway height or less. In addition to Rule 16.1a, 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.  Exception: there is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.

5  lntegral Objects

The following are integral objects from which free relief is not allowed: 5a) Bunker liners in their intended position.

5b) Wires, cables, wrappings or other objects where they are closely attached to trees or other permanent objects.

5c) Artificial retaining walls and pilings when located in penalty areas.

5d) All areas surfaced with woodchip or mulch. lndividual pieces of woodchip are loose impediments.


6  Temporary Power Lines or Cables

Model Local Rule F-22 is in effect.


7 Temporary lmmovable Obstructions

 Championship committee will define TIOs before every tournament. Model Local Rule F-23 is in effect.


8  Clubs and Balls

8a) List of Conforming Driver Heads: Model Local Rule G-1 is in effect.

Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of Local Rule: Disqualification.

8b) Groove and Punch Mark Specifications: Model Local Rule G-2 is in effect.

Penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of Local Rule: Disqualification.

8c) List of Conforming Golf Balls: Model Local Rule G-3 is in effect.

Penalty for breach of the Local Rule: Disqualification.

Note: An updated List of Conforming Clubs and Balls is available on


9  Pace of Play (Rule 5.6)

Each hole has been given a maximum completion time based upon the  length and difficulty of  the hole. The maximum time allotted for the completion of 18 holes will be available prior to play from the Tournament Office. Please ensure you obtain a copy of the Pace of Play Policy and read it carefully before playing. The Pace of Play Policy will be strictly enforced.


Individual Timings Without Warning

In addition to the above a player without notice may be individually timed (whether “In Position” or not). If his time exceeds 60 seconds the player will incur a penalty as highlighted above.


Players will not be advised that they are being timed.

Timings will be taken from the moment it is deemed by the Official that it is the player’s turn to play.

In some circumstances, an individual player, or two players within a group of three, may be timed instead of the entire group.


10 Suspension of Play (Rule 5.7)

The following signals will be used to suspend and resume play:

lmmediate stop for imminent danger – one prolonged note of a siren

Stop for a non-dangerous situation – three consecutive notes of a siren

Resumption of play-two consecutive notes of a siren.

Note: When play is stopped for imminent danger, all practice areas will be immediately closed.

11Practice (Rule 5.2 and 5.5)

11a) ln stroke play, Rule 5.2b is modified in this way: A player must not practise on the competition course before or between rounds.

11b) Model Local Rule I-2 is in effect. Rule 5.5b is modified in this way: Between the play of two holes, a player must not:

        * Make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole just completed, or

        * Test the surface of that putting green by rubbing the putting green or rolling a ball.

Exception: AII recognised practice areas within the bounds of the course may be used by players for practice on any day of the competition.


12 Transportation

During a round, a player or caddie must not ride on any form of motorized transportation except as authorized or later approved by the Committee. A player who will play, or has played, under penalty of stroke and distance is always authorized to ride on motorized transportation. The player gets the general penalty for each hole during which there is a breach. A breach between two holes applies to the next hole.


13 Returning of Score Card

A player’s scorecard is officially returned to the Committee when the player has left the recording office/area with both feet.


14 Deciding Ties

The method for deciding ties is provided on the relevant entry form or is published at the golf course by The R&A.


15 Results of  Championship – Competition Closed

When the Championship trophy is presented to the winner, the results of the competition are officially announced, and the competition is closed.


The Gecko Tour Championship Committee

Ken Lingwood and JP Salakari

December 2019