Tournament Rules

1. Prospective members may play once without joining, but may not participate in the tournament held that day.

2. If your ball is lost or goes out of bounds, drop another ball at the approximate spot where the original ball was lost or went out of bounds. You must count the stroke you took plus a penalty stroke. Never look for a lost ball more than 3 minutes.

3. Winter Rules - If the ball is in your own fairway, it may be moved with your club a maximum of six (6) inches not nearer the hole.

4. Leaf Rule – May be invoked by a Tournament Chairperson during the fall season. If a ball is lost in leaves, and except for the leaves it likely would have been found, a second ball may, without penalty, be dropped and played from the point where the first ball was presumed lost.

5. If there is a question on a rule, play what you believe is correct and seek a ruling later from the Tournament Chairperson.

6. If you are keeping putts, record them on the line above your score. Keep your score on the line directly above "Ladies Par" line. Please put your name, flight, and handicap on the top of your scorecard.

7. Once a player reaches a green, every stroke thereafter is to be counted as a putt, even if the ball later rolls off the green.

8. Each player is responsible for keeping the scorecard of one other player in the same group (other than your own cart partner). All cards must be signed and attested. If a scorer and the player being scored cannot agree on a score, do not sign the card but bring the matter to the attention of the Tournament Chairperson upon completion of the round.

9. In order to qualify for the Club Championship, Ringers, or Most Improved Golfer, you MUST post all of your scores and you MUST turn in all of your PCCWGL scorecards - even if you play fewer than 18 holes.

10. There must be a total of 8 players to fulfill tournament requirements.

11. A point system will determine the amount of money awarded for the weekly tournaments.

12. Appropriate awards will be presented for the Club Championships, Ringers, and Most Improved Golfer. NOTE: A Player must play at least 60% of scheduled events that were actually played through the 3rd week of September in order to qualify.

13. Club Championship: the best 2 out of 3 scores for gross and for net in the same flight. If flight is changed, winners will be determined by the length of time in that flight. A member who has played in only two championship rounds would still be eligible to win. All putts must be holed.

14. Bunkers: Be sure to follow USGA Rules pertaining to sand play. Also, USGA Rules now permit removal of loose impediments in the bunker.

15. Before beginning play, ensure that no one in your group is using an identical ball. Always be sure that you are hitting your own ball. There is a two (2) stroke penalty for hitting the wrong ball, and the mistake must be rectified by playing the correct ball from the correct spot.

16. Holes #10 and #14: If there is no possible hitting area when your ball overshoots the green and runs toward the canal, you may drop the ball anywhere you find a decent hitting area, off to the side of the green is permissible, but no closer to the pin. There is a one (1) stroke penalty.

17. Hole #13: If your tee shot does not go over the canal, you may drop a ball in the designated area. You will be hitting your 3rd shot. If your tee shot is lost on the other side of the canal you must use the drop area. You will be hitting your 3rd shot. If the ball lands in an unplayable lie you may take relief or use the drop area. You will be hitting your 3rd shot.

18. Gimmies: To speed up the pace of play, we encourage conceded putts (gimmies) when the ball is within 2 putter blades’ length from the cup. A conceded putt is a stroke. Once the putt is conceded, it cannot be refused or withdrawn. Gimmies can be given for any stroke regardless of final score; ie, bogie(s), par, birdie, or eagle. A conceded putt is not allowed during the Club Championship rounds.

19. The Tournament Committee will make decisions regarding rain during play.

20. The Tournament Committee will make an announcement every week concerning course conditions and the playing rules for the day.

21. If, during the play of any hole, you have taken 10 strokes and your ball is not yet in the cup, you must pick up your ball and will potentially be disqualified for that day’s tournament as determined by the Tournament Committee

Note:  Circle the 10 on your scorecard if you had to pick up the ball because the 10th stroke did not go into the cup; no circle if the score was a legitimate 10, i.e., the ball was in the cup on the 10th stroke.

22. During all league play a player may obtain distance information from a device that measures distance only. These devices may be shared by other players.

23. Former members who have permanently moved more than 150 miles away may play with us if they are visiting in the area. They will not be eligible for any tournament prizes or league awards.

Note: Some of these rules have been adopted out of necessity in order to speed play on a busy public golf course and are exceptions to the USGA Rules of Golf. USGA Rules apply in all situations not covered in these rules.

These league rules only apply during league play. At all other times follow USGA Rules.

Golf Etiquette

Ready-up ball is observed on all tees.

Never leave hand or power carts in front of the green.

Count all of your strokes. A whiff is a stroke and a conceded putt (gimme) is a stroke..

Rake the bunker after hitting your ball out.

When you are in the wrong fairway, give the right of way to those playing in their own fairway.

When you mark your ball on the putting green, place the marker directly behind the ball before picking up the ball.

We encourage continuous putting, i.e., after your first stroke, follow it up with your second (or third) stroke.

Leave the green immediately after putting.

Mark your score card on the next tee.

At least one player should check the flight and landing of a ball hit by a player in your group to give her the line or an indication of where it landed.