USGA Rules Govern All Play:  The rules of golf are published in the USGA The Rules of Golf book.   Members must be familiar with the rules of the game and should carry a copy of The Rules of Golf with them during play.  When competing in a golf tournament there is an obligation, even a responsibility – to the rest of the field to see the rules are followed completely.

The following are summaries of more common  rules , which are no substitute for the rules published by USGA.   See  


Out of Bounds:  (Definition pg. 14, Procedure Rule 27) If a ball is hit out of bounds, a player must replay the last stroke under a penalty of one shot.  For example, if a player hits a ball out of bounds from the tee, the next stroke must be played again from the teeing ground and will be the third stroke. This is a stroke and distance penalty. 

Lost Ball:  (Rule 27) If a ball is lost, a player must replay the last stroke under a penalty of one shot. This is a stroke and distance penalty.  A player has 5 minutes to search for his/her ball.  If play is delayed while searching please allow players from behind to play through.  If the original ball is found within the five minutes, it must be played.

Provisional Ball:  (Rule 27) If a player thinks their ball is either lost or out of bounds, they should play a provisional ball.  Announce your intention beforehand and play the ball until you reach the point where the original ball is likely to be.  If the original ball is found (within 5 minutes) continue play with that ball. If not found, continue play with the provisional ball with a penalty of one stroke.

Embedded Ball: (Rule 25-2, App I Part A 4. a. & Part B 4.a.) A ball embedded in it’s own pitch mark anywhere on the course (except in a hazard) may be lifted cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay, without penalty 

Water Hazards:  (Rule 26) Players are encouraged to become familiar with the difference between  Forward Water Hazards (Yellow stakes and lines) and Lateral Water Hazards (Red stakes and lines).
If you cannot play the ball, your options, with a penalty of one stroke are as follows:

     •    Option 1: Drop a ball as near as possible from where the last shot was played.

     •    Option 2: Drop a ball from behind the hazard keeping the point at which the original ball                  last  crossed the margin of the hazard between the hole and the point at which the                    new ball is to be dropped.  There is no limit as to how far behind the hazard you                        may drop.

Relief from Lateral (red) Water Hazards Additional Options

     •    Option 3: Drop a ball within two club-lengths and no nearer to the hole from the point                      where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard.

     •    Option 4: Drop a ball on the opposite (lateral) margin of the hazard equidistant from the                  hole. 

Water Hazard Hints:   If you are getting relief from a Water Hazard (Yellow stakes) and are not hitting the next shot over at least a small portion of the hazard, you are probably dropping incorrectly.  You may only take a lateral drop from a Lateral Water Hazard (Red stakes).

Ball Comes To Rest On The Wrong Green:  (Rule 25-3)  A player must not play a ball resting on a putting green other than that of the hole being played.  The ball must be dropped, without penalty, within one club-length of the nearest point of relief that is not on a putting green or in a hazard or closer to the hole.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted. 

Stones in Bunkers: (Rule 24-1, App. I Part A 5. b. & Part B 5) Stones are, by definition, loose impediments.  When stones in bunkers may represent a danger to players, our local rule states stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. If the ball moves as a direct result of removing the stone, there is no penalty and the ball is replaced in the original spot.  However, when a player’s ball is in a hazard other than a bunker, a stone lying in or touching the hazard may not be touched or moved.

Relief from Immovable Obstructions:  Except in a water hazard or lateral water hazard (Rule 24-2), a player may obtain relief from an immovable obstruction with no penalty. Drop the ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole.  There is no line of sight relief from an immovable obstruction. 

Irrigation Areas on the Course: (Rule 24-2)  May drop ball one club length, from nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole - without penalty.  

Bridge over Water Hazards: (Rule 24-3b-iii)  A bridge is an obstruction and is considered part of the hazard, there is no free relief from an obstruction in a water hazard.  If you choose to play the ball off the bridge you may ground the club; otherwise drop the ball under penalty according to the options for water hazards.

Casual Water on the Course: (Rule 25): Player may take relief for swing and stance  without penalty. One club length  from nearest point of relief , no nearer the hole.  Sand Bunker with casual water: must drop ball in the sand. 

Relief from Unplayable Lie:  (Rule 28)  The penalty is one stroke and the player has three options:

     •    Option 1: Drop a ball within two club lengths of where the ball lies, no nearer the hole.

     •    Option 2: Drop a ball keeping the point of the original lie between the ball to be dropped                  and the hole.  There is no limit as to how far back you can go. 

     •    Option 3: Drop a ball as near as possible to the spot where the previous stroke was                        played.

Lightning:  (Rule 6-8 and App. I-5)  If the siren sounds for an approaching storm, players must cease play immediately and seek shelter.  Play may not begin again until an all clear is given.  For your safety, you do not have the option of completing the hole and the penalty for continuing play is disqualification.  If, in a player’s judgment, they are in danger from an electrical storm and no siren has sounded, they may discontinue play and seek shelter.  Play may continue once the danger has passed. The rules of golf provide for this option and no penalty may be imposed on the player.

Identifying a Ball in Hazard and Playing the Wrong Ball: 
(Rules 12-2 and 15-3)  A golfer may lift a ball for identification in a bunker or water hazard.  There will be a two-stroke penalty for playing a wrong ball from a hazard.  In match play, the penalty will be loss of hole.


Maintenance Area: (Hole #4, Hole #5, Hole #8) The entire maintenance area is an immovable obstruction.  Relief under Rule 24-2.  Drop one club length from nearest point of relief without penalty.  No line of sight relief.  There is an optional ball drop on Hole # 8 – between Service Road and Restroom Building.



All cart paths, gravel areas, & service roads: relief without penalty

Hole #1      
Rock wall - if unplayable – one stroke penalty. 
Tee Box for Hole #9 – playable area
Brush behind the green is not a hazard. If ball is not playable, treat as unplayable lie - one          stroke penalty.


Hole #2    
Behind hole - Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes)


Hole #4    

Right side drainage ditch – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes).

Tee Box for Hole #3 – playable area.

Bridge over Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) is in the hazard.

Right side - Maintenance Area is an immovable obstruction.


Hole #5       
White Tee Box for Hole #6 – playable area.

Rock wall – if unplayable – one stroke penalty.

Hole #7      

Left side OB


Hole #8   
Left side OB
Left side near tee box – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) marked next to OB.  Determine             whether ball is in the Water Hazard, or if the ball is OB. 
Right side Maintenance area.
Left side Drainage Ditch – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes).


Hole #9      

Left side OB

Rock wall – if unplayable – one stroke penalty.
Behind the Green – land on stone wall or beyond – OB, 
Hole #10          

Bridge over Water Hazard (yellow stakes) – in the hazard.
Hole #11        

First Pond – Yellow and Red stakes – Entry POINT determines whether it is a Water               Hazard (yellow) or  a Lateral Water Hazard (red).

Left side – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes).

Second Pond – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) – There is no drop area.

Foot bridge over the Water Hazard (yellow stakes) – in the hazard.
Right side pump house - immovable obstruction

Hole #12          

Pond (Yellow & Red stakes) OR use Drop Area on opposite side of pond - one stroke penalty.
Bridge over Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) – in the hazard. 
Left side – Red stakes and/or lines (from tee to woods), mark Lateral Water Hazard.


Hole #13          

Left side – first 100 yards playable area; then Water Hazard (yellow stakes) and Lateral Water       Hazard  (red  stakes) at creek.
Right side service area – playable area.

Right side near the green – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes).

Hole #14          

Right Side – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) – up to within 100 yards of the green.

Left Side – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes) – near the 200 yard marker.

Rock wall behind the green – marks OB area.

Hole #15          

Right Side – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes). 
Left side open – playable area.

Hole #16          

Right Side – OB

Brush behind the green is not a hazard. If ball is not playable treat as unplayable lie - one               stroke penalty.
Hole #17          

Right Side – OB 


Hole #18          

Right Side – OB

Bridge over Water Hazard (yellow stakes) – in the hazard.
Hole #10 fairway – playable area.
Behind the hole – Lateral Water Hazard (red stakes).



Keep to the suggested Pace of Play timing on the back of the course scorecard.  Regular 18 hole play should not exceed 4 hours!


12 inch putts may be given (outside edge of hole to front edge of the ball) with the

concensus of the group.  There is no measuring of the distance.


See guidelines for READY GOLF under Rules on this website.




Tie Break Rules:

If there is a tie, the tournament chairperson will employ a match of cards on the basis of the best score (gross score minus 1/2 of each player's handicap, including fractions, if any) over the last nine holes.  The last nine holes is defined as holes 10 through 18 for the 18 hole league and as  holes 1 through 9 for the 9 hole league.  If the tying players have the same net score for the last nine holes, then the winner will be determined on the basis of the last six holes, or the last three holes if still tied, or finally the 18th hole or 9th hole.  If still tied, and no playoff was arranged, then the competition will conclude as tied.


For Stroke Play Tournaments:

The maximum handicap will be 40 for 18 holes and 25 for 9 holes.  Maximum handicaps will be clearly indicated on the scoring sheets for the weekly tournaments.  For any match play or net score tournaments the maximum handicap will be 36.  These tournaments include weekly tournaments using stroked scorecards, the annual Club Championship tournament, the Thelma and Louise, and Lucy vs. Ethel tournaments.


Match Play Rules:

  • You must allow the person with the honors to tee off first and once the balls are in play, the person who is farthest away from the hole must hit first.  If you play out of turn (on the tee, fariway, or on the green), your opponent can make you rehit your shot.
  • If you can't reasonably tie the hole, concede!  Pick up your balls and move to the next hole.
  • Don't make your opponent putt really short putts.
  • In match play, you continue playing until the hole is  conceded or won, even if you reach your ESC.  When you post your score, post the ESC score.
  • If the hole is conceded at any point, determine a reasonable score you would have achieved on the hole if you played it out.  It it exceeds the ESC score, post the ESC score.
  • If a putt is given and you believe you would have made that putt more than 50% of the time, count the putt as made.  If not, add 2 putts to your score for the hole.


Tie Break Rules for Match Play:

  • A match that ends all square should be played off hole by hole until one side wins a hole.  The play-off should start on the hole where the match began.  In the handicap match, handicap strokes should be allowed as in the prescribed round.


Scorecards and Posting Scores

  • Valid scoredcards must list legibly the first inital and last name of each player and the date of play.


  • Please double-check your addition.  You may save yourself a stroke!


  • The scorekeeper and one other player (attester) must sign the scorecard.


  • Post your Adjusted Score (Equitable Stroke Control) in the GHIN compter at the golf course or online at  Some of the tournaments will be identified as "T" score for inputting into the GHIN system.  (A 9 hole score can never be a 'T" score.)


  • Calculate and post weekly contest scores according to the directions on the tournament sheet in the ladies lounge.  Use your course handicap posted in the ladies lounge when entering this information.    


  • Maximum handicaps will clearly be indicated on the scoring sheet for the week.

  • Place the scorecard in the file box in the ladies lounge.  If a valid scorecard is not turned in, you will not be eligible for prizes.


  • By the end of each week, the winners for the tournament will be posted in the ladies lounge and on


  • If you are a winner, you will be given Pro Shop credit to be used to purchase items.  The Pro Shop will be able to tell you what credit you have available to spend.


  • All players must post their adjusted/ESC scores within 48 hours of play to be eligible for prizes.