RULES OF PLAY
BOUNDARY WALLS AND FENCES-There is no free relief from boundary walls or fences. You may take relief of two club lengths, no nearer the hole, penalty one stroke.
PROTECTIVE FENCES- You may take swing and stance relief plus line-of-sight relief, no penalty. Or you may use a drop circle if one is available.
OUT OF BOUNDS - Out of bounds is defined by white stakes, white painted lines, boundary walls or fences. If a ball is hit out of bounds you may drop a ball within two club lengths from the edge of the fairway at the point the ball crossed the boundary for a two stroke penalty. You have the option of replaying the stroke and adding one stroke (stroke and distance).
LOST BALL- If a ball is lost you may drop a ball within two club lengths from the edge of the fairway at the point where the ball was lost for a two stroke penalty. You have the option of replaying the stroke and adding one stroke (stroke and distance).
GROUND UNDER REPAIR- Ground under repair may be marked by white painted lines on the ground. Material such as grass clippings, leaves, tree trimmings and other materials that are piled for later removal are also played as ground under repair. You may take relief of two club lengths, no nearer the hole, no penalty. Holes made by ground crews during course maintenance are considered ground under repair.
IMBEDDED BALL- If your ball is imbedded in its own pitch mark the ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club length of the original spot, no nearer the hole, no penalty.
FLOWER BEDS- If a ball rests in an area identified as a flower bed the ball may be dropped within one club length of the point where the ball entered the flower bed, no closer to the hole, no penalty.
STAKED TREES- If a staked tree or a tree with support wires interferes with stance or area of intended swing, you must take relief plus two club lengths, no nearer the hole. You are not allowed line of sight relief.
OBSTRUCTIONS- Immovable obstructions such as buildings, cart paths, drainage ditches, vents, valve covers, sprinkler heads, control boxes or protections fences that interfere with stance, swing or line of sight, you are allowed relief plus one club length, no nearer the hole, no penalty. If temporary obstructions such as maintenance equipment interfere with stance, swing or line of sight, you may drop the ball at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, no penalty. Yardage bushes are not considered obstructions and you do not get relief.
AMENDMENT TO THE LOCAL RULES NEW 150 POST-The poles providing 150 yardage and an aiming target in the fairways are to be treated as an immovable obstruction with regards to “Stance and Swing” only. If the pole interferes with player fairly taking his/her stance or the path of their intended swing, a player may take relief using the nearest point of relief plus one club length that is not nearer to the hole. NO PENALTY. If the pole is on the intended line of play, the player may elect to lift the pole from the ground and move it out of the way. If the player chooses to leave the pole in and their ball strikes it after playing a stroke. NO PENALTY.
SPRINKLER HEADS NEAR GREEN- If a sprinkler head is within two club lengths of the green and the ball is within two club lengths of the sprinkler head and interferes with the intended path of a ball you may take two club lengths relief from the sprinkler head, no penalty.
TEMPORARY GREENS- Take a maximum of two strokes, pick up and count three strokes on your scorecard
AERATION OF COURSE- If a player’s ball touches an aeration hole through the green you may take relief by dropping the ball within one club length, no nearer the hole, no penalty. If the dropped ball lands in another hole, you may re-drop no penalty. If the ball touches a hole on the green you may place the ball at the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, no penalty. No relief can be taken for aeration holes that are in the line of play.
PREFERRED LIES- On holes that are restricted to “cart paths only” due to wet and muddy conditions, the ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed within one club length of the original position, no nearer the hole, no penalty.
MULCH AREAS- Areas where mulch has been added for water savings measures are no longer free drop areas. The mulch is considered loose impediment that can be moved as long as the ball does not move.
BUNKER - 4 Options- If your ball lands in a bunker you may:
- Play it as it lies, no penalty
- Drop in the bunker within two club lengths not closer to the pin, 1 Stroke penalty.
- Drop behind the bunker within two club lengths of the line extending from the pin and through the original ball position, 2 Stroke penalty.
- Replay the stroke from the original position, Stroke and Distance penalty.
PENALTY AREAS- Formerly known as hazard areas and identified by red topped stakes, the ball may be dropped within two club lengths from the area, no closer to the hole, one stroke penalty.
ABNORMAL CONDITIONS- Relief may be taken from the following abnormal conditions: sod seams on or off the green, edging grooves around greens, aeration holes on or off the green, take closest point of relief, no penalty.
PUTTING GREEN DAMAGE-You may now repair green damage without penalty, e.g., ball marks, spike marks, crow damage, etc.
FLAG STICK- It is no longer a penalty if your putted ball strikes the flag stick while it is still in the hole.
BALL DROP- The ball must be dropped from knee level and not from shoulder height.
BALL ACCIDENTLY STRUCK- Replace the ball, no penalty.
MAXIMUM SCORE- The maximum score on any hole is “triple bogey”. Once a triple bogey is attained, pick up and record a score of three over par.