play will be governed by the Official Rules of Golf as published
by the USGA except
as noted below in the league's local rules.
Out of bounds
- You must take a two stroke penalty at
the point where the ball went out of bounds unless a provisional
ball has been played. If a provisional ball has been
played then a normal stroke and distance penalty applies.
This option should be used whenever there is even a slight
chance your ball went OB. The 2-stroke penalty
will hopefully speed play and prevent the need
for someone to return to the point where the previous shot
was hit and hit again.
2. Lost ball or unplayable lie in the woods - This is
also normally a stroke and distance penalty and
is probably the single biggest rule contributing to slow play. As in years past the league rule for this
situation will allow a ball to be dropped as near
to the point where the ball was lost or dropped laterally
from the point where the ball is in the woods or
underbrush with a one stroke penalty. This rule
is applicable anywhere on the course as long as it is not
as out of bounds.
A provisional ball
can still be played using the stroke
and distance penalty (you'll lie 3) if you think your next
shot will put you in better shape than taking the drop
and one stroke.
drop procedure for a ball in the woods will be defined as
follows: from the point
where the ball is in the woods move laterally to the nearest
point of relief
(the point where you have an unobstructed swing - meaning
you can take a full, unencumbered swing - this does not mean
walking the ball out as far as possible to avoid low hanging
branches because you do not want to punch the next shot forward
though your swing is unobstructed). From this point you must
drop within two club lengths.
This drop procedure only applies to balls lost
in the woods.
3. All water on the course should be played
as a lateral water hazard. This provides the option for a drop on
either side of the water hazard and especially on
holes 6 and 7 (Shadow Lake) may offer the best relief.
The swale on hole 1, 2 and 4
(Shadow Lake) should be considered "casual
This permits relief and normally requires finding the ball
to determine where
to drop. However, in the Spring when water is deep, the ball
does not need to
be found but should be dropped as close to where you think
it entered the swale.
This will hopefully reduce time spent looking for balls.
5. The culvert for the swales on 1, 2 and 4 (Shadow
Lake) will provide one club length
relief without penalty if your stance or swing are inhibited.
Any staked tree or a tree of less than two club lengths
in height will also provide
one club length relief without penalty.
Ground under repair can be invoked with the permission of
an opposing team member.
One club length relief without penalty is provided.
We will use "Winter Rules" in your own fairway.
Embedded balls anywhere on the course except a hazard may
be removed cleaned and
are scored using a 13-point system. Each hole is worth one
point and there are 4 points awarded based on individual net
scores. Each team totals their handicaps and the difference
in team handicaps is used to give strokes on the appropriate
handicap holes. Each team totals their gross score on a hole
minus any handicap differential and the team with the low
total is awarded the point for that hole. Ties result in each
team getting ˝ point.
Total points are awarded by comparing individual net
scores. Each player compares his net score against each opponent’s
net score with 1 point awarded for low net score. Ties result
in each player getting ˝ point.
If one player does not show and does not get a sub he
forfeits his total points (2 points). The remaining points
are determined by doubling is partner’s score on each hole
and following the procedure above.
Low individual net score is awarded one golf ball.
to the pin each par three is awarded one golf ball
Handicaps are calculated using the
USGA 9-hole handicap system. The league maintains handicaps
for players and subs. New subs will be allowed to use valid
USGA handicaps if they have one. In all other cases the league
will calculate the player handicap using the USGA method.
the event of rain, a decision to play will be made at the
golf course before the 1st tee time. Players are
asked to show up and not assume play has been canceled before
If a round has started and is not completed by a majority of
teams due to rain or lightning, the round will be canceled and
played starting over again the next week. (This usually occurs
when the golf course calls the league in during a storm and
does not permit us to resume play.)
If, however, a majority of teams finish and the remaining teams
are allowed to finish their matches the following week, then
the matches will be counted.