- Central to stroke play competitions remains the need to hole out on each hole, unless otherwise provided for in the format of play
- Competitors will keep score for another player in the group
- Keep up with the number of strokes of the player whose score you are keeping, as well as your own
- Verify his score verbally at the completion of each hole before it is written down
- Record his score, and your own score, in the proper places on the official scorecard
- Prior to submitting a signed scorecard please ensure that your start, turn and end times have been provided
- Make sure all scores are correct, legible, and the card has been signed by both the player and the Scorer
Bunker Rule - Rake and Place
- If a player's ball comes to rest in a bunker, he may: Take free relief once by placing the ball: Within a scorecard distance (approx 11 inches) of the original spot not nearer the hole, prior to placing the ball the player will be allowed to Smooth the area in the bunker with his feet, club or rake if available.
- Doubt as to Procedure Rule 3-3: In stroke play only, if a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. To proceed under this Rule, he must decide to play two balls after the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action (e.g., making a stroke at the original ball).
The competitor should announce to his marker or fellow-competitor:
- that he intends to play two balls; and
- which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that ball
- The player must report the facts to the Committee immediately upon completing play. The penalty for failure to do so is Disqualification.
Preferred Lies - Lift, Clean and Place (Only in Effect when Announced by Tournament Director)
A player is entitled to prefer the lie of the ball when the ball lies on a closely mown area through the green. A “closely-mown area” is any area of the course that is cut to fairway height or less and includes paths cut through the rough and the fringe/apron around the green. If the ball does not lie on a closely mown area, e.g. the rough, the player cannot take a preferred lie.
If the player chooses to prefer the lie of the ball, the position of the ball must be first marked. Once the position of the ball has been marked, the player can then lift the ball and clean it if desired. The ball must then be placed on a spot no nearer the hole within one club length from where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
Ground under Repair and Obstructions
Free drop allowed, one club length, no closer to hole under the permitted situations that follow:
Ground under Repair
- Any area enclosed by white painted lines
- Aeration Holes
- Newly sodded areas
- Clearly defined wheel ruts
- Bare spots or spotty/patchy grass areas - in fairway only - Option Not Available during Major Club Championships
- Casual Water
- French drains
- Tree well filled with concrete
- Ball lying on grooves around the fringes of the putting greens
- Ball lying on Ant Hills
- Areas with items piled for removal-branches, leaves, grass trimmings
Drop ball at nearest point of relief plus one club length no nearer to the hole with no penalty, except on green place ball as near as possible to original ball position.
Shredded mulch or wood chips:
- No Relief for this condition - play the ball as it lies - this ground condition exists on Oaks 7 and maybe some other areas on the golf course.
- Any artificially surfaced paths (including worn out areas extending from cart paths) – free relief
Concrete drainage ditches running through fairway, free relief:
- If ball comes to rest in ditch, drop 1 club length, no closer to hole.
- If ball rolls down ditch, take drop where ball comes to rest. 1 club length no closer to hole
- If ball is carried away due to flowing water, take drop where ball entered ditch.
Relief without penalty if your ball, stance or swing is interfered with by any of the following obstructions. Note: There is no relief for intervention on your line of play except as noted below
- Sprinkler heads
- 150 yard marker – (see local rule below for line of sight relief)
- Electrical and Sprinkler Boxes – (see local rule below for line of sight relief)
- Buildings on Course
- Retaining wall to the right of green on Stonehouse 7
Stones in Bunkers: are movable obstructions and can be removed.
All Bulkheads: are considered integral part of the golf course and are located inside of the water hazard. No relief permitted. If Ball lies outside of water hazard and bulkhead interferes with stance or swing, you get free relief.
Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green:
When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment accidentally move the ball or ball marker. The ball or ball-marker must be replaced to its original position.
Line of sight relief from 150-yard stone marker or metal sprinkler boxes:
- Ball must lie with 5 yards (15 feet) of the obstruction and be in line with the intended line of play
- Stone or metal box must be in direct line of site to flag from ball.
- Drop ball at nearest point of relief no more than 1 club length, no nearer to the hole with no penalty.
Sprinkler head near green impeding line of play, free relief:
- Sprinkler head must be within 2 club lengths of green and ball must rest within 2 club lengths of sprinkler head.
- Sprinkler head must be in intended line of play.
- The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green
Embedded Ball Rule: In effect through the green, except in hazards (which include bunkers). Lift, clean, and drop no nearer to the hole without penalty.
Distance-Measuring Devices: Distance Measuring devices may be used in all Men’s club competitions as long as the device measures distance only (i.e., the device may not be used to measure other conditions such as wind-speed or the slope of the ground).
Wood Chips and Mulch are loose impediments, no free relief available.
Integral Part of the Golf Course: Include artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards. A player may only obtain relief from an integral part of the course, with one stroke penalty, under Rule 28 (Unplayable ball).
Environmentally Sensitive Area: No Designated environmentally sensitive areas exist on the golf course.
Flower Beds: No Flower Beds exist on the course, which would allow free relief.
Out of Bounds is marked by white stakes on the perimeter of the course.
If white stakes are not present, the Out of Bounds (OB) will be the mower line on the edge of each hole.
If there is a great distance between two OB stakes and a mowed area to the right or left of a straight line between the stakes, the mowed area is IN BOUNDS.
All large unmaintained areas within the course will be considered PENALTY AREAS. If red stakes are not present the mower line will define the area.
A ball that crosses a public road and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course.
OAKS - Out of Bounds:
Hole 1 - OB right side extends the length of the hole to Rainbow
Hole 2 - OB marked by the fence that is along Rainbow to a diagonal line marked by white stake.
Hole 3 - OB on the right. The small grass area where the cart path curves to 4 is IN BOUNDS.
Hole 4 - OB on right marked by a white stake, up to the road (the road is OB) back to a white stake.
Hole 5 - OB the right of the dirt road on the right side. This area extends to the edge of the 6th hole.
Hole 6 - OB right side of fairway to the area behind the green.
Hole 7-8 - OB is the dirt path that runs the entire length of the right side of each hole. A ball on the path is OB.
Hole 9 - OB as marked on the cart path & over the green the cart path in front of the putting green
Hole 2 - Large area east of the cart path going towards the 3rd tee box.
Hole 4-5 - Large area on the left separating the holes.
Hole 7 - Large area to the left of the green.
CREEK - Out of Bounds:
Hole 1-2- Fence line marks the left boundary.
Hole 9- OB as marked on the cart path.
Other areas as marked by stakes.
Ground Under Repair:
Hole 3- large area from the cement ditch to the tree on the left, to 10yds to the right of the large hole, back to the ditch.
STONEHOUSE - Out of Bounds:
Hole 1 - OB is the mower line to the left of the cart path extending around to the left of the cart path behind the green.
Hole 5 - OB left side of the fairway extends to the 6th tee
Hole 6 - OB on the left marked by stakes or the mower line extending to the 7th tee area.
Hole 7 - OB on left is the mower line extending to the end of the concrete ditch.
Hole 8 - OB left of the fence on the left.
Hole 9 - OB left of the fence on left extending to where the cart path turns at the start of the penalty area. OB on the cart path by the driving range or over the green to the paved area.
Penalty Areas: (if red stakes are not present the areas are marked by the mower line)
Hole - 2-3 Left side of each hole that is not mowed.
Hole 3 - Right side of cart path and left side of fairway near the green and behind green
Hole 4 - Left side of fairway and the right side of the fairway.
Hole 5 - Right side of the cart path extends to the back of the green
Hole 6 – Right side of the hole extending to area around the green
Hole 7- Right side of the hole extending to area near the 6th green
Hole 8- Right side of the hole extending to area around the green
Hole 9- The right side of the hole extending the length of the right side.
Hole 9- Penalty area on the left starts where the cart path turns. The area is marked by the left edge of the cart path and extends the length of the hole. Areas to the left of the cart path that are mowed Are Not in The Penalty Area.