S&H Seniors Golf League

League Rules of Golf

All League play will be in accordance with the League Rules of Golf, Golf Etiquette, Pace of Play and course rules. These Local Rules are similar to but differ from the USGA Rules of Golf. All questions regarding the League Rules of Golf or course rules should be directed to the League Chair or Co-Chair who will contact the course PGA Golf Professional for a ruling.
Definitions
  1. One club‑length is measured with the longest club (usually the driver) and not the putter.
  2. A relief‑area is a circular area one club‑length in diameter where the ball must be dropped from knee height and played. The ball must come to rest within the relief‑area. If the ball comes to rest outside the relief‑area, the member must place it where the ball first touched the ground in the relief‑area.
  3. A drop‑zone is a circular area where the ball must be dropped from knee height and played. The ball must come to rest within the drop‑zone. If the ball comes to rest outside the drop‑zone, the member must place it where the ball first touched the ground in the drop‑zone.
  4. A penalty area is usually a pond or watercourse bordered with yellow or red lines or stakes from which the ball may be played or relief is allowed with one penalty stroke. Rocks and retaining walls bordering a penalty area are part of the penalty area.
General
  1. Members are limited to no more than 14 clubs except in the Four Club event.
  2. Members should play the ball in the teeing area between the tee‑markers and no further behind them than two club‑lengths.
  3. The maximum score on any hole is 9 except for the Fewest Putts event where all strokes must be recorded.
  4. Members should not take mulligans or gimmies.
  5. Scorecards must be filled out properly. See Open Play Rules, Fewest Putts Rules, Scramble Rules, Par Three Rules, Four Club Rules and S&H Classic Rules for additional information.
  6. Members should limit their pre‑shot routine to less than 40 seconds and searching for their ball to less than 3 minutes.
  7. Members may provide other members golf and yardage advice.
  8. Members may substitute a ball between holes, on the putting green or when taking relief.
  9. A member's club may accidentally hit the ball more than once during a single stroke.
  10. A member should not place a ball marker or any other object in front of the ball as an alignment aid to learn information for their next shot.
  11. If the ball is dirty or embedded on the fairway, the member may mark the spot of the ball, lift and clean the ball, repair the damage caused by the ball's impact and replace the ball on its original spot.
  12. If a member or another member accidentally moves a member's ball anywhere on the course, the member's ball must be replaced on its original spot.
  13. A member may remove a moveable obstruction (such as a rake, trash, golf equipment, etc.) or loose impediment (natural objects such as loose grass, leaves, branches, rocks, insects, etc.) that interferes with play anywhere on the course. If the ball moves while removing the object, the ball must be replaced on its original spot.
  14. A member may move the ball in the same cut of grass (fairway or fairway fringe) one club‑head backward or to either side (a.k.a. Winter Rules).
Putting Green
  1. A member may mark the spot of the ball, lift and clean the ball, repair any damage, remove any dirt, sand or loose impediments and must replace the ball on its original spot.
  2. A member has the option of leaving the flagstick in the hole when putting and hitting the flagstick while holing the putt.
  3. If a member's ball or ball marker is accidentally moved by the member, a natural cause like wind, another member or another member's ball on the putting green, the member's ball or ball marker must be replaced on its original spot. The other member's ball must be played where it comes to rest.
Bunker
  1. A member should not touch the sand in a bunker with their hand, club, rake or any other object to test the condition of the sand to learn information for their next shot.
  2. If a member's ball comes to rest in a bunker near an abnormal depression or mound caused by a club or footprint, the ball may be lifted, the area raked and the ball placed on its original spot.
  3. If a member's ball comes to rest in water in a bunker or the member's normal stance would result in standing in water, the member may play the ball as it lies or locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area in the bunker where it is dry.
  4. If a member's ball comes to rest in a bunker and is unplayable such as close to the bunker wall or lip, the member may play the ball as it lies or locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area in the bunker and take one penalty stroke.
  5. If a member's ball comes to rest in a bunker, the member may play the ball as it lies or locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area outside the bunker on either side or behind the bunker and take two penalty strokes.
Free Relief
  1. If a member's ball comes to rest near or on an immovable obstruction (such as a path, bench, stake, ball washer, sprinkler head, drain, control box or signpost) that interferes with the member's normal swing or stance, the member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area.
  2. If a member's ball comes to rest in temporary water, ground under repair (marked with white lines and stakes), an animal hole or wood chips or the member's normal stance would result in standing in those areas, the member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area.
Penalty And Relief
  1. If a member's ball comes to rest in a penalty area between the tee and green on Tournament Course holes #3, #5 or #6 or Players Course holes #6 or #7, the member may play the ball as it lies or locate and play from the nearest playable relief area on the opposite side of the penalty area and take one penalty stroke. SGC has no marked drop‑zones. On Tournament Course hole #5, a member has the option, in lieu of hitting off the tee, to proceed directly to the opposite side of the penalty area and locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area and take one penalty stroke. The member will be playing their third shot.
  2. If a member's ball comes to rest in a penalty area (except between the tee and green on Tournament Course holes #3, #5 or #6 or Players Course holes #6 or #7) or in an unmown long grass area, the member may play the ball as it lies or locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area where the ball crossed the margin (border) and take one penalty stroke.
  3. If a member's ball comes to rest out of bounds or in a SGC parking lot or roadway, the member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area where the ball crossed the margin (border) and take one penalty stroke. Another relief option is to locate and play from a relief‑area on the edge of the fairway equidistance to the hole from where the ball crossed the margin and take two penalty strokes.
  4. If a member's ball comes to rest near a bridge or out of bounds fence that interferes with the member's normal swing or stance, the member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area and take one penalty stroke. Another relief option is to locate and play from a relief‑area on the edge of the fairway equidistance to the hole from where the ball came to rest and take two penalty strokes.
  5. If a member's ball is lost, other than out of bounds or in a penalty area, the member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief‑area where the ball was believed to come to rest and take one penalty stroke. Another relief option is to locate and play a relief‑area on the edge of the fairway equidistance to the hole from where the ball was believed to come to rest and take two penalty strokes.
  6. At WG, if a member's tee shot from the white tees on holes #1, #3, #4 or #8 or gold tees on holes #1 or #8 comes to rest in a penalty area, the member must locate and play from the drop‑zone and take one penalty stroke. The bridge and drainage area on hole #1 are a part of the penalty area.
  7. At WG, if a member's ball comes to rest over the ninth green in the parking lot or clubhouse area, it is out of bounds. The member must locate and play from the nearest playable relief area where the ball crossed the margin (border) and take one penalty stroke.