Golf Rules

Except for ‘Local Rules’, USGA Rules of Golf apply.

  • The Pro shop will post a notice advising golfers when and which Local Rules are in effect. If Preferred Lies are in effect, a golfer may, without penalty, improve her lie by one club length—but no closer to the hole—when on the fairway or in the rough. Otherwise, play the ball as it lies in the fairway, in the rough, or in a hazard. Any time a ball is moved, a 1-stroke penalty must be taken under UAGA rules of golf.
  • Unplayable Lies: A player may declare a ball unplayable at any place on the golf course except when the bail is in a water hazard.
    If a ball is declared unplayable, the player must, under penalty of one stroke, choose one of the following options:

    • Play the ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.
    • Drop a bail within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.
    • Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit on how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.
    • If the unplayable bail is in a bunker, the player may proceed under any of the three options listed above. However, if she wants Option 2 or 3, the ball must be dropped in the bunker.
  • Ground under repair will be marked with a white line. A free drop may be taken, one club length from the nearest point of relief, but no closer to the hole.
  • Out-of-bounds and lost ball: Out-of-bounds are marked by white stakes (In some cases a white line may be used). The stakes are not considered obstructions and are deemed to be fixed. They may not be removed when making a stroke. If you suspect that your ball is out of bounds or lost outside a water hazard, to save time play a provisional ball. A provisional ball is where you put another ball in play from where you hit the original ball. You must declare that you are playing a provisional ball and identify it to your fellow competitors. A player may continue to hit the provisional ball until she reaches the spot where the original bail was lost or went out of bounds. If, after a brief search, the original bail is found and is in play, she must abandon the provisional ball and hit the original ball as it lies without penalty. The strokes for hitting the provisional ball are not counted when you find the original ball. If the original ball is lost or out of bounds, count the strokes for hitting the provisional ball plus a one-stroke penalty for the lost or out-of-bounds ball.
  • Hazards: Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes and red lines. Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes and yellow lines. Both red and yellow stakes may be removed If they interfere in making a stroke. Grounding a club when addressing a ball in a hazard is a 2-stroke penalty. This also applies to bunkers.
    See USGA Rule 20-7 for water hazard playing options.
  • Disputes: In stroke play, if a dispute arises and cannot be resolved on the course within a reasonable time, a player may choose to play a second ball. The player must announce to her fellow competitors her intention to do so and declare with which ball she will score if the rules permit. Both balls are to be holed out. Both scores will be kept on the scorecard. When the player reaches the clubnouse, the Golf Professional will be consulted and a ruling will be made.
  • Drop Zones: There will be marked drop zones in appropriate areas on all courses. We will play according to local rules as posted in the clubhouses and/or announced by the Golf Professional.
  • Wrong Ball: A 2-stroke penalty is incurred when hitting the wrong ball. See USGA Rule 15-3.
  • Cart Path: If the bail lies on the cart path or the cart path interferes with your stance or swing, you may take relief without penalty. Determine your nearest point of relief off the cart path, which might not be on the fairway side of the cart path. Drop the ball within one club length of that point. See USGA Rule 24-2.