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2024 TOURNAMENT RULES

SKILLS CONTESTS ARE LOCATED ON THE FOLLOWING COURSE / HOLES: 

Longest Drive – Heathland, Hole #7

Closest to the Pin – Heathland, Hole #12

Longest Putt – Any Course, Any Hole

 

Format: 

72-hole stroke play event. 

 

Stroke Limit: Each hole has a stroke limit of 3 over. When this number has been reached, individuals must pick up the ball and continue play to the next hole.  

 

SCORECARD: All strokes/scores will be tracked via live scoring by the 18 Birdies App (please download and create a profile prior to the tournament) and annotated on scorecards. Scores will be validated at the close of each round.   

 

Tees: All participants will play from the White Tees on all courses.

 

Golf Balls: The ball the player uses shall be named on the most current “List of Conforming Golf Balls” of the USGA.

 

Pace Of Play Penalty: Every group will be required to play the course in 4 hours and 30 minutes OR to finish within 20 minutes of the group in front of them. Each individual shall play each shot in no more than 40 seconds. 

 

GOLF ETIQUETTE

Do’s:

  • Play with integrity. 

  • Play at a reasonable pace (READY GOLF).

  • Repair ball marks, replace divots, and rake bunkers.

  • Please pay attention to the rules as they are laid out and administered by each course and the USGA.

  • Have the player farthest away from the pin hit first on each shot while on greens.

  • Let the winner of the previous hole tee off first at the next tee.

Don’ts:

  • Move or talk while someone in your group hits the ball (or is about to hit).

  • Walk across the line of another player’s putt on the green.

  • Hit your shots until the group before you are well out of range.

  • Ever play when lightning is in the area.

  • Hold up, other players.

 

RULES OF PLAY

 

This rule sheet supplements the USGA Rules and supports all other local rules and any other course rules. 

 

Transportation: Riding in carts will be allowed by participants/competitors.
 

Golf Balls: The ball the player uses shall be named on the most current “List of Conforming Golf Balls” of the USGA.

 

Out of Bounds: White stakes or fences including construction fences are defined as out of bounds. The line is determined by the nearest inside points of the stakes or fence posts at ground level excluding angled supports. 

 

Hazards: Yellow lines or yellow stakes defines all Water Hazards. All Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red lines or red stakes. In the absence of lines or stakes the hazard shall be defined by the break in the ground. 

 

Immovable Obstructions: Paved cart paths, irrigation control boxes, rock drainage areas, and restrooms are immovable obstructions. The competitor is entitled to free relief from their areas. Relief will be played one club length away from obstruction. 

 

Ball Play: (1) A ball on the green may be lifted and cleaned after the position of it has been marked. When a player is asked to move their ball mark, they must use something around the green as a reference and also must be sure to move it back to its original spot before putting. (2) If a ball is lost or out of bounds (marked by white stakes), the player is penalized a stroke and must re-tee or play a ball as near as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played. (3) If a ball is lost within a water hazard (marked by red stakes), the player is penalized a stroke and may play a ball as near as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played or play it as a lateral hazard and drop a ball within two club lengths from the point at which it crossed the margin of the hazard (no nearer to the hole.) (4) If a ball may be out of bounds, to save time, the player may play a provisional (another ball). Before playing a provisional ball, the player must inform their opponent. (5) If the original ball is lost or out of bounds, the provisional ball becomes the ball in play. If the original ball is neither lost or out of bounds, the player must abandon the provisional ball and continue playing the original ball without penalty. (6) A player may deem their ball unplayable at any place on the course except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is penalized one stroke and may play a ball as near as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played, drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lay (no nearer to the hole), or drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay in direct line with the hole (with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped.) 

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