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What YOU Need to Know Before Play Day

Updated:  March 2017

All play will be conducted under the current USGA Revised Rules of Golf except for the following rules, definitions and clarifications.  Please refer any disputes to the Rules Committee or the host Professional.  (See number 4 below.)

See also specific course rules especially as regards drop zones.

  1. Membership Play Day Procedures

    1. First name on the pairings list is captain and is responsible for calling her group, arranging carts, checking in her group at the Pro Shop, paying green and cart fees and picking up scorecards.  Fees should be collected from the group before play begins.  Captains are also responsible for “Ready Golf” for the day.  Keep moving.  Captain see Captain’s Duties .

  1. Participants must arrive at the Pro Shop at least 30 minutes prior to tee time.

  1. If a play day is cancelled for any reason, an email blast will be sent to those members with email.  A notification will also be prominently posted on the website.  Those without email will be called by the Communications Committee.

2.    Sign Up and Pairings

  1. Members sign up online at the club’s website (  Members who do not have internet access are asked to call either the Pairings Chair, the Vice-President, the President or a friend and ask them to sign you up online.  Sign up dates for three weeks in advance will be available online.

  1. Website Sign Up Information:  To sign up online, click on a “Sign Up” link on the website.  Online sign ups must be submitted by 7pm on the Saturday evening prior to the play date.  (Example:  If you want to play on Thursday, April 14th, you must sign up online by 7pm on Saturday April 10th.)  You will not be able to sign up online after 7pm on Saturday for the next week’s play.  Please enter all the information requested on the sign up form.

Last Name and First Name - Note last name is requested first.

Play Date? - Select a Play Date by clicking on the button for that date.  You may only select one Play Date per form.

Play? - Select “RED”, “GOLD” or “Cancel” response as desired.

Comments - Please keep optional comments brief.

Remember to hit the SUBMIT button or your information will not be saved.  Please double-check that your sign up data was sent and received by checking the Sign Up List on the website.

  1. Pairings are to be sent by the Golf Division to all pros shops for        posting.  Pairings will be posted on the POA website by the Golf Division.

  1. Cancellations:  Members are responsible for letting the pairings committee weekly contact and her team captain know if she is unable to play after pairings are published.  Members are encouraged to contact the pairings committee weekly contact as soon as possible if a cancellation is necessary.  Cancellations called into the pairings committee weekly contact after pairings are completed will incur no penalty.  No Shows on play days will be removed from the sign up information for the next regular play day.  (Note:  Regular play days do not include Special Tournaments.)  No Shows are defined as “members who do not notify the pairings committee weekly contact or the clubhouse prior to start of play.”  This penalty applies whether or not the play day is cancelled or not completed for any reason.

  1. If you do not sign up but find you are available to play, the Pairings committee person of the week will attempt to schedule you to play.  Call as soon as possible.

  1. “Walk Up to Play”:  If, for whatever reason, you find on the day of play that you CAN play, go to the Pro Shop fo the course being played at least 30 minutes prior to tee time.  Check with a Pairings representative or POA employee.  If there is any conceivable space, you will be allowed to play.  However, you are not eligible for closest to the pin or prize monies.  You may not be placed in your regular flight but you will get to play with your friends in the WGC!  The handicap committee will not enter your score.  It is your responsibility to record your score for this day.

3.      All putts in individual play must be holed.  Continuous putting is encouraged.  If you lift your ball before putting out but place your ball back in its original location and putt out, it is a one stroke penalty for lifting your ball without marking (see USGA Rule 20-1).  If you fail to hole out and do not correct the mistake before teeing at the next hole or, in the case of the last hole of the round before you leave the putting green, you will be disqualified.  (See USGA Rule #3-2.)

4.      Doubt as to Procedure:  USGA Rule 3.3  In stroke play only, when a competitor is doubtful of her rights or procedures, she may, without penalty, play a second ball.  The competitor should announce to her fellow competitors her decision and the ball with which she will score if the Rule permits.  The competitor must report the facts in all cases to the Rules Committee when returning her scorecard.  If she fails to do so, she is disqualified.  DO NOT SIGN the scorecard UNTIL the decision had been made.

5.    Maximum of 14 clubs allowed.  USGA Rule #4-4.

6.    Preferred or improved lie is allowed through the green (the whole area of the course except teeing ground, putting greens and hazards).  The ball may be lifted and placed within 12 inches, no nearer the hole.  The ball is in play when placed and may not be moved again to a more desirable position.  Penalties may be incurred if ball is lifted a second or third time.  If the ball is cleaned, it must be marked before lifting.  Penalty for breach of rule:  Match Play, loss of hole; Stroke Play, two strokes.  NOTE:  USGA makes no distinction between rough and fairway;  Decision Rule of Golf p 374 24-2B-8.

7.   Scramble events:  The first player will play the ball as it lies in a hazard/bunker (if that is the ball selected).  Each subsequent player will DROP her ball in the hazard/bunker and play her ball as it lies.  If selected shot is played from a bunker, rough, fairway, each team member must do the same.

8.   Use of GPS:  Sky Caddies and other range finders without slope capability in use are allowed in League play.

9.  Tee Markers The first group on each tee may reset the tee markers if they are set so far back that the player does not have the two club lengths back as stipulated by the USGA or if there might be a sprinkler head that interferes with player’s stance.  Please remember this applies only to your first tee box.

10.  Gold Tees:   The Gold tees are the fifth set of tee boxes that are marked with a paver stone.  Most paver stones are placed in the fairway. The cart paths have also been marked to help locate these Gold tee boxes.  If tee area is mowed lower, you may tee anywhere inside mowed area. If not, you tee near paver stone.  A member may elect to play from this tee box by merely signing up to play them.  Each course has been handicapped for play from these tee boxes and those handicaps will be used to score each game where applicable.  Any member playing from this tee box will be scored with the appropriate flight for their handicap. Gold tee boxes will not be used in 4 person scramble games.

11.  2017 Local Rule:  WGC Board agreed to the recommendation of the USGA rule that unintentional ball movement on the green, replace ball and no penalty.