TABLE OF CONTENTS
- USGA AND LOCAL RULES
3.1 Permanent Local Rules
3.2 Temporary Local Rules.
4.1 The Score Card
4.2 Gross and Net Scores
4.3 End of Play, Gross and Adjusted Scores
4.4 Tie Breaking Rules
4.5 SCGA/USGA Equitable Stroke Control Chart
3.0 USGA AND LOCAL RULES
Rules are designed to be applied uniformly so all players are on an equal footing. At the RBIMGC tournaments, USGA RULES APPLY AT ALL TIMES! The following local rules have been approved by the RB Inn Professional Golf Staff and the Board of Directors of the RBIMGC:
3.1 THE FOLLOWING LOCAL RULES ARE ALWAYS IN EFFECT FOR RBIMGC TOURNAMENTS UNLESS SPECIFICALLY MODIFIED OR WAIVED BY THE TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE. Rev B 12/13/16
3.1.1. Drainage channels.
The main drainage channels which cross the fairways of holes 1, 2 and 18 and the narrow channels which run parallel to holes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and across hole 17 near the green are defined on the scorecard as obstructions except where identified as water hazards or lateral water hazards by yellow or red stakes, The player MUST take relief without penalty as permitted by rule 24-2 with the nearest point of relief determined relative to where the ball lies in the obstruction. If the ball is lost in the obstruction, relief is taken relative to the point where the ball last entered the obstruction per rule 24-3
Note 1. It is a question of fact whether a ball, which has not been found after having been struck toward an obstruction, is in the obstruction. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the obstruction. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under rule 27-1 (lost ball)
Note 2. The definition of the drainage channel which crosses hole 2 as an obstruction, extends to the left past the hole 3 teeing area up to the point where the channel is defined as a lateral water hazard.
3.1.2. Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green (e.g., Sprinkler Heads, Green edging barrier) interfering with an intended line of putt.
This local rule provides additional relief near the green from an obstruction on the line of play.
If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:
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.
If the player’s ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of play, the player may take relief as follows:
Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
3.1.3. Distance-Measuring Devices.
For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.”
3.1.4. Drop zone and water hazard (yellow stakes) issues.
The Committee may establish an additional option when the Committee considers that it is not feasible or practicable to proceed exactly in conformity with Rule 26-1 (Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards). If a ball is in or it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard, the player may:
- proceed under Rule 26-1; or
b.1. For hole #11, as an additional option, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, within two club lengths of the margin of the hazard on a line from the point where the ball was last played and the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard. The use of the existing drop zone to the left of the hole which avoids the hazard is not an option for RBIMGC events.
b.2 For hole #4, as an additional option, drop a ball, under penalty of one stroke, in the dropping zone located past the maintenance yard on the lower level.
NOTE, The previous local rule permitting a player to drop a ball in the drop zone on hole 4 under penalty of two strokes without putting a ball in play from the from the upper tee position is withdrawn.
3.1.5. Flowerbeds and Newly sodded areas.
Relief must be taken from certain flowerbeds/cultivated areas and re-sodded areas on the course which are defined as ground under repair and which are located as follows:
188.8.131.52 Around various hole monuments.
184.108.40.206 Beyond the lake on the left of hole #1which is also on the left of hole 18.
220.127.116.11 Beyond the green on hole 6.
18.104.22.168 To the right of the green on hole 8
22.214.171.124. To the right of the green on hole 9.
126.96.36.199 On the left side of the fairway to the left of the cart path towards the green on hole #10.
Re-sodded areas may or may not be identified by white lines.
NOTE 1. Relief from ground under repair is taken at the nearest point of relief which is determined by where the ball lies in the ground under repair and not relative to where the ball last crossed the edge of the flower bed. The nearest point could be behind the flowerbed. If the ball is lost in the condition, then relief is taken relative to where the ball last crossed the margin of the area,
3.1.6. MAINTENANCE PATHS.
Unsurfaced paths which are used for maintenance purposes and which are not out of bounds are defined as obstructions and relief may be taken without penalty in accordance with rule 24. These paths are to the right and the rear of the green on hole #1, on the left side of hole #8 from where the cart path swings across the fairway to past the green and to the left of Hole #12 approaching the green. Relief is taken without penalty at the nearest point of relief.
3.1.7. Stones in bunkers.
Stones in bunkers are defined as movable obstructions. The player may remove the obstruction. If the ball moves it must be replaced without penalty. If the ball lies on the obstruction, it may be lifted and the obstruction removed. The ball must be dropped near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball lay on the obstruction but not nearer to the hole per rule 24.1.
3.1.8. Out of bounds.
Out of bounds on the course is generally defined by white stakes or white lines. If stakes are used, the out of bounds is defined by the inside face of the stake at ground level. Where a white line is used to define OOB, the line is out of bounds. Where both are used, the stakes identify out of bounds and the line defines out of bounds. A ball is OOB when all of it is OOB. Player may stand OOB to play a ball lying within bounds.
For RBIMGC events, out of bounds are defined for certain holes as follows:
188.8.131.52. Hole 14. OOB is defined by the left edge of the cart path from the tee to the point where the ice-plant ends and by white stakes beyond that point. Where there is an exit path into the residential area, out of bounds is defined by a white line across the path or white stakes.
184.108.40.206. Hole 16. Out of bounds is defined by the left edge of the curb on the left side of the cart path.
220.127.116.11. Hole 17. Out of bounds is defined by the left edge of the cart path from the tee up to the end of the hedge adjacent to the bunkers on the left of the fairway and by white stakes around the open area beyond that point. Out of bounds is again defined as the left edge of the cart path from the last white stake where the open area ends to the 18th tee.
3.1.9. Margin of the lateral hazard to the right of hole 9.
The margin of the lateral hazard along the right side of hole 9 is defined as the right outside edge of the main cart path starting from the red stake at the point where the main cart path approaches the hazard and turns left to run close to and parallel to the hazard. Where the path from the cart barn and the main cart path intersect, the rough concrete beyond the edge of the main cart path is in the hazard.
3.1.10. Embedded Ball
Rule 25-2 provides relief, without penalty, for a ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in any closely-mown area through the green. On the putting green, a ball may be lifted and damage caused by the impact of a ball may be repaired (Rules 16-1b and c). This local rule permits relief to be taken without penalty anywhere through the green.
“Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
Note: A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A ball does not necessarily have to touch the soil to be embedded (e.g., grass, loose impediments and the like may intervene between the ball and the soil).
- A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely-mown.
- A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.
3.1.11. STAKED TREES.
Staked trees and any supporting wires or ropes are defined as immovable obstructions. If the obstruction interferes with the with the players stance or the area of his intended swing he may proceed drop a ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief without penalty under rule 24-2.
3.1.12 Ball accidently moved on the putting green.
“Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows :When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.
The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1
This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”
3.1.13. Aeration Holes
Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
3.2 The following LOCAL RULES will be in effect when invoked by the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR for a specific event.
3.2.1. PREFERRED LIES / WINTER RULES
A ball lying through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.
A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, it must be replaced without penalty. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.
If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it, moves the ball-marker prior to putting the ball back into play or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
4.1 The Score Card
The heart of a fair and equitable handicap system is an accurate and properly filled out score card. The RBIMGC uses special computer-generated score cards prepared by Tournament Directors for club scheduled events. Two identical cards are generated for each team. The name of each team member is pre-printed on the cards along with his current handicap. Depending upon an individual’s handicap, strokes are assigned to each hole in the form of asterisks. Other information pre-printed on the cards may include the date, the team # and the starting hole. Unless specifically indicated otherwise by the TD, all members shall play from the white tees.
4.2 Gross and Net Scores
The two score cards are to be filled out as play progresses by two members of the team (the score keepers). Individual gross scores are entered on the score card as soon as the hole is finished. To determine a team net score for a given hole, the score keeper simply subtracts the number of strokes each player is assigned on that hole from his gross score on that hole. The format announced for the event will determine how those individual net scores are used to establish the TEAM NET SCORE on the line below the players’ names. As each hole is played, record the gross score for each player, the Team Net Score and the Cumulative, or running total team net score. Circle the individual scores that are used to compute the Team Net Score for each hole.
4.3 End of Play, Gross and Adjusted Scores
At the end of play, total all individual gross scores and record on the card. Determine individual net scores by subtracting each person’s handicap from their gross score. Make any adjustments to the individual gross scores using the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) Chart posted on the Bulletin Board at the RB Inn, and shown below. Enter the Adjusted Score for each player in the appropriate column on the score card. If no ESC adjustment is needed to a member’s gross score, please place a dash “ – “ in the appropriate column on the score card to indicate to the TD that no ESC adjustment is needed. Total up the team’s Cumulative Net Score and circle it. After all data is entered, one score card must be signed by the score keeper and attested by another member of the foursome. One score card, signed and attested, must be given to the Tournament Director (TD) for that day in the Veranda Sports Bar. Each individual is responsible for posting their gross score or, if need be, their ESC adjusted score, as discussed in the next Section.
All team members are responsible for the accuracy of their score cards. Both team score keepers should regularly compare score cards throughout the round and at the completion of the round to verify that both score cards have the same scores for each team member. Any score discrepancies must be resolved before the signed and attested score card is presented to the Tournament Director. If score cards are submitted which are incomplete, the Tournament Director may disqualify both the team and the individuals from prize money for that tournament. Score cards submitted that contain inaccurate math or scores do not add up, do not, in themselves, constitute an error that can be penalized by disqualification. If a contestant is observed to violate a rule during a tournament and does not announce this violation in accordance with the Rules of Golf, he should be advised of this violation by the observer(s) immediately after the violation occurs. The violation will be reported to the Tournament Director. The Tournament Director will determine if a disqualification is appropriate under Rule 33.7. If the contestant is not notified of the alleged violation by the observer(s) immediately after the alleged violation occurs, there is no basis for a violation. A contestant disqualified under this section may appeal to the Rules Committee.
Please note that the Handicap Committee is empowered to assess penalties for violations occurring on the score cards. The penalty is imposed after a warning. A penalty by USGA definition is a score posted by the Handicap Committee for a player who does not return a score or, otherwise, does not observe the spirit of the USGA Handicap System.
4.4 Tie Breaking Rules
Stroke Play – When competitor’s scores are tied after a stipulated round, ties will be broken by matching the competitor’s scores, starting with the total net for the nine holes played on the front nine holes, then the last six holes played on the front nine, then the last three holes played on the front nine, then the nine holes on the back nine holes, then the last six holes of the back nine, and so forth until the tie is broken.
Match Play – When competitors are tied or all holes are even after a stipulated round, the tie is broken by playing extra holes continuously from hole number 1 until the tie is broken. Net scores using handicap and strokes defined by hole will be compared.