Rules for the Durand Eastman Women's Golf Club:
18- and 9-Hole Golf League

                     

LOCAL RULES

  1. Play Winter Rules: A ball lying in your own fairway may be lifted and cleaned without penalty and placed within six (6) inches of where it originally lay, no nearer to the hole. A ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the rough may be lifted and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but no closer to the hole.

  1. Regular and Temporary Greens: All putts are holed out on regular greens and the regularly maintained greens. No more than two (2) putts on emergency temporary greens, if within two flagstick lengths of the hole.

  2. Hazards: All penalty areas within golf course are designated as Red Penalty Areas. (See Special League Rules.)

  3. Water Hazards: All water hazards and marsh areas are designated Red Penalty Areas. (See Special League Rules.)

  4. Out of Bounds: Out of bounds defined by white stakes. Post and fences bordering #11, #17 and #18. #6, fence bordering left fairway and past green. (See Special League Rules.)

  5. Obstructions: Through the course staked trees, metal drainage pipes, bridges, culverts, cart paths, service roads are immovable obstructions. A ball lying on/near an immovable obstruction so that a stance or swing is impeded – drop one club length, no closer to the hole. No penalty incurred. All bridges are deemed within the hazards. No relief from bridges or other obstructions in water hazard.

  6. Ground Under Repair: Throughout the course, all bare patches, soggy areas, ruts made by equipment, animal holes and other abnormal or dangerous playing conditions that are considered “ground under repair”. Drop without penalty. However, there is no free relief from an abnormal playing condition when your ball is out of bounds or in a hazard.

  7. Distance Measuring Device: Devices allowed for distance only.

 

 

** SPECIAL LEAGUE RULES**

(All penalty areas within the golf course are designated as Red Penalty Areas.  Out of Bounds is defined by White Stakes.)

 

  1. Water Hazards: 9 HOLERS ONLY may drop on either side of a water hazard, two club lengths, with a one stroke penalty. 18 HOLERS ONLY must drop on the side from which the ball was played, two club lengths, with a one stroke penalty.

  2. Out of Bounds or Lost Ball: You may take a stroke and distance penalty OR you may drop a ball in the fairway up to two club lengths from the edge nearest to where the ball was lost or went out of bounds. A two stroke penalty is incurred.

 

 

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM  (New in 2020)

  1. Post your score immediately after every round.

  2. Use Net Double Bogey for any hole adjustments OR post your score “hole by hole” for automatic adjustments.

  3. Post an adjusted 18-hole score if you have played 14 holes or more. Post an adjusted 9-hole score, if you have played 7 to 13 holes.

  4. All 9-hole scores will be combined with another 9-hole score to form an 18-hole score.

  5. You can pick up your ball once you have reached Net Double Bogey on a hole, unless you are playing in a tournament; you must hole out in all tournaments!

  6. For easy posting, search for USGA GHIN on your mobile phone's app store and download the free GHIN APP:

Net Double Bogey is the maximum allowable hole score, based on your course handicap.

Net Double Bogey is calculated by taking the hole’s par rating, adding two strokes and adding the number of handicap strokes you get on that particular hole.

For example: If (based on your handicap) you get two strokes on a par five, your Net Double Bogey would be 5 (par) plus 2 (double bogey) plus your 2 handicap strokes (net) for a Net Double Bogey score of 9.

 

Note: If playing in a tournament, you must hole out or you will be disqualified.

 

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A RULE DURING A ROUND, PLAY TWO BALLS, KEEP A RECORD OF BOTH SCORES, THEN SEEK AN ANSWER TO YOUR RULES QUESTION AFTER THE ROUND.

 

 

OPTIONS FOR GETTING A PROPER RULING

  1. Ask your Club Professional.

  2. Ask your Rules Chairperson.

  3. Call the RDGA Office at (585) 292-5950.

  4. Call the RDGA Rules Hotline at (585) 233-6754

  5. Look it up in your 2022 USGA Rule Book.

It is not just enough to swing at the ball,

you've got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it!

Babe Didrikson Zaharias