2018 Rules and Conditions of Competitions Policy

Play is governed by the 2016 – 18 Rules of Golf and their Decisions as approved by the USGA and The R&A.  Any changes or additions to this card will be supplied on a supplementary Rules sheet.  Appendix I refers to the Appendix of Local Rules in the 2016-2018 R&A/ USGA Rules of Golf.  Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition of Competition is: Match Play- Loss of Hole; Stroke Play- Two Strokes.


Late to Tee: All players must be present on the tee at the time laid down by the Committee.  The order of play is irrelevant.  See Decision 6-3a/2.

Balls and Clubs: Only brands of golf balls on the latest USGA list of conforming balls shall be used.  Only conforming driver heads on current USGA list may be used.  Non-conforming golf clubs or tees shall not be used. Second penalty for breach of condition - Disqualification.

Limitation on Golf Balls Used During Round: Except for the Senior Women’s, Senior Women’s Four-Ball, Sr/Mid-Am Team, Net Amateur, Net Team, Net Match Play, Net Chapman and Junior tournaments, the “One Ball Rule” shall be in effect. Appendix I. Penalty for breach- 2 strokes per hole (maximum 4 strokes).  

Ban on Metal Spikes: Shoes with spikes made partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round.  Penalty for breach – Disqualification.

Undue Delay: See GAM Pace of Play Policy.  Players in violation of policy may be penalized.

Lifting an Embedded Ball: Anywhere “through the green.”  Appendix I.

Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. (Rule 24-1 applies)

Flower Beds:  Mandatory free relief must be taken for any flower bed that is not in a water hazard. Rule 25-1. 

Water and Lateral Water Hazard Stakes and Lines: When both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, stakes identify hazards and lines define margins. Water hazards are marked by freshly painted yellow lines, and lateral water hazards are marked by freshly painted red lines. Mandatory free relief does not apply for flower beds located within the margins of a water hazard. A player must take hazard relief and a one-stroke penalty for a ball in a flower bed within the margin of a hazard.

Accidental Movement of Ball on Putting Green: 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.

Cell Phones: Should a player be using his cell phone for something other than a distance-measuring device in a non-urgent situation, the player may be subject to penalty under the GAM Player Code of Conduct. This includes, but is not limited to, social media usage, texting, e-mail, calls and web browsing.

Automotive Transportation: Unless otherwise permitted by the Committee, players and caddies shall not use automotive carts.  Penalty for breach- 2 strokes per hole (maximum 4 strokes; match play - loss of hole, max 2 holes).  Spectators are not permitted to ride. When carts are permitted only two carts per group and only two people in or on a cart.

Integral Parts of the Course: No Relief: Includes rods, cables, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees.  The integral parts of the course may be touched with a club or otherwise.

Animal Hoof Damage on Putting Green: Damage to a putting green clearly caused by animal hooves may be repaired.

Exception to Rule 6-6d: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified. In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty for a breach of Rule 6-6d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.

Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation (Note to Rule 6-8b):
Suspension: One prolonged blast of air horns or siren.
Resumption: One short blast of air horns or siren.
Any suspension of play requires players to discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has so ordered.  Players may not play a stroke or complete the play of a hole before discontinuing play.  Players MUST evacuate to a place of safety.  Suspension and Resumption of play: Everyone is urged to take every precaution for protection against lightning.  Players have the right to stop play if they think lightning threatens them, even though the Committee may not have specifically authorized it by signal. Penalty for breach of condition- Disqualification.

Close of Competition: The competition shall be deemed to have closed when the trophy has been awarded to the winner or in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee and results have been announced.

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