League Rules



MERCER COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS GOLF ASSOCIATION RULES OF PLAY


USGA RULES OF GOLF SHALL GOVERN ALL PLAY, EXCEPT WHERE MODIFIED BY LOCAL RULES AS SET FORTH BELOW.


1. Prefered Lies

A) A ball, lying on the fairway of the hole being played, may be lifted and cleaned without penalty and placed within one club length of where it originally lay, not nearer the hole, so as to preserve as nearly as possible the stance required to play from the original lie. After the ball is so placed it is in play. Balls being played off the fairway may not be moved without penalty as provided by USGA Rules.

B) The lie of a ball resting on the apron or collar of the green being played may be similarly improved as near as possible to where it originally lay, but not nearer the hole.

C) A ball lying in a bunker may be lifted and cleaned, the sand raked, and the ball replaced as near as possible to the original position without penalty.

D) A ball off the fairway but not in the woods lying on bare earth may be lifted and dropped, without penalty, to a grassy area no closer to the pin, this provision cannot be used to avoid any obstacle to the pin.

E) A ball accidentally moved on the putting green should be replaced and is no longer a penalty.

F) A ball accidentally moved during a search can be replaced without penalty.

G) A ball that is accidentally deflected by player or equipment is no longer a penalty.

H) A putted ball that strikes an unattended flag stick is no longer a penalty.


2. Embedded Ball

A ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark anywhere "Through the Green" may, without penalty, be lifted , cleaned , and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay, but not nearer the hole.


3. Ball Out Of Bounds, Lost, or in Water Drainage

A) All penalties will be 1 stroke. Stroke and distance will not apply. Players may not return to the tee once they have left it. Players are limited to 3 minutes to search for their ball.

B) A ball that has crossed an Out of Bounds marker, or is off the golf course property, can be dropped within 2 club lengths of where it crossed the boundary.

C) A ball that is lost in a wooded, or such area, can be dropped within 2 club lengths of where it entered that area, or mutually agreed area where the ball was thought to be lost.

D) A ball lost in the rough may be dropped in a mutually agreed area where the ball was thought to be lost.

E) All balls must be marked for identification and shown to opponent. If a ball cannot be specifically identified, it will be considered a lost ball.

F) One stroke penalty for ball hit into water drainage areas, eg. along 17th fairway.


4. Leaf Rule

If a ball is lost in leaves, and except for the leaves, it likely would have been found, a second ball may, without penalty, be dropped and played from the point where the first ball was presumed lost. This rule is invoked by a Tournament Director during the fall season.


5. Princeton Country Club Local Rules

All these issues have a penalty of 1 stroke.

Hole 2: Out of bounds inside fence around equipment garage. Water hazard on left side of fairwary from dog leg to the green.

Hole 3: Lateral water hazard on left (canal is not out of bounds).

Hole 10: Ball in canal behind green may be dropped within two (2) club lengths of point of entry into the hazard even though the point of drop is nearer the hole, penalty one stroke.

Hole 12: Water beyond and to left of green, same rule as applies to water behind tenth green.

Hole 13: Ball in canal off the tee or unplayable in the hazard on the far side of the canal shall be played from the drop area at least 30 yards from the front of the green, penalty one (1) stroke.

Hole 13: Out of bounds beyond stakes to the left.

Hole 14: Play the entire left side as lateral water hazard (no out of bounds), one stroke penalty with drop of new ball.

Hole 14: Water behind the green, treat the same as water behind the tenth and twelfth greens.

Hole 14: The ditch immediately in front of the tee is a water hazard (see USGA Rule 13).

Hole 16: Water behind the green, treat the same as water behind the tenth, twelfth, and fourteenth greens.

Hole 17: Lateral water hazard to the left off the tee and down the left side beyond the dog leg.


Drainage ditch from dog leg to approx to the 150 yd. marker. Rock Pile left side of trap and green free drop. All other drainage ditches are water hazards (see USGA Rules 13 and 26).

Hole 18: Out of bounds down left side beyond stakes.


6. Miscellaneous

A) Note the score card's treatment of immovable obstructions differs from USGA Rule 24-2. We should abide by the score card instructions.

B) To be valid, score cards must be signed, attested and dated with at least two members playing together.


7. Inclement Weather

For a tournament to be official 26 players or 1/3 of the membership, whichever is less, must complete 18 holes of play in the tournament.

If the course is closed to carts but open to walkers, the tournament scheduled for that day will be played.

If the back nine holes are deemed unplayable by a Tournament Director, holes 1-9 will be played twice. For tie-break purposes, scores for the first nine holes must be identified. Mark the scores for the first 9 holes played on the first half of the scorecard and the second 9 holes on the second part.

In the event that at least one hole on each nine is closed to all play so that neither nine can be played in its entirety, no tournament will be played on that day.


8. On The Green and Conceded Putts

Any spike or ball mark may be repaired.

A putt may be conceded any part of the ball rests within the distance between the heel on the putter, when placed in the cup, and the bottom of the grip on a standard length putter.


9. Unplayable Lie

A player may declare his ball unplayable at any place on the course except where the ball lies within a water hazard. If a player cannot obtain relief under USGA Rule 28, he can make a drop within 2 club lengths of where the ball entered the area, or at the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole, where there is room to drop the ball and take his stance. 1 stoke penalty.


10. Gold Tees at PCC

After notifying a Tournament Director, players - 80 years and older - may play from the gold tees at Princeton Country Club. Scorecard must be marked that gold tees were played.


11. Anchoring the Club (USGA Rule 14-1b)

In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club either (directly) or using an (anchor point).

Note 1: The club is anchored (directly) when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.

Note 2: An (anchor point) exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club.


12. Maximum Scoring

In order to speed up play, the maximum score on each hole will be double par. Six on a par 3, eight on a par 4 and ten on a par 5. When you reach double par, pick up your ball and move to the next tee.


13. Pace of Play

It is expected that a round of golf should take 4 hours 20 minutes. The rangers at Princeton Country Club will monitor the pace of play and warn a foursome when they are more than one hole behind. On the third warning, a tardy group will be asked to pick up their balls, giving everyone a double par, and move forward to the next tee.


14. Failure To Follow League Rules

If a league member is continually warned about failure to follow league rules, he may be removed from play.




USGA and R&A Changes for 2019




pinHighlights of USGA Rules Changes for 2019

  1. One stroke for all penalties.
  2. No two stroke penalties.
  3. No provisional ball played at any time.
  4. No stroke and loss of distant penalty.
  5. Flag stick may be left in the hole when putting. No penalty if ball hits the flag stick.
  6. No penalty when a ball is moved during a search. Ball should be replaced in it's original spot.
  7. When dropping a ball, the drop should be made from knee height. It must land and come to rest within 2 club lengths of original spot or be redropped.
  8. Youy may ground your club in a water hazard. You may also take practice swings. This does not apply to bunkers.
  9. Local rules have precedence over USGA Rules.
  10. Play ready golf.