League Rules



Prefered Lies

1. A golf ball located on the fairway or in the rough, of the hole being played, or the collar of its putting green, may be lifted, cleaned, 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 original lie. Balls in rough may not be moved to the fairway. This provision is not to be used to avoid obstacles to the hole.

2. 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.

Ball Out Of Bounds, Lost, or in Water Drainage

1. One stroke penalty. Stroke and distance will not apply. Players are limited to 3 minutes to search for their ball. For example, 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. Similarly, a ball lost in the rough may be dropped in a mutually agreed area.

2. All balls must be marked for identification and shown to an opponent. If a ball cannot be identified, it will be considered lost with a 1 stroke penalty.

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.

Princeton Country Club Local Rules

1. A ball in a canal behind any 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.

2. Hole 13: Relief area for a ball into the canal will be located at least 30 yards from the front of the green, penalty one stroke.


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

Inclement Weather

1. 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.

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

On The Green and Conceded Putts

1. Any spike or ball mark may be repaired.

2. 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.

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.

Maximum Scoring

In order to speed up play, the maximum score on any 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.

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.

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