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Rules and Regulations


  1. Must have a golf bag and no more than 14 clubs.
  2. Follow local rules first, followed by USGA Rules of Golf.
  3. Dress Code to be observed at all times.
  4. Group pacing mandatory.  Leading group and trailing group must be visible at all times.
  5. Play the ball as is, except as indicated by PLGC.  All strokes counted at address up to the hole.
  6. Play ready golf at all times.


  1. In or around water hazard including RED boundary marker, and/or other lateral hazards.  Drop ball within 2 club lengths away from the hole.  Add 1 penalty stroke.  No penalty stroke if played in the hazard. In or around YELLOW boundary marker, play the ball as is.  There are two options.  Move ball back as far as possible away from the hole and in the line of the ball flight and add one penalty stroke.  If the ball landed in the water hazard after crossing a pond, the ball may be moved two club lengths laterally, no closer to the hole, with a one-stroke penalty.
  2. Out of bounds ball (indicated by white stakes).  Move ball to fairway perpendicular to on or about the exit point of ball to OB marker.  There is no lost of distance, add two penalty strokes (golfers now hitting his/her 4th stroke).  Add two-penalty stroke for lost ball.  When a golfer elected to play a provisional ball and the original ball is found and playable, there is no penalty stroke.  If the golfer elected to play the provisional ball instead of the playable original ball due to distance difference, add one penalty stroke.
  3. Lost ball.  Place new ball to fairway perpendicular to on or about the exit point of the lost ball.  Add one penalty stroke.
  4. Lost ball due to immovable obstruction.  Drop a new ball in the fairway on or about the exit point of the ball by two club lengths away from the hole.  No penalty stroke.  Limit search to lost ball to 3 minutes.  If the ball is found but unplayable, move ball away from the hole by two club lengths and continue play.  No penalty stroke.
  5. Unplayable ball inside a forested area.  Move ball to fairway to on or about the exit point of the ball.  Add 1 penalty stroke.  No penalty stroke if ball is played in a forested area, as long as there is no potential injury to the golfer.
  6. Unplayable lie (other than item #8).  Drop ball two club lengths.  Add one penalty stroke.
  7. Ladies may move ball backward off a divot.  No penalty stroke.
  8. Stroke relief applies to casual water, ground under repair, cart path, immovable obstruction, sprinkler heads, drain holes, burrows or if the lie within these areas constitutes a potential danger of causing injury to the golfer, move ball as far as possible no nearer the hole.  No penalty stroke.
  9. If ball has been stroked two times PAR (double par) before the green, pick up ball and drop at the edge of the green fairway side.  Then putt.  Max-score per hole is two times par or double par plus one stroke.
  10. Under scoring by any player will cause lost of hole or holes.  Over scoring, score will stand.
  11. Once ball is addressed and player to his/her stance all strokes is counted including missed ball stroke.
  12. Playing the wrong ball or unidentifiable ball, add one penalty stroke.
  13. In the event of a tie, the "matching scorecards" method outlined in Conditions of the Competition in Appendix I of the Rules of Golf will be used to break the tie, starting with the back 9 holes and if necessary, the last 6 holes, 3 holes, and final hole. The percentage of 18 holes compared is applied to the players' Course Handicaps to determine how many strokes they receive in the comparison of scorecards. For example: Player A had a course handicap of 22 and shot an 86, giving him a net score of 64. Player B had a course handicap of 19 and shot an 83, also resulting in a net score of 64. So, if we then compare the players' scorecards beginning with the back 9, Player A receives 11 strokes (Course Handicap of 22 divided by 2) and Player B receives 10 strokes (Course Handicap of 19 divided by 2). Player A shot a 42 on the back 9, resulting in a net score of 31, and Player B shot a 44 resulting in a net score of 34 - therefore Player A is the winner.