Springbrook Ladies Golf League
RULES AND REGULATIONS
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All kinds of new rules are in effect for 2019!
Download the summary from the USGA explaining what has changed.
New Local Rule in effect for 2018:
A new local rule has been adopted for play, which removes the penalty for accidentally moving a ball or ball-marker on the putting green. The effective date of the change was Jan. 1, 2017 and our SLGL league WILL be adopting the rule.
The new local rule states:
"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."
This applies ONLY to ball or ball marker ACCIDENTAL movement ON THE GREEN by the player or his equipment.
If a player attempts to drive over the corner of the hazard on Hole #10 and is unsure if their ball cleared the hazard:
They must first search for the ball -- a provisional ball cannot be played from the tee.
If the ball cannot be located, they can assume the ball is most likely within the hazard. They must then drop a ball under a lateral hazard rule. There are 5 options:
1. If the ball is found it can be played from the hazard.
2. If the ball is not found, they can replay from the tee.
3. Drop a ball within two club lengths, no closer to the hole from the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard (this will most likely be somewhere along the creek to the right of the bridge).
4. Drop the ball in line from where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard and the flagstick and go back as far as they want.
5. Drop the ball within two club lengths, no closer to the hole from a distance equal to the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard on the opposite side of the hazard (This would be behind the 13th green, the same distance from the hole).
If a player attempts to drive over the corner of the hazard and believes their ball cleared the hazard, but then cannot find their ball, they must return to the tee and put a ball in play under a lost ball penalty. This is possible if the ball ends up right of the cart path and goes into the long grass area up by and to the right of the green. [That long grass past the evergreen tree and up by the green is NOT marked as a hazard]
The area in question is the long grass along the fence after the pond on the left. The margin of the water hazard hooks around the south end of the hazard and extends to the fence. There is a stake attached to the fence that indicates the end of the hazard. The long grass along the fence from that point going around the back of the green is played as through the green. If your ball ends up in this grass it must be played as it lies. Players should play a provisional ball if the ball lands in the
long grass in case their ball is lost.
If the ball cannot be found, the player must proceed under a lost ball penalty. If they played a provisional ball, then the provisional ball becomes the ball in play. If a provisional ball was not played the player must replay from their last position.
If the ball is found and cannot be played, the player may elect to take an unplayable lie penalty.
There are 3 options for an unplayable lie:
1. Replay from the last position.
2. Drop their ball within two clubs lengths, no closer to the hole, from where their ball lies.
3. Drop their ball in line from the ball's lie and the flaqstick going back as far as they want.
Using Broken Tees found on the tee box --- Rules violation or not?
from "The Rules Guy" website
DEAR RULES GUY: I usually use a broken tee on the par 3s (there are always several on the tee box). During match play, my opponent claimed that I "used someone else's equipment" by using the broken tee, and thus should have lost each of the par-3 holes. I won 6 and 5, so the match outcome would not have changed, but I'd still like to know the answer.
Your opponent's argument is as weak as his game. While Rule 4-4 does prohibit players from sharing clubs with competitors, Decision 5-1/5 allows players to share other pieces of equipment, including balls and tees. As long as the broken tees would still be considered conforming by the USGA, you can pick them up and use them to your heart's delight. In fact, you are being thrifty, one of Rules Guy's favorite qualities.
PACE OF PLAY
1. The first three tee times help to set the pace so please do not sign up for on e of those early times
unless you can keep up with the fast pace.
2. You and your group must keep up with the group in front of you.
3. If you are struggling on a hole(s), please consider "x-ing" out or picking up and taking
the maximum number of strokes allowed by your handicap.
4. Consider riding instead of walking - every minute counts. (Remember the back nine plays longer.)
5. Be ready to putt.
6. Send two players ahead to tee off while others finish the hole.
7. On Hole #4 do not drive the carts back over the bridge near the tee. This prevents the next group
from teeing off. Drive around the back of the hole.
8. Please keep your stop at the half-way house to five minutes.
- Play READY GOLF when not in a tournament.
- Go directly to your ball if it is not in the line of another golfer's ball. Take your cart with you!
- Don't spend more than 5 minutes looking for a ball.
- Place your bag/cart somewhere toward the next tee.
- You may continue to putt out if you are not in anyone else's line
Annual dues will be determined by a vote of the membership at the Winter Board
Meeting. Members who join after July 1 will pay 75% of league dues plus the computer handicap fee.
No refunds will be given after July 1.
Prior to July 1, refunds will be 50% of basic membership dues. The computer handicap is not refundable. Money for
skins will be refunded on a per week basis for medical or relocation reasons only.
New members with established (USGA certified) handicaps may compete for
daily events and in tournaments. New members with no handicap may play on league days but may not compete until
a certified handicap is established.
Handicaps are limited to 45. Members must play to a 45 maximum handicap for all tournaments and events.
A handicap book will be available on league day to post the day's adjusted score. The course pro will enter weekly
scores in the computer.
Each golfer will post all golf scores, league and non-league, into the CDGA handicapping system. You may be required
to adjust the score you post with equitable stroke control. The maximum number a player can post on any hole depends
on the golfer's handicap at Springbrook.
Standards of Everyday Play
The current edition of USGA rules will be followed, modified only be local rules as listed on the Springbrook scorecard.
Winter rules are never played.
If a rules dispute occurs, play a provisional ball (after announcing your intention to do so) and let the Rules
Committee settle the question afterward.
Any player X-ing out a hole can use her score only for posting handicap. That player is disqualified from any event
All league days will be played as scheduled unless the course is closed by the golf pro or cancelled by the league
chairman. In case of bad weather, the chairman can wait up to one hour after the first tee time to make her decision
to play or cancel (tee times cannot be held by the pro all day). Members must be responsible to call or come to
the course to find out. If a member assumes cancellation when there is none, that member forfeits. In most cases
tee times will carry over to the following week. In case of play cancellation during tournaments, rain dates are
scheduled. In case two days are rained out, three day tournaments are shortened to two days.
To ensure maximum utilization of the golf course, a $10 nonrefundable fine will be assessed to no-shows. Cancellations
must be made no later than 7pm the night before league play. All league members will be allowed one violation before
being charged. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis.
Players are to keep two score cards with four names on each card. The scorecards are to be put into the league
briefcase after they have been dated and attested. Record putts on the scorecard and circle the adjusted score.
Complete your flight sheet in the scoring notebook: hole-by-hole, gross, handicap, net, putts. Post your score
on the event flight sheet, noting birdies and chip-ins at the bottom of that flight sheet. Post your adjusted score
in the computer. If the score is from a tournament, use the computer entry to mark the score as a tournament.
There are five flights: Championship, A, B, C and D.
SLGL play on Thursday mornings within the tee time assigned by the golf pro. Those playing outside the tee time
schedule are not eligible to compete. Scores must be entered into the computer for handicapping purposes only.
There is one early tee time outside the regular schedule which is allocated for league members who need to play
early due to work commitments. This is booked on a week to week basis. At least two league members must play together
during this tee time so scores/cards can be attested.
Signup sheets are available in the pro shop the Thursday before play. A member may sign herself up and one other
player only. You may not erase another member's name. Anyone caught signing up excess names and/or erasing another
member's name will be placed in jeopardy of losing her membership.
If a member brings a guest to play on play days, she must tee off in the last available time slot of the league
and also have another league member play in her group to attest the score. Any scores not so attested may not be
Points and Prizes
Money will be awarded for points at the end of the season. Points are earned weekly for each flights low gross,
low net, events, birdies, tournaments and attendance.
Yearly prizes: flighted low gross
average, flighted low net average, flighted low ringer score and flighted best putting average. You may win only
one yearly prize.
To be eligible for year-end awards a member must have played in at least 50% plus one of the league days. Prize
money will be distributed at the end of the season.
Hole-in-One Pot: $1 per member
(taken from membership dues) is reserved for holes-in-one occurring during league play. The pot will be awarded
at the fall awards event, divided among any and all holes-in-one. If no holes-in-one are made, the money will be
added to the year-end point money. There will be no carryover of the money. SLGL is a non-profit organization and
cannot let money accumulate. Interest equals taxes.
It is the responsibility of each golfer to know the Rules of Golf, the local rules of golf and the conditions under
which tournaments are played.
All tournaments will be played as scheduled unless the course is closed by the golf pro or is cancelled by the
The Club Championship will be determined by the Board. Club Championship is a two day tournament and attendance
points are awarded for both days. Birdies and chip-ins from both days are also recorded.
For the Club Championship and Match Play tournaments only: in case of a tie, "sudden death" playoffs
(starting on the 1st hole) will determine the winner of tournaments.
Springbrook Golf Course "Keep Pace" Policy
Both Springbrook and Naperbrook will administer a strict and comprehensive Keep Pace Policy. This policy is designed
to allow golfers to finish 18 holes in 4 hours and 28 minutes or less. The Professional Staff has developed an
accurate time measurement for each hole based on its par. The total time allotted for each nine is 2 hours and
10 minutes with 8 minutes allowed at the turn. All groups are required to Keep Pace within the designated time
frame. Any group that is more than 9 minutes behind the designated time frame will be approached by a Player's
Assistant. The Player's Assistant will help the group for two holes to regain its position on the course. If a
group cannot regain their position after two holes they may not be allowed to continue play from that point forward.
A refund for the remainder of play will be issued at that time.
Revised January 2012
Katrina Carter - Chairwoman