The USGA rules govern all play except as modified by the following:
(If there is any question about a ruling, play two balls, finish the round and then come to the pro shop for a final ruling)
Hole #1: Relief from stance or swing from the railroad ties left of the green and left of cart path. Parking lot is out of bounds.
Hole #3: The road is O.B. Take relief from stance or swing from curb, which is considered an immovable obstruction.
Hole #4: The pump house (immovable obstruction) located near the pond on the right side of the fairway is not considered part of the lateral water hazard (red). Take full relief from stance and swing only. Full relief from stance, swing from telephone pole and guide wire to left of the fairway. NO LINE OF SIGHT RELIEF ALLOWED!
Hole #6: The sand area between the tee and the green is considered fairway.
Hole #7: The road along the side of seventh green is out of bounds.
Hole #8: Retaining wall of ninth tee considered immovable obstruction. Relief from stance and swing only. NO LINE OF SIGHT RELIEF ALLOWED! Even though the road is O.B. on the seventh hole it is in play on the eighth hole and should be treated in the same way as a cart path. Drain on right side of fairway - Full relief.
Hole #10: Water hazard on the left of tenth fairway (red stakes). Pump is not part of the hazard. Take relief from swing and stance only.
Hole #11: There is no relief allowed from the red bricks of the flowerbed or the white fence. They are not on course property!!
Hole #12: Out of bounds down the left side. Lateral water hazard (red) behind the green. Preferred lie on fairway only. NO HAND LIES!! Drop area is only to be used in the event of casual water in grass bunker. Otherwise, play it as it lies in bunker.
Hole #13: The road that borders the right side of the hole and behind the green is the boundary marker for O.B. Relief from box and fence on right side of rough by road.
Hole #14: Full relief from stance and swing from flowerbed and its retaining wall to right and back of green.
Hole #15: Retaining wall on Ladies tee – Take relief from stance and swing only. NO LINE OF SIGHT RELIEF ALLOWED! The area on right side of the green is treated as a lateral water hazard (red stakes). Blue top pipes on right side of tee and green. Full relief.
Hole #18: Relief from maintenance path behind the green. Free drop within one club length of the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole.
- Full relief from all railroad tie retaining walls and water drains. Take one club length from the nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole. No penalty.
- Relief from extension of cart paths. Worn areas caused from cart traffic at ends of paved paths.
- Preferred lies in your own fairway only, six inches no closer to the hole. The fringe around a green is considered fairway. You cannot touch the ball. You may only touch the ball when it is on the green.
- Full relief from stance or swing from all Member Memorial Stones.
- Any area from which a 150 yard bush has been removed is considered Ground Under Repair, even though it may not be painted as such.
- If you, your caddie, or partner or your equipment (or that of your opponent) accidentally move a ball or a ball marker on the putting green (by definition, when any part of the ball is touching the putting surface), there’s no penalty and the ball shall be replaced. If the ball should move on the green as a result of wind, water, or some other natural cause, such as gravity, the ball must be played from its new position. A ball marker that moves as a result of strong winds should be replaced.*
* New USGA rule taking effect on Jan. 1 2017
Points of Emphasis:
- 1. Any area surrounded by red stakes is treated as a lateral hazard. Under penalty of one stroke, you may drop within two club-lengths of, and not nearer the hole than:
• the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, or
• a point on the opposite side of the hazard equidistant to the hole from the point where the ball last crossed the margin. If you are not certain or virtually certain that your ball has entered the hazard, you must play a Provisional Ball.
- 2. "Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.
- 3. There are small piles of debris (branches, wood chips, etc.) designated for removal in several places around the course. Relief from stance and swing is allowed from these piles.
Rules Committee: Lou Toscano, Joe Woycik, Muzzy Morrone, Glenn Blackburn, Jack Donohue, Andrew MacMahon