The golf season is in full swing and despite the hot, humid weather the course has been busy. We want to congratulate everyone for adapting to the “Safe Play Measures and Rules Adaptations” as outlined in our May 14th message to members. Thank you for being attentive to these necessary changes. We encourage you to continue to observe the Standards of Player Conduct and not to become complacent. By doing so, we are keeping each other safe.
These measures and adaptations include the addition to Rule 1.2b (Standards of Player Conduct) that states "players are prohibited from touching or removing the flagstick".
As match and stroke play competitions continue, we want to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to this rule. The pin might not be perfectly straight on all holes, but the same playing conditions apply for everyone. The penalties for breach of the Rules of Golf, including this rule addition, are outlined in Rule 1.3c and are as follows:
- For stroke play - 2 stroke penalty
- For match play - loss of hole
Players are encouraged to help each other in applying the rules. If you are in doubt about the application of a rule or the breach of a rule during a competition, please advise your opponent(s) at that time. If no referee is present to adjudicate, please follow the guidelines below:
If a rule is in doubt but no breach has occurred, players may agree how to decide the issue and play to that agreement. This agreed outcome is conclusive even if it turns out to have been wrong, providing the players did not deliberately decide to ignore a rule or penalty. (in which case both would be disqualified.)
If one player feels a breach has been made, they may make a request for a ruling by notifying their opponent that a later ruling will be sought when a referee or the Committee becomes available. The breach may not be undone or corrected. Play is to continue and a request for resolution must be made immediately following the game and before the result of the match is declared final.
If a rule is in doubt but no breach has occurred, players may agree to complete the hole in question by playing two balls (one for each option) and record both scores. Request a resolution immediately following the game and before the result of the game is declared final.
If a player breaches a rule and the breach is contested with no agreement to play two balls, the other player may make a request for ruling by notifying their opponent that a later ruling will be sought when a referee or the Committee becomes available. Play is to continue and a request for resolution must be made immediately following the game and before the result of the game is declared final.
A request for resolution may be initiated by contacting the Handicap Committee via email (email@example.com) or by addressing the issue with Pro Shop staff and asking for a referral to the Handicap Committee. This initiation must be done immediately following completion of the game. The final outcome of the competition will be suspended until a ruling can be made. Please note, the Committee is unable to rule on a claim or reverse the outcome of a competition if the initial results have been declared and/or posted.
For complete details please refer to Rule #3 and Rule #20.
Ties in Competitions - just a quick reminder that ties in these match play and stroke play events are to be decided by sudden death hole by hole play, commencing on the 1st hole. In effect the competition continues hole by hole until there is a winner. Please check in with the starter before teeing off on hole #1 for appropriate placement on the tee sheet. If time or weather becomes a factor in completing the tie breaking holes, opponents may book another tee time to finish the match.(Note: only the sudden death tie breaking holes are counted. It is not necessary to re-play the entire game.)
If you have any questions about Handicapping or the Rules of Golf, please give us a shout!
Stay cool, stay safe and happy golfing!
Your Handicap Committee