“Safe Play” Measures and Rules Adaptations for the
Acceptance of Scores for Handicap Purposes
The “Safe Play” Measures have indicated that flagsticks will remain in place and golfers are asked not remove them or touch them in any manner. To underscore the seriousness of this requirement, the following Code of Conduct has been adopted in addition to Rule 1.2b (Standards of Player Conduct) :
Players are prohibited from touching or removing the flagstick. Blatant or repeated disregard for this safety measure may result in the suspension of golf privileges.
Modifications to the Hole
All modifications to the hole which prevent the ball from falling to the bottom of a regulation depth cup, result in the ball not being holed out. Golf Canada has advised that under new circumstances where modifications to the hole are necessary, the penalty for “Failure to Hole Out” (Rule 3.3c – Rules of Golf) has been temporarily suspended.
Golf Canada has further advised that rounds played under these conditions will result in an acceptable score for handicap purposes using the “most likely score” guidelines outlined in Rule 3.3 of the Rules of Handicapping.
For the use of shallow cup liners or cup inserts this rule is applied as follows:
Play must continue until the ball makes contact with the shallow cup liner.
When the ball sits and stays within the shallow cup liner it is deemed to be holed out and no further strokes are needed.
When the ball does not sit and stay in the shallow cup liner, no matter the outcome of that shot (no matter where the ball comes to rest after bouncing or rolling out of the shallow cup liner), the most likely score is applied using the guidelines for the distance from which that shot was initiated.
- If your last shot is taken from more than 20 yards out from the pin, and your ball does not sit and stay in the shallow cup liner, the rule outlines the most likely score as:
Add 3-4 additional strokes, depending on position of the ball, difficulty of the green and ability of the player.
- If your last shot is taken from between 5 ft and 20 yards from the pin, and your ball does not sit and stay in the shallow cup liner, the rule outlines the most likely score as:
Add 2-3 additional strokes, depending on position of the ball, difficulty of the green and ability of the player.
- If your last shot is taken from on the putting green and no more than 5 ft from the pin, and your ball does not sit and stay in the shallow cup liner, the rule outlines the most likely score as:
Add 1 additional stroke.
You may not continue to play your ball from the position where it comes to rest after it bounces or rolls out of the shallow cup. The above guidelines must be used.
The “Safe Play” Measures have indicated that all rakes have been removed from bunkers.
In order to facilitate continued play from bunkers, and therefore the acceptance of scores for handicap purposes, the following local rule has been adopted:
Disturbed areas in bunkers are considered Ground Under Repair. This allows for free relief, within one club length, no closer to the pin and while staying in the bunker as per Rule 16.1b (Rules of Golf).
Should there be no undisturbed area within the bunker, and therefore no available relief in the bunker, the entire bunker is considered Ground Under Repair and is therefore, designated part of the General Area. Free relief may be taken outside of the bunker under Rule 16.1b (Rules of Golf).
If a ball comes to rest in an undisturbed area of a bunker, it is to be played as it lies. No relief is available.
As outlined in the “Safe Play” Measures, upon leaving the bunker, please smooth it as best you can using your foot or wedge.
Scoring and Scorecards
Scorecards are not to be exchanged between other playing partners. Scores are to be verbally exchanged with playing partners.
Scorecards are not to be physically “attested” by other players. (Please don’t handle other players’ cards in order to sign them.) In events and competitions where attesting is necessary, other procedures will be put into place. These procedures will be advised on an event by event basis.
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