1. Playing Rules (revised  April 2019 due to USGA rule revisions ) 

USGA RULES APPLY - - except for any Local Course Rules and the Listed Exceptions Below. 

VVMGL local rules ( ** ) are often designed to enhance pace of play. 

All foursomes must be represented by at least two Teams.

 

“ Roll “ Rule - - a ball lying in a divot in the fairway of the hole being played  may be moved,

with the club end only,  up to six inches, but no nearer to the hole.

This is allowed ONLY in the fairway of the hole being played.               Penalty =  None

 

Unplayable Lies 

Natural Hazard  - Ball may be dropped at the closest point of relief where the player has

an unobstructed stance and swing , but not nearer to the hole.

Must have consent of other players.                                                             Penalty = One Stroke

 

Ground Under Repair ; Standing Water, extremely soggy area, etc )

Ball may be dropped at the closest point of relief where the player has an unobstructed stance

and swing , but not nearer to the hole.

Must have consent of other players.                                                             Penalty =  None

 

Out of Bounds ( ** ) - - Play ball from the spot where it went out of bounds at the closest point

of relief , not nearer to the hole ,  where the player has  an unobstructed stance and swing.

Must have consent of other players.                                                              Penalty =  One Stroke

( Example = if ball is hit out of bounds from the tee, Player will be shooting three from the

point the ball went out of bounds. Or - - option to re-tee; shooting three. )

 

Ball in Sand Trap -

Sand must not be touched by club head at address or in practice swing and/or

in process of taking swing.                                                    Penalty  =  Two Strokes

 

Ball in footprint or in poorly groomed trap may be lifted and placed within the sand trap,

not nearer to the hole.  Loose impediments ( sticks, stones, etc ) obstructing stance or swing

may be removed.  Must have consent of other players.

Penalty  =  None

 

Ball in Water Hazard (**)( red stake penalty area )

Drop ball at the nearest point where the ball entered the plane of water at the closest point

of relief , not nearer to the hole ,  where the player has an unobstructed stance and swing.

Ball may be placed in fairway; but not nearer to the hole.

Must have consent of other players.                                                    Penalty =  One Stroke

 

Ball in Red and/or Yellow Penalty Areas

Ball may be played “ as it lies “ from Penalty area without penalty.

Clubhead may be grounded and practice swings are allowed .                   Penalty  =  None

 

If ball in Red / Yellow Penalty area is deemed unplayable ; ball may be dropped

at nearest point of relief where ball entered the Penalty Area ; not nearer to the hole.

Penalty = One Stroke

 

Ball Along Fence =  if still in bounds; ball may be moved two club lengths;

but not nearer to the hole.                                                                       Penalty =  None

 

 

Lost Ball Search

Time limit to search for Lost Ball is three minutes.

 

Flagstick on Green

For pace of play ; Players are encouraged to leave Flagstick  in the hole  while putting.

 

  • Changing Balls

It is permissible to change balls on the green ; but only on the green.

 

  • All additional playing rules on back of scorecard apply, or any permanent or temporary local

rules established by the Golf Course.

 

  • To speed up play, the first player to putt should continue to putt out, unless doing so would

disturb another Player's line.

 

  • All balls on green must be holed out. There should be NO liberal “ gimmes “.

Under any circumstance, if a Player hits or kicks his ball away from cup without holing out ,

the Penalty is One Stoke plus Loss of Hole.

 

 

  Have Fun !

  Keep Pace with group ahead of you

  Respect other Players and The Course

 

            

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