2011 TDWGC Club Championship - August 16 & 17 - Tournament Rules & Format

USGA and PWGA rules apply, except where modified by Tahoe Donner Local Rules.

Format: Club Champion will be determined by the lowest gross score. All Flight winners will be determined by the lowest net score.

Flights /Tees: The field has been divided into 3 flights based on handicap index. All play will be from the blue/green combo tees.

Scoring: Exchange your scorecard with a fellow competitor. It is the player’s responsibility to confirm the accuracy of her gross score only. In the event of a Low Gross tie at the end of the regulation 36 holes, the tied players will have a sudden death play-off, played at scratch, beginning on Hole #1. Ties for overall low net will be broken by a sudden death playoff beginning on Hole #1 immediately following the conclusion of scoring, with strokes where they fall.

Modified “preferred lies” in Effect. A ball lying on the fairway or primary (1st) cut of rough or green collar may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and placed. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, she must replace it on a spot within one grip length (6”) of the ball’s original position, no nearer the hole. Otherwise the ball shall be played as it lies.

Abnormal Ground Conditions/Ground Under Repair: Due to the harsh winter and associated turf loss there are simply too many areas of abnormal ground conditions to sufficiently mark the areas considered to be ground under repair (GUR); therefore, most ground under repair has not been marked. Examples of GUR include casual water (any temporary accumulation of water visible before and after a player takes her stance, other than a water hazard), holes, casts and runways made by burrowing animals, mulch, seed, material piled for removal and damage caused by heavy equipment. It also includes areas of bare ground (due to turf loss) as long as the bare ground is part of an area of maintained turf (essentially fairway and rough). If a player believes that her ball lies in an area of unmarked GUR, she should confer with her fellow competitors, and if agreed upon, the player may lift, clean, and DROP her ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole. (See Doubt of Procedure if disputed.)

Improved Private Property Rule: If your ball comes to rest on improved private property, be a good neighbor and take a drop within one club length of the area of nearest relief, no closer to the hole. Relief is given only to move the ball off the improved property and not for the purpose of gaining an improve lie. Ideally, the same lie and recovery options are replicated so that no unfair advantage is gained by the player. The group should concur on the place to drop.

Hole #9 retaining wall: The retaining wall to the left of the 9th fairway is considered an immovable obstruction. If your lie, stance, or swing is obstructed by the rock wall, you may drop your ball within one club length of the area of nearest relief, no closer to the hole.

Relief from Cart Paths: You may take relief from all paved cart paths, as well as all service roads (defined as a dirt path in the woods used primarily for golf course maintenance equipment).

Provisional Ball (Rule 27-2) Clarification: If you suspect that your ball may be lost outside a water hazard or might be out of bounds (Hole #9 only), you may play another ball provisionally in accordance with Rule 27-1. The player must inform her fellow competitors that she intends to play a provisional ball and must play it before she goes forward to search for the original ball. If the original ball is found, the provisional ball must be abandoned. If the original ball is lost, the provisional ball becomes the ball in play.

Doubt as to Procedure (Rule 3-3): If a competitor is doubtful of her rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, or if there is a disagreement among the competitors as to whether an area where her ball lies is GUR or an abnormal ground condition from which the player is entitled to relief, she may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. The competitor must then announce to her fellow competitors that she intends to play two balls, and she must declare which ball she wishes to count if the Rules permit. If the disagreement is due to Abnormal Ground Conditions of a possible GUR condition, the player should mark the spot where her ball lay by use of a tee so that it can be found by the committee who will inspect the disputed area and make the decision as to whether or not the player was entitled to relief.

Local Pace-of-Play Rule: All groups are expected to follow the pace of play (average of 15 minutes per hole). Golfers are expected to complete the front nine in 2:15 or less, and the eighteen holes in 4:30 or less. Players who fall behind the group in front of them will be issued one warning. If they fail to get back on pace, all players in the group will be assessed a one stroke penalty for the first violation and two strokes for a second violation. An appeal can be filed with the committee prior to turning in your score card.

Please return signed and attested scorecards to the golf shop following the round and post as a “Tournament” score.