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Pacific Grove Women's Golf Club

Club Guidelines and Rules


Membership and Participation
  1. To join the PGWGC 18-hole group, a player's Course Handicap must be 40 or lower.
  2. Members are expected to attend at least one of the three General Meetings. The Board has final review on all memberships.
  3. A Social member is given to longstanding former members who are no longer able to play golf. Social members do not enjoy voting rights or count for the quorum.
  4. Club members are expected to serve as a Tournament Chair for one month or as a starter/scorer for 2 weeks.  Priority for filling these slots is given to non-Board members.
  5. Members are also required to volunteer on a committee, or a special event, or as a Board member.

Wednesday Play Days
  1. Players shall sign up in advance on the club's sign up forms or by contacting the Pro Shop by 7:00 AM on the play day.
  2. Players who need to cancel must do so by calling the Pro Shop no later than 7 AM on play days.
  3. On the day of play, players must be signed in prior to 8 AM. Those coming late may have to follow the field and not be eligible for sweeps or field games.
  4. Tournament Chair designates teams & tee assignments.
  5. Teams will keep two scorecards and have two separate scorers. Scorecards will have the name of all players, be accurate and be signed and attested by the scorers. Scorecards that are incorrect, illegible or lack proper signatures risk being disqualified from the tournament results.
  6. A rain call will be made before 7 AM. Players will be notified by email or can call the pro shop.
  7. Tied scores share the designated placement and winnings.

Tournaments & Events
  1. PGWGC Play Day games are regular tournament games played January through October. (Play Games are defined as any game where everyone is playing under the same conditions and rules.) Players wishing to participate in games pay a fee at the beginning of each calendar year. Awards are given at the end of the year for lowest average putts, most chip-ins, and most/earliest achieved net birdies scores.
  2. PGWGC major events are One or more designated Guest Days. There will be no field games during these events.
  3. PGWGC major member-only tournaments are Pass the Cleat, the Club Championship, and Ace of Aces.  Players in the club Championship and Ace of Aces tournament are eligible for field games and their scores are posted as tournament scores. Pass the Cleat scores are posted as regular game scores.
  4. Eligibility for tournaments shall be in accordance with PGWGC By-Laws. A minimum of 8 players who have satisfied the prerequisite number of club rounds of play are needed for some tournaments.


Handicapping and Posting
All members will post play day scores into the GHIN system to maintain an accurate Handicap Index. Only Club Champion scores are posted by the Handicap Chair and it is a "T" (tournament) score.
Players are asked to post their adjusted scores within 24 hours of completing play.
If 13 or more holes are played, the player shall post an 18 hole score. If 7 to 12 holes are played, the player shall post a 9 hole score. In either case, scores for holes not played shall be recorded as par plus any handicap strokes that the player is entitled to receive on the holes not played.

Players may play to a maximum handicap of 40 unless specified by the Tournament Chair for a particular game played. Equitable stroke control (ESC), established by the USGA, sets a maximum score that a player can post on any hole depending on the player's course handicap, which varies according to the slope of the course. 
The table below shows the maximum score per hole for posting.

Course Handicap: Maximum score to post for any hole:

If your GHIN Handicap is...
Do not post any higher than
this score for any hole
0-9 Double Bogey
10-19 7
20-29 8
30-39 9
40+ 10
PGWGC Local Rules

The following rules apply only to PGWGC play dates and events. These are in addition to USGA rules and local rules established by the course.

IMPORTANT:  if there is a rule question or dispute during play,  it is NOT to be resolved among the playdate group…it is to be brought to the rules chair for resolution.

Playing Through
Although it is polite to let faster players play through most times we play individually, but not during our PGWGC playdays. On our playdays, all our threesomes and foursomes play as a group. This means that we don’t let any players outside our group play through.
If your ball lands in bird or animal poop, there is no free relief. You can, taking care not to move your ball, clean away the surrounding area. If you accidentally move the ball, however, you do incur a one-stroke penalty, so be careful! No free drop. You can, of course, for a one-stroke penalty, declare the ball unplayable.
Stones in bunkers
Stones in bunkers are classified as MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS and Rule 24-1 applies. If a stone is near your ball in a bunker and deemed likely to cause safety problems, you may remove the stone before you hit your ball. If your ball actually lies on a stone in a bunker, lift the ball, remove the stone and drop the ball as near as possible to its original location, not nearer the hole. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. No penalty.
Immovable Obstructions CLOSE to the Putting Green (sprinkler heads, etc.) in the closely mown fringe.
Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 24-2. This is only applicable if your ball is WITHIN TWO CLUB LENGTHS of the green AND WITHIN TWO CLUB LENGTHS of the immovable obstruction and the obstruction intervenes on your line of play. You may take relief as follows without penalty: The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that is (a) not nearer the hole (b) avoids intervention, and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Tree Roots
Free relief (one club length, no closer to the hole) may be taken from exposed tree roots, through closely mown areas of the fairway, only on holes 7 & 8.If your ball is on an exposed tree root elsewhere on the golf course, you may, under a one-stroke penalty, declare the ball unplayable and proceed accordingly.
Winter Rules
Winter Rules address unfavorable course conditions such as a very wet course during or after a significant prolonged rainfall.

The Tournament Chair, at her sole discretion, determines whether or not to declare that Winter Rules are in effect on a given play date.  Winter Rules may apply to all or to just specific holes. Furthermore, Winter Rules only apply if the Tournament Chair communicates this decision BEFORE play by posting a written notice to that effect on our sign up table.

PGWGC Winter Rules are as follows:

  • If your ball lies on a closely mown area of the FAIRWAY, you can lift, clean and place it without penalty. 
  • Whether or not to exercise this option for any specific shot is at the discretion of the player.
  • Before lifting the ball, player MUST first mark its position, then clean and place ball on a spot within one club length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay.  The ball may be placed only once and is then in play.
  • Failure to mark the ball before lifting it incurs a one-stroke penalty.

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