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Pacific Grove Women's Golf Club

Club Guidelines and Rules

STANDING RULES - 18 HOLE GROUP


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 7:15 AM on the play day.
  2. Players who need to cancel must do so by calling the Pro Shop no later than 7:15 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 7:15 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.) 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 play day 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 play day games.

 

Handicapping and Posting
All members will post play day scores into the GHIN system to maintain an accurate Handicap Index.
 
Please note: If a player decides to “pick up” her ball on a hole, usually because of a high score, she will count her score on that hole as that allowed by Equitable Stroke Control dependent on her handicap. For example, if the maximum score you can post on any given hole is an 8 (for players with handicaps between 20-29), then that would be the score. The player who “picks up” is not eligible for play day games that day, nor would any chip-in count.
 
Players are asked to post their adjusted scores within 24 hours of completing play.
You must post a score if at least seven holes are played. If seven to twelve holes are played, post your nine hole score. If 13 or more holes are played, post an eighteen hole score. In the spirit of the game, a player who “picks up” should count strokes on “picked up” and on holes not played using Equitable Score Control.


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 play date group…it is to be brought to the rules chair for resolution.

Playing Through
It is polite to let faster player''''''s play through most times we play individually, but not during our PGWGC play days. 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.
 
Poop
At the players option, animal/bird dung may be treated as ground under repair for which free relief is allowed. Mark your ball. Then, from nearest point of relief, drop ball straight down from knee height. Please note: This is only applicable if ball is actually ON the animal/bird dung.
 
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 uner rule 16.1b. 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 part of the general area, 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 part of the general area, you can lift, clean and place it without penalty. 
  • 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.
  • Even when winter rules are declared, a player can choose to play the ball as it lies. It is important to the integrity of the game to only “lift, clean and place” when absolutely necessary.  Note that when winter rules do not apply you are NOT permitted to clean your ball.

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