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Tournament Rules

USGA Rules to Remember:
1.  It is not the job of the HBHGA to teach the rules of golf according the USGA to its members. All playing members should have a common knowledge of the rules. Members can visit the USGA on line or the High Bridge Hills Golf Association web site ( to study rules and take rules quizzes (recommended). A copy of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf may also be purchased from the USGA or viewed on the web.
2.  Special Rules will be posted for tournaments played under non-standard formats. All other tournaments will be played according to the Rules and Decisions on the Rules of Golf as defined by the USGA.
3.  The HBHGA Tournament Committee is responsible for all decisions
regarding course playability and the suspension or cancellation of play due to dangerous or adverse conditions.
4.  The ball a player uses shall be named on the current list of conforming golf balls issued by the USGA for all major tournaments.
5.  All players must announce, to their opponents, the ball name, type and distinguishing marks before teeing of on the first hole, and again anytime a new ball is legally introduced into play.
6.  If a player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within 5 minutes after his starting time, in the absence of circumstances which warrant waiving the penalty of disqualification as provided in rule 33-7, the penalty for failure to start on time is loss of the first hole in match play or a two stroke penalty in stroke play. The penalty for lateness beyond 5 minutes is disqualification.
7.  Out of Bounds (white stakes)
8.  Water Hazards (yellow stakes)
9.  Lateral Water Hazards (red stakes)
10. Ground Under Repair (white paint)
Local Rules:
1.  The drop on #8 will be at the yellow tee markers, given that the area in front of the green is now an environmental hazard. There is no longer out of bounds to the right of the hole. Check the rules sheet handed out at each tournament for any other clarification.
2.  GPS (cart and handheld) will be allowed in all tournaments, except for devices that account for wind and/or elevation change.
3.  The power lines and poles in between holes #1 and #2 will be treated as an immovable obstruction. Any ball striking the wires or poles will not be replayed. Interference from the poles in a player's stance or intended swing will be entitled to relief as outlined in Rule 24-2.

4.  The right side of hole #3, back of green #6 will be played as a hazard pending stake markings, to be done by the golf course.
5.  There is an area on the back left of hole #6, which can be considered casual water. However only from hole #6 can there be “Reasonable Evidence” that the ball is lost in casual water. Without reasonable evidence the player must proceed under rule 26-1 and 27-1. Please refer to 25-1c/1 for clarification of reasonable evidence.
6.  The right side of hole #17 is out of bounds before and after the boundary fence. Additional white stakes may be posted before the season.
7.  Although it may be marked as such, the gravel cart path on #13 is NOT in the hazard. Players can get relief from the path as described in Rule 24-2. The hazard will be defined as starting from the left side of the gravel path.
Players should remember that they can’t drop in the hazard.
8.  Players can take relief from bumpy artificial turf, as found on #8 (by the stairs)
and on #3 (after the first trap).
9.  In a 4 player scramble event, every effort will be taken to avoid making
3somes. In the event that there are 3somes, the players may take an extra shot with the following provisions:
     No player may take 2 putts.
     On any shot, other than a putt, if you are missing a(n):
- A Player: Any player can take the extra shot. (ie B player can take all the extra shots)
- B Player: The C or D player can take the extra shot at any time
- C Player: The B and D player can take the extra shot, alternating holes
- D Player: The C player can take the extra shot.
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