Stable-ford Blind Draw Points System

Riverside Men’s Club

Local Rules and Conditions of Competition - July 9, 2011 

Play is governed by the 2010-2011 USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and, where applicable, the following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition.
FORMAT: Stableford Points System, Blind Draw partners following the completion of the round. Point totals will determine standings. All competitors will compete from the WHITE tees.  

POINTS (Net): D. Eagle – 8 / Eagle – 5 / Birdie – 3 / Par – 2 / Bogey – 1 / D. Bogey – 0  

SERIOUS BREACH OF ETIQUETTE: The use of abusive language, throwing of clubs or other disruptive behavior, contrary to the good conduct of the Championship, will not be tolerated. PENALTY: DISQUALIFICATION (Rule 33-7).
CELLULAR PHONES: The use of cellular phones or any similar electronic device by a player or his caddie during a stipulated round is prohibited. Failure to observe this Condition may result in disciplinary action, including withdrawing a player's playing privileges for the rest of the Championship or for the event the following year.
GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS AND HAND HELD RANGE FINDERS: Allowed so long as the device is capable of measuring distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. French drains are deemed to be ground under repair (Rule 25-1).
DIRT PATHS AND ROADS: Unless designated as ground under repair, dirt paths and roads are integral parts of the course.
WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS: White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads and paths are part of the obstruction (Rule 24-2).

PRACTICE: The practice putting green as defined by a blue line in between holes #1 & 18 is deemed to be a designated practice area on the golf course.  Practice outside this area is not allowed.
OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by white stakes (or boundary fences in the absence of stakes) to the right of hole numbers 1, 2 and 3, to the left of hole numbers 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 and 17, and behind the putting greens of hole numbers 2, 3, 9 and 13. Out of bounds behind and to the right of the putting green on hole number 9 and to the left of hole number 10 in the absence of stakes is defined by the inner boundary of the cart path.

DISQUALIFICATION:  When a player breaches a Rule or Condition where the penalty is disqualification, the player must leave the course immediately. 

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS CLOSE TO PUTTING GREEN: If a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole,  the player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is 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. Relief under this Local Rule is also available if the player's ball lies on the putting green and an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. The player may take relief as follows: The ball must be lifted and placed at the nearest point where the ball lay which (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard.
PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES AND CABLES: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable on the course (specifically holes #1, 4, 7, 13, 17, & 18), the stroke shall be cancelled and replayed, without penalty (Rule 20-5). If the ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.
PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES: If a staked tree interferes with a player's stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b. If the ball lies in a water hazard, the player must lift and drop the ball in accordance with Rule 24-2b(i) except that the nearest point of relief must be in the water hazard and the ball must be dropped in the water hazard or the player may proceed under Rule 26. The ball may be cleaned when lifted. Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if (a) it is clearly unreasonable for him to make a stroke because of interference by anything other than the tree or (b) interference by the tree would occur only through use of an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play. PENALTY: Two strokes.

STONES IN BUNKERS: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
PACE OF PLAY POLICY:  A player shall be subject to penalty if he unduly delays play. Notes 1 and 2 under Rule 6-7 are in effect. Rule 6-7 states, in part: "The player shall play without undue delay and in accordance with any pace of play guidelines which may be laid down by the Committee" and thereafter prescribes penalties for slow play.  The Committee has established a maximum period of time allowed to complete the stipulated rounds and each hole. Players should consult their scorecards for the guidelines.

PENALTY PROCEDURE: First offense = Warning / Second offense = 1 Shot penalty / Third offense = 2 Shot penalty
SCORECARDS: The local rules on the Riverside GC scorecards have no status. Properly completed official scorecards must be returned to the Committee in the scoring area “as soon as possible.” (Rule 6-6d.)