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Club Local Rules

Local Rules and Generic Conditions of Competition

Unless otherwise overridden by the Competition Committee for a specific event, the following list represents the Club's Local Rules deemed to be generic conditions of competition.

(1) Putt everything out.

(2) Play the ball down ("as it lies") unless relief is otherwise provided for by USGA or Local Rule. When course conditions warrant implementation of “mark, clean, and place” within the closely mown area of your fairway, a notification sign will be placed on the first tee but only at the combo tee location.

(3) Each player should put an identification mark on the ball.

(4) Pace of play is 4:20 unless the course has a posted pace of play in which case we defer to the course's pace of play.

(5) Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions.

(6) Any unmarked recently sodded areas, mulched flower beds, or purposefully landscaped areas are locally designated as abnormal ground condition.

(7) Aeration holes are locally designated as abnormal ground condition. A player may also mark, lift, clean and place their ball if an aeration core is stuck to it in closely mown areas (fairway height or less).

(8) Relief for an embedded ball (in its own pitch mark) is extended through the green.

(9) Players may obtain distance information using a device that measures distance and elevation during all events except Major Tournaments. Distance information only is allowed during Major Tournaments.

(10) Play from within an environmentally sensitive area (ESA) is prohibited. Look to the stake color to determine the applicable penalty and ignore course local rules calling for "free drops from ESA's" which contradict the stakes. If no stakes are present, treat the ESA as out of bounds.

(11) When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced. If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

(12) Each player has the responsibility to attest the score of your fellow competitors in your foursome. When a ruling is in dispute during play of a hole, the player may play a second ball. Bring the ruling in question to member(s) of the Board of PBG before scores are tallied for the event.

(13) Observe all course Local Rules which do NOT conflict with or contradict a PBG Local Rule.

version as of Feb.28, 2018