Rules

HERNDON GOLFERS CLUB RULES

Play shall be governed by the Rules of Golf of the United States Association, and as modified by the following local rules:

1. The Rules of Golf require proper scoring on score cards. HGC expands that rule to include proper marking of Net and Gross scores plus proper addition of both. Errors found may result in disqualification. Both the official scorer and the individual need to sign the score card before they are submitted. Unsigned cards will not be accepted.

2. Men shall play from the BLUE tee markers (unless stated otherwise), over 60 can play white tees if signed up for, and Women shall play from the RED tee markers (unless stated otherwise).

3. ‘SUMMER’ rules are in effect at all times (i.e., you may not touch your ball once played from the tee until it reaches the putting surface of the hole being played), unless posted otherwise on the day of the tournament. If ‘WINTER’ rules are in effect, in your own fairway, you may lift, clean and place your ball within one club-length of its original position, no nearer to the hole.

4. The Modified Embedded Ball rule is in effect. This means: Anywhere ‘through the green,’ a ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned, and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

5. Ground Under Repair (GUR) – Marked with white lines. If not clearly marked or covered in the following rules, you may take appropriate relief if your playing opponents agree. This applies if the ball is in the GUR or if your normal stance is in the GUR.

6. Water Hazards are identified with Yellow Stakes; Lateral Water Hazards are identified with Red Stakes. The stakes are to be treated as being totally within the hazard. If the stakes are easily removed they may be considered as ‘movable obstructions.’

7. Free lift and drop within one club-length from the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole, from small seedlings or shrubs (one club-length in height or less), all flower beds with flowering plants and areas with mulch (does not include tree wells), resodded areas, cart paths, service roads, areas worn by cart usage, and posts and ropes around greens – if post is not movable.

8. After raking the traps and in accordance with the recommendations of the USGA, all rakes shall be left outside the traps and in a position least likely to affect play.

The following is a list by hole, for clarification on questionable areas and boundaries.

Hole #1: Fence on left and driving range on right is O.B. The fence is considered the O.B. line. No free drop is allowed from this fence.

Hole #2: Left woods O.B. Ditch in front of tee is a hazard. Ditch left of cart path is a hazard. Ditch front-right of green is a water hazard. Ditch behind green is a hazard. Driving range is O.B. Mound on left of cart path is in play and no free drop is permitted.

Hole #3: The ditch lateral to tee box is a hazard up to the cart path, or-as marked. Lake is a hazard as marked. High grass areas to the left of the fairway and the right of the right cart path are in play.

Hole #4: Ditch (creek) in front of tee is a hazard; complete relief (stance and swing only, not line of sight) with free drop from old pump house structure. Maintenance area to right of tee is O.B. Tree farm, road, and maintenance area left of green are lateral hazards.

Hole #5: Ditch in front of tee is a hazard, and extends left of cart path. Rock piles are within the boundary of the hazard. Left of cart path, past where creek ends, is a lateral hazard.

Hole #6: O.B. left fence or as marked, and extends all along the left side, where marked. Area behind green marked as a lateral hazard. Rock pile (right side of fairway, next to #5 tee) is a lateral hazard, as marked.

Hole #7: Area on left side, includes fenced or wooded area left and past green are a lateral hazard; ditch across front and right of the tee is a hazard; rocks are within the hazard.

Hole #8: O.B. fence and as marked (boundary fence on left ends before comer, along creek, but the creek- wooded area around corner and along the left side is all to be considered as O.B.). Maintenance area behind green is O.B. as marked.

Hole #9: O.B. along left side as marked; ditch (creek) is hazard.

Hole #10: Drainage ditch and rocky area near and under bridge on left is a hazard.

Hole #11: Ditch from right to left and in front of tee is a hazard. High grassy area left of cart path is a hazard. Lake behind green played as a lateral hazard.

Hole #12: Ditch right and left of fairway in front of green are hazards. All French drains (gravel areas) are ground under repair.

Hole #13: O.B. as marked and includes left fence and fence behind green; ditch in front of tee is a hazard.

Hole #14: O.B. fence line left of cart path; pond is a water hazard.

Hole #15: Ditch right and left of fairway are hazards. Drainage areas in fairway (small rocks, French drains, etc.) are ground under repair. Tree farm and maintenance area left of mounds are a lateral hazard.

Hole #16: O.B. fence line on right or as marked.

Hole #17: O.B. fence line and building & wooded area along the right side including the drainage ditch right of cart path, ditch lateral (on left) is a hazard. Screen on right is O.B. and along right side of path following white stakes. Balls resting against screen do not get a free drop. No line of sight relief allowed for balls behind screen.

Hole #18: Ditch in front of tee and pond are hazards. Driving range is O.B.

All water-filled ditches, natural drainage ditches, or ponds, are water hazards and should be played accordingly (even when not clearly marked and as noted above).

ATTENTION: ALL Pampas grass areas are no longer considered a free drop. As with any unplayable lie, ball must be identified in pampas grass. You cannot assume ball went into pampas grass. If not identified, ball must be played as a lost ball, which means stroke and distance.

Practice: Practice on or near the putting green of any hole played is prohibited.

PLEASE REPAIR ALL BALL MARKS, REPLACE ALL DIVOTS AND RAKE SAND BUNKERS

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