McCleery Golf Club Local Rules

Conditions of Play

  1. RCGA Rules along with the preceding Local Rules govern all play. All putts MUST be holed in individual stroke play. In the interest of pace of play, a player should consider “picking up” if their score would not affect the team score in Team events or if their score would be “0” in an individual Stableford competition.

  2.  Check In. A player signed up to play in a tournament shall report to the 1st tee 20 minutes prior to his scheduled tee time. If the player fails to report 15 minutes prior to his scheduled tee time, he may forfeit his entry in the tournament if a spare player is available to play in his place. Repeat offenders risk further disciplinary actions. If you enter a tournament, be prepared to play in inclement conditions

  3.  Code of Conduct. Please refer to the Code of Conduct section in the Fixture Book.

  4.  The Board of Directors shall discipline any member, who in the opinion of the majority of Directors, willfully infringes upon the by-laws or rules of the club, or is guilty of conduct injurious to the character, interest, or good order of the club, e.g. abusive behavior towards another member, member of the public, or employee of the park board or pro-shop. A member being disciplined may appear before the Board to appeal his case.

 Pace of Play Rules

  1. One-stroke penalty for everyone in any group playing the front nine in more than 2:10 and 15 minutes or more behind the group in front.

  2. One-stroke penalty for everyone in any group playing the back nine in more than 2:15 and 15 minutes or more behind the group in front.

  3. Opportunity to negate a front nine penalty by finishing the back nine less than 15 minutes behind the group in front.

  4. No penalty for a group finishing in 4:25 or less, regardless of splits.

  5. Starter to write start time on scorecards upon tee off of first player in a group. 

  6. The first group of the day must play within 2:10 (front nine) and 2:15 (back nine) or 4:25 (18) to avoid penalties, unless slowed by public players in front. We will seek the marshal's assistance in policing this and will also seek to ensure that the day is kicked off with a fast group.

  7. Groups beginning following a starter time must meet the same criteria as the first group of the day, or be within 15 minutes of the group in front to avoid penalties.

  8. Scorecards cannot be time-punched until all players in a group have holed out.

  9. Failure to punch card will result in a one-stroke penalty for everyone in the group, per occurrence.

  10. There will be a right of appeal and a possibility of negating penalties if other players in a group agree that slow pace of play is due to a specific member or members or to other mitigating factors.

  11. In addition to stroke penalties, the following will apply:

    • Warning on first offense.

    • Suspension of one tournament on second offense.

    • Suspension of three tournaments on third offense.

  12. The match committee may alter or suspend these rules and procedures on any day due to inclement weather conditions. However, please note that our local rules regarding interpretation of ground under repair minimize the likelihood of incurring stroke penalties due to lost balls.

Last Update: March 19th, 2016

Cancellation Policy

Once your name has been officially entered in a tournament draw, you are committed to play in that tournament. If a member cancels after the draw has been posted, not only is it difficult to find a replacement, but it also looks bad in the eyes of the Vancouver Park Board, and can give our Club a bad reputation. The VPB reserves the right to charge for a no-show or cancellation 4 hours or less before the tee time.

Is there any way to avoid the penalties?

YES.

We know that sometimes life can throw you a curve-ball, and you may need to remove yourself from a tournament at the last minute. Nobody wants to penalize you for that.

So, if you don’t want to incur the penalties, simply find another member to replace you for that tournament, and/or let your Club Captain know by emailing him (mccleerygolfclub@gmail.com) as soon as possible. If you have received a confirmation email from the Vancouver Park Board, you must also cancel online with them.

Rules and Handicaps

  1. Re-wording of the McCleery Golf Club Local Rules to better conform to the style and wording of specimen Local Rules found in Appendix I Part A of the Rules Of Golf;

  2. More detailed description of Out Of Bounds;

  3. More detailed definition of Water Hazards and their boundaries in the absence of lines and stakes;

  4. The wooden edging of the pond left of hole 5 green is defined as an immovable obstruction;

  5. New Local Rule permitting the play of a Provisional Ball for a ball that may be lost in a Water Hazard;

  6. The Drop Zone on hole 4 (for play from the Blue Tees) has been eliminated;

  7. New Local Rule providing relief from immovable obstructions Close To Putting Green; and

  8. New Local Rules dealing with course preservation (newly planted trees and planted areas for example).

The ‘Short Version’

  1. Out of Bounds (Rule 27-1b):

    White stakes or lines, perimeter fences and walls, inside the driving range, protective netting on holes 8 and 16, the paved areas of the parking lot and the clubhouse, the patio (concrete aggregate surface), flower beds adjacent to the clubhouse and patio, the clubhouse itself, the paved path adjacent to the parking lot from the Clubhouse area to the Driving Range and beyond and the far right edge of the lateral hazard to the right of holes 12 and 13 are all Out Of Bounds.

  2. Water Hazards (Rule 26):

    Painted lines, if present take precedence over stakes. Any hazards that are not marked with lines or stakes are lateral hazards defined by the natural margin of the hazard (Decision 33-2a/4). The wooden edge of the pond on hole number 5 is an immovable obstruction (Rule 24-2.)

  3. Water Hazard Provisional (Rule 26-1):

    Allowed in the interest of Pace of Play and known or virtually certain the ball is in the hazard if it cannot be found as per Appendix I Part A 5.

  4. Embedded Ball through the green:

    May be lifted, cleaned and dropped. (Appendix I Part A 3a.)

  5. Stones in bunkers:

    Are movable obstructions and Rule 24-1 applies (Appendix I Part A 3f.)

  6. Immovable obstructions close to putting green:

    Relief may be taken if there is interference on the line of play. (Appendix I Part A 4a.)

  7. Protection of Trees:

    Trees that are marked with green stakes for preservation are immovable obstructions and Rule 24-2 applies. (Appendix I Part A 2b.)

  8. Planted Areas:

    All planted areas on the course are Ground Under Repair and relief must be taken (Rule 25-1b(i))

  9. Distance measuring devices:

    Are permitted provided they supply distance information only, otherwise the player is disqualified under Rule 14-3 (Appendix I Part A 7.)

  10. Provisional Ball:

    Play a provisional ball if there is any possibility of a ball not being found. (Rule 27-2(a)).

  11. Lift/Clean/Place (or Replace):

    This rule would only be in effect if it is specifically announced for the day’s play. (Appendix I Part A 3c.)

  12. Leaf Rule:

    Only in effect if it is specifically announced for the day’s play. (Rule 25-1c.)

  13. Flooded Bunkers:

    Only in effect if it is specifically announced for the day’s play. (Rule 25-1b(i) if bunker is Ground Under Repair or Rule 25-1b(ii) if not.)

Note: The ‘Short Version’ of the Local Rules is indicative only. The ‘Long Version’ should be read for a complete understanding of the Local Rules.

 The ‘Long Version’

Out Of Bounds: Out of Bounds are defined by:

  1. white stakes or lines

  2. perimeter fences and walls

  3. inside the driving range as defined by the inside (driving range side) edge of the posts

  4. protective netting on holes 8 and 16

  5. the paved areas of the parking lot and the clubhouse

  6. the patio (concrete aggregate surface)

  7. flower beds adjacent to the clubhouse and patio

  8. the clubhouse itself

  9. the paved path adjacent to the parking lot from the Clubhouse area to the Driving Range and beyond

  10. In the interest of Pace of Play, the far right edge of the lateral hazard to the right of holes 12 and 13. All perimeter fences, walls and protective netting that define Out of Bounds are not obstructions and the ball must be played as it lies or under Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable. The driving range fence including the posts, netting and boards along the ground, the guy wires supporting any fences or protective netting are obstructions and relief may be taken under Rule 24.

Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards): In the absence of painted lines or stakes:

  1. All hazards shall be played as lateral hazards under Rule 26-1, a, b, or c.

  2. Hazard boundaries are defined by Decision 33-2a/4 which says that “Lines and stakes defining the margins of a water hazard should be placed as nearly as possible along the natural limits of the hazard, i.e., where the ground breaks down to form the depression containing the water.” If lines and/or stakes are present:

  3. Lines take precedence over stakes. (Stakes identify the hazard; lines define the hazard).

  4. A player cannot benefit from lines or stakes that have been improperly placed (Decision 26/2) and the margin of the hazard is still governed by Decision 33-2a/4 as described above.

    Note: The wooden edging of the pond left of the 5th green is an immovable obstruction and you are entitled to relief under Rule 24-2.

Water Hazards: Ball Played Provisionally Under Rule 26-1: In the interest of maintaining Pace of Play, if there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in a water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1. If the original ball is found outside the water hazard the player must continue play with it. If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1. But he may not proceed under Rule 26-1 with regards to the original ball. If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

 PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes.

 Note: In order to invoke this local rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the original ball is in the water hazard if it is not found. So this rule might apply when attempting to avoid the hazards on holes 4, 7, left side of 14, for example. In these cases, the ball would be known or virtually certain to be in the hazard if it cannot be found. The rule could NOT be applied when attempting to carry the corner on the left side of number 8, since it would not be known or virtually certain the ball is in the hazard as it could be lost outside the hazard. (However a provisional ball can and should be played for a Lost Ball under Rule 27-2 Provisional Ball.).

Relief for Embedded Ball: Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. Exceptions: 1) A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown. 2) A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule makes the stroke clearly impracticable.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes.

Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies – see also Appendix I Part A 3f).

Immovable Obstructions Close To Putting Green: Relief from interference by an immovable obstruction may be taken under Rule 24-2.

In addition, if a ball lies through the green 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.

If the players’ 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 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.

The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

Exception: A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if interference by anything other than the immovable obstruction makes the stroke clearly impracticable. 

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes.

Course Preservation - Protection Of Trees: Protection of trees identified by green stakes If such a 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 (Immovable Obstruction). 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 under this Local Rule.

Exception: A player may not obtain relief under this Local Rule if

a)      Interference by anything other than such a tree makes the stroke clearly impracticable, or

b)      Interference by such a tree would occur only through the use of a clearly unreasonable stroke or an unnecessarily abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes.

Course Preservation – Planted Areas: All planted areas through the green are Ground Under Repair and relief must be taken under Rule 25-1b(i).

Distance–Measuring Devices: A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If a player uses a distance-measuring 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.

Provisional Ball: In the interest of Pace Of Play, if there is a possibility the ball may be lost outside of a hazard or out of bounds, please play a provisional ball under Rule 27-2(a). This applies on all holes but in particular, beyond the 2nd and 5th greens, the right side of holes 6 and 8, the left side of hole 8, the left sides of holes 10, 13 and 15.

‘Temporary’ Local Rules: The following Local Rules are only in effect if they are explicitly included in the Draw Sheet of the competition being played and/or announced on the 1st tee.

Lift, Clean & Place (or Winter Rules or Preferred Lies) A ball lying through the green may be lifted, without penalty, and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, he must place it on a spot within 6 inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green. A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20- 4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it is placed, Rule 20-3d applies and the ball must be replaced. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply. If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Notes: The location specifying where this rule applies (ie.’through the green’) may be modified to a more restricted area such as ‘in closely mown areas through the green’, ‘in the closely mown portion of the hole being played’, ‘in the closely mown portion of hole 8’, etc.). ‘Closely mown area’ means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less. The area in which the ball may be replaced (“6 inches”) may be modified to ‘one club length’ or some other distance.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes

If a player incurs the general penalty for a breach of this Local Rule, no additional penalty under the Local Rule is applied.

The ‘Leaf Rule’: Large accumulations of leaves through the green are considered ground under repair. See Rule 25-1c. Ball In Abnormal Ground Condition Not Found. It must be known or virtually certain that a ball is in fact lost in the accumulated leaves. Relief is taken at the spot where the ball crossed into the area of accumulation, not where the player thinks their ball should be.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:

Match Play – Loss of hole;

Stroke Play – Two strokes

Notes: The location specifying where this rule may be applied may be modified to specific locations as appropriate. The Leaf Rule cannot be invoked simply because it has been struck towards an area with a large accumulation of leaves. If the ball has (loudly) struck a tree for example, the ball may have deflected anywhere, or the ball may have run through the leaves into a hazard or deep grass.

Flooded Bunkers: The flooded bunker(s) on list of specific bunker(s) is/are ground under repair. If a player’s ball lies in that bunker or if that bunker interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing and the player wishes to take relief, he must take relief outside the bunker, without penalty, in accordance with Rule 25-1b(i) (Ground Under Repair Through the Green). All other bunkers on the course, regardless of whether they contain water, maintain their status as hazards and Rule 25-1b(ii) would apply.