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• Temporary LOP Course Rule: Green Expansion on Hole #11 (click to jump to that section)

• Summary of changes to 2019 Rule of Golf (click to download)

• Bag Tag Rules (click to download & print) Cut it to size, fold it in half, and place inside the plastic envelop

• New 2020 Maximum Hole Score for Handicap Purposes Watch the Video or Download the document

• E-5 Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds Watch the Video

• COMMON ISSUES (Click to watch videos)

• LOP LOCAL RULES (Click to jump to that section)

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Rules Videos back to top
Relief from Water Hazards Ball Unplayable Relief from Lateral Water Hazards
Nearest Point of Relief Provisional Ball  
 
lop local rules back to top

All tournament play shall follow USGA/WNHGA rules, subject to the following "local" rules:

  1. Summer rules always apply unless otherwise directed by Pro Shop. For winter rules you may lift, clean and place ball without penalty within a club length from where ball originally lay, in like grass, not nearer hole.

  2. Out of bounds is defined by inside edge of white 4x4 posts or lines, boundary fences, or roads (4x4 posts are not obstructions; therefore, there is no relief and they may not be removed). A ball is "out of bounds" when all of it is out of bounds. Penalty is one stroke and distance

  3. Distance markers give distance to center of green and are located on cart paths and colored disks and stakes in fairways. (Blue=200 yds., white=150 yds., red=100 yds., and gold=50 yds.) Some sprinkler heads are also labeled for distance.

  4. Yellow penalty areas are defined by yellow stakes and/or yellow lines. LOP yellow penalty areas are pond in front of #4 green and creeks on #12, #13, #14, #17 and #18. A ball touching hazard line is in the penalty area. See rules book for options.

  5. Red penalty areas are defined by red stakes and/or red lines. LOP lateral water hazards are creeks on #8, lake on #12, and creek at the base of hill right of #6 fairway. 72 A ball touching hazard line is in the penalty area. See rules book for options.

  6. Ground under repair (GUR) is any portion of course roped off or marked by white lines around GUR area. Player must remove ball from GUR and drop (without penalty) within one club length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole

  7. Relief with no penalty (ball dropped within one club length of nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole) may be taken from obstructions, i.e., French drains, cart paths, staked trees, sprinkler heads, embedded rocks in fairways, catch boards to right of #3 green, catch boards to right of #4 fairway, and protective fence behind #4 green, including line of sight (take relief between end of fence and Torrey Pines). Out-of-bounds posts and tee signs are not obstructions but are permanent parts of golf course; therefore, relief is not allowed.

  8. Erosion in Bunkers--Ball may be lifted, cleaned, and dropped as near as possible to spot where it lay, but no nearer to hole, and must remain in bunker.

  9. Pace of Play - All golfers should have a pace of play to complete nine holes in 2-1/2 hours or less. Slow players may be asked to pick up balls and proceed to next tee

  10. Hole # 6 - Choice of red, green combo or gold tees, which the player needs to indicate on the sign-up sheet. When hitting off the Hole # 6 red or green combo tees, if you fail to get to the bottom or are unable to find your ball, you may take a drop to the left of the cart path, adjacent to gold tees, take a 1 stroke penalty and hit your third stroke and you may not tee up again.
    This is a WNHGA/USGA approved rule and is allowed during TOC, Team Play or any WNHGA event. You are not allowed to hit your ball from the wooded hill area as it is unsafe. You also have the option to hit again from the red tee, take a 1 stroke penalty and hit your 3rd shot. You will need to continue hitting until you get to the fairway, taking 1 stroke penalty each time, until you reach your maximum number of strokes.

  11. The LOP Lady Niners voted to adopt the 2019 USGA suggested "local" rule which allows a player hitting a ball out-of-bounds, or losing a ball, to drop a ball in the fairway nearest the point, but not closer to the hole, where the ball went out-of-bounds or was lost and take 2 penalty strokes. The player may dropt up to 2 club lengths from that point ion the edge of the fairway but no closer to the hole. In the case of a tee shot, the player dropping a ball would be lying three (3). After hitting this shot, the original ball (even if later found) is considered out of play.

NOTE: Every golfer should have a current USGA Rules of Golf book to refer to when needed. If in doubt, contact Rules Chair or Golf Pro to interpret rules.

 

Green Expansion on Hole #11 back to top

The expansion to the front of the green on hole #11 has several rough patches. Per our Pro, Pat Shaw there are two ways you can play your ball if it lands on any part of the new expansion.

  1. Play your ball as it lies. Putt your ball. OR
  2. Take free relief (Rule 16.1d). If a player’s ball is on the putting green and there is interference by an abnormal course condition on the course, the player may take free relief by placing the original ball or another ball on the spot of the nearest point of complete relief using the procedures for replacing a ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.

In other words, pick up your ball place it off the green at the nearest point of complete relief. Once again, pick up your ball and place it. It is not a drop! You are no longer putting. You are now chipping.

 


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