Pace of Play Tips / Local Rules
This section provides members with the latest information on Pace of Play Tips as well as any Local Rules or special rules clarification.
Pace of Play

Rules of Ready Golf


To assist you in keeping up with the group in front of you, please follow the Ready Golf Rules outlined below.



The player who is ready should hit, whether he has the honors or no and should tee-off as soon as the group ahead is clear.  If that group is too close for the longer hitters, then the shorter hitters should hit first.

Players should remain in the Tee area and assist in following the flight and direction of each player’s drive in order to locate a player’s ball quickly and eliminate search time.


                                                                        ON THE FAIRWAY

Hit when ready & safe; again do not use honor system.  A player should play promptly throughout the round, prepare in advance for each stroke and should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds upon reaching their ball.

Take appropriate clubs to your ball and HIT WITHOUT DELAY.

Have your group watch where each shot goes and if a search for a player’s ball is needed, play your shot first before you help to look for your playing partner’s ball.

Limit search for lost balls to 3 minutes and if your ball goes ‘out of bounds’ or in tall grass, consider your ball as unfindable and abandoned your search.  Use the Local Rule ‘Stroke and Distance with a 2 stroke penalty’ if a Provisional Ball was not used.


                                                                 ON AND AROUNDTHE GREEN

Always park carts towards the back of the green or on the cart path heading to the next tee.     

Place your extra clubs on the green near the flagstick or between the flagstick and the parked carts.

Study your putt while others are putting and be ready to putt when it’s your turn.

Leave the green IMMEDIATELY after holing out and PROCEED to the next tee.


           SHORT CUTS

Mark your score on the way to or at the next tee.

When driving a cart, drop your partner at his ball then continue to yours.

Know your maximum score per hole.  If not playing ‘low gross’ or ‘low net’, once you reach your max score, pick up and record your max score on the card.

READY GOLF’ replaces terms such as ‘you have the honors’ or ‘you’re away’.  As soon as you are ready, play your shot, just as long as it does not interfere with someone in your group.



You get to the tee on a Par 4 and the group in front of you has completed the hole.

You get to the tee on a Par 5 and the group in front of you is on the Green or walking off.

When getting behind a group you must take actiominto closing the gag by 1) increase focus on READY Golf in fairways 2) on the Greens, do less marking of the ball and more continus putting and 3) when hole is finished move quickly to the next hole. 


Remember, slow play affects everyone,

Please cooperate for the enjoyment of all.



If we all utilize these Ready Golf tips we can easily reduce our playing time to four hours or less.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments or compliments.

As usual, whining and complaints should be directed to the President of the club.


Local Rules / Clarifications /Page 1


OUT OF BOUNDS:  Homeowners’ property lines, walls, fences, streets and parking lots shall define out-of-bounds when white stakes are not present.


GROUND UNDER REPAIR:  All newly sodded areas, landscaped areas, areas outlined by white lines, staked trees and embedded stones in the turf area are Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited.  If a player’s ball lies within the area or if it interferes with the player’s stance or intended swing, the player must take relief under rule 16.1.


         Ÿ       Cow, coyote or javelin dung, anthills and damage that is clearly identifiable as having been caused by animal hoofs, are to be treated as Ground Under Repair. Relief from damage due to animal hoofs is restricted to lie of ball and area of swing and is not permitted for stance. Rule 16.1 applies.


EMBEDDED BALL:  In the general area, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the turfmay be lifted without penalty, cleaned, and using the spot directly behind where the ball was embedded as a reference point, be dropped and remain within a one club relief area that is not nearer the hole.


STONES IN BUNKERS are movable obstructions.  Rule 24-1 applies.  If the ball moves while removing the stones, it must be replaced, without penalty, providing the movement is directly attributed to the removal of the stones.


FRENCH DRAINS are immovable obstructions.  Rule 16-1a applies.  The player may lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.


PROVISIONAL BALL ON HOLES WITH RED PENALTY AREA:  If a player does not know whether a ball is in the red penalty area onholes # 4, 8, 10,11,13 and 16,the player may play a provisional ball under Rule 18.3, which is modified in this way:


       ŸThe player may use the stroke-and-distance relief option (Rule 17.1d(1)), the back-on-the-line relief option (Rule 17.1d(2)) or the lateral relief option (see Rule 17.1d(3)).

       Ÿ         Once the player has played a provisional ball under this Rule, he or she may not use any further options under Rule 17.1 in relation to the original ball. 

       Ÿ         If the original ball is found in penalty area within the three minute search time the player may choose to either:

                           ¢     Continue to play the original ball as it lies in the penalty area, in which case the provisional ball must not be played.  All strokes with that provisional ball before it was abandoned (including strokes and any penalty strokes solely from playing that ball) do not count. 

                           ¢     Continue to play the provisional ball in which case the original ball must not be played. 

                Ÿ                  When the original ball is not found within the three minute search time or is known or virtually certain to be in a red penalty area the provisional ball becomes the players ball in play.


GREENSIDE IRRIGATION HEADS are immovable obstructions.  Rule 16.1 applies. Relief may be taken when irrigation head is on the line of play, is within two club lengths of the putting green and is within two club lengths of the ball.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.


  ŸException – There is no relief under this Local Rule if the player chooses a line of play that is clearly unreasonable.


AERATION HOLES: If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole they may proceed as follows: 

       ŸBall in the General Area.  Rule 16.1b. The player may take relief by referencing the nearest point of relief then lifting, cleaning and dropping within a one club length relief area.  If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.  Interference does not existif the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance.

       Ÿ         Ball on the Putting Green.  Rule 16.1d. The player may take relief by referencing the nearest point of relief lifting, cleaning and placing on the reference point, no closer to the hole.  Interference does not existif the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s line of play.

Local Rules / Clarifications /Page 2

TURF AREAS IN THE ROUGH WORN BY CART TRAFFIC OR ERODED BY IRRIGATION/SOIL ISSUES TO BARE GROUND*: A golf ball that lies on bare ground within the turf area of the rough (between the cart path and irrigation heads bordering the desert) will be entitled to relief without penalty.  The ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within a one club length relief area that is not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.

ŸBare groundto be defined as an area of soil completely devoid ofturf or thatch.

ŸRelieffrom bare ground is restrictedto lie of ball only and is not permitted for stance and area of swing.

Ÿ Use the line created by the irrigation heads to determineif the ball lies in the turf areaor in the desert.


DRAINAGE FROM ROADS:  Portions on the course are designed for drainage using large rocks.  A ball that lies in these areas and is in bounds is entitled to free relief of stance and swing at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole.  These areas are located on holes #7, 15 and 17.


ALTERNATIVE TO STROKE AND DISTANCE FOR BALL LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS OUTSIDE A PENALTY AREA:  When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

  ŸFor two penalty strokes, the player may take relief in the general area by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area using the reference points noted below.  (See Rule 14.3)

  ŸBall Reference Point:  The point where the original ball is estimated to have come to rest on the course, or last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds. 

  ŸFairway Reference Point:  The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but I not nearer the hole than the ball reference point. 

  ŸThe ball may be dropped with a two club relief are in the fairway or within the relief area created by the two reference points and no closer to the hole. 

  ŸFor purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less. 

  ŸIf a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.


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