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.

 

  ON THE TEE

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.

 

                KNOWING WHEN YOUR GROUP IS BEHIND   

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.

 

THANK YOU

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
 

LOCAL RULES FOR SADDLEBROOKE RANCH GOLF COURSE – Revised 5-18

 

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 his intended swing, the player must take relief under rule 25-1. 

Cow, Coyote or Javelina 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 25-1 applies.

 

EMBEDDED BALL:  Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground, other than sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.  “Through the green” is the whole area of the course except a) the teeing ground and the putting green of the hole being played; and b) all hazards on the course.

 

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 24-2 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 LATERAL HAZARD:  If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the lateral water hazard on holes # 4, 8, 10,11, 13, and 16  a 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.If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

 

GREENSIDE IRRIGATION HEADS are immovable obstructions.  If a ball lies off the putting green and the irrigation head is within two club-lengths of the putting green and is within two club-lengths of the ball and intervenes on the line of play to the hole, the player may take relief as follows:  The ball may be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that a) is not nearer the hole and b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted.

 

AERATION HOLES:  Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or “slice” may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole or “slice” may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

If a player has reason to believe he is entitled to relief from this condition, Decision 20-1/0.7 applies.

 

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES:  A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.  If, during a stipulated round, 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 function is actually used.

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 one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.

* Bare ground to be defined as an area of soil completely devoid of turf or thatch.

**Relief from bare ground is restricted to lie of ball only and is not permitted for stance and area of swing.

*** Use the line created by the irrigation heads to determine if the ball lies in the turf area or 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.

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