Local Golf Rules
LOCAL RULES (Revised 1st May, 2016)
- 1. The RULES of GOLF, including Definitions, Decisions, Etiquette and Rules on Amateur Status apply at all times, supplemented by PSC Local Rules and Golf Club Local Rules. In the event of conflict between PSC and Golf Club Local Rules, PSC Local Rules shall prevail.
It is the Players responsibility to know and be aware of all the above.
- 2. The SPIRIT of the GAME of GOLF: All players should conduct themselves in disciplined manner demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times. Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play. Caddies should be encouraged to be similarly aware.
- SLOW PLAY: If a group loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, they should invite the following group to play through. Caddies should be encouraged NOT to ‘mark’ balls on the green until requested to do so.
- 4. Golf Club LOCAL RULES as laid down by the Golf Club are usually posted in the club house or on the scorecard.
- 5. DROP ZONES – Drop Zones will NOT be used EXCEPT at the following holes:- 1st at Green Valley(right hand Tee only), A1 at Laem Chabang, 14th at Pleasant Valley [environmentally sensitive area],
- 6. CALL HOLES: there shall be no calling up of players or groups during a PSC authorized competition except when other players or members not participating in the competition request this courtesy.
- 7. FLOWER BEDS: Check Golf Club Local Rules.
- 8. RED ANTS: Relief may be taken from red ants if they constitute a ‘Dangerous Situation’ (Rule 1-4/10), agreement must be obtained from a marker or a fellow competitor. A player may NOT obtain relief if INTERFERENCE by anything other than the ‘Dangerous Situation’ makes the stroke impracticable then the only option is to proceed under the ‘Unplayable’ Rule.
- 9. OBSTRUCTIONS: Relief must be taken from STAKED TREES and YOUNG TREES (not bushes) less than two metres in height. They are to be treated as Immovable Obstructions.
- YARDAGE MARKERS – All manmade yardage markers should to be treated as Immovable Obstructions.
- 11. A CONCRETE DITCH (not marked as a water hazard) should be treated as an Immovable Obstruction.
- 12. STONES in bunkers should be treated as Movable Obstructions.
- 13. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS: It can be difficult for all areas of GUR to be properly marked, if the ground conditions appear to be GUR, then it should be treated as GUR subject to the agreement of a marker or fellow competitor.
- 14. EDGING GROOVES around the fringes of Greens may be treated as GUR.
- EMBEDDED BALL: A ball embedded in its own pitch mark, through the green, may be Lifted, Cleaned and Dropped without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay.
- 16. WASHED OUT AREAS and damage caused by excessive drainage of flood waters may be treated as GUR. If applicable in a BUNKER, the ball must be dropped in the same bunker.
- 17. When BUGGIES are NOT allowed on fairways and wet conditions prevail, a player may Lift, Clean and Place the ball ONLY on FAIRWAYS and on GRASS cut to fairway height or lower. The ball must be marked and replaced within six inches of where it lay.
- 18. The Tournament Organiser may, should the Golf Course conditions merit it, apply additional rules on the day. Example:- Lift, Clean and Drop Through the Green.
- 19. WATER HAZARDS: If hazards are unmarked or insufficiently marked, the line defining the margin of the hazard is where the ground breaks down to form the depression. If a water hazard is completely unmarked it should be treated as a Lateral Water Hazard. Exceptions:- Unmarked Concrete Ditches should be treated as Immovable Obstructions. Angel Hair Plant scrubland areas along fairways in Laem Chabang may be treated as Lateral Water Hazards.
- 20. MEASURING DEVICES: In all tournaments a player may obtain distance information by using a device function that measures DISTANCE ONLY, provided that it does not unnecessarily disrupt the pace of play. The use of any other type of device is in breach of Rule 14.3, the penalty for which is disqualification, regardless of whether such functions are actually used or not.
- SCORECARDS – In an Eligible Competition ALL PLAYERS must exchange cards. The Player’s Full Name, PSC number and Signature must be LEGIBLE in the appropriate place and the Markers signature must be LEGIBLE in the appropriate place. The card must show the players Handicap on the day together with the Date and Tees played. It is the Players responsibility to make certain that they play of the correct handicap.
Cards must be properly completed using the first line for Gross Scores and the second line for Stableford Points. The Marker should record his own ‘scores’ on the player’s card in a manner that is clearly distinguishable from the player’s scores. The total Stableford Points (or Gross / Net) should be clearly marked and highlighted.
Caddies MAY NOT mark a card. Members of the same family should not mark each other’s cards and friends should avoid repeatedly marking each other’s cards.