- USGA Rules of
Golf govern all play except when a local rule is in
effect. The local rules listed below are in effect
for all GTGP events. If additional local rules are
stipulated for an event, they will be posted at the
registration desk for the event.
- The ball is to be played as it lies, unless the
Event Coordinator, in conjunction with the Board of
Directors, stipulates that "Lift, Clean, and Place"
rules are in effect. If "Lift, Clean, and Place"
rules are in effect, they shall be implemented as
directed in Local Rule #7.
- No "gimmes". All balls must be putted out
except in match play events, in which players may
concede putts to their opponent .
- No "mulligans".
- Any local rule stipulated by the host golf course
(such as identified drop areas for hazards) that is
clearly posted on a sign or the course scorecard shall
be valid for GTGP competition unless noted otherwise.
A standing exception to this rule is that for GTGP
events, any area defined as out-of-bounds (marked by
white stakes, boundary fences, or roads marking golf
course property limits) will always be played as
out-of-bounds (stroke and distance penalty), and never
as a lateral hazard.
- All members must have a valid USGA handicap in order
to participate competitively in events. The
Board of Directors may allow a player to compete with a
temporary handicap if the player provides the committee
with a score history of at least five 18 hole scores. This score history must be
provided prior to the event. If a player does not have a valid USGA
handicap or a temporary handicap assigned by the
Board of Directors, the player may play in the event
but will be ineligible to win prizes (including GTGP$).
- Each player shall act as "marker" and keep score for
another player in his or her group. The marker
must attest the player's scorecard before it is turned
in at the end of the event.
- The maximum net score per hole that may be
recorded is 4 over par. Each player's maximum
score will be identified on their scorecard for each
hole. When a player takes the maximum and does not
complete a hole, the player shall place an "x" on the
scorecard next to their score for the hole. For
example, when a player picks up and has a maximum score
of 8, he/she will mark "x8" on the scorecard.
- Any member who does not complete the round for any
reason will be considered withdrawing from the event and
will not be awarded any GTGP points for the round.
They are also not eligible for any prize awards or pool
- If there is a question over a ruling, the player
should play two balls and complete the hole with each
ball. The Board of Directors will decide which score
is the correct score after the round is completed.
- Players must check in 30 minutes prior to their tee
time. Any player who shows up late for their tee
time will be penalized. If the player arrives at
the tee after the remainder of his group has hit their
tee shots but before they hit their second shots, the
player will be penalized two strokes and may catch up to
the group. Once the group has begun to play their
second shots, the late player must take the maximum
score of 4 over par (see Rule 3 above) for the hole and
join the group at the second tee. If the player
misses additional holes, the same procedure and
penalties apply for the additional holes.
- Stones in bunkers will be permitted to be removed by
declaring them movable obstructions. The player
must first inform the playing competitor responsible for
marking his score, and the procedure identified in USGA
Rule 24-1 must be followed.
- If the Event Coordinator, in conjunction with the
Board of Directors, declares that "Lift, Clean,
and Place" rules are in effect, the ball may be lifted,
cleaned, and replaced within one foot of the original
spot, not nearer to the hole. Unless stated otherwise, the rule shall only
apply on the tee box, fairway, or fringe of
the hole being played. The rule does not apply in
the first cut of rough. The player may not move the
ball from the fringe onto the putting surface.
Additionally, when "Lift, Clean, and Place" rules are in
effect, the embedded ball rule (USGA Rule 25-2) will be
in effect everywhere through the green and not
restricted to closely mown areas through the green.
("Through the green" defines the entire golf course with
the exception of hazards.)
- All players must play from the tees indicated on
their event scorecard.
- Aeration holes shall be played as Ground Under
Repair. When the ball lies in an aeration hole
through the green, the player may take relief under Rule
25-1b(i) and drop the ball within one club length of
where it lay, no closer to the hole. When a ball
lies in an aeration hole on the putting green, a player
may take relief under Rule 25-1b(iii) and may place the
ball (without dropping it) at the nearest spot that
provides relief (typically within an inch or so of the
aeration hole), no nearer to the hole. The player
must first inform the playing competitor responsible for
marking his score that he is taking relief from an
aeration hole prior to taking any action.
- Distance measuring devices are permitted for use in
Players may use devices that measure distance only.
However, the use of devices that gauge or measure other
conditions that might affect a player’s play (e.g. wind
or gradient) is not permitted. There is no penalty
for sharing distance information with other players in
- If the host golf course has a weather monitoring
system, it will often make a determination on suspension
of play in the event of inclement or threatening
weather. If the golf course determines that there
is a danger (such as lightning) and alerts players to
leave the course, all GTGP players must leave the golf
course immediately. If weather appears threatening
and the golf course either does not have a weather
monitoring system or has not yet called for a suspension
of play, the Event Coordinator may choose to suspend
play and all golfers must then leave the course.
The Event Coordinator, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, will
be responsible for any decisions regarding cancellation
of an event that has been partially completed.
- Be courteous of other golfers and exercise proper
golf etiquette. However, remember that proper
etiquette is not an acceptable justification for slow
Pace of Play
Slow play will
not be tolerated. Players shall play "ready golf"
at all times. All rounds should be completed in no
longer than 4-1/2 hours, and a group should never fall
out of position. For example, if the group in
front of you has cleared the green before you tee off on
a par 4, you are out of position. Members who
repeatedly engage in slow play will be warned, given
late tee times, and if necessary, penalized.