PHMGA Local Rules
as of January 1, 2019

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• Play is governed by USGA rules of golf

• Out of bounds is defined by roadways on holes #2, 4, 7, 10, 14, 15, and 18. A ball that crosses a roadway into another part of the course is considered out of bounds.

• Drop zones have been established on holes #11 (if you hit into the pond) and #18 (if you hit into the waterway that crosses the fairway in front of the green). Use of the drop zone incurs a 1-stroke penalty.

• Ground under repair will be defined by white lines. Drop at nearest point of relief no closer to the hole.

• Nearest point of relief is available for sprinkler heads within two club-lengths of the green provided the ball is in a closely mown area within two club-lengths of the sprinkler head. Drop ball at nearest point of relief (not “within one club length”) no closer to the hole.

• Free relief is available if your ball ends up in a pile of maintenance/landscaping debris that has purposely been piled for removal. Drop your ball within one club length, no closer to the hole.

• In the general area a ball in, or on, an aeration hole or slice may be lifted, cleaned, and placed, without penalty, as near as possible to the original location but not closer to the hole. This local rule is at the discretion of the Tournament Chairman and will be announced prior to play when it is in effect.

• In the general area, areas of tall decorative grasses (such as along the left waste area on hole #2, along the cart path on hole #9, and behind the green on hole #18) are considered red penalty areas. A red line delineating the penalty area shall be deemed to exist immediately surrounding the outermost plants within the area.

• Holes designated as “Cart Path Only’ on any given day will automatically be played under “lift, clean, and place” guidelines in the general area.

• On any hole, if a tee ball is lost, or deemed to be lost, or out-of-bounds, the player shall have an additional option of taking a 2-stroke penalty and then putting a new ball into play on the fairway, within 2 club-lengths of the edge of the fairway, no closer to the hole than where the original ball was assumed to be lost or out of bounds. However, this 2-stroke penalty option is NOT available if a provisional ball is put into play.

• In the general area, if it is virtually certain that a ball is stuck in a tree, that tree will be treated as a red penalty area.

• The following local rules apply to specific holes as indicated:

o On Hole #1, the water to the left of the fairway is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist along the vegetation/brush/rocks edge as applicable.

o On Hole #3, the pond to the right of the green is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one-club length of the water’s edge or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #4, the water in front of/to the right of the tee boxes is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge.

o On Hole #7, the pond behind and to the right of the green is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #8, the pond in front of and to the right of the tee boxes, the pond to the right of the green, and the drainage ditch behind the green are all red penalty areas. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist along the edge of the mown area.

o On Hole #9, the water to the left of the fairway and green, the ditch behind the green, and the ditch behind and to the right of the green are all red penalty areas. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #12, the ditch to the right of the fairway, all the way up to and behind the green, is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist along the edge of the mown area or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #13, the area to the right of the cart path, from the right fairway bunker all the way up to and behind the green, is a red penalty area – as is the pond to the left of the fairway. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist along the edge of the mown area or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #14, beginning at the left fairway bunker, the water drainage swale to the left of the cart path all the way up to and behind the green is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge or along the same line as the edge of the mown area.

o On Hole #15, the water to the right of the fairway, all the way up to and beyond the green is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge or within one club length of where the ground drops down to form the depression that can hold water.

o On Hole #18, the ditch to the left of the fairway, up to and including all parts of the bridge, is a red penalty area. Red stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a red line is assumed to exist within one club length of the water’s edge. Also on Hole #18, the swale in front of the green and to the right of the bridge is a yellow penalty area. Yellow stakes mark the boundary of the penalty area. If the stakes are missing, a yellow line is assumed to exist along the edge of the mown area.