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SANTA TERESA WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB LOCAL RULES  

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SANTA TERESA WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB
LOCAL RULES


OUT OF BOUNDS (rule 27)
All boundary fences and behind #9 (putting green)
White OB stakes on the right of # 3, 11, 12,
You must replay from the original point – one stroke penalty
If you replay from the tee box, you may tee up your ball
There is no relief from stakes or fences defining out of bounds
The Short Course right of #9 is not out of bounds

WATER HAZARDS (rule 26)  
Canal on #11 and #12 fairways
(1) You may drop ball behind hazard, keeping the point at which the ball last crossed the hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit as to how far back you may go – one stoke penalty, or drop the ball in designated drop area, no matter where the ball crossed the hazard with one stroke penalty. This is only Hole #12.
Or (2) Replay from the spot from which original ball was played – one stroke penalty
If you replay from the tee box, you may tee up your ball

LATERAL HAZARDS (rule 26-1c)
Only when there are Red stakes right of #1, 2, 4 and 9.  Otherwise it is not a hazard, and any water there is considered 'casual water'
(1) Ball may be played from hazard without grounding club – no penalty
Or (2) Drop ball within two club lengths from where ball last entered hazard, no nearer hole – one stroke penalty
(3) You may also choose one of the two options for water hazard as above

IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (rule 24-2)
All cart paths and rocks defining the cart paths
Concrete on #14 and #15;gravel based ditch on #10 and #14; metal pipe left side on #2; worn out wooden drain covers to right near OB stakes on #12  
Staked trees
Steel towers
Fairway markers (Yellow– 250 yd, Blue-200 yd, White-150 yd, Red 100 yd)
Sprinkler heads
If any of the above obstructions interfere with player’s stance or swing, the ball may be dropped within one club length from the nearest point of relief, no near the hole - no penalty
MOVEABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (rule 24-1)
150 yard poles are moveable obstructions
You may (1) remove the pole before you make your shot regardless of the distance you are from it
If the ball hits the marker, you must play it as it lies
Stones in bunkers are moveable obstructions (rule 24-1 applies)

OVERHEAD WIRES AND STEEL TOWERS
Ball striking overhead wires must be replayed
Ball striking towers is in play

GROUND UNDER REPAIR (rule 25)
Bark surrounding the large Oak trees on #10, #12 and #18
Animal rooted areas
All roped off areas
Ground that has been seeded due to damage.   Ball may be dropped to nearest point of relief no nearer the hole – no penalty
A ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole
may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

HITTING THE WRONG BALL
Play according to USGA rules if discovered immediately (go back and hit your correct ball and add penalty stroke for hitting the wrong ball) but if the  error isn’t discovered immediately, than play the hole out with the wrong ball and add a two stroke penalty to the score.

TEMPORARY GREENS
You may try for a one putt should you chose, but if you miss, pick up.  If the cup is oversized you must putt out

LARGE ROCKS
Rocks defining the boundary of the course,  left of green by the road on hole #2 and right of green by the road on hole #3
Must play ball as it lies or treat as an unplayable ball

SPRINKLER HEADS NEAR GREEN
When sprinkler heads are within 2 club lengths from the green and within two club lengths from the ball interfere with the line of play
Ball may be dropped within one club length from the nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole nor onto the green - no penalty
Ball may be cleaned when lifted

WINTER RULES  
STWGC is a winter rules all year round club. Mark the ball’s position before you lift, Clean and replace the ball no more than 6 inches and can be moved from rough to fairway, no nearer the hole.   USGA does not make a distinction between rough and fairway.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES
Players may obtain distance information by using devices that measure only distance.  Devices that measure other conditions that might effect play, such as wind-speed, temperature etc, are not allowed regardless to whether these features are used.
Upon request information obtained from these devices must be shared with other players  

PUTTs and CHIP INs
All putts made on the green are counted as putts.
A ‘Chip-In’ is any stroke made from off the green that goes into the hole.

Printed August 1, 2018  
Updated: May 13, 2018;                    January 27, 2018; March 5, 2017; November 7, 2013; April 2012; February 2009; October 2008; August 2006.