Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions
The current Rules of the United States Golf Association and The R&A govern play. See applicable Championship Notice to Players and PGT Tour Rules for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current Rules of Golf.
Disregard Local Rules printed on club scorecards or posted at the course.
Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match play -- Loss of hole; Stroke play -- Two strokes.
Distance Measuring Devices
Distance measuring devices, that measure or gauge distance only, are permitted in accordance with Rule 14-3. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
Embedded Ball Through The Green
Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
a) "Through the green," a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, except sand, may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole.
Wood Chips and Mulch
Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments (unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Players).
Stones in Bunkers
Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions.
Out of Bounds
- Out of bounds is defined by the inside edge of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level. When defined by a white line, the line itself is out of bounds.
- The inside edge of a paved road or curb defines out of bounds. A ball that is on or beyond the road or curb is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the golf course.
Water and Lateral Water Hazard Stakes and Lines
Defined by red and or yellow stakes, the margin of a hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. The line itself is in the hazard. When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.
Roads and Paths
Curbing and artificial materials bordering cart paths are considered part of the obstruction. White-lined areas tying into road (not defining out of bounds) and paths are part of the obstruction.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions
All scoring areas, which include the tent, the stake and rope surrounding the tent and any objects such as the table and chairs located within the stake and rope, are deemed to be temporary immovable obstructions.
Occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or so close that the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing. These include: all restrooms, power boxes, shelters, screen fencing near housing construction, trees w/ wooden supports. Free relief (not closer to the hole) may be taken under Rule 24-2b.
Ground Under Repair
Ground under repair is defined by white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:
1. French drains, which are trenches filled with rocks or stones.
2. Fire ant beds or mounds. Note: for a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant bed or mound, see Decision 1-4/10
All Staked Areas Around Newly Planted Trees
Free relief available (See Appendix I). If your stance or swing is impeded by the tree or the tree stakes, you may take free relief within one club length and no nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.
Except in a hazard, sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.
Integral Part Of The Course
Integral parts of the course are areas on the course from which relief is not granted. Integral parts of the golf course include (unless otherwise provided in the Notice To Competitors):
1. Cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees.
2. Artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards.
Conditions of Competition
Golf Balls: It is a condition of the competition that players must use a brand of ball on the current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls. Penalty for breach of this condition is disqualification. The one ball rule is not in effect.
Driver: It is a condition of the competition that any driver the player carries must have a clubhead identified by model and loft that is named on the current USGA List of Conforming Driver heads. Penalty for carrying a non-conforming club is two strokes per hole for a maximum of four strokes per round. In match play, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred; maximum deduction per round is two holes. Penalty for using a non-conforming club is disqualification.
Discontinuance of Play
1. Suspension for a dangerous situation: one long prolonged siren or airhorn note.
2. All other types of suspensions (e.g., for darkness): three consecutive airhorn notes.
3. Resumption of play: two airhorn notes.
4. When play has been suspended for a dangerous situation, all practice facilities are deemed to be closed until declared open by the Committee.
Note: in the event of a dangerous situation, find and take the nearest shelter. It is the player, caddie and spectator’s responsibility to be aware of all shelter locations prior to beginning your round. Players must discontinue play immediately. No further strokes may be taken. Practice during a suspension of play is not allowed. The USGA and Premier emphasize that players in a competition have the right to stop play if they think lightning or other dangerous situation threatens them, even though the Committee may not have authorized it specifically by signal (Rule 6-8). See Rules of Golf for Lightning Safety Tips for Seek and Avoid suggestions.
Practice Between Holes
Practice between holes is not authorized in stroke play competitions. Reference Rule 7-2 and note 2.
Club throwing, disruptive behavior and profanity is not tolerated on the PGT. 1st offense of any: official warning. 2ndoffense: 2-stroke penalty. 3rd offense: disqualification. Competitors are asked to immediately notify PGT Officials of any breach immediately when the breach occurs by having a caddie or spectator call the Tournament Director, whose number is located on every player’s scorecard.
Competitors may accept transportation from a rules official or any golf cart during evacuation. Competitors may also accept a ride from a caddie or spectator cart or rules official back to the tee box when needing to re-tee. Players are also allowed to be shuttled in carts in between all holes of all competitions.
Shoes with metal or traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition) are prohibited during a stipulated round. Penalty for breach of this rule is disqualification.
Results of Competition
In stroke play, competitions are deemed to have closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee or winners in a division have been announced. In match play, the result of a match is considered to have been "officially announced" when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the public scoreboard.