SFMC Local Rules 2024

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Rules of Golf as approved by United States Golf Association (USGA) govern play. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Conditions of Play is:

                        Match Play – Loss of Hole / Stroke Play – Two Strokes

 1.Distance Measuring Devices: While devices that measure yardage only are preferred, those with non-approved features such as weather, slope, wind speed or elevation changes are allowed under two conditions:

All non-approved features are Turned Off throughout the round; and;

Player notifies his opponent prior to teeing off that he has turned off non-approved features. First infraction: Match Play — Loss of Hole and Medal  Play — 2 Strokes. Continued use: Disqualification.

2.Course Conditions – mud, extreme wetness, poor conditions, & protection of the course:

Preferred Lies – Winter Rules — SF Pro Shop, with input from the SFMC, determines whether playing conditions warrant Winter Rules or modified local rules for the day. A ball in the fairway may be Marked, Lifted, Cleaned, & REPLACED within 6 inches of its original landing spot, not nearer the hole.

In extreme rain conditions, the committee may approve through the green. The ball may be Marked, Lifted, Cleaned, & REPLACED within 6 inches of its original landing spot, not nearer the hole. This does not include Bunkers & penalty areas.

Embedded Ball — Through the green (all fairways & rough) may be Marked, Lifted, Cleaned & DROPPED as close as possible to its original landing spot, not nearer the hole.

Aeration Holes — Through the green a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be Marked & Lifted without penalty and DROPPED as close as possible to its original landing spot, not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. A ball on the putting green may be PLACED at the nearest spot, not nearer the hole.

Sod Seams – Through the green, sod seams (not sod itself) are deemed ground under repair, and relief is available. 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 sodden area are considered the same seam.

2024 – Sod seams and repair areas not grown in from the sprinkler installation, relief is allowed

Abnormal Conditions (Summer Rules): – Due to extreme winter weather, relief may be approved by the committee for a ball in the fairway that comes to rest in a winterkill area not marked as ground under repair. The player shall Mark, Lift, Clean and Drop in the nearest relief, not nearer the hole without penalty. No relief is given for stance only in a winterkill area.     

           

3.Discontinuance of Play — (Paid entry fees redeemed in Pro Shop credits only.)

The SFMC Tournament Committee reserves the option to cancel any event impacted by unplayable conditions and an acceptable reschedule date cannot be established.

One-Day stroke play events that are stopped during play due to weather will be cancelled.

Two-Day events that are stopped day-2 due to weather will revert to day-1 results. However, if an entire Flight finished day-2 prior to play being cancelled, their two-day results will stand.               

  1. On Course Objects & Obstacles
  2. a. Large Rocks Directing Cart Traffic (holes 2, 5, 8, 14 & 16)

If a ball comes to rest near a large rock placed to direct golf cart traffic that interferes with the player’s stance or swing (not line of sight), relief is given by stance and swing completely away from the rock/bolder and his ball is dropped within one club length from that spot, not nearer the hole.  No relief is given from rocks naturally found throughout the course.

  1. b. Yardage Marker/Stakes in the Fairway (100/150/200 Yards) If a yardage marker cannot be removed and interferes with stance or swing, then the player is given relief by stance and swing completely away from the marker and his ball dropped within one club length from that spot, not nearer the hole.

USGA Rules for Stakes: Water Red & Yellow Stakes: Relief given – stakes may be removed.

OB White Stakes: No relief – stakes may not be removed and play the ball as it lies.

  1. Split rail fence between 14 green & 15th Tee

If a ball comes to rest near fence that interferes with the player’s stance or swing (not line of sight), relief is given by stance and swing completely away from the fence and the ball is dropped within one club length from that spot, not nearer the hole.

  1. Simsbury Farms Course rule: A free lift from service roads, sprinkler heads and flower beds.

Drop ball one club length no closer to the hole.

             

5.All un-cut Natural areas will be played as follows:        

All Golf carts are to stay out of these areas. You may look for your ball and play out of these areas. These areas will be treated like a red staked penalty area. The beginning of the uncut areas will be considered the start of the penalty area as if it was red staked. Please refer to rule 17.1 and 17.1d for relief options.

6.Alternative to Stroke and Distance for a Ball that is Lost or Out of Bounds

This Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite amateur level competitions. It will not be allowed in the Club & Senior Championships.

“When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:

  1. Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:
  • Come to rest on the course, or
  • Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.

  1. Fairway Reference Point
    : The point of fairway of the holebeing played that is nearest to the ball reference point, butis not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and
  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).        

 

  1. No show policy.

The SFMC has a limited field for most events. We generally have players on a waitlist who wish to play. In order to ensure fairness to all members it is imperative that members who must withdraw from an event do so by 5:00pm on the Thursday before the event. A withdrawal for any reason after that time period will be considered a no show and will be subject to disciplinary action by the club.

First Offense. A written warning will be issued to the player

Second offense. The player will be placed on the waitlist for a period of 4 weeks. Registration will be pending until all other interested players have registered.

Third offense. A suspension from registering for a four week period.

 

  1. Pace of Play policy

The SFMC is sometimes limited in field size because our pace of play can vary substantially. In order to enhance our ability to provide members with playing opportunities we will strictly enforce the following rules.

Pace of Play is 4 hours 20 minutes. You must either finish in 4:20 or less, or be within 15 (fifteen) minutes. of the group in front of you.

First Offense, A written warning will be issued to each member of the group,

Second offense. A player with two offenses will have the start time of his group adjusted to the end of the available tee times for a period of four weeks.

Third Offense. A player with three offenses will be suspended from competitions for a period of four weeks.

Timing will be measured using Unknown Golf. Timing will begin at your scheduled tee time unless course conditions require start times to be altered.

 

So be on the tee before your scheduled tee time.

Play ready golf whenever possible.

Keep up with score verification during the round.

 

 

Update: March 19, 2024