Local Rules
Last Updated: 09/26/18


Concrete Drains
If a ball comes to rest in concrete ditch, it may be lifted and dropped as near as possible to point of entry, no nearer the hole without penalty.  (Rule 24-2 applies)
Distance Measuring Devices
For all TVWGC league play days, unless otherwise designated by the tournament chair, a player may use a distance-measuring device to obtain distance information only.  Upon the use of such device, the information obtained by the player, when asked by playing partner or opponent within foursome, the knowledge obtained must not be withheld.
  • However, if a player uses a distance-measuring device that provides any information on conditions that may affect her play, other than distance, regardless of whether such additional functions are used or not (e.g. gradient and elevation anywhere on the course; gauges that measure current wind speed or temperature at any specific spot within the course), that player shall be disqualified in breach of Rule 14-3.
  • Smart phones with distance measuring device apps may be used as long as they meet all of the above limitations.  (Weather apps common to most smart phones that are able to report weather conditions but not gauge real time measurements are therefore allowed). 
Stones in Bunkers
Stones in bunkers are movable obstruction (Rule 24-1 applies). For all play with TVWGC, stones in bunkers may be removed from the bunker providing that the lie of the ball is not changed or disturbed or the conditions otherwise improved. 
  • Explanation: USGA Rules (Appendix I) Part B. Specimen local rules - Stones in Bunkers: Stones are, by definition, loose impediments and, when a player’s ball is in a hazard, a stone lying in or touching the hazard may not be touched or moved (Rule 13-4). However, stones in bunkers may represent a danger to players (a player could be injured by a stone struck by the player’s club in an attempt to play the ball) and they may interfere with the proper playing of the game.
Preferred lies to be determined on day of play
A ball lying “through the green” may be lifted and cleaned, without penalty, and placed within one club length of where it originally lay, not nearer the hole, and so as to preserve as nearly as possible the stance required to play from the original lie. A ball so lifted is back in play when it has been placed (The Rules of Golf, Rule 20-4). If the ball, when placed, comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves (Rule 20-3r applies), there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule (in the Rules of Golf) apply.

     1.  “Through the green” is the whole area of the course except: 
          a.  The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played; and
          b.  All hazards on the course. 

Hole 5 Maintenance Area Pathway
In accordance with the USGA Rules of Golf, play the ball as it lies or drop the ball at the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole.

Hole 7 Cart Path
If at any time during play of hole #7, a player's ball strikes the concrete cart path running parallel to the fairway and proceeds to roll back down the cart path toward teeing ground and /or past the teeing ground, the player may:
     a.  drop ball without penalty in the designated drop area or
     b.  take relief from cart path under Rule 24-2b (relief from immovable obstruction).

Revised:  9/18/2018