Effective January 1, 2017
Local Rules and Conditions of Competitions
The current Rules of the United States Golf Association and The R&A govern play. See applicable Championship or qualifying round Notice to Players and FSGA Championship Policies 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.
Out of Bounds:
- Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes, lines and perimeter fence posts.
- When 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 Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards: 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.
Ground Under Repair: Defined by white lines. Other areas of ground under repair, even when not marked, include:
- French drains (trenches filled with stones or the like)
- Fire ant hills (Note: For a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant hill, see Decision 1-4/10)
Sod Seams: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
Obstructions and Integral Parts of the Course:
- White lined areas tying into obstructions are part of the obstruction.
- When located within hazards, artificial walls and pilings are integral parts of the course unless otherwise provided in the Notice to Players.
- When closely attached to trees, wrappings, electrical wire, and cables are integral parts of the course.
Embedded Ball Through the Green: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
Loose Impediments: Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
Turf Plugs: On putting greens, turf plugs have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16-1c.
Distance Measuring Devices: In all FSGA Championship and qualifying competitions, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance- measuring device. 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.
Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green; Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:
When a player's ball lies on a putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or
ball-marker must be replaced as provided is Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.
This Local Rule applies only when the player's ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.
Note: If it is determined that a player's ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker move in such circumstances is replaced.
Conditions of Competitions
List of Conforming Driver Heads: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
List of Conforming Golf Balls: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
Pace of Play: See separate memorandum to players for pace of play guidelines, when applicable.
Suspension of Play Due to a Dangerous Situation: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in revocation of entry.
Discontinue Play Immediately: One Prolonged signal note.
Discontinue Play: Three consecutive short signal notes, repeated.
Resume Play: Two short signal notes, repeated.
Close of Competition: The competition is deemed to have closed when the winner has been announced, or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.