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OUT OF BOUNDS: Defined by inside points, at ground level of white stakes and fence posts. Objects defining out of bounds are not obstructions. If defined by a white line, the line itself is out of bounds. Rule 27.

WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARD STAKES AND LINES: When both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, the stakes identify the hazard and lines define the margin. The stakes or lines are in the hazard. Rule 26.

Water Hazards: Defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines.

Lateral Water Hazards: Defined by red stakes or red lines.

When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Defined by white lines. French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Lines that define ground under repair are in the ground under repair. Rule 25.

SODDED AREAS: Except in a hazard, if a ball lies in or touches a sod seam, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball and clean it. The player must drop the ball as near as possible to where it originally lay, which is not nearer the hole, avoids interference by the condition and is not in a hazard or on a putting green. Note: relief is for lie of the ball only, not stance.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS: have the same status as the roads and paths, that of immovable obstructions. Rule 24.

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN: The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE: include cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees, liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Competitors/Local Rules.

DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE: In stroke play only, when during play of a hole, a competitor is doubtful of her rights or procedure, she may, without penalty, play a second ball. After the situation that caused the doubt has arisen, the competitor should, before taking further action, announce her intention to invoke this Rule to her fellow-competitor and the ball with which she will score if the Rules permit. The competitor shall report the facts to the Committee before returning her scorecard; if she fails to do so, she shall be disqualified. Rule 3-3.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: For any VSWGA sponsored event, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used."

TIME OF STARTING: The note under Rule 6-3 and optional condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

PACE OF PLAY: The player shall at all times play without undue delay.

Infractions of this Rule (6-7) are subject to penalty. See Supplemental Local Rules/Notice to Competitors for pace of play guidelines when applicable.



DANGEROUS SITUATION: One prolonged air horn blast: Whether between holes or during the play of a hole, play shall be DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY and shall not be resumed until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. All practice areas shall be closed until the Committee has declared them open.

ALL OTHER SUSPENSIONS: Three consecutive air horn blasts, repeated. During play of a hole, players may complete play of that hole, but may not begin play of a subsequent hole.

RESUMPTION OF PLAY: Two short air horn blasts, repeated.


LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS: Only brands of golf balls on the USGA’s latest list of Conforming Balls may be used. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification.

CELLULAR TELEPHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES: The use of cellular telephones, pagers or the like is prohibited, unless an emergency situation arises. A player who is in violation may be subject to disqualification.

UNBECOMING CONDUCT: Unbecoming conduct is, but not limited to: vulgarity, throwing equipment in anger, destruction of property, and verbal or physical abuse to any person. A player who is in violation may be subject to disqualification.

RETURN OF SCORE CARD IN STROKE PLAY: The scorecard is officially returned when the player has handed it to the scoring official and left the scoring area.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition shall be deemed closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner.

These rules and any local rules distributed by the

 Committee supersede anything printed

 on the host club’s score card.

The Committee in charge of the competition consists of those

officials assigned by the VSWGA, whose decisions are final.

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play.

See applicable Supplementary Rules of Play/Notice to Competitors for additional

 Local Rules and Conditions.