Conditions of Competition

The Rules of Golf Canada and its Decisions on the Rules of Golf govern all play except where it is necessary to apply local rules. Decisions of the members of the rules committee will be final in all matters concerning the interpretation and enforcement of the Rules of Golf and the tournament rules of the Durham Junior Golf Tour (“DJGT”).

Unless otherwise provided. Penalty for breach of a local Rule or Condition is:

Match Play—Loss of Hole

Stroke Play—Two Strokes

1. The ball the player plays must be listed on the current list of “Conforming Golf Balls”. Penalty is disqualification.

2. Transportation - Players may use pull carts but no golf carts. They must walk at all times.

3. Practice - In a stroke play competition, a player must not play any practice stroke or roll a ball on or near the putting green of the last hole played. If a practice stroke is played on or near the putting green of the hole last played, the player incurs a penalty of two strokes at the next hole, except in the case of the last hole of the round, he incurs the penalty at that hole.

4. Pace of Play - See enclosed pace of play policy.

5. Discontinuance of Play - Suspension due to a dangerous situation is in effect and all practice and playing areas are closed during suspension until the committee has declared them open.

Discontinue play immediately – one prolonged note of siren

Discontinue play – three consecutive notes of siren, repeated

Resume play – two short notes of siren, repeated

6. All events will be comprised of two consecutive 9-hole stipulated rounds. In the event that every player is unable to complete 18 holes but has completed 9 holes and the event is subsequently cancelled, the 9-hole score will count for the tournament. Nine holes must be completed by all participants for the event to count.

7. Close of Competition – The competition is deemed to be closed when all scores have been approved by the committee.

Local Rules

1. Out of Bounds - defined by the nearest inside points of white stakes and/or boundary fence posts at ground level. When out of bounds is defined by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds.

2. Water and Lateral Water Hazard Stakes and Lines (Rule 26) - when both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, stakes identify hazard and lines define margins. When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When water hazards and lateral water hazards are bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

3. Ground under Repair (Rule 25) - area defined by white lines, including those marked for gallery crosswalks; French drains, which are trenches, filled with rocks or stones; flower beds, except those in hazards are Ground Under Repair from which play is prohibited; and sod seams except when interference is only with the player’s stance.

4. Embedded Ball through the Green (Rule 25-2) is in effect.

5. Roads and Paths – White Lines (Rule 24) – white lined areas tying into roads or paths have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions. The line itself is part of the obstruction.

6. Temporary Immovable Obstructions (Rule 24-2) is in effect.

7. Wood Chips and Mulch (Rule 23) – wood chips and mulch are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in “Notice to Players”.

8. Stones In Bunkers (Rule 24) – Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 24-1 applies.

9. Integral Parts of the Course - includes cables, rods, wires, or wrappings when closely attached to trees, plastic liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in “Notice to Players”.

10. Distance-Measuring Devices – 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 his 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.

11. Maximum Stroke Count – If a competitor reaches “Triple Par” (ie., 9 on a par 3, 12 on a par 4 or 15 on a par 5), he/she must notify their marker, pick up their ball and proceed to the next hole.

12. Doubt as to Procedure (Rule 3-3) – If a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls. After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action, the competitor must announce to his marker or a fellow-competitor that he intends to play two balls and which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit. The competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning his score card. If he fails to do so, he is disqualified.

Last updated: March 2017