Shoreline Seniors Golf Club Local Rules


1.     BALL DROPS:  Senior ball drops have been established on holes #4, #11, and #17.  They are in locations where you do not have to hit over the hazard again.  See the web site for exact locations.  The intent of this rule is to speed up play.


2.     ONE CLUB LENGTH:  Because fairways and rough continue to suffer, in the fairways and rough players may lift, clean, and place the golf ball within one club length of where it rests, but no nearer the hole.  This rule does not apply to sand traps and hazards (inside the red or yellow stakes).  Though there is no restriction on moving the ball from rough to fairway (or fringe), players may not use this rule to move a ball onto the putting green.


3.     STROKE AND DISTANCE:  As always, if a player believes a ball may be lost or out-of-bounds, he may play a provisional ball.  If the player chooses not to play a provisional, then later finds his ball is lost or out-of-bounds, then he must play his next shot within two club lengths of where the ball went out (cleared the hazard line) or where it was most probably lost, no nearer the hole.  The penalty is two strokes.  At that point, the golfer may not go back to the original hitting area to play the next shot.  The intent of this rule is to speed up play by keeping players from returning to the original hitting area.


4.     SQUIRREL HOLES:  Since there are an extraordinary number of squirrel holes on the course, there is no penalty for a ball that goes into these holes. Members of the playing group must agree that the ball most probably entered a hole.


5.     GIMME PUTTS:  There are no gimmes in stroke play events.


6.     SWEEPS:  All members and guests who play in the Monday and/or Wednesday tournaments must pay the $5 sweeps. There are no exceptions.



Standard Shoreline Golf Course Local Rules (taken from the scorecard)


1.     Movable obstructions:  Stones in bunkers are defined as movable obstructions (Appendix I, Part B, 5-b).

This is a very important safety provision.

2.     Immovable obstructions close to the putting green:  If a ball lies off the putting green, but not in a hazard, and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, relief may be taken under Rule 24-2. (Appendix I, Part B, 6).

This is mainly for sprinkler heads, but you do have to be within 2 club lengths of the heads.

3.     Protection of Burrowing Owls:  Holes and casts made by burrowing owls and ground squirrels are deemed to be Ground Under Repair, from which play is PROHIBITED.  Mandatory relief MUST be taken under Rule 25-1b.

4.     Water hazards (other than lateral water hazards) are defined by yellow stakes or lines, pursuant to Rule 26.  When playing from the red tee on Hole #17, the water hazard is defined as a lateral water hazard (Rule 26).

5.     Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or lines (Rule 26).

6.     Water hazards: ball played provisionally:  If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under Rule 26-1.  If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, that ball is in play.  If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player can choose to play either it or the provisional ball.  If the original ball is not found the provisional ball must be played.  (Appendix I, Part B, 1).

Normally you cannot play a provisional ball for a water hazard.  This local rule is intended to speed up play.

7.     Ball drops (Optional) have been established on holes #4, #11, and #17

8.     Out of bounds is defined by white stakes and boundary fencing.

9.     Preservation of the course:  Planted areas adjacent to the tees of Holes #3 and #15 and tree wells at staked trees on the course are fined as Ground Under Repair from which play is PROHIBITED.  Relief MUST be taken pursuant to Rule 25-1.

A lot of people don’t know about this local rule on the planted areas near #3 tee (over left of #2 green), and #15 tee (over left of #14 green).

10.  Embedded Ball Rule:  “Through the green,” a ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, except in loose sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole (Appendix I, Part B, 4).

“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.  Note: this rule is superseded by the ONE CLUB LENGTH local rule above (#2)

11.  Waterfowl Fencing and other devices installed around the lakes are to protect the greens from migratory birds.  Relief is available within the hazard, at no penalty, or outside the hazard, under penalty of one stroke, pursuant to provisions of “Temporary Immovable Obstructions” (Appendix I, Part B, 7-IIIb).

This refers to “Temporary Immovable Obstructions” (TIO) in a hazard (like waterfowl fencing).  Relief can be taken if the obstruction interferes with stance, swing, or ball flight. You can take relief, inside the hazard, within one club length of the nearest point of relief where the TIO does not interfere, but no nearer the hole.  The ball must be dropped inside the hazard, and the ONE CLUB LENGTH local rule does not apply inside the hazard.  Any relief outside the hazard results in a one stroke penalty.

12.  Distance Measuring Devices:  that measure distance only may be used per Rule 14-3.