Zone Conditions of Play

The Current Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) Rules of Golf and its Decisions govern play and where applicable, by the following Local Rules, Conditions and Definitions, subject to changes or amend­ments by the Zone Rules Committee. Appendix 1 refers to the Appendix of the Local Rules in the current RCGA Rules of Golf. Unless otherwise specified, penalty for a breach of a Local Rule or Condition is two (2) strokes.

Section A - Conditions of the Competition

1.  LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS (Appendix 1, Part C, 1b):The ball the player uses must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls recognized by the Royal Canadian Golf Association. Penalty: DISQUALIFICATION.


a. "ONE BALL" CONDITION During a stipulated round, the balls a player plays must be of the same brand and type as detailed by a single entry on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls. Note: If a ball of a differ­ent brand and/or type is dropped or placed, it may be lifted, without penalty, and the player must then proceed by dropping or placing a proper ball (Rule 20-6). Penalty for breach of con­dition: Two (2) strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred. Maximum penalty per round: Four (4) strokes.

b. PROCEDURE WHEN BREACH DISCOVERED When a player discovers that he has played a ball in breach of this Condition, he must abandon that ball before playing from the next teeing ground and complete the round using a proper ball; otherwise the player is disqualified. If discovery is made during the play of a hole and the player elects to substitute a proper ball before completing that hole, the player must place a proper ball on the spot where the ball used in breach of the condition lay. Note: This rule does not apply to amateurs in Pro-Am.

3.   TIME OF STARTING (Note to Rule 6-3): Local Rule as pre­scribed in Appendix 1, Part C2.

  4.  UNDUE DELAY; SLOW PLAY (Note 2 to Rule 6-7): A player is subject to penalty if he/she unduly delays play. All participants are required to finish their rounds within the allotted time posted on the first tee or within 14 minutes of the group directly in front of them. A round is consider complete when the scorecard is handed into the Tournament Committee who will be at the 18 hole.  Any player who does not meet the guideline will levied a fine of $50.00. This fine must be paid before play in any subsequent rounds. Any player who has been previously fined for a bad time is subject to being timed by a Member of the Tournament Committee at anytime during subsequent rounds on any zone events for the remainder of the year. Failure to execute any shot within 45 seconds of when it is clearly their turn to play will result in a one stroke penalty for each offense.

5.  PRACTICE BETWEEN HOLES (Note 2 to Rule 7-2): Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part C-6b, is in effect except when the stipulated round is a Pro-Am and does not count in the official competition. OTHER PRACTICE: During suspension of play other than a poten­tially dangerous situation, practice is permitted but only on areas specifically designated for practice by the Zone Rules Committee.

6.  SUSPENSION OF PLAY DUE TO A POTENTIALLY DANGER­OUS SITUATION (Note to Rule 6-8b): The optional conditions as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part C-5 are in effect. When play is suspended by the Zone Rules Committee for a dangerous situa­tion, if the players are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Zone Rules Committee has ordered a resump­tion of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Zone Rules Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circum­stances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.

A suspension for a potentially dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn (or siren) note.

Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged air horn (or siren) note.

Discontinue Play for all other types of suspension: Three con­secutive air horn (or siren) notes, repeated.

Resume Play: Two short air horn (or siren) notes, repeated.

All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Zone Rules Committee has declared them open. Players who disregard such closed areas shall be subject to dis­ciplinary action.

Section B - Local Rules

1. OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27): Defined by the nearest inside points of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level. When out of bounds is defined by a white line, the line itself is out of bounds. A ball, which crosses a public road defined as Out of Bounds and comes to rest beyond that road, is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.

2.  WATER HAZARDS: Defined by yellow lines and/or yellow stakes.

LATERAL WATER HAZARDS: Defined by red lines and/or red stakes. When both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, stakes identify hazards and lines define margins. When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity.

3. EMBEDDED BALL EXTENDED THROUGH THE GREEN (Appendix 1): Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part B-4a, is in effect.

4.  ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS (Rule 25): Ground under repair includes

a. Areas enclosed by white lines, including those marked for gallery crosswalks.

b. Other areas of ground under repair, even though not so marked include French drains (exposed trenches filled with sand, rocks or stones).

c. For the lie of the ball or area of intended swing ONLY: seams of new sod when located through the green. Note: all seams forming part of the condition are to be treated as the same seam for the purposes of re-dropping (Rule 20-2c).

d. Ball Drops are not ground under repair.

5. TURF PLUGS ON PUTTING GREENS: On putting greens, turf plugs are deemed to have the same status as hole plugs and thus    may be repaired as provided in Rule 16-1c.

6.  IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (Rule 24-2): White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads, paths or obstructions are declared to be part of the obstruction and are not ground under repair, when curbing is adjacent to cart paths, it is deemed to be part of the cart path.

7. INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE: When closely attached to objects, wrappings, wires, cables, etc., are not considered obstructions. No relief. They are integral parts of the course and are deemed to be fixed.

8.  PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES OR CABLES: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke shall be cancelled and replayed, without penalty (see Rule 20-5). If the ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substitut­ed. (For temporary power lines or cables, see Appendix 1, Part B-7 Temporary Obstructions).

9.  TEMPORARY OBSTRUCTIONS: Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part B –7a shall be in effect.

10. SEPARATE TEE POLICY: When Female/Senior members compete for the same purse as Male members, they may play from separate tees. When setting the golf course, the Male’s yardage will be set at the yardage most appropriate for the competition. The Female/Senior yardage will be set approximately 10% shorter than the Male’s yardage. The Committee will attempt to reach these guidelines while preserving similar shot values. Any Female/Senior who competes at a reduced length in events that result in qualifying against regular length participants for subsequent events or awards will not be eligible for those events or awards. Senior is defined as 50 years of age or older.

11. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: For all CPGA of Saskatchewan conducted events, 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.”

12. RETURN OF SCORECARDS: All players must check their score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Tournament Committee, they shall ensure that the marker has signed the card, countersign themselves, and return it to the Tournament Committee immediately.

13. TIES: In the event of a tie for first place, if it is feasible, there will be a hole by hole sudden victory playoff immediately following the final round of play. All ties for other Professional prizes will have the amounts totaled and divided among those tied.

14. PRESENTATIONS: All members receiving Professional prizes are required to be present for the prize presentations. Those not pres­ent will forfeit their prize. All cheques will be mailed from the Zone Office after the event.