The Portland Chinese Golf Club

Host of the 2017 Northwest Tournament

The Essentials of Golf

PCGC Local Rules
Divots You may lift, clean, and place your ball if it rest in an unrepaired divot in the fairway.
No Gimme's    You must putt out every hole; even during a MATCH PLAY round. There are "no gimmee's"
Two (2) balls into a water hazard After hitting 2 balls into a water hazard, you may drop your ball on the green-side of the water hazard. Your next hit will be stroke number 6 (six)
Tall Grass as Lateral Water Hazard    You may play a ball that is hit into tall grass [i.e. uncut vegetation] as a LATERAL HAZARD provided you make no attempt to find your ball. You may use any of the relief options under Rule 26.
   If you decide to find your ball, you must play it as a "lost ball" if you are unable to locate it within 5 minutes of looking for it OR you may "play it as it lays."
Finding your "lost" ball    If AFTER deciding your ball is lost AND putting another ball in play, you subsequently find you original [lost ball]. you may NOT play your original ball.
Winter Rules    I am seeking an explanation.
Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green To see a graphic explanation of Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green
When preparing to make a stroke, a player accidentally caused the ball to move... No penalty, and the ball must be replaced.
A player accidentally drops his/her ball, which hits and moves the ball-marker... No penalty, and the ball-marker must be replaced.
A player accidentally drops his/her ball-marker, which hits and moves the ball... No penalty, and the ball must be replaced.
A player accidentally kicks and moves his/her ball... No penalty, and the ball must be replaced.
Note Rule 18-2b If after addressing the ball, it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause the ball to move... (For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed) No penalty, and the ball is played from its new position
A player intentionally moves or lifts his/her ball on the putting gree without first marking its location... One-stroke penalty, and the ball be be replaced.
A player accidentally moves his/her ball that is lying on the fairway, in the rough, or in a bunker... One stroke penalty, and the ball must be replaced.

The Core Rules
Note: Rules are listed by how often someone needs the ruling rather than sequencially
USGA wants your comments on proposed changes to Rules of Golf for 2019

OGA's "Rule of the Month Page"

   "Understanding the meaning of terms used in the Rules of Golf, is essential and necessary to accurately and fairly apply the rules of golf. While this summary is not a definitive explanations of the rules of golf, it goes a long way in ensuring that any competition is fair. If you wish to have the ultimately fair competition, you need to use the official "Rules of Golf" along with the "Decisions on the Rules of Golf " and someone certified as a USGA Rules official.
   The intent of the PCGC club is to provide a reasonable application of the Rules of Golf while maintaining a reasonable fair and enjoyable competitive outing for its members.
Rule 6: Things a Player Should Do You should:
a. Read the notices given to you by the tournament officials
b. Always use your proper handicap.
c. Know your tee time or starting time
d. Make sure you play your own ball (put a mark on the ball with a permanent marker in case someone else is using an identical ball
e. In stroke play, make sure your score for each hold is right before you turn in your card.
f. Keep playing unless there is lightning, you are ill or an official tells you to stop.
Rule 26: Water Hazards a. Water hazard margins are identified by yellow stake or lines. Lateral water hazard margins are identified by red stakes or lines.
b. If you ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, (1) you may play it as it lies. If you cannot find it or do not wish to play it, add a penalty stroke and (2) drop and play another ball from where you last played or (3) drop a ball BEHIND the water hazard as far back as you wish. If you decide to drop behind the hazard, drop the ball so that ther is a straight line betwee the hole, where you ball last crossed the hazard margin and where you drop the ball. If you ball is in a lateral water hazard, you may also (4) drop a ball within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the lateral hazard margin. If your ball is in a lateral water hazard, you may also (5) drop a ball, at a point, on the opposite side of the lateral water hazard that is equidistance from the hole AND within two club-lengths of that point.
Rule 24: Obstructions a. Obstructions are artifical or man-made objects. Bottles, tin cans, rakes, etc., are moveable obstructions. Sprinkler heads, shelter houses, cart paths, etc., are immoveable obstructions. b. Moveable obstruction anywher on the course may be removed. If the ball moves, it must be replaced without penalty.
c. You may drop your ball away from an immovable obstruction if it interferes with you swing or stance. Find the nearest point not nearer the hole where you can play without interference with you swing or stance. Drop the ball within one club length of that point.
Rule 23: Loose Impediments Loose impediments are natural objects that are not growing or fixed -- such as leaves, twigs, branches, worms, and insects. You may remove a loose impediment except when your ball and the loose impediment lie in a bunker or water hazard.
Rule 20: Lifting and Dropping the Ball a. If you are going to lift you ball under a Rule and the Rule requires that the ball be replace, you must put a ball-marker behind the ball before you lift it.
b. When you drop a ball stand erect, hold your arm out straight and drop it.
c. If a dropped ball hits the ground and rolls into a hazard, out of a hazard, more than two club-lengths, nearer the hole or if you are dropping away from an immovable obsturction or ground under repair, etc., back into the obsturction or ground under repair, you must re-drop. If the same thing happens when you re-drop, you must place the ball when it struck the ground when it was re-dropped.
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Philosophy of Handicap System
   The Oregon Golf Association strongly believes that the follow statements underscore the essential message of the USGA Handicap system. We ask that ever OGA member join us in upholding these important ideals that support the integrity of golf. These excerpts are from the USGA Handicap System Manual, 2016-2017.
   A player must earn a USGA Index.
   No player has an inherent right to a USGA Handicap Index without providing full evidence of ability to the golf club's Handicap Committee.
   Fair handicapping depends upon full, accurate information regarding a player's potential ability as reflected by a complete scoring record.
   Two basic premises underlying the USGA Handicap System are that each player will try to make the best score at every hold in every round, regardless of where the round is played, and that the player will post every acceptable round for peer reviews. The player and the player's Handicap Committee have joint responsibility for adhering to these premises.
   Peer review is the process of providing a reasonable and regular opportunity for members of a golf club to play golf with each other, and of proving access to scoring records and a Handicap Index list for inspection by others, including but not limited to, fellow members and the club's Handicap Committee.
   To see the full text of Handicap System Philosophy.
   Questions about your handicap or the Handicap System, contact our Handicap Chairman Jon Makanani

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