Rules and Regulations

Central Georgia Senior Golf Association (CGSGA), 

PO Box 5081, ​Macon, GA 31208

Play in CGSGA tournaments are governed by the USGA Rules of Golf 2016-2020.  Please click here to visit the USGA Rules of Golf website for more information.

The best way for everyone to enjoy the game is if we all play by the same rules and show consideration for the other golfers playing in the tournament.  The following list of CGSGA Local Rules, key USGA Rules and reminders of Golf Etiquette are designed to enhance the pace-of-play and your enjoyment of the round.

"CGSGA Local Rules"

The following USGA rule deviations are considered local rules and have been approved by the CGSGA Board of Directors and the CGSGA membership: 

NEW  Score Card Preparation and Turn In.  USGA Rule 3.3(2) Player's Responsibility: Certifying Hole Scores and Returning the Scorecard:

  • When the round has ended, the player shall carefully check the hole scores and "pulled points" entered and correct any errors found before he turns in his scorecard
    • If errors are later found with either the scores or the "pulled points" total that we use to determine the flight winners the player will be disqualified even if the players score and points total were keep by another player
    • The disqualified player will still be eligible to win in the Skins Game unless the bad score is not on a skins winning hole.
    • If a player fails to turn in his scorecard before leaving the tournament venue he will be disqualified.

Ball Lost or Out of Bounds: 

  • Provisional Ball (USGA/R&A Rule 27-2): If upon hitting your stroke you believe your ball may be lost or out of bounds then you should announce to your fellow players that you intend to hit a provisional ball in accordance with Rule 27-2. You should drop the ball as near as possible to the position of the ball on your last stroke or if you were on the tee box then you may re-tee.
  • (CGSGA Local Rule) If After Moving Forward to Your Ball:  If upon finding your ball you discover that it is out-of-bounds  or if you are unable to find your ball (i.e. it is a lost ball) then you should drop a ball within two club lengths of where you believe the ball went out of bounds or as near as possible to the area you believe the ball to be lost.
  • Pace of Play.  In order to maintain the pace of play, if you have already moved forward to your ball, please do not return to the position of your last stroke.​
  • Add One Stroke to Your Score:  In either case you must add a stroke to your score. 

(CGSGA Local Rule) Gimmes:  In order to speed up the pace of play you may take a gimme when your ball lies inside the leather of a standard putter (approximately 24 inches).

(CGSGA Local Rule) Pick Up After Boggie: If you miss your bogey putt or you lie at boggie in the fairway you must pick up your ball and proceed to the next tee. 

(CGSGA Local Rule) Rock & Root Rule.  In order to protect both our players and their equipment we have established a "local rule" regarding rocks and roots.  Rocks and roots may be treated as Immovable Obstructions and the player may take relief in as follows:

  • Rocks:  In the event your ball is sitting on rocks (except when within a water hazard or a lateral water hazard - See Rule 26-1) you drop your ball within one club length of nearest point of relief not nearer the hole.  
  • Roots:  If the ball is on a root the player may drop his ball not more than one club length from the nearest point of relief and no nearer the hole.

(CGSGA Local Rule) Roll the Ball in the Fairway:  We allow you to roll your ball up-to a club length in the fairway but no closer to the hole except:  

  • A ball in the rough or in the bunker may notbe moved and must be played as it lies.
  • A ball in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard must be played in accordance with Rule 26-1.  

Reminders of “Rules of Golf” and the "Rules of Etiquette" (that we sometimes forget):

  • A ball hit into the water requires a stroke added to your score and requires a drop within two club lengths of where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard and not nearer the hole. 
    • For a Lateral Water Hazard (Red Stakes), if the ball cleared the water and landed on the ground above the margin of the hazard you can drop it where it landed. 
    • For a Water Hazard (Yellow Stakes) the ball must be dropped behind the hazard (on the tee box side) in a line between the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard and the flag stick.
  • If you move the ball in the rough such as when you have an unplayable lie you must add a stroke to your score.
  • You must play your ball as it lies in a bunker or in a hazard without grounding your club.  
    • ​​The only exception to this would be if weather conditions prevent bunker play and it is announced for everyone to alter the play from the bunkers before the start of the round.

Speed of Play: 

  • Always try to keep up with the group in front of you.  
  • If you find that you have an open hole in front of you please pick up your pace-of-play or allow the group behind to play through if you are holding them up.

Lost Balls

  • (CGSGA Local Rule) Limit the search for lost balls to two (2) minutes.  
  • If you are looking for a lost ball have the other golfers in your group hit the next shot then they can help you look for your ball.  This will help to speed up play.