QCLGA Rules Highlights

Monthly Rules Questions/Answers



Rule 11.1

If a player’s ball in motion accidentally hits any person or outside influence (not on the green)

1. There is no penalty to any player.
2. This is true even if the ball hits the player, the opponent or any other player or any of their caddies or equipment.
3. The ball must be played as it lies.


Rule 14.1c – Cleaning Lifted Ball

When you lift your ball from the putting green it may always be cleaned. When you lift your ball from anywhere else it may always be cleaned except when you lift it:

►To see if it is cut or cracked – cleaning is not allowed

►To identify it – cleaning is allowed only as needed to identify it

►Because it interferes with play – cleaning is not allowed.

►To see if it lies in a condition where relief is allowed – cleaning is not allowed,
unless you then take relief under a Rule.

If you clean a lifted ball when not allowed, you get one (1) penalty stroke.

Your Rules committee, Mary Campbell-Jones, Alice Dyke, Chris Olson


Rule 19 Unplayable Ball

If you are in a situation where you don’t want to or don’t think you can play your ball, you always have the option of taking relief under the unplayable ball Rule. The player is the only person who can decide that their ball is unplayable, and this can be done anywhere on the golf course EXCEPT when your ball lies in a penalty area. If your ball is in a penalty area, your only relief option is to take relief under the penalty area Rule.

When you decide that your ball is unplayable, you have three relief options, all for one penalty stroke. Your first option is to go back to the spot of your previous stroke and play again (stroke and distance relief). Your second option is to go back as far as you’d like and drop on the line from the hole through the spot where the ball lies (back-on-the-line relief). Your third option is to drop anywhere within two club-lengths of where your ball lies, no closer to the hole (lateral relief).

If your ball lies in a bunker,you must remain inside the bunker under options two and three. You also have a fourth option for an extra penalty stroke (two penalty strokes total) which allows you to go back on the line and drop your ball outside the bunker.


Rule 11.1a Ball in Motion Accidentally Hits Person or Outside Influence

There is no penalty to any player. This is true even if the ball hits the player, the opponent or any other player or any of their caddies or equipment.
Exception - In stroke play, if the player’s ball in motion hits another ball at rest on the putting green and both balls were on the putting green before the stroke, the player gets the general penalty (two strokes).



Under Rule 10.1a, if the player’s club accidentally hits the ball more than once during a single stroke, there is no penalty and the ball is played as it lies.


Rule 5.6 encourages prompt pace of play by recommending that:

- Players should recognize that their pace of play affects others and they should play promptly throughout the round such as by preparing in advance for each stroke and moving promptly between strokes and in going to the next tee.
- A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the player is able to play without interference or distraction.
- Groups are encouraged to play ready golf.


If a member of your group is searching for a lost ball, it is usually best to first go to your ball and hit before assisting with the search. It is important to remember that the time for a ball search is now three (3) minutes.

March 2020 Rules Highlight


Did you know that the WASTE areas on the right side of Coyote #3 and Coyote #8 are NOT bunkers? They are considered part of the General Area so, you may take a practice stroke, ground your club, etc. (Quail Creek Local Rule #4).

Etiquette Note:

Rakes are provided next to these areas. Please have consideration for others and use them.

February 2020 Rules Highlight

RULE 19-3

How a drop from an unplayable lie in a bunker could help you (and speed up play):

"If a player deems a ball unplayable in the bunker, she now has an option to remove her ball from the sand without going back to the spot of her previous shot. Players can take relief outside of the sand on a line from the hole to where the ball come to rest in the bunker, but at a cost of TWO penalty strokes (Rule 19.3b). Players are still allowed to drop in the bunker within two club-lengths of the ball or, behind the ball on a straight line from the hole, for ONE penalty stroke. But if they want to go out of the sand, under the new rules addition, it will cost an additional stroke.
Please refer to the diagram on page 119 of your Rule Book.

January 2020 Rules Highlight

RULE 19.2a

The other day my ball hit a tree and deflected behind me into a bush where I decided it was unplayable. I wanted to return to the spot of my previous stroke but another player told me I couldn’t because it was closer to the hole than the spot where the ball was unplayable in the bush. Is that correct?

No, it is not correct. Rule 19.2a allows the player to declare his or her ball unplayable and, under penalty of one stroke, return to the spot where the previous stroke was made. Rules Interpretation 19.2a/1 clarifies that it does not matter whether the previous spot is closer to the hole than the spot where the ball is unplayable.