QCLGA Rules Highlights

Monthly Rules Questions/Answers


December Rules Highlight


A player’s ball may be identified in any of these ways:

1. By the player or anyone else seeing a ball come to rest in circumstances where it is known to be the player's ball.
2. By seeing the player's identifying mark on the ball. ( See Rule 6.3a)
3. By finding a ball with the same brand, model, number and condition as the player’s ball in an area where the player’s ball is expected to be (but this does not apply if an identical ball is in the same area and there is no way to know which is the player’s ball).

If a player’s provisional ball cannot be distinguished from her original ball, see Rule 18.3c

November Rules Highlight


If a ball might be a player’s ball but cannot be identified as it lies:

- The player may lift the ball to identify it (including by rotating it), but:

- The spot of the ball must first be marked, and the ball must not be cleaned more than needed to identify it (except on the putting green) (see Rule 14.1).

If the lifted ball is the player’s ball or another player’s ball, it must be replaced on its original spot (see Rule 14.2). If the player lifts his or her ball under this Rule when not reasonably necessary to identify it (except on the putting green where the player may lift under Rule 13.1b), fails to mark the spot of the ball before lifting it or cleans it when not allowed, the player gets one penalty stroke. Penalty for Playing Incorrectly Substituted Ball or Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 7.3: General Penalty under Rule 6.3b or 14.7a. (loss of hole in match play; 2 strokes in stroke play).

October Rules Highlight

RULES 9.3 and 13.1d

My Ball Moved on the Putting Green, What Now?

I was lining up my putt and my ball moved. Do I put it back or play from the new spot? The putting green is one of the five defined areas of the golf course. It is an area specially prepared for putting and the Rules of Golf allow certain privileges when your ball is at rest on the putting green.

If a ball on the putting green moves from its original spot and comes to rest in another location, first consider whether the ball had been marked, lifted, and replaced. Once a ball on the putting green has been marked and lifted, the ball owns that spot. After replacement, if the ball subsequently moves for any reason it must be replaced on that owned spot, without penalty (Rule 13.1d). This new portion of the 2019 Rules of Golf standardizes what happens to a ball on the putting green that moves after it has been marked, lifted, and replaced.

If a ball on the putting green moves before it has been marked and lifted, then it is important to identify who or what caused the ball to move (See Rule 9.2b for guidance). If the ball was accidentally moved by any person or outside influence (perhaps an animal or bird) it must be replaced, without penalty. If it is not known or virtually certain that the ball was moved by any person or outside influence, the ball is treated as having been moved by natural forces such as wind or water or gravity. If the ball was moved by natural forces, play the ball from its new location regardless of whether the new location is closer to the hole or farther from the hole than its original position (See Rule 9.3).

September 2019 Rules Highlight

Penalty Areas
Relief from a Red Penalty Area

How do I take relief from a red penalty area?

When you take relief from a penalty area, you get one penalty stroke. For RED penalty areas, you have three relief options (the same two relief options as you do for yellow, plus one additional option.) For a yellow penalty area, you may take relief by dropping into a relief area using (1) the spot at which your last stroke was made under stroke and distance (see Rule 17.1d(1). Quail #8 also has the option of using a drop area) or (2) the back-on-the-line relief procedure (see Rule 17.1d(2).

For a RED penalty area, you have the two options above, plus an additional option to take LATERAL relief. Lateral relief allows you to drop a ball into a relief area measured from where your ball last crossed the edge of red penalty area. From that reference point, you are allowed to drop outside the penalty area and anywhere WITHIN two club-lengths of that spot, no nearer to the hole (see Rule 17.1d(3)). Note that when this option is chosen, THE BALL MUST STRIKE THE GROUND AND COME TO REST WITHIN THE RELIEF AREA! If it does not, the ball must be dropped again.

August Rules Highlight (ETIQUETTE)


Today we will address two points of etiquette from our Rule Book that seem to be the violated the most.


Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.

Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players.

On the teeing ground, a player should not tee her ball until it is her turn to play.

Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.


On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when she is making a stroke, cast a shadow over her line of putt.


Players should play at a good pace and keep up with the group ahead.

It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play.


Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When playing on or near the putting green, they should leave their bags or carts in such a position as will enable quick movement off the green and towards the next tee. When the play of a hole been completed, players should immediately leave the green.


If a player believes her ball may be lost outside of a water hazard or is out of bounds, to save time, she should hit a provisional ball.

Players searching for a ball should signal the players in the group behind them to play through as soon as if becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found. Having allowed the group behind to play through, they should not continue play until that group has passed and is out of range.

July 2019 Rules Highlight


An example of this situation is when your ball lies anywhere off the green, such as on the fringe of the green and another player is farther out from the green but your ball may be in the way. If you decide on your own to mark your ball and pick it up thinking you are helping the other player by getting it out of the way, you will incur one penalty stroke.

It is OK to mark and lift if the other player asks you to mark it. Or, you can ask them if they want it marked. And, remember, not to clean the ball or give the impression that you may be cleaning it. There is no penalty to clean if the Rules allow you to lift or move your ball. Rule 14.1c covers when a ball may be cleaned. Please read this rule in your book.

June 2019 Rules Highlight


10.1a Fairly Striking the Ball

In making a stroke:

The player must fairly strike at the ball with the head of the club such that there is only momentary contact between the club and the ball and must not push, scrape or scoop the ball. If the player’s club accidentally hits the ball more than once, there has been only one stroke and there is no penalty

May 2019 Rules Highlight

1. play another ball from the teeing area (you may use a tee), OR

2. play a ball from the "Drop Area" (no tee).

There is one penalty stroke for using either of these options. (You would be "lying 3" after hitting the ball from either location.)

Quail Creek Local Rule 2 permits the play of a provisional ball either from the teeing area or the drop area if there is doubt that the ball entered the penalty area.