The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and the R&A Rules Ltd. are in effect. Local Rules and Terms of the Competition on this Hard Card are also in effect and govern play at all QCMGA. QCLGA, Veterans. QC9ers and Couples competitions. Complete text of the Rules and Local Rules may be found in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf, effective January 2019. Model Local Rules may be found in Committee Procedures: Section 8. When the provisions of these Rules and Conditions conflict with other Golf Club documents, these provisions will prevail. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule is the general penalty. (Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes)


CODE OF CONDUCT – Rule 1.2b: The use of abusive language, throwing of clubs or other disruptive behavior, contrary to the good conduct of the event, will not be tolerated.

PACE OF PLAY – Rule 5.6b: A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace.

COMPETITIONS: The Associations reserve the right to adjust a player’s handicap or decline their entry based upon previous performances in club events.

SCORECARD RETURNED: A player’s scorecard is deemed to have been returned to the committee once the player’s score is posted on the official scoreboard.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The competition is closed when all scores have been approved by the Committee and the results have been officially announced.

TIES: When a play-off is not feasible, ties shall be broken using the USGA recommended method of matching scorecards as prescribed in Committee Procedures: Section 5A (6). The last nine holes are deemed to be holes 10 through 18 of the Course being played.


OUT OF BOUNDS – Rule 18.2

Defined by the course-side edge at ground level of boundary walls, perimeter fence posts, public-use roads, white stakes, and white connecting lines. A ball that comes to rest beyond the boundary of the hole being played is out of bounds even though it may lie on another part of the course.

All paved areas beyond Coyote #9 green (Grill, Pro Shop, Wedding facilities) are out of bounds. The course side edge of the curb defines the OB.

Model Local Rule E-5 is in effect for a ball lost or out-of-bounds.

Model Local Rule E-9: Quail Creek private property is out of bounds and is a “no play zone”. If the player’s ball is on the Course and anything in the no play zone, other than boundary objects, interferes with the player’s area of intended stance or swing, the player must take free relief under Rule 16.1f(2). The player must not play the ball as it lies.


AERATION HOLES: Model Local Rule E-4: If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:

In the General Area: The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b (DROP a ball in the relief area).

On the Putting Green: The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d (PLACE a ball on the nearest point of relief).

But interference does not exist for the player’s stance, or on the putting green on the player’s line of play.

TURF DAMAGE DUE TO ANIMAL DIGGING: Model Local Rule F-10: In the General Area, areas of damage are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: When marked, the areas will be enclosed by white lines.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TIED TO AN OBSTRUCTION: Share the same status as the obstruction.

ADJACENT OBSTRUCTIONS: Immovable obstructions adjacent to another immoveable obstruction are a part of the same obstruction.

PREPARED ROCK: An area of rock closely arranged for decorative or a functional purpose (e.g., drainage or erosion control) is an immovable obstruction. Player is allowed free relief.

QUAIL #5 PLANTER BOX: The planter box along the cart path near the green containing the saguaros is defined as a part of the cart path. The player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b.

TREE WELLS: The wells of the trees marked with a green ribbon are ground under repair and free relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b. If there is only interference by the tree and not the well, free relief is not allowed under this Local Rule.


Flooded: Model Local Rule F-16: A flooded bunker is ground under repair in the general area. It is not treated as a bunker during the round. A flooded bunker is defined as a bunker full of water from which the player cannot take proper relief in the bunker. If a player’s ball lies in or touches this ground under repair or the ground under repair interferes with the player’s stance or area of intended swing, the player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b. All other bunkers on the course, whether they contain temporary water or not, are still bunkers for all purposes under the Rules.

Furrows: Areas in bunkers where sand has been removed by the movement of water resulting in furrows through the sand are ground under repair. The player may take free relief from the furrow at the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole and in the bunker.

Erosion:  Areas of erosion in the desert are not considered abnormal course conditions. Free relief will not be granted for interference from such areas.

PENALTY AREAS – Rule 17: A penalty area which is defined on only one side extends to out-of-bounds; in the absence of out-of-bounds, the penalty area extends to infinity. Note: Desert areas and washes are not penalty areas unless marked as such.

INTEGRAL OBJECTS: The rock wall in front of RR #9 green is an integral object. Integral objects also include cables, rods, wires, and wrappings when closely attached to trees; artificial walls or pilings when located in penalty areas or in/or adjacent to bunkers; and bunker liners. An exposed bunker liner is ground under repair, but interference does not exist if the liner interferes only with the player’s stance. There is no free relief from an integral object.

BROKEN OR SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGED CLUB: Model Local Rule G-9 is in effect.

BACK-ON-THE-LINE RELIEF: Model Local Rule E-12 is in effect.

BALL IN MOTION DEFLECTED: Model Local Rule D-7: Exception 2 to Rule 11.1b applies except that when the ball played from the putting green accidentally hits the player, the club used by the player to make the stroke, or an animal defined as a loose impediment (worms, insects and similar animals that can be removed easily) the stroke counts and the ball must be played as it lies.

When the Committee feels that the conditions of the golf course are such that a fair and equitable round cannot be played, they may invoke either one of the following Rules:

LIFT, CLEAN AND REPLACE (Cleaning the Ball): When a player’s ball lies in the general area, the ball may be lifted cleaned and replaced without penalty. The player must mark the spot before lifting the ball (Rule 14.1) and the ball must be replaced on its original spot (Rule 14.2). The ball is in play when it has been replaced. (MLR E-2)


LIFT, CLEAN AND PLACE (Preferred Lies): When a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing from this relief area:

Reference Point: Spot of the original ball. Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club length from the reference point not nearer the hole and in the general area. In proceeding under this Local Rule, the player must choose a spot to place the ball and use the procedure for replacing the ball under Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e. The ball is in play when it has been placed. (MLR E-3)


All: Quail #8: A Drop Zone is located forward of the Copper/Topaz tees along the cart path.

QCMGA/VETS: Coyote #9: If the sum of the player’s age and his full course handicap is 90 or more, he may play from the forward silver tees (Silver/Copper tee pad). Quail #4: The forward silver tees (Silver/Copper tee pad) are not to be used.

QCMGA/QCLGA: Quail #7: The forward Copper tees are not to be used.

QC9ers/Couples: Quail #7: The forward Copper tees may be used.

The Committee: Tournament Managers, Tournament Chairs, and Rules Chairs.