If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Bonny Wilcox, Julia Fox, Stacia Sower or Phyllis O’Brien


RULE 1 – Player Conduct

All players are expected to play in the spirit of the game by:

Acting with integrity – following the rules and being honest.

Showing consideration to others –  playing at a prompt pace and not disturbing your fellow players by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise. Do not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when she is making a stroke, cast a shadow over her line of putt.

DON’T expect your cart partner to be your caddie.  Grab a couple of clubs and walk to your ball while others are hitting assuming it is safe to do so.

Pace of Play – When we go to reverse shotguns this week, it will be imperative to keep up with the group ahead.  It is a group’s responsibility.  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.  Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play.  They should leave their bags or carts in such a position to enable quick movement off the green and toward the next tee. When play of the hole had been completed, players should immediately leave the green.


Lately, there have been several questions on what can be repaired on the putting green, so I would like to review Rule 13 that covers this area.

The new Rule effective 2019 says a player may repair damage on the putting green without penalty by taking reasonable actions to restore the putting green as nearly as possible to its original condition, but only by using her hand, foot or other part of her body or a normal ball-mark repair tool, tee, club, or similar item or normal equipment.  She can’t bring in a backhoe.

But if a payer improves the putting green by taking actions that exceed what is reasonable, there is a two-stroke penalty.

Can be fixed – damage to the putting green means:  Ball marks, shoe damage, scrapes or indentations, old hole plugs, seams and animal tracks or indentations, and imbedded objects such as a stone, acorn or tee.

Damage does not include and cannot be fixed means: natural wear of the hole. This is probably where all the issues arise.  If the hole is damaged, is it from natural wear or a player’s putter, flagstick or ball? Use your best judgement and try to come to a consensus in your group as to whether it is natural or man-made before you repair the damage.

My recommendation would be:  Don’t repair anything until after all of you have played the hole. 

I would like to welcome Julia Fox to the Rules Committee and thank Phyllis for agreeing to re-join us as well.  Please make them feel welcome.



Advice is any action or verbal comment that is intended to influence a player on:

  • Choosing a club – like showing her which club you just used
  • Making a stroke – like showing her the swing you are describing or telling her she has no shot at all and should take an unplayable.  You can share her options but cannot tell her what she should do.
  • Deciding on how to play during a hole or round – you cannot say “you know the wind is in your face and you will need more club”.

BUT YOU CAN give her public information such as:

  • The location of things on the course, such as hole location, penalty areas, bunkers, etc.  You can tell her the hole location is in the front third of the green.
  • The distance from one point to another.  You can tell her it is 85 yards to the penalty area.
  • The Rules – any rules.


This is a good time to review some putting green areas that might need our attention as we start the new year.

When your ball is on the putting green:

  1.  Your ball may be lifted and cleaned but must be marked before it is lifted and replaced on the original spot. (Rule 14.1)
  2. Sand and Loose Soil on the putting green, may be removed without penalty.  Anywhere else on the course including right in front of the green or on the fringe sand and loose soil cannot be removed. (Rule 13.1a)
  3. No penalty for accidentally causing your ball to move.  There is no penalty if the player, opponent or fellow competitor accidently moves the player’s ball or ball-marker. However, the player must replace the ball on its original spot (which if not known must be estimated) or place a ball marker to mark the spot. (Rule 14-2)
  4. Please repair your ball mark and at least one other on the green.  Remember, a repaired ball mark heals much quicker.