Rules

Event Rules

Event Rules

A mix of rules will be leveraged to provide the best experience

  • Official USGA rules
  • All local course rules
  • Pace of Play amendments

Pace of Play Amendments

Pace of play (PoP) is the #1 largest annoyances in the golfing world and we have made rule amendments to help hedge this off.
PoP is not only an individual issue, it is a group and field issue; if one player is slow, it impacts all golfers behind them. Communication with your golf partners will be paramount and thus all PoP penalties will be treated on a by-group basis

Rules Amendments:

  • Max score:
    • Triple bogey
  • White Stakes (Out of Bounds)
  • Searching for a ball
    • 1.5 minutes max search time
    • Pick a spot likely to where the ball would be / would have entered and play it as a Lateral Hazard
    • Lateral drop, on your line, with a 1 stroke penalty
  • Ball brand / version
    • The One Ball rule is NOT in effect

Expected Pace:

Rounds should be targeted at 4 hours 20 minutes*
This should allow for ample time for golfers of all skill levels to complete a round competitively

*Some courses may require different PoP


In-Round Pace of Play Penalties:

In-round warnings can be assessed / distributed by the Tour Director, or anyone representing the RDUgolf Tour in an official manner; this includes Starters, Marshalls, and designated volunteers

  • 1st warning:
    • No penalty, a verbal warning will be given
  • 2nd warning:
    • Group is asked to pick up their balls and move to the next tee immediately
    • Max score assessed
  • 3rd warning:
    • The group will be disqualified from the event
    • Suspension for 1 event
      • Refunds are not provided for suspensions or removal from the league

Retroactive Pace of Play Penalties:

Penalty strokes will be assessed to all members of a group which cause a delay to other golfers by finishing with a significant gap between them and the group in front of them, when the round is longer than the stated Average PoP (4:20)

  • 15-24 minutes behind the group in front: 1 stroke assessed
  • 25-34 minutes behind the group in front: 2 strokes assessed
  • 35-44 minutes behind the group in front: 3 strokes assessed
  • 45+ behind the group in front: Disqualification

Finishing times and gapping will be assessed via the final hole score posting on the Amateur Golf app and the manual scorecard time

Repeat offenders of in-round or retroactive PoP penalties may be assessed suspensions or removal from the Tour, at the discretion of the Players Panel.


* 50% refunds will be provided for registered events for golfers suspended for events or removed from the league


Informing the Tour Director of Slow Play:

If there are PoP concerns within your group, our first actions should be to communicate and reminder players of the PoP amendments and policies, and should encourage them to play more efficiently.

As a second step, golfers may inform the Tour Director via text if there are PoP concerns within their group.

If the player is determined to be the sole cause of pace issues within the group, penalties may be applied to that player and rescinded from the others.  This will ne at the behest of the Tour Director and Players Panel, when needed

All informing communications must be received by the completion of the 12th hole, to be considered


Arrival / Check-in

Specific arrival / check-in instructions will be email be emailed out with the finalized tee-times on Thursday or Friday before the event

Checking in on the Amateur Golf app can take place any time between the event start and 24 hours prior to the event.
Your unique check-in code will be emailed out with the finalized tee-times on Thursday or Friday

Last Minute Arrivals:
Golfers that arrive just prior to their tee-time will not receive any stroke penalties, as long as they tee off with their group and do NOT cause any delay.
If multiple instances occur the golfer may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension

Late Arrivals:
Regardless of circumstances, golfers that miss their group teeing off will be required to take the max score for each hole they miss.
Multiple instances may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension


No-Shows and Withdraws:

Due to the commitment of the RDUgolf Tour to the course, withdraws and no-shows are handled very seriously

No-shows:
No shows are rude to the course, the Tour, and the other competitors. Do NOT be that person!
Golfers who have registered for the event and fail to show up will forfeit their event registration fee and will NOT be issued a refund

No-Show Penalties:

  • 1st Instance
    • Immediate suspension of 1 event*
  • 2nd instance
    • Removal from all remaining Tour events*

* 50% refunds will be provided for registered events for golfers suspended for events or removed from the league

Withdrawing mid-round:
Golfers that withdraw for any reason during a round will receive a max score on each hole not played.
Season-Long Leaderboard points will be distributed at half the rate of minimum points. (Standard events: 15 points, Major events: 30 points)


Cart and Walking Policies

Carts are included in all events unless specified otherwise

All course rules for carts must be followed.
Any allowance or fees for single-riding carts, where applicable, are determined and paid directly to the course

Walking IS permitted at certain events where Pace of Play will not be negatively by walkers.
This will be determined by the course, the Tour Director, and the Players Panel, when needed and denoted in the Monday Event Information email

Requests to walk must be submitting by midnight on Wednesday before the event.
Golfers found to be driving slow play by walking will lose their ability to walk in future events


No reduction in price or discounts will be given for golfers that opt to walk


Caddies and Spectators

Caddies:


Caddies and outside advice are NOT allowed at RDUgolf Tour events
2 strokes will be assessed for receiving and/or giving advice (consistent with USGA rule 10.2.a)

Spectators:


Spectators are allowed at certain venues.
It is the golfers responsibility to request approval from the Tour Director prior to event
Spectators are NOT allowed to ride in carts, unless a single-rider fee has been paid. It is the golfers responsibility to confirm if the course has a single-rider fee
Spectator are NOT permitted to provide advice or information on shots*

*2 strokes will be assessed for receiving and/or giving advice (consistent with USGA rule 10.2.a)


Derogatory Language

Derogatory language is NOT appropriate and the offending golfer will be immediately disqualified and further disciplinary action will be discussed

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