The “Local Rules” are designed to speed up play and define areas of questions where stakes are not present. They will be used in all RCGC tournaments. Please follow the applicable USGA rule for procedures and steps when executing said rule. If in doubt during tournament play finish the hole playing two balls. Record both scores then present the case to the tournament committee before turning in your score card for the round.
The rules below may be Changed, Modified, added to, or not allowed during selected tournaments. It is up to you to read the tournament information sheet prior to starting your round to determine what rules are in place or not allowed.
* Play the rule that applies to the color of the stake defining the penalty area.
* The ditch running across the 9th fairway although defined as a penalty area is to be played as a free drop with no penalty.
Options for Out of Bounds/Lost Ball not in a Penalty Area
Option 1 - Play another ball from the previous location adding a 1 stroke penalty.
Option 2 - Take a drop adding a 2-stroke penalty using the following procedure.
2.1 Determine the location the ball went out or was lost.
2.2 Locate the nearest edge of the fairway. Drop within 2 club lengths.
If you hit a provisional
* If your original ball is out of bounds or lost, Option 2 is not available and the provisional becomes the ball in play.
* If the provisional is also out of bounds or lost, then you may apply option 2. The penalty strokes should be added to the count including the provisional shot.
* Allowed once you have reached a gross score of triple bogey.
* Place a “P” next to the hole score (ex. P10). It will be the first tie breaker so if
you do not place a “P” you will be disqualified from the competition.
* If you pick up on more than 1 hole, you are not eligible for flight awards.
* Apply the applicable penalty strokes to the accumulated count from where you
Pick-up Rule Penalties
* If the ball is located on the green Add 2 strokes.
* If the ball is off the green but within 20 yards Add 3 strokes.
* If the ball is off the green and beyond 20 yards Add 4 strokes.
* You may Lift, Rake, and Replace your ball for any type of irregularities or damage unless it was cause by you then there is no relief, and the ball must be played as it lies.
Special Option to drop outside the bunker.
* This rule is allowed only after you have made at least 1 attempt to hit it out.
* Drop outside the bunker within 2 club lengths at a point outside the bunker keeping the bunker between the drop location and the hole.
* All strokes previously taken in the bunker count, and you must add 2 additional strokes to your accumulated count for taking the drop option.
* Free relief is allowed for the following conditions.
* Fallen Branches/Tree
* Piles of debris accumulated during course clean up, wind or storm damage.
* Areas not marked but your group all agree relief is appropriate.
* Ball lost in a wet or swampy area.
Note. The above do not apply to a ball located in a penalty or wilderness area.
Free Relief for damaged putting Green
* Damage to the green interfering with a putt
* Damage on the green interfering with the landing/rollout of a pitch/chip
* For the following holes if no drop area is defined use these locations.
* Hole #3 - Nearest grass area right of the cart path just across the bridge
* Hole #5 - Green Side of the creek, 2 club lengths across from point of
* Hole #7 - Nearest grass area left of tree on the right near the creek.
* Hole #13 - Nearest grass area left of the cart path just across the bridge.
* Hole #14 - Lower tee box near the bridge
Hole # 1: Staying center and left on this hole keeps you away from the creek that runs down the entire right side. A solid drive can set you up for a mid to short iron to the green in two.
Hole # 2: For this dogleg right hole, stay short of the hill for a level lie. Your approach shot should be center and left to avoid trouble on the right.
Hole # 3: Avoid left and long with your tee shot, it will usually find the creek on this hole. A ball to the center of the green will set up that birdie attempt.
Hole # 4: Be careful of the creek running down the right side. Hit 2nd shot left of center to stay on upper fairway. Make sure your approach shot stays below the hole. Green slops from left to right.
Hole # 5: Check the wind direction on the trees, if blowing; it has a tendency to knock the ball down.
Hole # 6: Lay up left of center on this hole, the creek can gobble up wayward shots to the right. Avoid the right front bunker on your approach. Green slopes from left to right
Hole # 7: A narrow tee shot, again stay left center. The creek on this hole is only a few paces from the right side of the green. Check wind direction, you may want to club up. Left side opens up slightly past the green side tree.
Hole # 8: A good drive right center leaves a short iron to the green. Avoid the trees on the left. One of the few holes on the course where the creek does not come into play. A good scoring hole.
Hole # 9: Left center drive works best on this hole. Again, trees and the creek on the right should be avoided. A solid wood down the middle of the fairway for your second shot will leave you a wedge to the green.
Hole # 10: A right center drive will leave you a mid iron to the green. Avoid the creek on the left and the trees on the right. You have the large fairway here, use it.
Hole # 11: Any club in the bag serves well on this hole. A draw down the left side might reach the green. Shots long and right will usually leave you with trouble.
Hole # 12: For long hitters, a left center drive leaves you a wood to the green in two. You have a wide fairway.
Hole # 13: Check wind direction and the elevation, you may want to club up. This hole has a two tier green. Check the yardage. There’s trouble long.
Hole # 14: Stay left center of green with your drive. Fairway opens up to the left after trees. Secondary set of "hidden" trees left off tee. Avoid trees down the right side. Green slopes on all four sides.
Hole # 15: A left center drive sets you up for a mid to short iron to the green. Your best play is to shot your approach shot to the center of the green no matter where the pin. Long left on green slops away.
Hole # 16: Best placement for your drive is right center of green. Avoid trees on left side and creek on right.
Hole # 17: A right center drive leaves a short iron to the green. Avoid hitting left of green, creek is close. (This green was redone in 2021, shots on the left side of the green should hold)
Hole # 18: From the Back Tee box this dogleg left hole is a true three shot par 5. Good second shot will set up a short iron into the green. Avoid the bunker on the left with your approach show.