A Golf Organization Created by Women Golfers for Women Golfers

Local Rules for all SDCWGA Competitions

Handicap limits may be designated for SDCWGA competitions.

No caddies or galleries are/will be permitted.

It is a condition that only brands of balls names on the current conforming list may be used; therefore, the use of x'd-out golf balls will be cause for disqualification.  (Rule 5-1 Note).

In stroke play events, exchange score cards prior to play.

Players must always putt out to record a score on a hole in individual stroke play.  Any local course rule stating "automatic two putts on temporary greens" must be disregarded.

In multi-ball events, if your score can not assist your team or your partner you may pick up your ball and should record for handicap purposes, the following:  the score you most likely would have made if the hole had been completed preceded by an X, not to exceed the limit in the Equitable Stoke Control formula.

To avoid disqualification in stroke play, a player must have her score recorded by her marker, attest the hole-by-hole score and return the signed and attested scorecard immediately to the tournament committee.


All scores made in SDCWGA Major Tournaments will be posted as Tournament (T) scores.

Out of Bounds may be defined by white stakes or lines and perimeter fences.  Out of Bounds is ground on which play is prohibited. (Rule 27)

Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes or lines.  Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stake or lines. (Rule 26)

Immovable Obstructions.  (Rule 24-2) Included are artificially surfaced cart paths and curbs, yardage markers, ball washers, backflow pipes and valves, pumps, pump housings, electrical control housings, tee signs, drain pipes, drinking fountains, barrier posts and attached ropes, restroom buildings and adjacent plantings.  In addition, if a ball lies through the green nd an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player make take relief as prescribed in Appendix I.

Embedded Ball - (Rule 25-2) Anywhere through the green.


Ground Under Repair - defined by white lines, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Competitors at specific events.  French drains are deemed to be ground under repair.

Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rules 24-1 applies)

Distance Measuring Devices.  The local rule allowing players to use devices that measure distance only is in effect.  However, the use of devices that guage or measure other conditions that might affect a player's play (e.g. wind or gradient) is not permitted.  Penalty for breach of Local Rule:  Stroke play is 2 strokes; Match play is Disqualification.  See our policy on cell phones and PDA's.


Accidental Movement of a ball on a Putting Green - When a player's ball lies on the putting green there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, her partner, her opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.