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 a player must use clubs and balls that conforms to the requirements in the Equipment Rules.  Rule (4) Penalty for Making a Stoke in breach of Rule 4.1a or 4.2a: Disqualification.

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.


Drop Zones are not permitted unless otherwise noted by the SDCWGA Rules Committee

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

Out of Bounds, Lost Ball and Provisional Ball (Rule 18).  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 18.2a(2)).  Lost Ball, a ball is lost if not found in three minutes after the player beings to search for it. (Rule 18.2a(1)). Provisional Ball - If a ball might be lost outside a penalty area or be out of bounds, to save time the player may play another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 14.6)

Penalty areas are defined by yellow stakes or lines.  Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stake or lines. (Rule 17)

Immovable Obstructions.  (Rule 16-1) 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 and concrete drainage ditches.  In addition, if a ball lies through the green and 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 Rule 16.1b

Embedded Ball - (Rule 16.3) Anywhere in the General Area


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 (Rule15)

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.


Preferred Lies when in effect:  A ball lying in the general area (or general area cut to fairway height of less) area may, without penalty, be lifted, cleaned and placed within one club length of where it originally lay, but not nearer the hole than the reference point and not in a penalty area or on a putting green. Rule 14.2b(2) and 14.2e.  SDCWGA recommends that you always mark the spot of the ball prior to picking it up so that a reference point is always established.


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. (Rule 13.1d)