MAXIMUM SCORE – For Day’s Play only (does not include CWGA Tournaments), a player’s score for each hole is capped at a maximum of 9 strokes. A player who does not complete a hole (“picks up”) will not be disqualified but will get the maximum score for the hole. Players are encouraged to pick up when they have reached the maximum score. For handicap purposes, a player must post their actual score or, if they pick up and do not complete the hole, must post the most likely score but may not post more than their equitable stroke control (ESC) for the hole.

PENALTY AREAS (Including former water hazards) – A penalty area is any body of water on the course and other parts of the course defined by the Golf Club as a penalty area and shall be played as red staked penalty areas whether marked with a stake or not. If it is known or virtually certain a ball is in the penalty area on any hole, the player has these options, each for one penalty stroke: Take relief under Rule 17.1 or as an extra option, drop the original ball or another ball in the dropping zone only when the dropping zone has been clearly marked by a white circle or tee markers. The dropping zone is a relief area under Rule 14.3. If no dropping zone has been marked, players may only take relief under Rule 17.1.

ADDITIONAL OPTION FOR LOST BALL OR BALL OUT OF BOUNDS – When a player’s ball has not been found or it is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may drop a ball, for two penalty strokes, in an “appropriately determined relief area” that is in an area between the point where the ball is estimated to have come to rest or gone out of bounds and the edge of the fairway of the hole being played, that is in the general area, and not nearer the hole. But, the player may not use this option if the ball has come to rest in a penalty area, for an unplayable ball, or if the player has played a provisional ball under stroke and distance.

PRACTICE – Rule 5.2b is modified in this way: A player may practice on the competition course before or between rounds.


MOWER RUTS – In the general area, areas of deep ruts and damage caused by mower tires are treated as ground under repair from which relief is allowed under Rule 16.1b. Areas of mud which do not have deep mower ruts are not considered ground under repair unless marked as such.

PREFERRED LIES (Winter Rules) – If adverse course conditions make parts of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the Head Golf Professional may determine “preferred lies” or “winter rules” to be in effect to promote fair play or help protect the course. Under this rule, when a player’s ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less on any hole, the player may take free relief and play the ball by placing the original ball or another ball no more than 6 inches from the spot of the original ball no nearer the hole. The ball must be placed in the general area and may be cleaned while lifted.

EMBEDDED BALL – In accordance with Rule 16.3 Embedded Ball, when a player’s ball lies anywhere in the general area in its own pitch-mark made as a result of the player’s previous stroke and any part of the ball is below the level of the ground, the ball is determined to be embedded. A ball does not necessarily have to touch soil to be embedded (for example, grass and loose impediments may be between the ball and the soil). The reference point for taking relief is the spot right behind where the ball is embedded. A ball must be dropped in and come to rest within one club-length from the reference point, not nearer the hole and in the general area.