The following is a guide for the Interlan
Golf league ™. Pace of play suggestions and rules that
differ from the USGA, plus rules that are frequently violated.
A review of the scoring of matches is included
Pace of play
It is requested that players consider
the pace of play when playing their round. Players should
play ready golf and not wait around to hit while another member
of the foursome is searching for a ball. Said player should
hit and help in the search, not the other way around. All
players should be prepared to hit their shots when their turn
On the green
Play ready putt. Unless you are in someone’s line, or
sight line, you should be lining up your putt while others
are putting. You should be ready to go once it is your turn.
If a player that is away is not prepared to play his shot,
anyone that is ready to go, should putt their ball.
Unplayable lies include balls that are
“Out of Bounds, In a Water Hazard, lost ball or deemed
unplayable in the woods or other areas of the course. All
Unplayable lies are considered a Lateral drop (not closer
to the hole and within 3 club lengths of the woods) a one
stroke penalty is incurred, you may also utilize USGA rules
and work backwards on a line towards where the shot was struck.
Balls that are in the woods are deemed unplayable only if
you have no chance at getting the ball out, you are at risk
of breaking your club, you have no swing path, or if your
ball is at rest in an area with poison ivy, poison oak, bees,
etc… (A one stroke penalty is incurred for moving your
Lost balls in woods/water/rough
A search of 2 to 3 minutes should be the maximum one looks
for a lost ball in the woods, ponds, or other hazards. If
it is not found during this time, the lateral drop rule from
above should be invoked, or the below “rough”
ruling. A drop from a lost ball in the woods shall be laterally
dropped from where the ball was last sighted and not an estimate
of where it might have gone. In the event that you take a
drop and then find your ball, you may hit the original ball
without penalty if you have declared your drop to be a provisional,
or with the approval of your opponent.
Balls lost in the rough or due to darkness.
If a player and his opponent are certain that a player’s
ball landed in the rough or anywhere after darkness, without
any risk of being in the woods or a hazard, a ball can be
dropped in the rough near the estimated spot of the ball.
No penalty shall be invoked provided his/her opponent approves
You may move your ball at any time if
it is on the fairway, no closer to the hole within 1club length.
This is for the purpose of balls that are resting in divots
or other bare spots. Balls that are in the rough or in the
woods cannot be moved.
Rocks that may be in the path of your swing
in a bunker can be removed with out penalty. If the ball moves
during this process, it may be replaced without penalty. Balls
in footprints in bunkers need to be played as they lie. No
club may be grounded in any bunker at any time.
Matches played during the wet season or during
rainstorms may be played as lift, clean, and place provided
the foursome in the match or the commissioner declares it
prior to the start of the round. This rule applies to all
lies that are not in a hazard or in the woods. In those cases,
the ball is played as it lies. Balls plugged during any play
can be “unplugged” without penalty provided they
are in the fairway, rough or fringe area. Balls plugged in
the woods, bunkers and hazards may not be unplugged without
Spike marks and divots may be repaired prior
to putting if deemed to be affecting the line of one’s
putt. Balls may be moved to a different area on a green (same
distance) if it is agreed that casual water may impede the
progress of a putt. Approval from opponent required. Balls
may not be moved for barren or rough terrain in one’s
Out of hole Pickups
If you are out of a hole and you are likely
to score equal to or higher than a double par on a particular
hole, you can pick up and card the double par for your score.
Once you have reached a seven max, on a par three, a 9 max
on a par four, or a 10 on a par five, your ball will be considered
pocketed and you are out of the hole regardless of where your
opponent is score wise. If you both pick up, the hole will
be split, regardless of handicap stroke. You cannot win a
hole on a pick up by factoring in a handicap stroke. A team
point cannot be won if a player has picked up their ball,
unless an opponent has done the same
Either of your opponents may give you a putt
or a shot from 100 yards if they choose to do so. Gimmies
are strongly encouraged to speed up play. For pace of play,
Gimmies are encouraged when an opponent is out of a hole and
team point contention, regardless of distance. This needs
to be complied with.
When scoring your match, the A players and
B players of each team play each other while factoring in
Handicaps for 1 point per hole. No handicap strokes shall
be used on Par 3’s regardless of their handicap ranking,
unless it is required due to total number of strokes given.
If the handicap difference is greater than nine, A maximum
of one stroke per hole shall be used.
The combined team total score decides the
team point. Team handicap strokes will be awarded by the difference
of the Summed handicaps of each team and subtracting. No handicap
strokes shall be used on Par 3’s regardless of their
handicap ranking, unless it is required due to total number
of strokes given. Each match will = 27 points, unless a “no
show” is part of the match. See next section. If the
handicap difference is greater than nine, A maximum of one
stroke per hole shall be used.
No show scoring
If you are late and miss a hole or two, you
forfeit the individual point with the team point being decided
per the below no show scoring guidelines. If time allows,
you can replay the holes that you missed and have them count
towards the match, provided your opponents approve the request.
The opponents have the option to replay the holes as a foursome
if they should so desire. If the option is to replay fully
the scores from the second trip through the holes must be
If a match is held with only three people,
the player without an opponent will play the course using
their handicap on the hardest holes, to a maximum of one stroke
per hole. No handicap strokes shall be used on Par 3’s
regardless of their handicap ranking, unless it is required
due to total number of strokes given Said player will be awarded
4 ½ points for showing up, and will play the course,
against par, with handicap for ½ point per hole. ¼
point will be awarded for a net par, with ½ point awarded
for a net birdie. The team stroke will be tallied using a
phantom score on the “no show’s card of two strokes
higher than his opponent on each hole
If a match is held with only two people on
opposing teams, and on opposite flights (A Vs B), the same
scoring as above for each singles match will take place. The
team points will be split 4 ½ to 4 ½. This type
of match is discouraged at all costs. A replay should be set
up if possible.
If a match is held with only two people on
opposing teams, and on the same flight (A Vs A), each team
will be awarded 4 ½ team points. A regular head to
head singles match will be held for nine points. 4 ½
points per team will be decided by playing the course per
the rules provided above. This type of match is discouraged
at all costs. A replay should be set up if possible.
If a match is held with only two people from
the same team, All 27 points will be forfeited and awarded
to the team showing up. A match with one player will either
need to be made up or both teams will forfeit all but nine
points. If a make up will not be held, the available player
can play the course as described above for singles points
only. This type of match is discouraged at all costs. A replay
should be set up if possible.
If you are unable to play on a given week,
the commissioner requests as much notice as possible to fill
the slot. The league does not reimburse players for weeks
that they do not play. Subs will pay a fee of $15 each time
that they play, said fees will go into a general fund that
will be used for end of the year awards or food. The commissioner
is willing to attempt to make special arrangements upon request
if an injury prevents play for an extended period of time.
The commissioner will make a best effort to
ensure that all matches using subs are matched up fairly.
Subs playing for the first time without a USGA handicap or
a league handicap will have an assigned handicap prior to
the match. Said handicap is subject to adjustment up or down
at the end of the match, using the league handicap rules based
on their estimated cap.
Cancellations due to inclement weather will
be made as late as possible on Tuesdays to ensure that the
forecasted weather actually happens. In the event that a round
is halted on the course for whatever reason and at least five
holes are played, the remaining holes will be split. If not
all matches have gone five holes, the commissioner will determine
whether a complete replay is available from the course at
no charge. If not, any remaining holes will be split. The
score will not count toward your handicap. In the event of
play becoming impossible due to darkness, any remaining holes
will be split. “Darkness” is at the discretion
of the individual foursome playing a match.
Make up matches
Any match can be made up at a different time,
date, or course during any half, provided that the Commissioner
has advance notice. Said match must be completed prior to
the last match of the half currently being played. All league
rules apply. Your league dues do not cover greens fees for
make up matches even if played at Stow Acres. All matches
must be played as foursome or subject to the no show rules.
Subs used in make up matches are allowed, provided the commissioner
approves the handicap of the sub selected.
Score cards have to be turned into me the
night of the match. Your opponent should also, verify that
your score is correct. Please ensure that a first name and
last initial plus the player’s handicap are listed on
the card. Please make sure that all scoring summaries are
clearly understandable by the commissioner. The commissioner
randomly checks scores and will let all affected parties know
of any change made.). Tallying snowmen, eagles, birdies, and
candlepins on the card would be appreciated. The Commissioner
will check for Snowmen and Candlepins but not birdies when
doing the standings.
As a league member, you are responsible for
assisting with any rulings and guidelines that may arise with
your playing partner or opponents. League members should be
responsible for their sub partners gimmie calls as well, as
said sub may not be familiar with the scoring system.
External distance aids
The use of automatic range finders, binoculars,
satellite devices or any device that has a purpose for measuring
yardage, are approved for the 2009 season only. Violations,
such as offering distances for partners is punishable with
a $25 fine per offense.
All other USGA regulations apply.