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Official Interlan Golf League Rules - Update 5/09

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 arises.

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

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 ball)

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 it.

Preferred Lies

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 penalty

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 line.

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 carded.

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

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.

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