Rules and Etiquette

Rules and Etiquette

Pace of Play

2020 Pace of Play Policy 

Rule 5.6, Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play, states: “A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes…To encourage and enforce prompt play, the Committee should adopt a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy.” 


Allotted Time: Groups will be required to play at no more than a 4-hour and 30 minute pace for an 18-hole stipulated round or within such other time specified in a separate Notice to Players.
Definition of “Out of Position”: The first groups will be considered out of position, if at any time during the round, the group is not playing within the allotted time. Any following group will be considered out of position if it (a) takes more than the allotted time to play and (b) reaches the tee of a par-3 hole and the preceding group has cleared the next tee; reaches the tee of a par-4 hole and the putting green is clear; or reaches the tee of a par-5 hole when the preceding group is on the putting green. Both (a) and (b) must apply for a group to be out of position.
Group Out of Position: If a group is out of position, the players in that group may be monitored and timed. Anytime a group is to be monitored and timed, they will be notified by the timing official that they are being timed.
Timing: When a group is being monitored and timed each player in the group is expected to make any stroke within 40 seconds after timing of the player’s stroke begins.
Other than on the putting green, the timing of a player’s stoke will begin when he has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his ball, it is his turn to play and he can play without interference or distraction. Time spent determining yardage, selecting a club, making practice swings, gauging wind, determining strategy and the like will count as time taken for the stroke. 
On the putting green, timing starts when the player has had reasonable time to lift, clean and replace his ball, repair ball marks and remove loose impediments on his line of putt.
Timing ends with the stroke.
Warnings: No warnings are required prior to a group being monitored or timed or before a penalty is issued. It is the player’s responsibility to be in position and not unduly delay play.


The following are the penalties, in sequence, for any player in a group being timed who takes more than 40 seconds to play a stroke (a “Bad Time”) after timing of the player’s stroke begins:
First Bad Time – One stroke penalty
Second Bad Time – Additional two stroke penalty
Third Bad Time – Disqualification
Note 1: If the group in question regains its proper position, any previous Bad Times will be carried over for the remainder of that round in the event that group requires additional monitoring and timing
Note 2: The Committee reserves the right at any time to assess a Bad Time to a player in a group which is out of position if the player delays play between strokes or makes no effort to help the group get back in position.


As a recommendation to improve each group’s pace of play, the following guidelines as laid out by the AJGA should be followed.
1. Play ready golf throughout your entire round.
2. Must, Must, May

Must - The first player to finish playing a hole MUST immediately grab their bag and start making their way to the next tee. In doing this, the player walking ahead is expected to be quiet and courteous to his/her fellow-competitors. The player should periodically look back to watch the other players’ shots.
Must - The player MUST be the first person to play from the next teeing ground. This player must be getting their yardage and deter-mining club selection while the other players are finishing the previous hole and walking to the tee.
May - This player MAY tee off if he/she chooses to. All players must confirm scores on the previous hole prior to leaving the tee.

3. When spotters, officials or parents are available to help search for a lost ball, other players in the group will go forward to play their next shot in attempts to hold the group’s position on the golf course. After advancing their ball, the entire group may search for the remainder of the three minutes.
4. Walk with a purpose between shots and from green to tee.

Hard Card

2020 JGAC Local Rules and Conditions of Competition

The Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA and The R&A, effective January 1, 2019, govern play. See the applicable tournament Notice to Players for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a local rule is the general penalty, loss of hole in match play and two strokes in stroke play. The local rules of the host course are not in effect.


Out of Bounds – A boundary edge is defined by white lines or the inside points at ground level of white stakes or fence posts, and those stakes or fence posts are out of bounds.
Penalty Area Stakes and Lines – When a penalty area is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a yellow or red penalty area is bounded by out of bounds, the penalty area edge extends to and coincides with the boundary edge.

Ground Under Repair – Defined by white lines. French drains filled with stones that are exposed or discovered by probing are ground under repair. Ground under repair includes, whether or not marked, cultivated flowerbeds and active nurseries, which are further defined as No Play Zones. Ground under repair may include areas of unusual damage, but only when so declared by an authorized member of the Committee. When adjacent to an obstruction, such an area is part of the obstruction. Thinly grassed areas resulting from winterkill or drought conditions are not considered and are not marked as ground under repair.

Integral Objects – Include cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in penalty areas unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.

The following Local Rules are in effect as prescribed in Committee Procedures, Section 8 of USGA Rules of Golf.
  • Seams of Cut Turf (Sod Seams) Note: Relief is for lie of ball and area of intended swing only (F-7)
  • Immovable Obstructions Close to the Putting Green when Both the Ball and Obstruction are in General Area Cut to Fairway Height or Less (F-5)
  • Ball Deflected By Power Line On the Course (E-11)
  • Ball crossing a road defined as Out of Bounds and coming to rest on another part of the course (A-3)
  • Temporary Immovable Obstructions (“Either Side” Relief Option: F-23e(2))
  • List of Conforming Driver Heads (G-1)
  • List of Conforming Golf Balls (G-3)
  • ​Replacing Club that is Broken or Significantly Damaged (G-9)
  • Ball Played From Outside Relief Area When Taking Back-On-the-Line Relief (E-12)


Footwear – Shoes with metal or ceramic spikes that come in contact with the golf course are prohibited (G-7). Penalty for breach of Local Rule, see Rule 4.3.

Dress Code – Players and caddies must be properly attired on the course, in the clubhouse and on the grounds. Slacks or Bermuda length shorts or skorts are acceptable. Golf shirts must have a collar except for golf-style mock turtleneck shirts. Jeans, short shorts, cut-offs, tee shirts and tank tops are prohibited. Players may not play barefoot. Violations may result in the revocation of the player’s entry.

Pace of Play – 2020 JGAC Pace of Play policy is in effect.
Automotive Transportation – Automotive transportation is prohibited for players.
Scoring Area – Defined by a roped area or tape on the ground.
Prohibiting Use of Audio and Video Devices – During a round, a player must not listen to or watch content of any nature on a personal audio or video device (G-8). Penalty for breach of Local Rule, see Rule 4.3.

Discontinuance of Play – A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged air horn note. All other suspensions will be signaled by three consecutive air horn notes. In either case, resumption of play will be signaled by two short air horn notes. See Rule 5.7b. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to stop practicing; failure to stop practicing might result in disqualification.
Official Time – The official clock is with the starter.

Close of Competition – The competition is closed when the symbolic prize for the event has been presented to the winner or in the absence of a ceremony, when the committee has approved all scores or results. A match is final when it has been posted to the official scoreboard.


For any JGAC competition, the Committee consists of the designated Tournament Director, the designated Rules Captain and any member of the JGAC Rules of Golf Committee who is present at the tournament or can be reached by telephone. The JGAC Rules of Golf Committee includes any member of CGA staff, PGA staff and all CGA Chief Rules Officials.

Spectator Policy


We realize that it is enjoyable for friends and family members to watch junior golfers, but in order to protect the competition and the junior golfers, and in keeping with the traditional role of a spectator, so as not to interfere with any player on the course, all spectators are required to adhere to the following guidelines while watching a JGAC Tournament Event. All spectators understand the risks associated with being on a golf course (flying projectiles, swinging clubs, severe weather and the like).

  • Spectators and parents, except those volunteers acting in an official capacity, are not allowed in the scoring area.

  • Walk only on the cart paths or in the rough where cart paths are not available. Always be aware of other groups on the course. (i.e. don’t hold up the group behind you.)

  • The use of spectator carts is at the discretion of the host facility. If the facility will allow spectator carts, they may be rented for a cost.

  • All spectators shall stay a reasonable distance away from the junior golfers at all times.

    • Do NOT walk alongside the junior golfers while walking down the fairway or to the next teeing ground.

    • Do NOT talk with the players in a way that may be construed as giving advice, resulting in a penalty for the player.

    • Do NOT attempt to give rulings or advice. There are several rules officials on the course to provide the players with assistance if they need it. Spectators may assist a player call the rules phone number if needed.

  • Spectators are encouraged to look for balls. This should be done with no other interaction with the player.

  • Disrespect to tournament officials, volunteers and other players will not be tolerated.

  • Obscene, abusive or vulgar language will not be tolerated.

  • Interfering with discussions on rulings and scores will not be permitted.

  • Distracting play by loud talking with other spectators and use of camera, cellular phones, radios, or beepers during competition is strictly prohibited. Cameras and/or video cameras may be used if they do not cause a distraction to the players.

  • Spectators are asked to encourage all participants with polite clapping.

Parental or spectator interference may result in disqualification of the related participant. Warnings will not be issued. This policy has been adopted to protect the players. Any continued non-compliance with these policies will result in being asked to leave the course and possibly a loss of future spectating privileges.