WSGC - Local Tournament Rules

In addition to the local rules found on the WS scorecard, the Committee may also elect to employ any of the following local rules.  Refer to the final rules sheet provided on the day of your specific tournament for those in effect for the competition:

Pace of Play Policy

Scorecard Clock: Groups are required to validate their scorecard at the scorer’s table within 4:30 hours of their tee time. Failure to have your scorecard validated by the required time will result in a one stroke penalty on all players in the group. Groups returning a scorecard within 10 minutes of their preceding group will not be penalized. A 5 minute grace period will be extended to tardy groups. Scorecards do not have to be signed to validate, but must have scores for all 18 holes recorded.

The clock itself will be typically be located just off the 18th green towards the clubhouse, or inside the clubhouse during inclement weather. Once everyone in the group has putted out, the flag is replaced and every score has been recorded on a scorecard, a member of your group may time stamp that card. This will be the official time for the group.

Your group must finish the round within 15 minutes of the group in front of you. A penalty stroke will be assessed at the 16 minute mark. Two Strokes at the 21 minute mark.

The penalty will be waived if:

1. Your group plays in 4 hours 30 minutes or less,

OR (when a volunteer is available to do so)

2. Your group is within 15 minutes of the group in front of you after holing out on #13 AND completes the last 5 holes in 1 hour and 20 minutes or less.

Distance-Measuring Devices

A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.) the player is in breach of rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions were actually used.

Preferred Lies

When "Winter Rules" are in effect, a ball lying through the green may be lifted without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within one 6 inches of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.  A player may place the ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball when placed comes to rest on the spot on which it is placed and it subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.  If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Ball in Abnormal Ground Condition Not Found (See Rule 25-C)

All members of the group must agree that the ball has been lost in the abnormal condition, defined by the WSGC Tournament Committee as “any casual water, excessively muddy area, ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.”  Per Rule 25-c, a ball must be dropped at the nearest point of relief from where it was determined lost, no nearer the hole.

Unsure How to Proceed?

Stroke Play – If during the course of play you are in doubt as to how to proceed under a rule, play a second ball under USGA rule 3-3 and bring it up for a ruling with the tournament committee immediately following the round (this is required).  The committee’s decision is final.

Match Play – If you are unsure how to proceed during the course of your match, you must clearly state your specific claim to your opponent prior to teeing off from the next teeing ground.  That claim must then be filed with the Tournament Committee immediately following the match for resolution.  Refer to USGA Rule 2-5.


Ties will split money.  (Example:  Three tied for first place would equally split the total money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place).

Knuth System

The West Seattle Golf Club uses a modified Knuth system to help promote fairness of play and help protect the integrity of the Club and its members. We reserve the right to adjust any person’s handicap based on the recommendation of this system.  More information can be found next to the score-posting computer at the clubhouse, on this web site, or at


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