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Local Rules and Conditions of Competition for KGA Championships

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play. See applicable Championship Notice to Competitors, Addendum to Local Rules, or Entry Application for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the current Rules of Golf. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – 2 strokes.


The official time shall be kept by the Starter and may be observed or obtained at the starting tee.  Any other device or time source on display is not the official time and may be relied upon for unofficial information only.

Defined by the inside edge of white stakes and/or property fence posts at ground level. When out of bounds is fixed by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds.

Water hazards
are defined by yellow stakes or yellow lines. Rule 26-1. Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or red lines. Rule 26-1. When both stakes and lines are used to define water and lateral water hazards, stakes identify hazards and lines define margins. When a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When water hazards and lateral water hazards are bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line.

A. Area enclosed by white line with the exception of roads and paths as defined below.

B. French drains that are exposed trenches filled with rocks or stones.

ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL ON A PUTTING GREEN: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.  Replace Ball or Ball Marker, No Penalty.

SEAMS OF CUT TURF (SOD SEAMS): Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be ground under repair.  However, interference by a seam with the player's stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.  If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.  All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.

WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS. Have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions (not ground under repair).

EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN, TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Local rules, as prescribed by Appendix I shall be in effect.

INTEGRAL PARTS OF THE COURSE: Include cables, rods, wires, or wrappings when closely attached to trees, liners in bunkers, and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in Notice to Competitors or Addendum to Local Rules.

PERMANENTLY ELEVATED POWER LINES & CABLES: If a ball strikes such a line or cable, the stroke shall be cancelled and the ball MUST be replayed without penalty in accordance with Rule 20-5. If the ball is not immediately recoverable, a ball may be substituted.

PRACTICE AT PUTTING GREEN OF HOLE LAST PLAYED IS PROHIBITED: Between the play of two holes or the last hole of the round, a player shall not play any practice stroke on or near the putting green last played (applies to stroke play rounds only).

The ball the player uses shall be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls of the USGA.

USGA GROOVE AND PUNCH MARK SPECIFICATIONS: The Kansas Golf Association DID NOT implement the condition of competition that limits players to clubs manufactured with grooves and/or punch marks in Rule 4-1/1. All previously conforming clubs are still deemed to be conforming for all KGA competitions.

PACE OF PLAY: (Rule 6-7 Undue Delay) A player shall be subject to penalty if he unduly delays play. The Local Rule for Pace of Play can be found at the starting tee or from a member of the Committee.

FOOTWEAR: The footwear policy of the host facility shall be in effect. All facilities used for KGA competitions are "soft spike" facilities.  Metal spikes are prohibited.  Penalty for breach is disqualification (Rule 33-7).

ELECTRONIC MEASURING DEVICES: For all KGA competitions, electronic measuring devices may be used during a stipulated round to gather and share distance information only.

Voice communication devices may not be used by any player during any round or match.   A violation of this condition may be considered unbecoming conduct.  This condition also applies to caddies.  Exceptions: to seek medical aid, to summon a rules official, or to report a problem with a golf cart.

A. Discontinue Play Immediately: One prolonged note of siren.

B. Discontinue Play: Three consecutive notes of siren.
C. Resume Play: Two short notes of siren, repeated.

UNBECOMING OR UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. A player that conducts himself in an unbecoming or unsportsmanlike manner while on the premises of the host facility may be removed from the competition by the Committee immediately without warning.  Such conduct includes loud profanity, club throwing, disruptive behavior, cheating, intoxication, destruction of KGA or host facility property, abuse of KGA staff, volunteers or host facility employees or members.  A removed player may be subject to a term of suspension from KGA competitions at the discretion of the KGA Executive Committee.

(revised 1/3/2017)