PMGC Rules/Guidelines for Wednesday Play




Brick borders and fences along the boundary of the course define out of bounds and are not obstructions and are themselves out of bounds.  No relief without penalty.  White stakes define out of bounds around the driving range, clubhouse, parking lot and streets.

Red stakes define Penalty Areas.  Areas of Abnormal Ground Conditions (AGC) are encircled by white lines.

If a player believes that his ball might be lost or out of bounds the player is permitted to play a provisional ball. However, if provisional ball is played, the player gives up his right to utilize the Local Rule regarding balls lost or out of bounds.

A ball embedded in its own pitch mark in the General Area may be lifted, cleaned and dropped. Dropping procedures – see Rule 16.3a.

When the course, becomes unplayable, a lift, clean and place LOCAL RULE may be instituted to ensure fair play.  This Rule will be announced prior to play and will be withdrawn when all players have completed their stipulated rounds. The preferred lies rule cannot be instituted once a stipulated round has started.

All lakes, ditches and creeks are played as Penalty Areas whether filled with water or dry.  (Rule 17)  Dropping Zones are provided on holes #8 and #11 for players taking this option or they may proceed under Rule 17.1.  The Dropping Zone for hole #3  applies only to the immovable obstruction.

All sprinkler control boxes, electric and TV cable boxes, sprinkler heads and pumping stations are immovable obstructions.  If a ball is not recoverable from the obstruction another ball may be substituted without penalty. Rule 16.1.

Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. Rule 15.2

Cart paths with artificial surfaces and sides (curbs) are immovable obstructions.  Relief without penalty is available for interference for lie of ball and area of stance or swing.  in taking relief, the ball must be dropped in accordance with Rule 16.1.  At Pebblebrook our artificial surfaces are either concrete or asphalt.

For the retaining walls surrounding lakes on holes, 3, 4,5,7,8,10,11,17 or 18; a player is entitled to relief without penalty for a ball that lies outside the lateral water hazard and the retaining wall interferes with the player’s stance or intended swing.  In taking relief, the ball must be dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not nearer the hole. Rule 16.1.

In the General Area, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

Sprinkler heads and drainage areas (French drains) in and around the putting greens are immovable obstructions and players may take relief under Rule 16.1.  In addition, if a ball lies off the putting green but not in a hazard and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball, intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:  The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that is not nearer the hole, avoids intervention and is not in a Penalty Area or on the putting green.  The ball may be cleaned when lifted..

The roads behind holes #9, #12, #16 and #18 are out of bounds, even though a ball may transit these roads and re-enter the course. 

All players will be responsible for the accuracy of their score cards as regards, name, handicap, Recreation Card number and hole-by-hole scores and signatures, prior to returning cards to the Committee.  Recording a handicap higher than that assigned, recording a lower score for a hole than that obtained or failure to sign the score card will result in disqualification.  During some competitions, players may be requested by the Committee to record their gross and net scores or in the case of match-play competitions, holes UP, TIED or DOWN prior to returning their score cards to the Committee.  (Rules 3.3 and 3.2)

A Tournament Committee will be available for all Men’s Club competitions through the year.  In stroke play only, if there is a doubt as to how to precede under the Rules, in the absence of a Rules Official, a player is advised to play two balls.  The player must announce his intent to play two balls to a fellow competitor and select which ball he wishes to count if the Rules permit.  A player who plays two balls must report this to the Committee.  (Rule 20.1)




1. For Wednesday Play you must be a paid up member of PMGC and must have an established AGA/USGA handicap.

2. Guest Policy:  Residents of SCW may play as a guest three (3) times during Wednesday Play.  PMGC Members are permitted to have Guests (non-SCW Residents) for Wednesday Play at the Monitors' discretion, but no more than three (3) times in a year per guest.  The following guidance is offered: When "B" teams are scheduled on any par 3 for any event, guests are discouraged. 


3. New members and/or transfers to Pebblebrook are encouraged to attend an orientation meeting.  Contact the Membership Chairman for details.


4. Registration for Wednesday Play is accepted no sooner than one (1) week in advance of play. Registration slips for the following week can be found in the pouches for the current week’s play or may be picked up at the Monitor’s desk after play. 


5. In order to allow for others who are on the “wait list” to play, please cancel as soon as you know that you will be unable to play.  Have consideration for others who might want to play so please let our Monitor know as soon as possible.


6. A member who (1) does not make an honest attempt to cancel their tee time, (2) does not report to his assigned tee time, (3)  nor pay his golfing fees for the day, is considered a "NO SHOW" regardless of the reason and may be subject to sanctions from Wednesday Play.


7. Scoring and Score Cards:  Except during Match Play, all holes must be completed by putting the ball into the cup (NO “GIMMIES”).  Failure to putt out on any hole could result in disqualification.  Actual and adjusted scores must be recorded on the scorecard.  Each player must attest to his own score by signing the score card.  Failure to sign the scorecard could result in disqualification.  Be sure the card is complete with a correct gross and net score before turning into the Monitor or leaving in the bin on the Monitor’s table.


8. Speed of Play:  To achieve maximum play for all Members and to provide enjoyable playing conditions for our players, Fast Play is encouraged.  Slow Play may result in assessment of penalty strokes.  Please read and practice “Hints for Fast Play” as published in this Directory. 




The Membership voted to adopt a new policy on Slow Play at the December 2016 General Meeting. For the purpose of this policy, slow play by a group is defined as a round that takes longer than 4 hours and twenty minutes. The goal is to complete all rounds in less than 4 hours and 20 minutes. Any group who exceeds that time and has one or more empty holes in front of them is considered slow play. The responsibility for lodging a complaint with the Board about slow play lies with the group immediately behind the slow playing group. Forms for Slow Play will be available from our Monitor. See Club Website for complete information. If you see that your group is continually lagging, please refer to the "Hints for faster play" section of the handbook. If after applying these techniques you continue to lag behind, complete your round and inform the monitor. If you are playing in the same foursome every week consider adjusting the makeup of your group. Continued Slow Play may result in sanctions.





If weather conditions preclude one half of the field from finishing nine (9) holes, the entire event will be canceled.  Monies already paid will be added to the prize fund for the following week.  NO REFUNDS.  If one half or more of the field finishes nine (9) holes, it will be played as a nine (9) hole event. If a portion of the field completes eighteen (18) holes, that portion of the field will have an eighteen (18) hole event.  The balance of the field will have a separate nine (9) hole event.  Since not all situations can be anticipated, a judgment call by the Board or Monitor is permitted with regard to length of event.




If there should be a long frost delay such that it is evident that normal AM and PM play will not be able to complete their rounds, then either the AM group or PM group will play a nine hole event.  At the first occurrence the AM group will play nine (9) holes and the PM group will play 18 holes.  At the next occurrence, the AM group will play 18 holes and the PM group will play 9 holes.  Thereafter, 18 hole play will alternate between the AM group and PM group.  To apply handicaps to a nine (9) hole event, use one-half of your handicap unless it is an odd number.  The odd stroke is allowed on the front side.  EXAMPLE:  A handicap of 21 would be divided into 10 and 11.  Use 11 if playing the front nine and 10 if playing the back nine.











Home phone calls are discouraged and should only be considered when no other options are available.  E-mails are welcomed and appreciated.  Contact our monitor at

VALBEN1@COX.NET if you are unable to go to the book at PB, want a change in hole assignment, have a late cancellation, or have a question.





 “When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance.


For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):


Two Estimated Reference Points:

a. Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have:

  • Come to rest on the course, or

  • Last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.

    b. Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point, but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.  

  • For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less.

    If a ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

    Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points: Anywhere between:

  • A line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and

  • A line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two club-lengths to the fairway side of that line).


    But with these limits:

    Limits on Location of Relief Area:

  • Must be in the general area, and

  • Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.


    Once the player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

  • The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.

  • This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).


    But the player may NOT use this option to take relief for the original ball when:

  • That ball is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or

  • The player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3).