TSGL and Pine Meadows Course Rules — 2021



  1. In the fairway only, a ball’s lie may be improved and the ball cleaned of any mud or debris without penalty.
  2. In the rough, play the ball as it lies, unless your club could be damaged, for example, by an embedded rock or tree root. If so, without penalty, move the ball enough to safely hit, but no closer to the pin.
  3. Out-of-bounds (OB) is marked by a row of white stakes or a white line, for example, between Holes #1 and #2, and white lines on Hole #9. If there are no white stakes, you may play the ball where it lies.
  4. When a ball is OB or lost, drop a ball in a safe position, no closer to the pin, within two club lengths near where the ball crossed the margin of the OB area or the lost area and take a one-stroke penalty. (USGA says you must take a stroke and distance penalty, but the League does not.) You may also hit from the same spot as your last shot (includes teeing areas) with a one-stroke penalty (that is, take a “stroke and distance penalty”).
  5. If your line to the hole is blocked by a man-made object that is not a hazard, for example, the nets between the fourth green and the fifth tee, move your ball to a nearby unobstructed spot without penalty.
  6. At Hole #5, if the ball goes into the pond or into the woods/swamp on the left, tee off again or drop on the flat area across the pond with a one-stroke penalty.
  7. At Hole #9, a ball driven into the pond is dropped in the designated drop area between the tees and the pond with a one-stroke penalty.
  8. [USGA] If a ball is lost or OB, golfers in the area should assist in the search for the ball, but the search should take no more than three minutes.
  9. [USGA] When dropping a ball in a relief area, for example, a drop zone, the ball should be dropped from knee height. If the ball rolls out of the relief area, it should be placed in the area.
  10. [USGA] Accidentally moving the ball, for example, during a search, on the green, or with a practice swing, does not result in a penalty. Replace the ball as near as possible to its original position.
  11. [USGA] Hitting the flag stick with a putted ball does not result in a penalty.