Rockledge Men’s Club

Tournament Rules - Revised March 2015


The purpose of the Rockledge Men’s Club is to promote golf at Rockledge Golf Course and to foster competitive golf among members.  This assures that Town Facilities are used and maintained by responsible, golf-knowledgeable people. Also, the Club’s tournament schedule and prizes provide both competition and benefits for the members and moderate support for the Golf Shop.  As a condition of membership, each member of the Club accepts certain responsibilities.  These rules provide some specific definitions and reasonable methods of disciplinary action which, when administered fairly, can serve to assure all members that they will continue to enjoy the benefits of their membership.



A member may play in any tournament if he has paid his dues for the year, has a current USGA or CSGAhandicap, has met all the tournament qualification requirements, and has not been disciplined in accordance with these rules.  (See Disciplinary Action)

  1. Members with no handicap can participate in any tournament but will play with a zero handicap.

  2. A member may play in the Senior Championship (50 and over), Senior-Senior (60 and over), Legends (70 and over), Masters (80 and over) or regular Club Championships if he has a current state handicap, has played in at least five tournaments. There must be two current year RMC tournaments played. The remainder could be comprised of the Tuesday/Friday group AND/OR non-scheduled weekend tournaments prior to the closing date for sign-up for the applicable championship, and is otherwise eligible.

  3. A member is eligible to play in an age-restricted tournament on the first day of the month in which he becomes the required age.


The tournament committee may from time to time, with approval of the RMC Board of Directors set tournament qualifications, application deadlines, and other rules that are in keeping with the stated purpose of the Rockledge Men’s Club.



  1. Tournaments requiring assigned teams and/or starting times will have a description and sign-up sheet posted in the Men’s locker room and/or Golf Shop.

  2. The sign-up deadline is 5:00 pm on the Thursday, which is one week prior to the tournament, unless delayed by the committee.

  3. A member signing up after the deadline will be on the alternate list.



  1. Members will be assigned to teams from the sign-up sheet.

  2. Members on the sign-up sheet in excess of those needed to fill teams will be placed at the top of the alternate list.  Alternates are assigned to vacancies based on handicap rather than the position on the alternates list.

  3. Members will be assigned to partners or teams by handicap using the USGA Tournament Pairings Program.

  4. A member who is assigned to a partner or team, and who subsequently determines that he will be unable to play, maintains responsibility for notifying the Golf Shop to arrange for an acceptable alternate.


Starting Times:

  1. Tournaments must be played only on the day(\(\(\(s) scheduled, and only at the assigned starting times.  Starting times may be changed only if a majority of the foursome agrees.

  2. A member playing at other than his assigned starting time without agreement of his group will be disqualified from the tournament.

  3. One member from each foursome will be assigned responsibility for obtaining a starting time for his group.  Assignments will be made on a random basis.

  4. Starter’s slips used to get starting times will be made in advance and held by the starter at the lottery.  A member assigned to get a starting time must get the slip from the starter before the lottery.

  5. Following a lottery and assignment of starting times, a list of these times will be posted on the RMC website.  As a courtesy, the member who obtains the starting time is requested to notify the other group members.



  1. Tournaments will be played as scheduled unless adverse weather conditions prevail as determined by the Tournament Committee.

  2. In the event of adverse weather conditions: a.)A member who decided not to play must advise the Golf Shop of his decision before his starting time. b.)A committee representative will decide if disciplinary actions will be waived.  This will be done prior to the start of the tournament whenever possible.

  3. All tournaments start at the first or tenth tee, at the discretion of the Golf Shop.

  4. Match play tournaments will be played from the White, Gold, or Blue tees assigned to the players.

  5. Match play tournaments tied at the end of regulation play and requiring a play-off must continue to the hole assigned by the Golf Shop.

  6. All ties not requiring a play-off will be broken by matching cards, using gross or net scores as appropriate, following the rules posted for the specific tournament.

  7. Handicaps used will be those in effect at the time of pairing, unless otherwise posted.

  8. Match play and medal play tournaments must follow the USGA rules for posting scores.

  9. 85/100 Rule

    For applicable Tournament play, RMC Members have the option of moving forward from the Gold tees to either the White or Red tees depending on the total of their age plus their Gold handicap.  If the total of their age plus their Gold handicap equals 85 or more, Members have the option of moving forward from the Gold tees to the White tees.  If their age plus their Gold handicap equals 100 or more, Members have the option to move forward from the Gold tees to the Red tees.  This rule applies to most scheduled and sign up at tee tournaments.  Tournaments where Members may NOT move forward per this rule include Club Championships, Rambles and others designated by the Tournament Committee or Golf Shop Staff where certain tees are used for those events.


Disciplinary Action:

  1. A member violating rules will lose eligibility to play for the two next sign-up tournaments.  The Period of Suspension will be posted in the Men’s locker room and/or Golf Shop.

  2. A second violation will result in a member losing eligibility to play in the next additional four sign-up tournaments.  A member committing a second violation will be notified in writing by the Tournament Committee as to the action taken.

  3. Any further violation may result in the filing of a complaint requesting the Executive Board to take disciplinary action in accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the Constitution of the Club.

  4. A member who violates Town Policy will be subject to separate action by the town, which can include loss of all playing privileges.

  5. The Executive Board and Tournament Committees will deal with written complaints.


Slow Play:

  1. Each group must: a.Keep up with group ahead; b.Let a following group through, if one or more holes are open; c.Request to be allowed to play through, if following a group with one or more open holes before it.

  2. All members of a group will be responsible for a group’s play.



  1. A member or group’s score will not be posted unless a complete scorecard is returned.

  2. A completed card includes: each member’s full name, handicap, signatures of the scorer and attestor, the date, and gross and/or net scores (as applicable).

  3.  All members must post scores for all rounds played in tournaments, except for scrambles, shambles, alternate shot formats or tournaments played from the forward tees, for which there is no men’s slope or rating.



  1. The Committee will set specific prizes for all tournaments.

  2. Gross and net prizes will be determined by the size of the tournament field.


Rules of Golf:

  1. USGA Rules apply to all play, including (Rule 16-1) spike marks shall not be repaired if it might assist the player in his subsequent play of the hole.

  2. Members will play the ball “as it lies” (Rule 13-1) - representatives of the Board (President, Tournament Committee Chairman, and the town) will determine when “preferred lies” are necessary (Rule 33-8a). Notice will be posted at the starter’s desk. “Preferred lies”  means that a player may, only in his own fairway, move his ball to a place not nearer to the hole.  The ball must be marked prior to being moved. The player may then pick up the ball, clean it, and place it.

  3. Out of bounds is designated by white stakes. (Rule 27)

  4. Water hazards (Rule 26) are designated by yellow stakes or white lines.

  5. Red stakes designates lateral water hazards (Rule 26).

  6. Members are expected to be familiar with and to enforce the current USGA Rules, and are encouraged to carry a copy of the Rules of Golf with them at all times.

  7. The designated tournament Chairman or any member of the Tournament Committee who is present must decide rule disputes.