STANDARD LOCAL RULES and
CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION
Play is governed by the Rules of Golf of Golf Canada, the Decisions on the Rules of Golf and where applicable, by the following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition, subject to changes, additions or deletions for particular Championships by the Rules of Golf Committee of Golf Canada. The player’s attention is drawn to Conditions of Competition as printed on the forms accompanying applications for entry. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I, Part A, B, C may be found in the Rules of Golf.
Unless otherwise noted, penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes
SECTION A: CONDITIONS OF THE COMPETITION
1. Specification of the Ball - The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls recognized by Golf Canada. The current List of Conforming Golf Balls is available in the Golf Canada Tournament Office.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification
2. Specification of Driver Head - Any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads recognized by Golf Canada. The current List of Conforming Driver Heads is available in the Golf Canada Tournament Office.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: See Penalty Statement for Rules 4-1 and 4-2
In stroke play competition, a player is prohibited from having another competitor serve as his caddie during the stipulated round.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: See Penalty Statement for Rule 6-4
4. Pace of Play
See the posted Pace of Play Policy.
5. Discontinuance of Play - Note to Rule 6-8b is in effect.
All practice areas are closed when play is suspended for a dangerous situation until the Rules Committee has declared them open. A player using such practice areas will be subject to disqualification.
Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signalled by one prolonged air horn note. All other types of suspension will be signalled by three consecutive air horn notes. Resumption of play will be signalled by two short air horn notes.
6. Practice - Note to Rule 7-1b is in effect.
In stroke play competition, a player may not practice on or near the putting green of the hole last played or roll a ball on the putting green of the hole last played.
7. Transportation - Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the Committee. See Transportation Policy for senior competitions and medical exemptions.
Penalty for Breach of Condition: See Penalty Statement in Appendix 1, Part C, Section 9.
8. Close of Competition
The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of a prize ceremony, when all scores have been approved by the Committee.
SECTION B: LOCAL RULES
1. Abnormal Ground Conditions - Rule 25
Ground Under Repair includes:
a. Areas defined by white lines;
b. French drains filled with stones;
c. Seams of Cut Turf – 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.
2. Embedded Ball Through the Green - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part B, Section 4a is in effect.
3. Obstructions - Rule 24
White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads, paths or obstructions are deemed to have the same status as the road, path or obstruction and are not ground under repair.
4. Wood Chips and Mulch
Wood chips and mulch are loose impediments.
5. Integral Parts of the Course
a. Wrappings, wires, cables and other objects when closely attached to trees;
b. Artificial walls and/or pilings when used to define the margin of bunkers. Such walls and/or pilings are through the green.
6. Permanent Elevated Power Lines or Cables
If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke MUST be cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played in accordance with Rule 20-5.
7. Temporary Obstructions - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part B, Section 7 is in effect.
RULES OF GOLF COMMITTEE - GOLF CANADA