Rules of Play


The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A govern play, as modified by the Jacksonville Area Golf Association. See applicable championship or qualifying round Notice to Players and Entry Application for additional Local Rules and Conditions. Complete text of Rules and Appendix I may be found in the Rules of Golf.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Local Rule or Condition is: Match play — Loss of hole • Stroke play — Two strokes


Out of Bounds - Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. Rule 27-1b.

Water and Lateral Water Hazard Stakes and Lines - When a water hazard or a lateral water hazard is defined on only one side, it is deemed to extend to infinity. When a water hazard or lateral water hazard is bounded by out of bounds, the hazard margin extends to and coincides with the out of bounds line. Rule 26.

Ground Under Repair - Defined by white lines. Fire ant hill sand French drains, sod-covered trenching for temporary cables and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Rule 25-1. (Note: For a player whose ball is in a water hazard and is affected by a fire ant hill – see Decision 1-4/10).

Embedded Ball Through the Green - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

Seams of Cut Turf (Sod Seams) - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

Distance-Measuring Devices - Are permitted. The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I, Part A, Section 7 is in effect.

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. (NOTE: Full text of Local Rule available at

Turf Plugs on the Putting Green - May be repaired even if they are not 4 1⁄4 inches.

White-Lined Areas Tying Into Artificially-Surfaced Roads and Paths - Have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions. Rules 24-2.

Wood Chips and Mulch - Are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players. Rule 24-2.

Stones in Bunkers - Are deemed to be moveable obstructions. The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. Rule 24-1 applies.

Integral Parts of the Course - Include cables, rods, wires and wrappings when closely attached to trees; artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.

Wrong Score for Hole in Stroke Play - If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include a penalty stroke that the player did not know he had incurred, the player is not disqualified. The penalty for the applicable Rule is applied, but there is no additional penalty.


Grooves - The player’s clubs must conform to the groove and punch mark specifications in the Rules of Golf that are effective from January 1, 2010. Penalty for breach of Condition: see Decision 4-1/1.

List of Conforming Driver Heads - Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

List of Conforming Golf Balls - Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

Pace of Play - See JAGA Pace of Play guidelines.

Discontinuance of Play - Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect. All practice areas are closed during suspension for a dangerous situation until the Committee has declared them open. Players who practice on closed practice areas will be asked to cease doing so; failure to comply may result in revocation of entry.

Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged airhorn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive airhorn notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short airhorn notes, repeated.

Practice - Prior to and after a round in stroke play, a player may practice on the designated practice areas. Rule 7-1b applies to other practice in stroke play, and Rule 7-1a covers practice before the round in match play.

Transportation - Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.

Footwear - Spikes (regardless of composition or design) comprised entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round. Penalty for Breach of Condition: Disqualification

How to Decide Ties - In the event of a tie for first place, there will be a hole by hole sudden-death playoff starting at a hole determined by the Committee. Pages 160-161.

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, or in the case of match play, when the Committee has approved the result as posted on the official scoreboard.

Revised March, 2018

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