51ST Pacific Coast Amateur Championship   |   July 18-21, 2017   |   Chambers Bay, University Place, WA  Player Registration

Rules & Policies

The following are the rules of competition at the Pacific Coast Amateur which is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf:

(download printable contestant confirmation with these rules and more information)

Supplemental Rules of Play


GOLF BALLS: The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by the USGA.
PENALTY FOR BREACH: Disqualification.

DRIVER HEADS: The driver head the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the USGA.
PENALTY FOR BREACH: Disqualification.

PACE OF PLAY: The PNGA Pace of Play Policy is in effect at all championships.

SUSPENSION OF PLAY – DANGEROUS SITUATION: When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation (lightning, etc.), if the players in a match or group are between play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7. See Decision 6-8b/7.

SUSPENSION OF PLAY – NON-DANGEROUS SITUATION: Proceed as prescribed in Rule 6-8.

One prolonged air horn or siren blast – Suspension for Dangerous Situation
Three Consecutive air horn or siren blasts – All other types of suspension
Two consecutive air horn or siren blasts – Resumption of play

CLOSE OF THE COMPETITION: The competition is closed when the champion has been announced, all scores have been posted, and the Committee has approved the results.

OUT OF BOUNDS – ROADS: A ball which crosses a public road defined as out of bounds and comes to rest beyond that road is out of bounds, even though it may lie on another part of the course. DOUBLE STAKES: When used, the boundary for that hole(s) is deemed to extend indefinitely in the direction of the ‘squared off’ stake.

WATER HAZARDS AND LATERAL WATER HAZARDS: Water Hazards are defined by yellow lines and/or yellow stakes. Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red lines and/or red stakes. Rule 26-1. When both stakes and lines are used to define water and/or later water hazards, stakes identify hazards and lines define the margins.

GROUND UNDER REPAIR: (a) Areas enclosed by white lines; (b) French drains, which are trenches filled with rocks or stones; (c) Relief is provided for lie of the ball from seams of cut turf in newly sodded areas that are not otherwise marked (See Appendix I in the USGA Rules of Golf booklet).

EMBEDDED BALL: Through the green, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. Exceptions: 1. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown. 2. A player may not take relief under this Local Rule if it is clearly unreasonable for him to play a stroke because of interference by anything other than the condition covered by this Local Rule.

PENALTY FOR BREACH: Match Play – Loss of hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

TURF PLUGS ON PUTTING GREENS: Turf plugs on putting greens are deemed to have the same status as hole plugs and thus may be repaired as prescribed in Rule 16-1c.

OBSTRUCTIONS – WHITE LINES: a) White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads, paths or other obstructions are deemed to be part of the obstruction and are not ground under repair. b) Landscaped flowerbed areas completely encircled by an obstruction are part of the obstruction.

RETAINING WALLS AND PILINGS: When located within water hazards or within and/or around bunkers, retaining walls and pilings are integral parts of the course. When located contiguous to cart paths (through the green), retaining walls and pilings are deemed to be part of the cart path.

TREE WRAPPINGS, ELECTRICAL WIRES AND CABLES: Integral parts of the course – NO RELIEF. Tree wrappings, electrical wires, cables, and other artificial objects closely attached to trees ARE NOT obstructions.

PERMANENT ELEVATED POWER LINES: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line during play of a hole, the stroke is canceled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was played in accordance with Rule 20-5 (Making Next Stroke from Where Previous Stroke Made).

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: Those obstructions so deemed by the Committee. Proceed as prescribed in Appendix I in the USGA Rules of Golf booklet.

NON-METAL SPIKES: Contestants are not permitted to wear traditional steel or ceramic-tipped spikes on their golf shoes during championship play (to include qualifying and practice rounds). Contestants may wear any of the alternative forms of not-metal traction systems that will not penetrate or damage a putting green. PENALTY FOR BREACH: Disqualification.

DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: A player may obtain distance information by using a hand-held device that measures distance only. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.

Dress Code

The PCGA dress code applies to contestants, caddies, and gallery, as well as Executive Directors, Trustees, staff, and their guests, and will be strictly enforced during the Championship week. Suitable attire must be worn at all times. Suitable attire DOES NOT include jeans or denim of any kind or color, running suits, CARGO PANTS OR SHORTS (Pockets on sides), tank tops, t-shirts or unkempt clothing of any kind. Shorts are permitted but must be worn at mid-thigh length or longer. All shirts must have collars and must be worn tucked in. All caps must be worn with the bill forward. Caps may not be worn in the clubhouse. Sandal type golf shoes are not permitted. Failure to adhere to the dress code may result in disqualification and removal from club property. No flip-flops. NOTE: Cargo pants or shorts are defined as having side pockets on the side of the leg. Because of the differing nature of cargo pants and shorts, the PCGA does not permit any type regardless of their quality or material in an effort to maintain our attire standard which assists us to attain the very best golf clubs as host sites. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Attire for the Players' Welcome Barbecue Monday evening, July 25 is "country club casual" (i.e., button down shirt, sweater or the like). Golf attire is appropriate. No flip-flops may be worn.

Personal Electronic Devices (cell phones, smart phones, tablets, IPads or laptops)

The Seattle Golf Club policy on the use of any PED is defined as the use of a device that can be used for making or receiving phone calls, text messages, emails, photo sharing or access to the internet, and is limited to the following uses:

1. The use of a PED for making or receiving PHONE CALLS is strictly prohibited at all facilities of the Club except for the following:

a. The phone booths in the men's locker room and while seated at the phone stations in the women's locker room.

b. While in the Seattle Golf Club parking lots.

c. In the case of a medical emergency.

All devices must be turned to silent or to vibrate mode at all times while on Seattle Golf Club premises.

2. The use of a PED for texting, emailing, photo sharing or internet access may be used in a discreet manner in all areas of the clubhouse, but are prohibited in the Main Dining Room after 4:00 p.m.

Automotive Carts

The use of automotive carts of any kind are not permitted.

Spectator Carts & Gallery

In order to avoid player distractions and Rules incidents, spectator carts of any kind during the Championship will NOT be permitted. Spectators who wish to gallery players may walk the course, but are asked to please be cognizant of creating any sort of distraction, noise, or unduly delaying play. The PCGA Dress Code (Please see DRESS CODE) applies to any gallery. Gallery cooperation is greatly appreciated by the PCGA and contestants!

Pace of Play

At Registration, players will receive a copy of the 2016 PCGA Pace of Play policy. Please review it thoroughly as all players will be expected to familiarize themselves with it prior to the Championship. A very similar policy has been adopted in recent years by many amateur golf associations in the West, as well as by the USGA for use in its amateur stroke play competitions. It relies less on officials timing individuals who are out of position, but rather places the emphasis on an entire group and making sure they are keeping up with the prescribed pace-of-play time established by the Committee. Automatic penalties, with an appeal process, are the result for each player in a group exceeding the prescribed pace of play at each check point.

"One Ball" Condition

The One-Ball Condition listed in Appendix I of the January 2016 USGA Rules of Golf Book will be in effect during the Championship and is as follows:

Limitation on Balls Used During Round (Note to Rule 5-1):

(i) One Ball Condition - During a stipulated round, the balls a player plays must be of the same brand and

Player Code of Conduct

Unacceptable conduct or behavior during the Championship will not be tolerated and may be grounds for immediate disqualification, at any time, from the Pacific Coast Amateur. The PCGA Management Committee shall be the sole judge in determining unbecoming conduct or behavior and any appropriate penalty or sanction.

Distance Measuring Devices

Distance-Measuring Devices that measure distance only WILL be permitted for use during the Championship. A player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. If during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.