The following are Policies and Local Rules and Conditions at the Pacific Coast Amateur Championship. Please see Notice to Players handed out at the championship for additional Local Rules and Conditions.
Local Rules and Conditions of Competition
The Rules of Golf as approved by the United States Golf Association and The R&A govern play. See applicable championship 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, effective January 2016.
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, THE PENALTY FOR BREACH OF A LOCAL RULE OR CONDITION IS: STROKE PLAY – TWO STROKES MATCH PLAY – LOSS OF HOLE;
SECTION A: LOCAL RULES
OUT OF BOUNDS – Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and fence posts. Rule 27-1b. Additionally, 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.
WATER AND LATERAL WATER HAZARDS – 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.
GROUND UNDER REPAIR – Defined by white lines. Fire ant hills, sod-covered trenching for temporary cables and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair. Rule 25-1.
SEAMS OF CUT TURF (SOD SEAMS) – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
WHITE-LINED AREAS TYING INTO ARTIFICIALLY SURFACED ROADS AND PATHS – Have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions.
EMBEDDED BALL THROUGH THE GREEN – Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
WOOD CHIPS AND MULCH - Are loose impediments, unless otherwise provided for in the Notice to Players.
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.
TURF PLUGS ON THE PUTTING GREEN – May be repaired even if they are not 4 ¼ inches.
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.
TEMPORARY POWER LINES AND CABLES - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS - Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES – A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
PART B: CONDITIONS
LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
LIMITATION ON GOLF BALLS (“One-Ball Rule”) - Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
PACE OF PLAY – See separate memorandum to players for pace of play guidelines, when applicable.
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.
SIGNALS FOR SUSPENDING AND RESUMING PLAY:
- 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 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.
TRANSPORTATION – Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
TIES – In stroke play championships, in the event of a tie for the gross champion, a hole-by-hole playoff is used to determine the champion.
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 17 is "country club casual" (i.e., button down shirt, sweater or the like). Golf attire is appropriate. No flip-flops may be worn.
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 2017 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.
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
A player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g. elevation changes, wind speed, etc.) the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.