PWGA Local Rules


PWGA tournament play is governed by the 2016 USGA Rules of Golf. Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for the breach of a rule or condition is two strokes in Stroke Play.

Score Cards: Any Local Rules listed on the score card or posted at the host club have no status in PWGA tournaments.

Out of Bounds (OB):  Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes or fence post. When white lines are used, the line itself is OB. A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. Rule 27-1.

Ground under Repair (GUR): Defined by white lines and/or stakes. French drains, deep tire ruts, all depressions filled with rocks, all drains surrounded by rocks and material piled for removal are deemed to be GUR. Rule 25-1.

Water Hazards/Lateral Water Hazards: Water Hazards are defined by yellow stakes and/or lines. Lateral Water Hazards are defined by red stakes and/or lines. Stakes and lines are in the hazards. Where both stakes and lines are present, lines define the hazard. Rule 26.

Immovable Obstructions Close to Putting Green (e.g., Sprinkler Heads): If a ball lies through the green and an immovable obstruction on or within two club-lengths of the putting green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the line of play between the ball and the hole, the player may take relief as follows:

The ball must be lifted and dropped at the nearest point to where the ball lay that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention and (c) is not in a hazard or on a putting green.

Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions. (Rule 24-1 applies).

Protection of Young Trees Identified by Stakes, Wires or Ropes: If such a tree interferes with a player's stance or area of her intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Rule 24-2b (Immovable Obstruction).

Bridges Over Water Hazards: A bridge is an obstruction. If a ball lies on a bridge in a hazard, a player may not take relief without penalty. In a hazard, the club may touch an obstruction at address or in the backward movement for the stroke. Touching the bridge prior to address is also permissible, since an obstruction in a water hazard is not "ground in the hazard.”

Permanent Elevated Power Lines and Cables: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable the stroke is cancelled 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.

Embedded Ball: Through the green, a ball that is embedded may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green. A ball is “embedded” when it is in its own pitch-mark and part of the ball is below the level of the ground. A player may not take relief if the ball is embedded in sand in an area that is not closely mown. Rule 25-2.

Distance Measuring Devices: For all play a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, the player uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect her play e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

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

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 penalty stroke that the player did not know she had incurred, the player is not disqualified. The penalty for the applicable Rule is applied, but there is no additional penalty. (NOTE: Full text of Local Rule available at