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    Golf Course Rules

Course Rules

The following rules are to ensure the enjoyment of the game for all players.

  • Arrive at the golf course at least ten minutes before your tee time.
  • All players (even permit holders) must sign in and receive a receipt for play.
  • Each player must have a bag and clubs.
  • 5 some are allowed only if they can keep up to the group in front of them.
  • Please repair ball marks and divots, please rake sand bunkers.
  • Carts should be kept 30 feet from greens and tees or on the path if provided.
  • Do not play from out of bounds either on the exterior or interior of the course.

USGA Rules Govern Play

We encourage all players to abide by the USGA rules to provide a fair but enjoyable round. Please enjoy the two great principles of the game: Play the course as you find it AND Play the ball as it lies.

But we understand the game can be hard and encourage casual players and leagues increase the speed of play by using:

  • Winter rules throughout the course
  • Take your distance on out of bounds under a 2 stroke penalty rather than returning to the spot of the previous shot. (Stroke and Distance)
  • Use the drop zones on holes 1 and 7 after one ball (not the tee shot) enters the hazards.

Local Rules

To increase the enjoyment of the course and to protect some our features Rolling Meadows has officially adopted the following local rules as allowed by the USGA. Please consult your rule book for further information on exact wording and penalties for breach of these local rules.

  • Young Trees – Young trees are identified by a yellow ribbon. If such a tree interferes with a players stance or the area of his intended swing, the ball must be lifted, without penalty, and dropped in accordance with the rules. If the ball is in a water hazard the nearest point of relief must be in the water hazard and the ball must be dropped in the water hazard. This rule does not apply if is clearly unreasonable for the stroke to be played because of interference by anything other than the tree or interference would occur only through use a abnormal stance, swing or direction of play.
  • Immovable Obstructions Close To Putting Greens - In addition to relief given for immovable obstructions (such has drain covers or fixed sprinkler heads) additional relief is given for “line of play” of immovable obstructions that are on or within two club-lengths of the putting green. The ball shall be lifted and dropped at the nearest point of relief, a) not nearer the hole; b) avoids intervention and c) is not in a hazard or on the putting green. The ball may be cleaned when so lifted. Further if the ball is on the putting green the ball should be lifted, and placed at the nearest point where the ball lay which a) is not nearer the hole, b) avoids intervention, c) is not in a hazard.
  • Environmentaly Sensitive Areas – Environmentally Sensitive Areas are identified by signs and water hazard, lateral water hazard and out of bounds stakes with green tops. Entry into these areas is not allowed. A golf ball may be retrieved only if it is view and can be reached without entering the area. The rule allows relief for interference of the sensitive area and its plant growth for a player’s stance or intended swing area as long as the ball is not in the hazard or Sensitive Area.
  • Dropping Zones – On holes 1 and 7 there is drop zone for use after any shot except the tee shot enters the hazard. The player does not have to stand in the dropping zone but the ball must first strike a part of the course in the marked zone. The line is part of the zone.
  • NEW 2019 - Out of Bounds - For a 2 Stroke Penalty a player may keep the distance on a shot that goes out of bounds or a lost ball. The Relief Area runs from the OB or suspected area of the lost ball to two club lengths onto the fairway, no closer to the hole but as far back as desired. For a 1 stroke and distance penalty the player can re-hit from where the prevous stroke was made. 
  • NEW 2019 - Red Penalty Areas - Water hazards are now considered Penalty Areas (red or yellow) and no longer just have to be bodies of water. The committee has decided to declare the woods on the left of hole 5 and 21 as red penalty areas to allow golfers to take lateral relief from these areas. In the past golfers often lost their ball's in these woods and would have to go back to the tee under the stroke and distance penalty for a lost ball. 

Rules Used Seasonally

  • Winter Rules – A ball lying in a closely mowed area through the green may be moved or may be lifted, cleaned and placed within one clublength of where it originally lay but not nearer the hole, in a hazard or on a putting green. The ball should be marked before it is lifted. A ball may be moved or placed once, and then it is considered in play.

Rain Check Policy

Golf as an outside sport is subject to various weather conditions. Rolling Meadows Golf Course urges all golfers to keep an eye on changing weather conditions, and take shelter if threatening weather approaches.

  • If rain occurs during a round and the golfer chooses not to play, a raincheck will be given prorated for the number of holes played. 

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