BMGA Local Rules

For a complete document that includes hole by hole situations, and the mentioned appendix, click here:  BMGA Local Rules_17

Wednesday Night League Only

Lost Ball

  • If a ball is lost and it is certain that it is not out of bounds or in a hazard, for example left of the 10th tee, the player may drop a ball near the agreed upon most likely location that should be.  The player continues play on that hole and takes a one stroke penalty.
  • This is NOT in place during weekend tournaments. For weekend events and during match play, proceed under rule 27-1 as can be seen in the appendix.

Maximum Strokes

  • If you have not holed out after 8 strokes, pick up and record a 9 for the hole.  Apply ESC maximum when posting.

All League Play

Accidental Movement of a ball on the putting green

  • When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ballmarker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1. This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental. NOTE: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

Music on course

  • The BMGA voted the following policy in for all Wednesday night league play and tournament play:
    • Each foursome is asked to make their own policy
    • If a player wishes to play music, they must gain approval from all the players in the foursome

Stones in bunkers

  • Any stone roughly pea-size and larger in the bunkers shall be deemed a movable obstruction and may be removed under rule 24-1.

Embedded Ball

  • Relief for an embedded ball under rule 25-2 is expanded to include a ball embedded any place on the course except for in a hazard (which includes bunkers).

French Drains (aka Drain Tile)

  • There are several of these on the course. This rule only applies to drains that have pea gravel showing.  Many drains are older and have sod covering them, and those are excluded from this rule.  If a French drain that has pea gravel on top of it interferes with your stance or swing it is deemed to be an immovable obstruction, rule 24-2 applies.

Ball in water hazard

  • The standard for declaring a ball struck towards the hazard as being lost in the hazard will be “more likely than not” as opposed to “virtually certain” as defined in the rules. This is intended to speed up pace of play.

Patio area

  • All portions of the patio are deemed to be out of bounds, whether or not marked as such and all railings thereof are deemed to be a boundary fence, meaning that no relief is to be granted from interference.

Measuring Devices

  • In accordance to 14-3/0.5 Local Rule Permitting Use of Distance-Measuring Device of the USGA, the BMGA allows the use of devices to measure distance, but it may ONLY measure distance.
  • Asking a playing partner for distance between two objects is public information and therefore not seeking advice (Rule 8-1).

Relief from flower beds

  • Relief allowed from flower beds if they interfere with a players swing or stance. Proceed with the rule for immovable obstruction, as found in the appendix.

Relief from staked trees

  • Brookview local rules allow a player to take relief from a young tree that is banded or staked.

Relief from bridges

  • Hazard lines as marked by stakes or painted lines extend vertically, so there is no relief from the portion of a bridge that is within a hazard. If a portion of the bridge that is outside the boundary of a hazard causes interference with your stance or swing; proceed with the rule for immovable obstruction, as found in the appendix.

Relief from signs

  • There are several signs on Brookview, including those between holes 3 & 16 and between holes 7 & 16 as well on hole 15. Even if these signs can be removed, they are considered by the course and the league as immovable obstructions.   Proceed with the rule for immovable obstruction, as found in the appendix.

Ground under Repair not marked

  • If a ball comes to rest in or on an area that appears to be Ground under Repair, but is not clearly marked as such, relief may be taken provided the player and his competitor agree that the area is warranted for relief.  The ball may be lifted, without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.  A ball in the fairway may be dropped in the fairway, a ball outside the fairway must stay outside the fairway.  This rule is not applicable to balls inside a hazard.

Gold Tees

  • To create a more competitive league that is open to all, we have established a rule that allows members, 65 and older with a USGA handicap of 16 or higher to play from the gold tees if they choose. Their course handicaps are calculated from the tees they play.
  • For 9 hole (WNL) events:
    • Use the correct 9 hole course handicap calculation using the method approved in 2013.
    • If the Gold tee player plays a white tee player, the white tee player is to add one handicap stroke for the 9 hole match.
    • This extra stroke will not count for the weekly games, but for the match only.
      • WNL director will ensure this is accounted for.
    • This stroke is due to the difference in the 9 hole course rating between the Gold and White tees, and is the USGA approved method.
  • 18 hole events:
    • Use the correct 18 hole course handicap calculation, basing it on a gold tee slope.
    • Once that is done, subtract 3 (three) strokes from the final calculation for the Gold Tee player.
    • This is the total for each 18 hole round for course handicap strokes
      • The 3 strokes come from the difference between the 18 hole course rating between the Gold and White tees.
      • The USGA approved method is to actually add the 3 strokes to each white tee player in the field, but due to ease of execution and number of players playing on the white/blue tees versus gold, the board has approved this methodology.