Plano Senior Men's Golf Association


Also see Optional Side Games

The following rules will apply to all PSMGA tournaments.  These rules have been reviewed and approved by the Board of Officers and may be amended as necessary by the Board.  Current USGA rules of Golf will apply during play with the following exceptions as per rule 33.8, which allows Local Rules that provide for abnormal conditions.

  2. Maximum strokes: A maximum of three (3) strokes over par are to be taken on any hole.
  3. Putts: All putts must be completed – i.e., holed out. NO gimmies. If you reach across the hole to tap in a “gimmie” and miss it, count it. Prove you can make it! If you choose not to putt out, i.e., pick up your ball, you must take the maximum score of 3 over par on that hole.
  4. Marking the ball on the green: When you mark your ball on the green, place the marker behind the ball as you face the hole. If you move your marker to avoid another player’s line and do not return it to the original position before you putt, a one stroke penalty is assessed, per rule 20-7.
  5. Tee box area: When you tee up the ball on the tee box, the ball must be between the markers and no more than 2 club lengths behind the markers.
  6. Moving and cleaning your ball: Ball may be moved one club length (driver) in the fairway and rough, through the green, but not in a hazard, no closer to the pin. The ball cannot be moved from the rough to the fairway. The ball may be cleaned after each shot, except in a hazard. The ball may never be moved onto a green from off the green.
  7. Hazards (except sand traps): Under penalty of one stroke, you may improve your lie within two club lengths (Just 2 club lengths not 2+1) of the red or yellow hazard lines, no closer to the pin or, if appropriate, repeat the previous shot, taking a stroke and distance penalty.
  8. Sand traps: Play the ball as it lies unless specified otherwise on the day of the tournament. When you play a shot from a trap, you may not ground your club at address or on your back swing under a penalty of two strokes.
  9. Lost Ball or Out of Bounds: Either can be a proper place for a provisional ball (it must be announced to the other players prior to hitting the ball).
    • If a provisional ball is not played and the original ball is either not found or is out of bounds, the player would normally return to the spot where the ball was last played and replay the shot, thus incurring two strokes (original stroke plus penalty stroke). However, The PSMGA uses the following local rules to speed up play.
      • If a ball goes out of bounds, either hit a provisional ball with a one stroke penalty, or advance to the point where the ball went out of bounds and add one stroke.
      • The same reasoning also applies to a lost ball. If a ball might be lost, the player may hit a provisional ball with a one stroke penalty. If a provisional ball is not hit, then drop as near as possible to where the ball should be and add one penalty stroke.
      • If a provisional ball is hit and the first ball is not found, then you must play the provisional ball with a stroke and distance penalty.
      • If a ball goes into a “GRATE” and can be seen, it is NOT a lost ball. If a player thinks his ball went into a grate but cannot see it, it IS a lost ball.
      • Hole 9: A drop zone is available adjacent to the ladies tee (Marked) across the creek and may be used if the players drive goes into the creek.
      • Hole 10: A drop zone is available and marked on the far side of the creek for any player hitting into the creek or trees from the tee box.
  10. Hitting the wrong ball: A penalty of two (2) strokes is added to the offending players score. If the ball is in a hazard, there is no penalty for hitting the wrong ball.
  11. Three (3) players on a four-man-team scramble: Each team member will act as the 4th man on succeeding shots, per hole, and take turns as their names are listed from top to bottom on the score card. The number of drives to be used by each player will be specified on the day of the tournament.
  12. Ball in water: A ball in the water may be played if a player desires, but, even if it is near the edge, it cannot be moved one club length backward without a one stroke penalty.
  13. Casual water or ground under repair: Casual water is any temporary water on the course, which is visible before or after a player takes his stance. Ground under repair is any portion of the course so marked. It also includes areas where work is in progress, but not marked, such as dirt piled up or areas scraped to bare earth. You can get relief from casual water or ground under repair by dropping a ball one club length from the trouble, no closer to the green. A ball cannot be lost in casual water. If a ball is known to have gone into casual water and cannot be found, a new ball may be played without penalty.
  14. Score keeping: Scorekeepers should be careful to put down the correct scores. If a player reports a score that is known to be incorrect, and the scorer knows it is incorrect, he should enter the score after consulting with the player and others in the group. Always exchange scorecards when playing an individual tournament. For team events, scorekeepers will be announced that day.
  15. The PSMGA has waived the 14 club rule. A player may carry as many clubs as he deems necessary.
  16. Rule Violations: Any violations of these rules should be noted and resolved by the team members at the time of the occurrence. Any further disputes are to be immediately referred to the Tournament Committee for resolution. The Tournament Committee is comprised of the President, VP Tournaments, VP Operations, and assisted if necessary, by the Club Professional. Each member is encouraged to observe the rules, not only in tournament play, but also in open play.

Lateral Hazards and Environmentally Sensitive Areas: (ESA's)

  • Environmentally Sensitive Areas: Carts are not permitted, but all other rules applied to roughs will apply here.
  • Lateral Hazards: The boundary of most lateral hazards is marked with a continuous line of red paint or stakes. Also see ESA's above. Rules defining how the ball may be played from a lateral hazard (not a sand trap) are listed below.
  • o    Play the ball as it lies without a penalty (treat it like a sand trap). The player:

    • may not use the local PMSGA rule of moving the ball one club length, and

    • may not ground his club in the hazard.

Natural Areas & Rough

  • The natural areas” on the course are considered rough and the one club rule is in effect. However, should a ball enter one of the natural areas, and be lost or unplayable , you may treat the area as a lateral hazard, and under penalty of one stroke, place the ball within 2 club lengths + 1 local rule  per PSMGA rule #6 from the point where the ball entered the “natural area."

PSMGA New Pecan Hollow Special Rules Guide

1. If your tee shot is driven into the creek on holes #9 and #10, or is driven far left or right prior to the creek on #10 and cannot be found or is unplayable, proceed to the other side of the creek and drop in the marked drop area assess a 1 stroke penalty (you will be hitting 3).



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Tournament Committee has decided that in the event a tournament is called off after it starts (weather, etc.), there will be no CTP winners unless all of one of the 2 groups (0-17,Callaway or 18+) finishes their round prior to the cancellation. The CTP station will be open for 30 minutes after the tournament is called to issue refunds. All monies not refunded will be applied to the next regularly scheduled Silver Tee tournament. Players who did not receive a refund will be automatically entered using their entry fee from the previous week. If they do not play the next week and do not get a refund after the tournament is called, they forfeit the entry fee. The reason for this decision is the lack of Par 3's between #2 and #14. It is possible and likely that some golfers will play 12 holes with only 1 Par 3, while others can play all 4 Par 3's within 10 holes. I guess we can blame it on D.A. for not placing the Par 3's equally amongst the 18 holes.

 Rules Approved by Harold Epps - VP Rules/Robert Bradford - President 11/2/2013

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