Rules of Play

Conditions of Competition for AJGO Championships

The Rules of the United States Golf Association govern play, and where applicable, so do the following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition. See applicable Championship or qualifying 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 current “Rules of Golf.”

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for breach of a Condition of Competition is:

Stroke Play—Two strokes / Match Play—Loss of Hole.


  1. LIST OF CONFORMING DRIVER HEADS: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
  2. LIST OF CONFORMING GOLF BALLS: Optional Condition as prescribed in Appendix I is in effect.
  3. FOOTWEAR: It is a condition of the competition that shoes with traditionally-designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e., ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited during the stipulated round. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS CONDITION: Disqualification.
  4. PACE OF PLAY: Please play ready golf. Rule 6-7. A player is subject to penalty if he unduly delays play. Note 2 under Rule 6-7 is in effect. See separate memorandum to players for Pace of Play guidelines, when applicable.
  5. SUSPENSION OF PLAY DUE TO A DANGEROUS SITUATION (lightning, tornado, etc.): When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7. 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. Note: A suspension for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one prolonged airhorn note. All other types of suspension will be signaled by three consecutive airhorn notes, repeated. Resumption of play will be signaled by two short airhorn notes, repeated.
  6. PRACTICE ON OR NEAR PUTTING GREEN OF HOLE LAST PLAYED (PROHIBITED): Note 2 under Rule 7-2 is in effect. Between the play of two holes, a player must not make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played and must not test the surface of the putting green of the hole last played by rolling a ball. For breach of this condition, see penalty statement in Appendix I.
  7. CLOSE OF 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.
  8. DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICE : The AJGO will allow approved distance measuring devices. Some distance measuring devices may not be permitted  If the distance measuring device is designed to gauge or measure other conditions such as wind, slope or other conditions that might affect the players decision the device will not be allowed.
  9. CADDIES: During the stipulated round, the use of a caddie is strictly prohibited. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF THIS CONDITION: Disqualification.
  10. TIES: In the case of a first place tie, there will be a sudden death playoff, starting at a hole determined by the Tournament Committee. Ties for second place and on are determined by a scorecard play off using the USGA method.

Local Rules

  • Out of Bounds: Defined by inside points, at ground level, of white stakes and property fence posts. Rule 27-1.
  • Water and Lateral Water Hazards Stakes and Lines: When a water hazard or 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 and French drains are deemed to be ground under repair (Rule 25-1).
  • White-Lined Areas Tying Into Artificially-Surfaced Road and Paths: Have the same status as the roads and paths, that of obstructions.
  • Wood Chips and Mulch: are loose impediments; unless otherwise provided for in the Tournament Instructions.
  • Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are deemed to be movable obstructions (Rule 24-1).
  • Integral Parts of the Course: Includes cables, rods, wires or wrappings when closely attached to trees; liners in bunkers and artificial walls and pilings when located in hazards, unless otherwise provided.


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