Local Rules

These specific Local Rules override USGA Rules of Play

Recommendations on how to play promptly

Current rule: No recommendations are given.

Mill Creek Local rule: Recommends that players make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds, and usually in less time.

 

Embedded Ball Rule

Current rule: Embedded ball rule where the player is entitled to relief through the green in closely mown areas only.

Mill Creek Local rule: Embedded ball through green WITH THE EXCEPTION of hazards in all other areas.

 

Code of player conduct

Current rule: Committees may disqualify players for a serious breach of etiquette, but are not allowed to impose lesser penalties such as a 1-stroke penalty or a loss of hole/2-stroke penalty.

Mill Creek Local rule: Committees are given authority to adopt their own code of player conduct and to set penalties for the breach of the standards in that code.

 

Use of clubs damaged during round

Current rule: A player may use the damaged club only if it was damaged in the “normal course of play.”

Mill Creek Local rule: A player may keep using any damaged club, even if the player damaged it in anger.

 

Repairing damage on the putting green

Current rule: A player may only repair ball-marks or old hole plugs on the putting green.

Mill Creek Local rule: A player may repair almost any damage (including spike marks and animal damage but not including natural imperfections) on the putting green.

 

Player moves or touches a loose impediment in a bunker when the ball is in the bunker

Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions).

Mill Creek Local rule: No penalty AS LONG AS the player uses their hand in moving loose impediments.

 

Player accidentally moves his or her ball during search

Current rule: 1-stroke penalty.

Mill Creek Local rule: No penalty BUT player must replace the golf ball back to its original position.

 

Player accidentally moves his or her ball or ball-marker on the putting green

Current rule: 1-stroke penalty (with exceptions).

Mill Creek Local rule: No penalty.

 

Player touches the line of putt or touches the putting green in pointing out a target

Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty (with exceptions).

Mill Creek Local rule: No penalty, so long as doing so does not improve the conditions for the player’s stroke

 

Putting with an unattended flagstick left in the hole

Current rule: Loss of hole/2-stroke penalty if the ball is played from the putting green and hits the unattended flagstick in hole.

Mill Creek Local rule: No penalty if a ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in hole.