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Scoring Routine, Rules and Etiquette


1. Scoring Routine:
  • a. Each foursome keeps 2 scorecards. Please use the first initial and last name.

  • b. The drivers of each cart report the scores (total strokes/total putts) for their twosome. Example: On a par 4, the driver has a par with two putts and their partner has a birdie with one putt. At the next hole the driver records their scores on their card and then reports them to the other driver by simply saying “4/2-3/1.” When both carts use this routine, it saves time, reduces scoring errors and gets you to the 19th Hole faster.

  • c. After completing the front 9, each scorer tallies the 9-hole scores for the foursome and compares to ensure agreement, and reconcile any discrepancies. Repeat for the back 9.

  • d. At the end of the round, each scorer tallies the gross, net and adjusted scores for 18 holes. Compare cards once more for agreement and reconcile any discrepancies.

  • e. When scoring is complete, the most legible scorecard should be signed by one scorer and attested by the other scorer. Give the scorecard to the Tournament Organizer to tally overall scores and determine the winners.

  • 2. Posting Scores:
    The Handicap Chair will post SWS member scores or SWS members may post their own scores for handicaps.
    3. Rules & Etiquette
  • a. Every stroke counts for Handicap Players - No Mulligan's!

  • b. Mark your ball with an indelible pen to identify your ball. If you hit the wrong ball, you incur a 2 stroke penalty.

  • c. No more than fourteen (14) clubs in your bag.

  • d. On the putting green: Be aware of the other players' putting lines. Stepping on another's line could affect their putt. Putt everything out.

  • e. Marking the Ball on the green: The object is to be able to replace it to the same location. The proper way to do that is to place your mark directly behind your ball.

  • f. Marking the Ball so it does not interfere with another player’s intended line of putt: When another player asks you to mark your ball to the side, the proper method is to first mark your ball where it lies, then move the mark. And when you replace the ball, first move the mark back, and then place your ball.

  • g. Pace of Play: At all times keep up with the group in front of you.

  • h. Ready golf: Be ready to hit your next shot.

  • 4. Putting:
    Once your ball is on the green each stroke to the hole counts as a “putt” even if the ball rolls off the green. If your putt is not holed out, you have the option to continue putting even if you are no longer away. Announce your intention to continue putting by saying “I’ll finish.” Otherwise, mark your ball and wait till it is your turn to putt.
    5. Dropping the ball: If the situation calls for you to "drop" the ball, hold the ball shoulder-high with the arm extended and drop the ball. You are not allowed to drop the ball again just because you don't like where the ball lands (like if it lands in a divot).
  • a. Free Relief: From a cart path or drainage ditch, you are allowed to drop within 1 club-lengths of your nearest point of relief.

  • b. Penalty Drop: From a hazard, you are allowed to drop within 2 club-lengths of the nearest point of relief.

  • 6. And the most important rule of all: HAVE FUN!