Rules of Play & Conduct of Members


Members of the Monterey Bay Seniors Golf Association have certain responsibilities in regard to the following rules of golf and conduct in relationship to the MBSGA.

  1. U.S.G.A. rules apply at all of our tournaments. The one exception is that you are permitted to improve your lie six inches through the green except in hazards. Further infractions may result in disqualification, or at the discretion of the Board of Directors, the member may be asked to resign.
  2. Be on time. Arrive at the golf course 30 minutes prior to your tee-time. This is particularly important if you are in the latter groups … because we need to give our Table Crew sufficient time for them to wind up their work and get ready for their tee time (remember, the Table Crew always tees off last).
  3. Call in. If you have signed up to play and then find you can’t make it, call Ken Peterson (831) 728-3082. It is the responsibility of each member to account for his own starting time. If you do not call in, you may not be permitted to play in the next two tournaments. Two no shows in a fiscal year may result in termination of membership.
  4. In all MBSGA tournaments it will be the policy that the highest handicappers will tee off first, regardless of partners. The lowest handicap player will be responsible for the score card, adherence to the rules, and insuring that his foursome keeps up with the group ahead.
  5. Post your score. You are responsible for posting your score after every tournament, except for scrambles. If your score is not posted, the Board has the prerogative of posting a penalty score for you that day.
  6. Rake bunkers. Take the rake with you and save time. Replace fairway divots and repair all ball marks, it only takes a moment.
  7. Ties – All ties for first place will be decided by score card comparison, starting with the number one handicap hole.
  8. Do not scuff up the greens with your spikes. Even soft spikes can cause a problem. If you accidentally do so, please tamp them down so the players behind you don’t have to putt over a scuffed green.
  9. Do not practice putting on any green during a tournament. There is a two stroke penalty for delay of play.
  10. If you ride a cart, keep it at least 30 feet away from all tees and greens. Also, you should drop one player off at his ball and proceed to your ball. After each shot is played, the driver can then pick up other player and go to where the next shots are to be played. Put clubs away after you arrive for the next shot.
  11. Speed up play – It is the responsibility of every player to insure that he does not delay play or cause the delay of his foursome. If you are not disturbing another of your foursome, it is not necessary to play by "honors" – if you are ready, hit your shot. Every member must do his utmost to complete each round in four and one-half hours or less.
  12. Remember, we are guests at each of these courses and you should observe their signs for such things as parking, cart path signs, not wearing spikes in certain areas, etc. Your conduct may have a bearing on our being able to continue playing the course.
  13. Table Crew duty – Each member not serving on the MBSGA Board of Directors shall perform Table Crew duty at least once per year. The Vice President will send out a signup form during the last quarter of the year requesting each member to select the tournaments for Table Crew service.
  14. Start and end time – The scorer for each team is responsible for recording the actual start and completion time for the team on the scorecard. Failure to record the time and sign and verify the card will result in disqualification for the tournament prizes.