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 of Golf apply at all MBSGA tournaments with the following clarifications:
    1. The “Preferred Lie” rule, as permitted in Appendix I of the USGA Rules, is Applicable year-round and allows you to improve your lie up to six inches through the green except in hazards. The implementation of the Preferred Lie shall be executed solely by rolling the ball with the club head and the ball shall not be lifted and placed by hand. Further, in implementing the Preferred Lie, the playing surface on which the ball rests shall not be materially changed (i.e., a ball initially in the fairway must stay in the fairway, a ball in the first cut must stay in the first cut, a ball in the rough must stay in the rough.)
    2. Article 3-2 of the USGA Rules requires that all holes scored in stroke play be “holed out”. For those few MBSGA competitions where the winners are determined solely on the Individual Low Net or Individual Low Gross (e.g., the Club Championship and the Eclectic Tournament), this means that the ball must be holed out on each and every hole and all strokes taken (including penalty strokes) are to be recorded into the scorecard. However, most MBSGA competitions are structured to be either 2 or 4 person better ball team events or Individual Point Par (a.k.a Stableford) events. In all such non-Individual Low Net/non-Individual Low Gross events, if a player has not holed out but has already accumulated enough strokes that makes their individual score on that particular hole irrelevant to the resultant Team or Point Par score for that hole, the player may lift the ball without penalty and record the Most Likely Score as defined in Article 4–1 of the USGA Handicap System Manual.
  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, please cancel via the GolfFusion Tournament Sign up Portal, or call the Tournament Director. It is the responsibility of each member to account for his/her own starting time. 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 scorecard, adherence to the rules, and insuring that his/her foursome keeps up with the group ahead.
  5. Post your score. You are responsible for posting your score in the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) handicapping system immediately 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. All scores posted shall include application of the Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) procedure as defined in Section 4–3 of the USGA Handicap System Manual. Further, for the two rounds of golf played to determine the Club Championship (and only for those two rounds of club championship competition), the scores posted in the NCGA handicapping system shall be identified as being Tournament “T” scores.
  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 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 yards away from all greens (unless you have handicap flags). 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, play "ready golf" – 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 may result in disqualification for the tournament prizes.