|Table Of Contents|
|Happy Hookers Golf Society Rules
|General Rules Of Golf|
|Happy Hookers Golf Society Rules|
|Timely Submission Of Score Cards
It is the players responsibility to submit their score cards after participating in a HH outing in a timely fashion. All competition cards must be submited BEFORE the presentation of prizes to be eligable. The card however will remain valid for calculation of Golfer Of Year Points for that year. The HH Committee will do their best to ensure that situations of this nature do not occur, but cannot take responsibility for players submitting cards late.
It is recommended that if at all possible golfers remain afterwards for the prize presentations. This is seen as a courtesy not only to the Captain but for the rest of the golfers as well. The committee will as always endeavor to perform presentations as soon as possible, just depends on how quick the score cards can be checked. Thus it is very important that score cards are submitted as quick as possible after completing your round, for instance before you head off for a shower.
|Green Fee Liability
Once a player has committed to playing in outing, they are then liable for the full cost of the green fee if they decide to withdraw from the outing or they don't show on the day. This charge will only be made if the society is charged or the person committed to taking a tee time slot and thus prevented another member from playing. If the person does not pay the full green fee then they will be prevented from playing future outings.
|Tee Time Availability
Tee times for outings will be alotted on a first come first basis. While we don't anticipate running out of slots, in the event that we do, there will be a waiting list in place. Members will always have priority over visitors.
Every member of the society MUST abide by the local rules of each golf course that the society participates on. If available these rules will be posted on the HH Home Page.
|Outing Penalty/Extra Point System 2012+
To try and ensure that everyone in the society gets a chance to win prizes the HHGS has introduced a Outing Penalty/Extra Point System. The system is designed to penalize those that win often by applying penalty points to reduce their score, and to promote those that do not win prizes by providing extra points for them.
For each outing the top three golfers will receive penalty points as follows :
Similary for the other end of the leaderboard, the bottom three golfers will receive extra points :
The number of Penalty/Extra points for your round will be indicated on the timesheet prior to the outing and should also be indicated on your score card.
|Outing Penalty/Extra Shot System 2001-2011
To try and ensure that everyone in the society gets a chance to win outings over the year the HHGS has introduced a Outing Penalty/Extra Shot System. The system is designed to penalize those that win often by applying penalty shots to reduce their handicap, and to promote those that do not win prizes by providing extra shots for them.
For each outing the top three golfers will receive penalty shots :
Similary for the other end of the leaderboard, the bottom three golfers will receive extra shots :
|Golfer Of The Year 2003+
The Golfer of the year award will be made to the golfer who has performed consistently well over all the events in that calendar year. The golfer of the year will receive the Stephen Edwards Perpetual Trophy, named in memory of a Sun Ireland employee who passed away in 2000.
The system is simply, the stableford points scored by a player in each outing will be accumulated after each outing. This will be their points total towards golfer of the year. The number of rounds used in determining Golfer of the year depends on the number of eligible rounds being played that year. This is then reviewed by and signed off by the current incoming committee for that year.
|Golfer Of The Year 2001/2002 Season
Golfer of the year award will be made to the golfer who has performed consistently well over all events in the calendar year. The golfer of the year will receive the Stephen Edwards Perpetual Trophy, named in memory of a Sun Ireland employee who passed away in 2000.
Points will be awarded to golfers after each outing in the following manner :
At the end of the year the golfer that has accumulated the most points will be deemed the winner.
|Singles Matchplay Competition|
The singles matchplay competition will be run over the course of the year. Here are some general rules :
The Happy Hookers Singles Matchplay shall obey the following rules :
|Competition Playing Handicap|
The handicap used by a player in all HHGS competitions will in most cases be their currently assigned HHGS handicap. However in some scenarios this will not be the case.
It is the individuals responsibility to inform the HHGS committe of their current GUI handicap if it deviates from their HHGS handicap. Failure to do so could arise in competition disqualifications.
The easiest way to ensure both handicaps remain relatively in sync is to submit rounds played in GUI competitions via the Submit Round facility.
|General Rules Of Golf|
|Out Of Bounds
When hitting a ball whether from the tee or within the hole, if the ball comes to rest beyond the out of bounds line, usually marked by white stakes and will always be stated on the course score card. The golfer must hit their next shot from the same position that they hit their first, regardless of whether they can find their first ball or not, and they are penalized by 1 shot. If the player does not hit their second ball from the same spot as the first but instead drops their second ball at the point of entry into the out of bounds then they will be penalized 2 shots. Under R&A rules of golf this is normally not permissable but is only in place for this society.
If a player hits their ball and they think the ball may be lost then they must play their next shot from the same position as the first ball. Penalty is one shot. In the case that they find their first ball then they may continue as normal by playing their first ball with no penalty.
However if the first ball is not found and the player did not play a provisional ball then in normal rules the player must return to where they hit their first ball and play their next shot with a penalty of 1 shot. However to aid fair play the society ruling here is that the player may drop their second ball at point of entry into the hazard and play from here with a penalty of 2 shots. Again this is not an official R&A rule.
A general water hazard is an area of water normally marked by yellow stakes that runs across the hole being played. If a player hits their ball into a water hazard then they must take their next shot by dropping in line from point of entry into the water hazard of the first ball. They may return back along the hole as far as they as long as they are not nearer the pin. Penalty is 1 shot.
|Lateral Water Hazards
A lateral water hazard is an area of water normally marked by red stakes on the golf course that runs along either side of the hole being played. If a player hits their shot into a lateral water hazard they must take their next shot by dropping a ball within 2 club lengths, and not near the pin, of point of entry of the first ball with the a penalty of 1 shot. Remember lateral water hazards are not out of bounds, unless this is clearly marked with white stakes and stated on the golf course score card.
If a players ball comes to rest in an area of water that is not clearly marked by either red or yellow stakes then this is deemed to be casual water (normally only exists if there has been a lot of recent rain). In this instance the player may take his ball and have a free drop outside of the wet area but not nearer the hole.
|Ground Under Repair (G.U.R.)
When a players ball comes to rest inside a clearly marked G.U.R. Area the player must then remove their ball from this area and take a free drop outside the marked G.U.R. area and not nearer the hole.
|Bunker / Hazard Shots
When a ball comes to lie in a bunker or is inside a hazard line but still playable. The player may play this ball but the golf club being used to play the shot, cannot come to rest of the ground inside the hazard. e.g. in a bunker the club cannot touch the sand prior to making a shot.
|Fresh Air Shots
If a player is clearly attempting to hit a ball but completely misses it. This is deemed a one shot and the player when next addressing the ball is taking their next shot. These shots must be counted.
|Dropping and Re-Dropping
When a player is making a drop either free or from penalty, the player must stand erect and holding their arm completely straight at shoulders length and then drop the ball. If the ball after dropping comes to rest inside the hazard originall dropping from, the the player may drop again. If the second drop comes to rest inside the hazard then the player may place the in the area that they are dropping into.
|Number Of Clubs
A player must have at all times not more than 14 clubs in their bag. If they do have more than 14 clubs in their bag they will be penalized by 2 strokes per hole that they played with the illegal number of holes. In Stroke play the maximum is 4 strokes overall. In stableford player scores 0 points for each hole played with illegal number of clubs. Match Play player loses each hole played with illegal number of clubs.
If a ball comes to rest on a green other than the green being played to then the player must lift this ball and drop off this green not nearer the pin prior to playing next shot. There is no penalty.