League Rules, Policies and Tidbits
- USGA Rules apply at all times.
- The League is governed by the PCLL By-Laws (reviewed September, 2017) and
PCLL Standing Rules (revised November, 2017).
- Eligibility – To be eligible to play in the League, each woman must be a paid member and have a USGA-approved handicap
through Plum Creek. Membership in the League is also required to win a weekly prize. Non-members may play a maximum of two (2) rounds without joining.
- Handicap – A permanent USGA Handicap is a prerequisite to be eligible for tournament and season prizes in the League. The maximum handicap allowed for our League is 36. If a new League member does not have an 18-hole verified handicap from the preceding year, she will be given a handicap after they have submitted five scores from any course.
- League scores will be posted for each member, and ALL other scores must be posted by the member. The purpose of the USGA Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable by enabling players of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis. Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player is responsible for posting all acceptable scores. (The only scores not to be posted are listed in the Rules of Golf under “Unacceptable Scores”.) For handicap purposes, Equitable Stroke Control must be applied to all scores, including tournament scores. As long as you are playing a round in accordance with the Rules of Golf, the score must be posted. If it is a “practice” round, it should be declared as such prior to teeing off and should not be posted. Posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played is preferred. Otherwise, the score must be posted online.
- Equitable Stroke Control – Click here for more information.
- League members are required to play in five league events to be eligible to compete in the League Championship.
If Interclub falls on a Wednesday, Interclub play for a member will be
considered a league event.
- A ball is considered “lost” if not found in 3 minutes.
- When playing from the forward tees at Plum Creek, there are no yellow (water)
penalty areas. Play all water as a lateral (red) penalty area.
- The long grass parallel to the fairways may be played as a penalty
area (red stakes); take a penalty drop. Or if you choose to hit from the
long grass, you MAY ground your club.
- To speed up play - when a player has reached her ESC (Equitable Stroke
Control) maximum number of strokes for a hole, she should pick up the ball
and record that number on the scorecard. Exceptions to this are the League Championship and games in which a total score for the round and/or hole is necessary.
- Birdies and chip-ins – Circle and note on your scorecard each week. These will be rewarded at the year-end awards.
- Hole-in-One Pot – League fees cover the hole-in-one entry fee
for all League members. If only one member scores a hole-in-one during official Wednesday League play, she will receive a cash payment of the entire pot at the year-end awards. If more than one member scores a hole-in-one during official Wednesday League play, the pot will be split equally among those members. If no one has a hole-in-one during this year’s season, the funds will be used at the discretion of the League committee towards the year-end lunch, awards, etc.
- Ringer Scores – Cumulative best gross score on each of the 18 holes for the League season. These will be managed through the Ladies League website. After the first League round, the gross score for each individual hole will be recorded. Each subsequent round, your gross score for each hole will be recorded if it's better than previously scored. At the end of the season, awards are given for the lowest gross score in each flight.
- Any questions related to rules or scoring during play should be called
to the attention of the playing group and a call made to the Pro for
clarification. If the question cannot be resolved at that time, play a
second ball (if necessary) on the hole, circle the hole on the scorecard,
and give the scorecard and explanation to the golf Club Pro at the end of
- Again, USGA rules shall be followed unless otherwise specified.
- BE ON TIME. Golfers should be ready to tee off no less than 15 minutes prior to the start of play.
- Be alert and courteous.
- Be at your ball with club in hand and ready to play when it’s your turn.
- Replace divots on the fairway, repair ball marks on the green and rake bunkers, leaving the rake in the bunker.
- Record scores on the scorecard at the next tee so you do not delay the group behind you.
- PLAY READY GOLF. Be prepared to hit your ball as soon as it is your turn. It’s okay to hit if another player is not yet ready.
- Pace of Play:
- Our goal is a four-hour round.
- All golfers are expected to keep up with the group in front of them. If you are out of position, you need to speed up your play. If you are unable to keep up with the group in front of you, please allow the group(s) behind you to play through. (Few golfers think they are slow…please be aware if you are out of position.)
- Click here for additional Pace of Play guidelines.