CJGA Conditions of the Competition and Standard Local Rules

CJGA Conditions of the Competition and Standard Local Rules

Play is governed by the 2016 Golf Canada Rules of Golf, the 2016-2017 Golf Canada Decisions on the Rules of Golf and where applicable, by the following Local Rules and Conditions of Competition, subject to changes, additions or deletions for particular championships.  The player’s attention is drawn to Conditions of Competition as printed on the forms accompanying applications for entry.  Complete text of the Rules and Appendix 1 Parts A and B, may be found in the 2016 Golf Canada Rules of Golf.

Unless otherwise noted, the penalty for a breach of a Local Rule or Condition is:

Stroke Play – Two Stokes; Match Play – Loss of Hole.


  1. Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green:
    Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows: When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced
  2. Embedded Ball Through the Green: The Local Rule, including the exceptions, as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 3a (Page 124) is in effect.
  3. Abnormal Ground Conditions – Rule 25: Ground Under Repair includes:
    1. Areas defined by white lines;
    2. French Drains, which are exposed trenches filled with rocks or stones;
    3. Seams of Cut Turf – through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed ground under repair. However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1.  If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1.  All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.
    4. Cultivated Flower Beds and Turf Nurseries are ground under repair from which play is prohibited. If a player’s ball lies in these areas, or it interferes with the player’s stance or area of his intended swing, the player must take relief under Rule 25-1.
  4. Aeration Holes: The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 3d (Page 126) is in effect.
  5. Turf Plugs on Putting Greens: On any putting green, turf plugs of any size have the same status as old hole plugs and may be repaired under Rule 16-1c.
  6. Stones in Bunkers: Stones in bunkers are movable obstructions (Rule 24-1 applies).
  7. Obstructions – Rule 24:  White lined areas tying into artificially surfaced roads, paths or obstructions are deemed to have the same status as the artificially surfaced road, path, or obstruction and not ground under repair.  The line itself is part of the obstruction. Permanent curbs adjacent to artificially-surfaced roads and paths are deemed to be part of those paths.
  8. Temporary Immovable Obstructions: The Local Rule as prescribed in Appendix 1, Part A, Section 4b (Page 129) is in effect and includes any temporary obstruction installed for the competition.
  9. Distance-Measuring Devices: For all play during CJGA events, a player may obtain distance information by use of a distance-measuring device.  If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
  10. Integral Parts of the Course: Integral parts of the course include tree wrappings, electrical wires, cables and other objects when closely attached to trees unless otherwise posted in the “Notice to Players”.
  11. Permanent Elevated Power Lines or Cables: If a ball strikes a permanent elevated power line or cable, the stroke MUST be cancelled and the player must play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played in accordance with Rule 20-5.  If the original ball is not immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted without penalty.


  1. Stipulated Round: Unless otherwise posted in the “Notice to Players” a tournament round for a division will consist of two consecutive 9-hole stipulated rounds when all play in a division starts on the same hole.  In the event that every player in a division is unable to complete 18 holes but has completed 9 holes and the event is subsequently cancelled, the 9-hole score will count.  Every player in that division must complete nine holes for the event to count.
  2. Golf Balls: The ball the player plays must be named on the current List of Conforming Golf Balls issued by Golf Canada.  Penalty for Breach of Condition:  Disqualification.
  3. Caddies: A player is prohibited from using a caddie during a stipulated round on the CJGA Junior Tour. Caddies are permitted for juniors competing in the U11 & U9 divisions on the CJGA Linkster Tour. Penalty for Breach of this Condition: see the Penalty Statement for Rule 6-4.
  4. Pace of Play (Rule 6-7 Undue Delay): The CJGA Policy for Pace of Play is in effect and posted.  A player will be subject to penalty if he unduly delays play.
  5. Discontinuance of Play: Note to Rule 6-8b (pages 50-51) is in effect for potentially dangerous situations that play must be discontinued immediately following suspension by the Committee.  If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.When play is suspended by the Committee for a dangerous situation, if the players in a match or group are between the play of two holes, they must not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play.  If they are in the process of playing a hole, they must discontinue play immediately and not resume play until the Committee has ordered a resumption of play. If a player fails to discontinue play immediately, he is disqualified, unless circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided in Rule 33-7.  All practice areas and practice putting greens are closed during a suspension for a dangerous situation until the CJGA Rules Committee has declared them open.  A player using such practice areas will be subject to disqualification.Note:  Signal for suspending play due to a dangerous situation will be a prolonged note of the siren.Other signals used:
  1. Practice: Between the play of two holes, a player must not make any practice stroke on or near the putting green of the hole last played and must not test the surface of the putting green of the hole last played by rolling a ball.  (Note 2 to Rule 7-2, page 53.)
  2. Transportation: Players must not ride on any form of transportation during a stipulated round unless authorized by the CJGA Committee.  Penalty for Breach of Condition:  See Penalty Statement in Appendix 1 Part B, Section 8 (page 141).
  3. Ties: In a stroke play competition, ties for first place will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff.  In the event a playoff cannot be conducted; the tie will be decided by matching cards based on the best score for the last nine holes.  If the tying players have the same score for the last nine, then the last six holes, last three holes and finally the 18th hole will be used to determine the winner.  If the players are still tied, the same process will be used for the front nine.In match play, in the event of a tied match, (a) the winner is decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off and (b) the stipulated round is deemed to extend to as many holes as are required for a match to be won.
  4. Parents and/or Spectators: A player may be subject to penalty if he/she or any member of his/her party is in violation of the CJGA Spectator Policy, which is in effect and posted.
  5. Returning Score Card: A player’s score card has been returned to the Committee when the player has completely exited the defined scoring area, unless the player, prior to leaving, verbally informs the Committee of his intention to leave the scoring area and return.
  6. Close of Competition: The competition is deemed to have closed when the trophy has been presented to the winner or, in the absence of an award ceremony, when the CJGA Rules Committee has approved all scores.