Club Rules



(Revised August 2016)


(Extracted from Club Constitution and Bylaws)

“Section 1. Membership shall be available to all men and women, 50 years of age or older, who live in Riverbend. There shall be a least 25 members with a maximum membership of 300.

Section 2. Memberships in the club are individual and non-transferable.

Section 3. Only golfers with a reasonable and regular opportunity to play golf with fellow members and who can personally return scores for posting may be members and receive USGA Handicap Indexes from the club.

Section 4. Membership confers no voice in the operation of neither any golf courses, clubhouses nor any facilities of the courses.

Section 5. Membership confers no special privileges in connection with any golf course.

Section 6. Memberships in the club are for a calendar year only, with all memberships expiring on December 31.

Section 7.  RIVERBEND GOLF CLUB is private club, membership is restricted to current club members and current and future residents of Riverbend and those paid members as of July 24, 2012.”

Outings and Participation

(Administrative rules as to member and guest play in Club Outings)

  1. Participation in the game of the week is optional. Any member who wishes may participate. Any member who does not wish to participate must notify the starter rep of the Competition Committee prior to or at the time entry fees are to be paid. The current entry fee is $5. However, if you pay your entry fee, you must play the game as declared. You may not pick up on any hole in one of the games involving gross or net score. In these games you must count all strokes until the ball lies in the hole. In the QUOTA game you may pick up if you cannot score a point on that hole; take the maximum score allowed for your handicap.
  2. Cancellations must be made by 6:00 PM on Thursday. If you do not notify the person scheduling the tee time and just do not show up, you will be assessed a $5 fine. Others may be on the waiting list to play that week. If you have a valid reason acceptable to the competition committee, you may not be charged this fee.
  3. Guests are encouraged. If the guest has a current GHIN handicap card or another handicap card from a system approved by the club officers, he may participate in the game of the week.
  4. The competition committee will choose tees under 6,000 yards whenever feasible. You will be notified each week which tees we are to play. Everyone in the game of the week will play the same tees unless otherwise specified. Those who are not participating will be grouped together and may play any set of tees they wish. They must keep their own scores on a separate scorecard. All members shall enter their own scores in the GHIN system..
  5. It is to your advantage and by USGA and Club rules you must enter all of your scores, regardless of when or where played. This will provide you with a legitimate handicap. You must enter your scores whenever and wherever you play including with us on Fridays.
  6. Try your best to keep up the pace of play, particularly when putting or hitting a provisional ball. Failure to play at a reasonable pace may result in the competition committee assigning some individuals to specific teams in future outings. Play “ready golf” with no penalty. (Club Rule)
  7. When the Club is playing Quota, the following scoring applies:

                  Bogey 1 point

                  Par 2 points                 

                  Birdie 4 points            

                  Eagle 8 points *

                  Double-Eagle 16 points (Sometimes called an Albatross)

                 *Although a hole-in 1 is an Eagle, our Club Officials have valued it at 16 points. Points are based on gross score each hole and not net. The                        minimum quota for any individual is 6 points.



(REVISED August 2016)

Rules Definitions:

USGA Rules and the “Local Rules” of the Golf Course then serving as the venue for Club play apply to all Club outings, except our Club play will recognize the following “Club Rules” which supersede any conflict:

  1. No mulligans are permitted. (USGA and Club Rule)
  2. No conceding putts in gross and net scoring games although concessions are allowed in Quota, if non-scoring putt, and in Match play (Club Rule and USGA 3)
  3. Play the ball where it lies in the rough. In the fairway, player may roll the ball within one foot. When the play is Cart Path Only, “lift clean and place” or “preferred lies” may be used in the fairway and rough when announced prior to play by the Competition Committee Starter. Otherwise, improving lies incurs a 1-stroke penalty and the ball must be placed back where it was. (Club Rule and USGA 13)
  4. If you think your ball may be out of bounds or lost in the woods off the tee, announce and play a provisional shot (USGA). You may tee the provisional shot. If your first ball is not OB or lost, continue play with that ball; otherwise, play the provisional and take a stroke and distance penalty (lying 3 hitting 4). If you hit a suspected OB or lost ball on any other stroke, hit a provisional from the same spot. Proceed as above. If you fail to hit the provisional and instead you drop where it went OB or lost , take a 2 stroke penalty. (Club Rule to facilitate pace of play by not allowing returning to tee or point of prior strike).
  5. If you hit into a water hazard (yellow stakes) and you find your ball, you may either play the ball or declare the ball unplayable and drop as far back as you wish on the extension of a line from the hole to the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard, but the shot must be taken with the water hazard between you and the hole. Take a 1 stroke penalty. If it is virtually certain that your ball is in the hazard, proceed as described. If you cannot find the ball and you are not sure the ball went into the water, proceed as a “lost ball” and per Club Rule 4 or 7. (USGA 26)
  6. If you hit into a lateral hazard (red stakes), you may drop within 2 club lengths of the spot your ball crossed the margin of the hazard, but no closer to the hole. Take a 1 stroke penalty. (USGA 26)
  7. If your ball is in the woods and the area is not marked as a lateral hazard, hit a provisional. You may take no longer than 2 minutes (Club Rule) to search for the ball. If you do not find your ball and did not hit a provisional ball, drop within 2 club lengths no closer to the hole at the point where the ball entered the woods and take a 2 stroke penalty (Lost Ball penalty). If you do find your ball and decide to declare the ball unplayable, either go back in the line extended from the hole to the spot where the ball lies unplayable as far back as you wish and no closer to the hole and continue play from there, taking a 1 stroke penalty, or drop within two club lengths of the spot where the ball lies and is unplayable and no closer to the hole and take a one stroke penalty. (USGA 27 and Club)
  8. If you deem your ball is unplayable as it lies anywhere on the course, you may go back on an extension of a line between the hole and the spot where the ball lies unplayable as far as you wish and continue to play from there, taking a 1 stroke penalty, or you may drop the ball no closer to the hole within two club lengths of the spot where unplayable, taking a 1 stroke penalty. You may apply this rule to a ball in a bunker, but the drop must remain in the bunker. If the ball is unplayable because of a man-made obstruction such as a drain or wall, the 1-stroke penalty does not apply. (USGA 28)
  9. If your ball is on or near a root or rock or tree, you may either play the ball or take an unplayable lie (drop within 2 club lengths no closer to the hole, taking a 1 stroke penalty.)
  10. You may remove loose impediments outside a hazard (USGA 23), but cause your ball to move.
  11. Do not bend or break branches, briars, weeds, etc in an attempt to make your ball more accessible. This is considered improving your lie and is a 1 stroke penalty. (USGA 13)
  12. In the event of an embedded ball, you may lift, clean and place with no penalty (Club and USGA Rule), unless the ball is in sand in a bunker. Lift, clean and place requires you to mark the spot with a tee before lifting. Place the ball as near to the embedded spot as feasible and no closer to the hole. You may do the same in a hazard but take a 1 stroke penalty. (USGA 27)
  13. If there is reasonable doubt as to whether the ball is yours, lift and identify the ball. Do not clean it. The ball must be replaced in the exact spot and condition where it originally was. (USGA 12) You may not improve your lie without penalty. Please mark your ball in some way so you may readily identify it. (USGA 6)
  14. Use the same ball from tee through the green unless it is lost. You may change balls between holes. Penalty is 2 strokes. (USGA 15)
  15. No player may carry more than 14 golf clubs onto the course. Penalty is disqualification. (USGA 4-4) (Club)


            Yellow stakes or lines mark a water hazard.

            Red stakes or lines mark a lateral hazard.

            Out of bounds is marked by white stakes or lines.


When playing in a Club event based on gross and net scoring, each player counts every stroke taken scoring for the scorecard towards winning the event.  The score should consist of every stroke, including penalty strokes taken in the event.  However, when posting your score in the GHIN system for handicapping purposes, the system provides for a “per hole” cap on how many strokes you may include in posting your score. This is called the Equitable Stroke Control or ESC. Using your handicap for the subject course (not your handicap index), review your scorecard for each hole.  If you have taken more strokes on a hole than that shown on the below chart for your corresponding course handicap index, the maximum strokes you may take is listed and you must reduce your score by the aggregate excess strokes (for all 18 holes). The revised lower score after the review is your “adjusted” score and is the score you post in the GHIN system for that round of golf.

Maximum Strokes Allowed

(USGA Equitable Stroke Control)