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Policies & Rules

THE PRO REGULATES PLAY ON THE COURSE. Check for the rules of the day outside the Pro Shop or on the first tee.

ALL PLAYERS must register at the Pro Shop prior to teeing off. GROUPS WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED A TEE SEQUENCE UNTIL ALL MEMBERS OF GROUP ARE PRESENT AND HAVE REGISTERED. Foursomes and threesomes will be given preference on tee.

METAL SPIKES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

Attire:
Proper golf attire is required on golf course property and in clubhouse at all times during golf season. Collared shirts are required. Bermuda shorts are permitted. (Shorts of tennis length and blue jeans are not permitted)

Electronics:
The use of cell phones and beepers are strongly discouraged. These devices should be carried for emergency purposes only and placed on silent or vibrate mode at all times when on course property.

Carts:
Carts are mandatory on weekends and holidays prior to 2:00 P.M. from April 1 to October 31.
Absolutely no one under the age of 18 is permitted to operate a cart at any time. Carts are not to be operated on or near greens or tee banks and are STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM THE SIDE HILL AREAS ON HOLE #4, #5, #6 AND #7.

Maximum capacity in a cart is two (2) people and two (2) bags.

USE CAUTION! Motor vehicles have the right of way on public roads. Carts must follow the automobile traffic pattern.

Conduct:
ALL MEMBERS (AND THEIR GUESTS) ARE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF NEWTOWN COUNTRY CLUB. ANY MEMBER WHOSE CONDUCT VIOLATES THE STANDARD OF GOOD ORDER AND DECORUM, OR SERIOUSLY INTERFERES WITH THE PERSONAL COMFORT, ENJOYMENT OR SAFETY OF OTHERS MAY BE SUSPENDED OR TERMINATED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS.

Any member or guest shall make no staff members or employee the subject of personal reprimand. Any complaint must be submitted in writing to the Board of Governors.

Members with privileges suspended for any reason shall not play as a guest of another member.

Members & Guests:
No guest shall play more than two (2) times in any calendar month. Guests are required to play with a member unless previously arrange with the pro.

House guests of members shall have unlimited playing privileges with member during a visit (not to exceed two (2) weeks). House guests may also play prior to 12:00 noon.

Members withdrawing from a tournament must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tournament. Failure to do so will require member to pay all associated golf and restaurant fees. Cancellation for the Wednesday night scramble must be done prior to 4:00 P.M.

Weekday members may only play in tournaments held on weekdays.

Junior members may play on weekdays only and are not eligible to play in tournaments. Weekend and holiday play is allowed as a guest of an adult member.

No one under the age of fourteen (14) is permitted to play on weekends and holidays prior to 2:00 P.M.

Prospective members may play one (1) round of golf by paying the appropriate greens fees and are to be accompanied by a member or the pro. These fees will be credited to their account upon approval of their membership application.

Etiquette:
Be quite when others are hitting.
Place all garbage in trash receptacles.
Do not throw clubs.
Do not leave burning cigarettes or cigars on greens or carts.
Refrain from using foul language.

Slow Play Policies:
Newtown Country Club's policy on rate of play allows for a round of nine holes of golf be played in approximately one hour and forty-five minutes (1:45).

Rule of thumb: If the group following you is waiting to hit and you are not waiting on the group ahead.

"YOU ARE PLAYING TOO SLOWLY"
NCC adheres to the U.S.G.A. rule regarding the maximum number of strokes that may be taken by a player based on handicap.
  Handicap Max Stokes allowed
  9 or less Double Bogey
  10 thru 19 7
  20 thru 29 8
  30 thru 39 9
  40 or more 10

U.S.G.A. Rules of Golf:

Rule #1 Ball out of Bounds: If your ball is out of bounds you must play another from the spot in which you played your last shot. You must add a penalty of one stroke. If your ball is in bounds, but your stance or swing is interfered with by objects marking the out of bounds you are not entitled to free relief.

Rule #2 Ball in Water Hazard: If your ball is inside the margins of a water hazard you have the following options:

1. Play the ball as it lies in the hazard. (Do not ground your club)
2. Play a ball from the spot you hit your last shot.
3. Drop a ball behind the water hazard keeping the point it entered the hazard between the hole and the spot you drop the ball. There is no limit as to how far you can go back. If you choose option #2 or #3, you must add a penalty of one (1) stroke.

Rule #3 Ball on Cart Path: If a cart path interferes with your swing or stance, you are entitled to free relief. Find the nearest point of full relief and drop the ball within one (1) club length of this point no closer to the hole.

Rule #4 Sprinkler Box: If a sprinkler box interferes with you swing or stance (not line of sight) you are entitled to free relief. Find the nearest point of full relief and drop the ball within one (1) club length of this point no closer to the hole.

Rule #5 Drainage Grate or Ditch If a drainage grate or ditch filled with stone interferes with or swing or stance, you are entitled to free relief. Find the nearest point of full relief and drop the ball within one (1) club length of this point no closer to the hole.

Rule #6 Car Ropes If a cart rope interferes with your swing or stance, you are entitled to free relief. You may move the ropes and stakes. Do not move your ball.



Local Rules of Golf:

Rule #1 - Ball in flower bed or mulched areas:  All flower beds and mulched areas are free relief.  1 club length no closer to the hole or within designated drop area if marked.

Rule #2 - Screen on Hole #7 / Tee Box #8: If the screen, hedges and mulch behind Hole #8 tee interferes with your swing, stance or line of sight to pin or ball is agreed among competitors that ball entered the bushes but cannot be found you may: A). Play the ball as it lies or  B). Find the nearest point of full relief on a line parallel with the fairway on the 7th hole fairway side of the fence (no closer to the hole). Drop the ball within one (1) club length of this point no closer to the hole. Ball may be taken back as far as necessary to remove the obstruction (screen) from line of sight to the pin

Rule #3 – Hole #9:  Ball crossing both margins of the water hazard from tee regardless of its proximity to the flagpole is out of bounds. (See U.S.G.A. rule #1)

Rule # 4 - Distance Measuring Devices - For all play at this course, a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only.   If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is measuring other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.

Rule #5 - 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 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.”


Please use the link below to download our 2014 Information Guide, which contains the above policies & rules.