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Posted January 16, 2022

QCMGA HARDCARD – Background and Postings


Click here for the current QCMGA HARDCARD MODEL LOCAL RULES.

The Rules Committee has prepared a Hard Card for the QCMGA events. It is attached, along with expanded descriptions of the Model Local Rules that are used, for your use. The documents will be posted on the Rules Page on the QCMGA website. The Board approved the 2022 Hard Card at its January 11, 2022 meeting.

A Hard Card (sometimes known as a Notice to Players) along with the Game description provides the framework for our events. Local rules must be adopted and conditions established by the Committee to be in effect. Hard Cards are used by the USGA, PGA, AGA, JGAA, NCAA, etc. Many of the items on our Hard Card have been drawn from these documents.

We felt that these rules and conditions, while known by many of our members, were not always known or explained to new members. So, to refresh memories of our members and provide information for new members, we developed this document. It will be updated annually with Rules changes and procedural changes as needed.

The Hard Card will be posted on the QCMGA website Rules Page. When a Model Local Rule (MLR) is referenced, a complete summary and rule text will also be available on the website.

A special mention of procedures for inclement weather or other abnormal conditions: the Tournament Manager has an option of putting one or both of two rules in effect before the game begins: “Cleaning the Ball” or “Preferred Lies”. The difference is Lift, Clean and Replace in the general area as you would on the putting green (Cleaning) as opposed to Lift, Clean and Place in a closely mown area (Preferred Lies).

If you have questions or suggestions, please direct them to Bob Spetter or Russ Adamson. 

QCMGA Rules Committee


Quail Creek CC Local Rules

July 15, 2021


                Margins are defined by yellow or red stakes/lines.


                Quail #8 – left of cart path in front of Copper/Topaz tees.


                Margins defined by white stakes or walls and borders indicating private property.


                The Grill, Pro Shop, Wedding facility, and all paved areas beyond Coyote #9 green are out of



An area of rock closely arranged for a functional purpose (e.g., drainage or erosion control) or for decoration is an obstruction.


                Areas to the right on Coyote #3 and Coyote #8 are waste areas – not bunkers.

                Stones in the bunkers are loose impediments.


If the tree well of a tree tagged with a green ribbon interferes with the players stance or area of intended swing, the player make take relief without penalty and drop at the nearest point of relief that provides complete relief from the tree and is in the relief area, no nearer the hole.

AERATION HOLES: USGA Model Local Rule E-4 (MLR E-4)

                If a player’s ball lies in or touches an aeration hole:

Ball in General Area. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1b (Dropping ball in the relief area). If the ball comes to rest in another aeration hole the player may take relief again under this Local Rule.

Ball on Putting Green. The player may take relief under Rule 16.1d (Placing the ball on the nearest point of relief.

But interference does not exist if the aeration hole only interferes with the player’s stance, or on the putting green, on the player’s line of play.


When a player’s ball has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds, the player may proceed as follows rather than proceeding under stroke and distance. But the player may not use this option to take relief for the original ball that is known or virtually certain to have come to rest in a penalty area, or the player has played another ball provisionally under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 18.3). A player may use this option to take relief for a provisional ball that has not been found or is known or virtually certain to be out of bounds.

For two penalty strokes, the player may take relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

Two Estimated Reference Points:

Ball Reference Point: The point where the original ball is estimated to have come to rest on the course, or last crossed the edge of the course boundary to go out of bounds.

Fairway Reference Point: The point of fairway of the hole being played that is nearest to the ball reference point but is not nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

For purposes of this Local Rule, “fairway” means any area or grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less. If the ball is estimated to be lost on the course or last crossed the edge of the course boundary short of the fairway, the fairway reference point may be a grass path or a teeing ground for the hole being played cut to fairway height or less.

Size of Relief Area Based on Reference Points:

Anywhere between a line from the hole through the ball reference point (and within two club-lengths to the outside of that line), and a line from the hole through the fairway reference point (and within two (2) club-lengths to the fairway side of that line). But with these limits:

Must be in the general area, and

Must not be nearer the hole than the ball reference point.

Once a player puts a ball in play under this Local Rule:

The original ball that was lost or out of bounds is no longer in play and must not be played.

This is true even if the ball is found on the course before the end of the three-minute search time (see Rule 6.3b).

Penalty for breach of a Local Rule: Match Play: Loss of hole; Stroke Play: General Penalty (2 strokes).

Approved by Joel Jaress

Head Club Professional

Quail Creek Country Club

July 20, 2021


Posted December 12, 2020

Road Runner Hole 9 Wall:

Recently there have been questions regarding the wall that fronts the green on RR9. It is in a yellow penalty area. There are yellow stakes across the fairway side of the wash and yellow stakes at the end of the cart path bridge on the green side and left of the cart path as well as stakes on the left greenside of the penalty area. The wall is in the penalty area. Whether it is an integral part of the course or an obstruction the player will not get relief. The only relief option a golfer has is to take penalty relief from the penalty area.

Therefore, a golfer can play the ball as it lies or take relief under Rule 17.1d

MLR E-5 Rule:

Posted separately below on the QCMGA website is a copy of the email blast that was sent to the QCMGA membership last July 26, 2020. There seems to be confusion as to how or when you can use USGA Model Local Rule E-5 (MLR E-5). Please read that information and if you have any questions please contact George Lamping at or any of the Rules Committee members, Russell Adamson, Jeff Carmien, Wally Howard or Bill Chapman.  Also, here is a link to a USGA YouTube video on MLR E-5, 

Thank you and remember golf is a game. Let’s enjoy golf and be thankful we can at Quail Creek.

QCMGA Rules Chairman, George W. Lamping

Committee: Russell Adamson, Wally Howard, Jeff Carmien, Bill Chapman, Bob Spetter, Joel Jaress

Posted by Jerry Colbert for George Lamping.


Posted July 23, 2020

To: All QCMGA Members

Our Golf Professional, Joel Jaress, posted a NEW local rule in a Quail Creek POA Email blast. His post is shown below.  The rule is effective on Friday July 24, 2020. If anyone has questions about MLR E-5, please contact George Lamping (QCMGA Rules Chairman), Joel Jaress (Head Golf Professional), or any member of the QCMGA Rules Committee.

Text of Joel’s Post

Starting Friday July 24, 2020 the local rule, MLR E-5 Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds will be in effect. With the new local rule in effect, there will be no longer a need for the red stakes on the right side of Quail #4 and Roadrunner #9. This local rule should help with Pace of Play on the entire Golf Course.

Click here for a detailed explanation of the local rule, MLR E-5.