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Posted February 13, 2021

Quail Creek Country Club Local Rules – February 12, 2021

    • Margins are defined by Yellow or Red stakes/lines.
    • All river rock or rip-rap areas are red penalty areas whether marked or unmarked. The margin is defined as the edge of the rocks.
    • Quail #8 – left of cart path in front of Copper/Topaz tees.
    • Roadrunner #4 – right of green for balls beyond the right side of the cart path alongside and behind the green.
    • 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 bounds.
    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 may 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.
    If the Ball comes to rest on the cart path, as an additional option, the player may play, without penalty, from the drop area to the right of the fairway.
    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 when that ball 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 of grass in the general area that is cut to fairway height or less. If a 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 the 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 Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a
    • As a matter of equity, the player shall be allowed to repair damage in the immediate area around his ball, using either his club, his foot, or his hand in the process, and to replace his ball as near as possible to the original spot of the ball maintaining the conditions of the shot the original lie required.

    • As a matter of equity, the ball must be at rest in the hole. If not, the ball must be holed with additional strokes, subject to the maximum score limit, until the ball is at rest in the hole.
    Penalty for breach of Local Rule: Match Play: Loss of hole; Stroke Play: General Penalty (2 strokes)
    Approved by Joel Jaress
    Head Golf Professional
    Quail Creek Country Club
    February 12, 2021

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Posted December 12, 2020

Abnormal Course Conditions:

It has come to our attention that the Robson home construction project bordering the Road Runner course has sparked several debates regarding relief. The construction has caused irregular ground conditions bordering the house lots, especially on RR5. However, because of the ever-changing conditions as well as the significant area involved due to the construction it will be impossible to keep up with marking the course as ground under repair. Therefore, there is no FREE relief under rule 16.1a for abnormal ground conditions. Golfers have to play the ball as it lies and/or take relief with penalty of 1 stroke under Rule 16.1. Note: As always, the safety of the golfer is important so moving rocks and/or other loose impediments is allowed as long as the ball isn’t moved.

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, 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.