NSIGA RULES OF PLAY – 2018
1 USGA rules of play apply except as noted.
2 The 14 club rule does not apply to NSIGA play.
3 Scoring is stroke play. There is a maximum of triple bogey on any hole, after which
you should pick up your ball and proceed to the next hole.
4 You are allowed to move your ball one club length no closer to the hole
5 You may change your ball at any time without penalty.
6 The maximum three putt rule applies. The only gimme allowed is the third putt. Pick
up your ball after the second putt, and proceed to the next hole (adding 3 putting
strokes to your score). Players wanting to putt out may do so, as long as you do not
hold up play. Your ball must be on the green before the three putt rule takes effect.
You cannot move the ball from the fringe, rough or trap to the green to apply the
three putt rule.
7 If you have a lost ball, there is a one stroke penalty. Place your ball two club lengths
from where it is lost, no closer to the hole.
8 If your shot goes out of bounds, there is a one stroke penalty and you should place
your ball in-bounds, two club lengths from the nearest point where the ball went out
of bounds, no closer to the hole.
9 If a ball goes into a water hazard, there is a one stroke penalty. Place your ball one
club length from where it crossed into the hazard, no closer to the hole.
PACE OF PLAY
NSIGA host clubs expect rounds not to exceed 4½ hours (under normal conditions).
All foursomes should play “ready golf.” If there is an open hole in front of you, your
team must speed up play. If you fall more than one hole behind the group in front of
you, wave the group behind you through.
NSIGA members are expected to dress in proper golfing attire. Golf clothing of the type
displayed in our member golf shops is recommended. Collared shirts are required,
tucked into golf pants or shorts. Golf headwear is worn with the bill facing forward.
Golf shoes are required of the non-metallic type.
WHEN YOUR CLUB HOSTS AN NSIGA PLAY DATE
When an NSIGA round is scheduled on a member’s home course, that member should
register to play only if there are spots open on the last day of registration. This allows
all other NSIGA members to have access to your course.
The suggested tees played by each member are:
Ages 50 – 64 Regular (Member) Tees (next set of tees behind Senior Tees)
Ages 65 – 74 Senior Tees (next set of tees behind Forward Tees)
Ages 75+ Forward Tees (shortest tees on the course)
These are suggested tees. Members can play from any set of tees they choose to
enhance their playing enjoyment. After declaring the set of tees a player wants to play,
those chosen tees must be played for all NSIGA events.
Flights are determined by handicaps. Players with the lowest handicaps are in the 1st
flight, with each succeeding flight having players with progressively higher handicaps.
Prizes will be awarded to players within each flight for low gross and low net scores.
Past members who do not have a GHIN index will have a temporary handicap
determined from the previous year’s average score minus 72.
Members who do not have a GHIN index are not eligible for weekly ball awards until
they establish a GHIN handicap.
NSIGA Handicaps are determined in three steps:
1 Each player’s Handicap Index is obtained from the GHIN system.
2 The average slope rating of the 18 courses played is used to calculate each player’s
Course Handicap, based on the tees played. For 2018, the following average
slopes will be used to determine Course Handicaps:
Regular (Member) Tees: 128 Slope
Senior Tees: 121 Slope
Forward Tees: 114 Slope
3 Since players within each flight are competing from different tees, players using the
Regular Tees and the Forward Tees will have their Course Handicaps adjusted to
compete fairly with players using the Senior Tees (per USGA Handicapping Manual,
Section 3-5a, “Players Competing From Different Tees”).
FOUL WEATHER POLICY
A scheduled round is played rain or shine unless the pro shop cancels the event. If you
withdraw after the registration period closes (3 days prior to the event), please contact
the pro shop directly. Failure to do so will have you on the No Show list.