Several changes to the DWGC by laws and operating procedures are being proposed by the Board of Directors. Please review and be prepared to vote on these changes at the next general membership meeting scheduled in July.


Check out the new USGA GHIN mobile apps for your phone!

For Apple users: go to the link on apple apps and search for USGA GHIN Mobile App. It is a Blue Box with USGA GHIN inside. Download and enter your name and GHIN Number and you are set to go.

For Android users: go to the link on play google and search for USGA GHIN Mobile App. Look for the Blue Box with USGA GHIN inside. Download and enter your name and GHIN Number and you are all set.


Net Double Bogey explainer – USGA Here is a link that clearly explains the Equitable Stroke Control.

For posting purposes only, the maximum score per hole is Par +2 (Double Bogey) + any pops you might receive on that hole.

  • Example:
  • If you receive 2 pops on a par 4 you would post: 6 (par 4 + Dbl Bogey 2) + 2 pops = 8.
  • If you receive 1 pop on a par 3 you would post: 5 (par 3 + Dbl Bogey 2) + 1 pop = 6.
  • If you receive 2 pops on a par 5 you would post: 7 (par 5 + Dbl Bogey 2) + 2 pops = 9.

Hidden Penalties

Common Situations With Not So Well Known Penalties

–Dan Wettstein NCGA Volunteer Official

Two of the major goals of the 2019 golf rules revisions were to simplify the rules and to speed up play. Pleased to say both goals have been successfully achieved. Tournament golf in the hundreds of NCGA tourney days has moved along at a quicker pace and with fewer penalties, making the game easier and less stressful for players and officials. That is not to say that there are not rules that still catch players by surprise. What follows are five situations that have occurred in events this year. Add these to your rules data bank.

The Backstop

“Hey! Leave your ball there. It may help me out. Sure, go for it.”  That brief verbal exchange, which occurs when a ball close to the hole might help out a ball about to be played from off the green results in a two-stroke penalty on the players involved. The reason:  such a procedure may be detrimental to the rest of the field wherein players are not helping each other. Rule 15.3a is an intent based rule not outcome based. The penalty is assessed once the players make the agreement even if the balls don’t collide. The rule is also applied even if the two players don’t know about the penalty. And, if the players do know that such an agreement is not allowed they are disqualified for deliberately ignoring the rule. This is a stroke play situation only. In match play, all the players involved are present to protect their rights.

The Quick Peek

It’s both prudent and proper for a player to pick up a ball to identify it if the player can’t be positive it’s his or her ball. However, whether the ball is lifted or just rolled a bit to check for id, the ball must be marked first. Simply lifting quickly and putting the ball back in the same spot without marking results in a penalty of one stroke. A similar quick peek is when the ball may be embedded in the general area or sitting on a hidden sprinkler head or an animal hole or track or trail. Now the situation has an interesting variation. If the player knows for sure the ball is, for example, embedded and a free drop under 16.4 is available, marking the ball is not necessary because the ball is not going to be replaced in the same spot; however, if the player is not sure, the ball should be marked first because if the ball is not in a relief situation and then must be replaced lifting without marking results in one penalty stroke. So, mark before lifting.

The Neat Freak

It’s sometimes necessary for a player to mark and pick up his or her ball when it interferes with another player’s ball. For example, if two balls end up side by side just off the green, one player may request the other to mark and lift the interfering ball. The key point in this situation is that the lifted ball may not be cleaned before it is replaced. Cleaning the ball adds one penalty stroke (Rule 15.3b).

Too Helpful

Related to the neat freak is the too helpful player who assumes he or she should mark and lift his or her ball because it lies close to another player’s ball. Unless the ball is on the green, a player can’t lift the ball in play in this situation unless requested. Doing so is one penalty stroke (Rule 15.3b).

Sacred Ground

With your ball on or off the green, ball marks or other damage on the green may be repaired. However, having a putter in your hand with your ball off the green but close enough to putt restricts what you can do with the line of play. That ball mark or old divot or just puffed up grass short of the green may not be altered. Play the course as you find it. Leave the ground as it is. Otherwise, Rule 8.1 gives you the general penalty.

Play well; no penalties!

Hole #7

What to Do (and Don’t Do) When Your Ball Goes in the Water

If you hit a ball that could be either in the water or playable outside the penalty area, the rules do not allow a provisional ball to be played from the tee or a second ball from the drop zone and then go to check on the status of the original ball and playing the first ball (and picking up the second ball) if that first ball happens to be “up.”

Check to determine the status of the first ball before deciding which option to take if the ball is, indeed, in the penalty area or proceeding with the first ball if it is playable. Ask players in your group to help you double check where your ball ended up. If the ball is in the penalty area the options are:

  • Hit again from the previous spot,
  • Use the drop zone,
  • Drop the ball anywhere on the flagstick line.

Each option operates under penalty of one stroke. Rule 18.3 When a Provisional Ball is Allowed states:

If your ball might be lost outside a penalty area or be out of bounds, to
save time you may play another ball provisionally under penalty of
stroke and distance.

BUT… if you are aware that the only possible place your original ball could be lost is in a penalty area, a provisional ball is not allowed and a ball played from where the previous stroke was made becomes your ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance.