Rules of Golf
- Competitions are played in accordance with the Rules of Golf and the MGC Local Rules. All who play or mark scorecards in competitions are expected to be familiar with both.
- An abridged version of the Local Rules is printed on the back of the scorecard. The full Local MGC Rules and MGC Winter Rules are on display in the locker rooms and on the Club website.
- Temporary Local Rules are displayed on the whiteboard outside the Pro Shop.
- The use of Distance Measuring Devices is allowed.
- The use of Motorised Transportation (buggies) is allowed.
- The use of Caddies is allowed.
Refer to Appendix F for recommended Handicap Allowances.
- There are no handicap limits for entering club competitions and winning Divisional prizes.
- Some Major Stroke play Competitions have handicap restrictions on winning the trophy. Refer to Appendix B (men) and Appendix C (ladies) for further details.
- For competitions that are played over 2 rounds on the same day or on 2 consecutive days, players will play the entire competition with the handicap as at the first round of the competition.
- When prizes are awarded based on results across two or more separate individual competitions such as the Mens and Ladies Millennium Trophies, players will play with the current handicap applicable on the day of day.
Note: CONGU guidance is that when there is a handicap limit on entry to a competition, permitting players to play from a lower handicap than their entitlement is permitted, though contrary to the spirit of handicapping and not recommended. The full Course Handicap must be used for handicapping purposes and the restricted handicap is simply for competition result purposes.
Men’s competitions are usually played from the white tees in the summer and the yellow tees in the winter. Seniors competitions are played from the yellow tees. Ladies competitions are played from the red tees.
Results in Singles Competitions are usually calculated in Divisions, according to Handicap Index:
Men & Open to All
up to 12.0
up to 14.0
up to 22.0
When there is only a small number of entrants, results may be calculated as all in the same division.
Note: The Divisional limits will be reviewed after the impact of the WHS has been assessed.
A player may practise on the course before a round or between rounds of a Match Play competition.
A player must not practise on the course before a round on the day of a Stroke Play competition.
A player must not practise on the course between rounds of a Stroke Play competition when the rounds are played on the same day.
Exception: A player may practise putting or chipping on or near:
- The first teeing area before the round
- The putting green of the hole just completed
- The teeing area of the next hole
But such practice strokes must not be made from a bunker and must not unreasonably delay play.