Rules of Play
U.S. Deaf Golf Association (USDGA), its members,
spectators, and players, will adhere to USGA
rules. The U.S. Deaf Golf Championships (local)
committee, some board members of USDGA,
Tournament Director and some helps from a Pro
Shop may also be referred to as
All decisions and rulings made by
Rule 33-1 -
has no power to
waive a Rule of Golf.
Please become familiar with the
USGA Rules of Golf.
Rule 6-1 -
It is the
to obtain and familiarize themselves with the
U.S.G.A. rulebook, if they have not already done so.
- All play shall be governed by USGA Rules and its
decisions; and where applicable, by local rules,
conditions, and definements, subject to changes by
the Committee. Decisions of
- If a referee has been
his decision on the golf course is final. (Rule
34-2 and A “referee’’ is one who is appointed by
to accompany players to decide questions of fact and
apply the Rules. He must act on any breach of a Rule
that he observes or is reported to him.)
- Competition is considered to have closed when all
players have submitted their scorecards to the
Tournament Director and the results are officially
- Protest of any contest and/or tournament is not
- Entry Qualification:
Deaf/Hearing Impaired golfers must have 55dB or
above in the better ear.
- Spectators are welcome and
encouraged to watch the tournament.
- All spectators are to stay (walk)
on the cart path and in front of the group they are
watching. All spectators are to stay at a reasonable
distance (at least 20 yards) from all golfers while
on the course.
- Spectators are not permitted to
communicate with any golfers during competition (no
direct or indirect communication during a round).
You may clap and encourage them.
- Spectators may help golfers to
search for lost balls (i.e. in tall grassy area) if
near the cart path. If a ball is found, DO NOT TOUCH
- QUIET: Do NOT move at all when a
player is about to swing or putt.
- Cameras are allowed, but NO FLASH
- Due to any medical reasons,
spectators are allowed to ride carts and must remain
on the cart path with the carts all the time (check
with Pro Shop first and pay $$$ per person). GPS on
the cart may be off.
RANGE FINDERS /
YARDAGE MEASURING DEVICE:
The Championships will
allow for all rounds players to obtain distance
information by using a GPS or Yardage Finder device
(approval by USGA) that measures distance only.
(Caution: A device with
slope is not approval by USGA.) However,
if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a
distance measuring device that is designed to gauge
or measure other conditions that might affect his
play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature,
etc,), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for
which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of
whether any such additional functions are actually
Such as any (designed
for deaf communication) pagers and cellular
telephones are not permitted to be in use on any
Championships rounds. A player, if in a breach of
the rule, shall be disqualified.
- “Advice” is any counsel or suggestion which could
influence a player in determining his play, the
choice of a club or the method of making a stroke.
- No players, parents or
spectators shall be allowed to coach or give advice
to any player who is competing during play.
Note: Information on the
Rules or on matters of public information, such as
position of hazards or the flagstick on the putting
green, is not advice.
- The use of caddies is allowed; must check with the
committee and local Pro Shop first.
- The use of motorized carts is allowed; however,
the committee may not allow Open golfers to ride
- All spectators using powered carts must remain on
the cart path at all when operating the carts.
- Pull carts are
permitted; must check with the committee and local
Pro Shop first.
- Scorecards are to be exchanged. Each player should
verify his/her score and that of their opponents
after each hole and prior to next tee box. It is
that each player verify their score prior to signing
- All scorecards must be signed by both players and
scorekeeper, where appropriate, prior to turning
scorecard in to a Tournament Official.
- Players are to report to the Starter 10 minutes
prior to their starting times.
- Any player that arrives 5 minutes after starting
time will be assessed a two-stroke penalty.
an identification mark on your ball
(Required). If you can't identify it as yours,
disqualifications (from USGA Rules)
shall be in effect. Even if in a
serious breach of Etiquette,
the Committee shall
decide whether a player who should
be DISQUALIFIED or not. Note that a
MAY NOT get any cash prizes.