(Revised 1/17/19)USGA rules of golf will govern all play with the following
1. Obstructions-Rule 24
A free drop (no penalty; stance or swing only) will be allowed for the following
immovable obstructions. Player may drop within one club length of a point
established that is no closer to the hole that affords player relief from
the listed condition.
a. Concrete cart paths
b. Fairway yardage stones
c. Irrigation boxes/heads
d. Storm drains
e. Power poles
f. Comfort stations
g. Cart directional ropes/stakes may be played as immovable or movable obstructions
h. Any dirt area immediately adjacent to a cart path is considered an extension
of the cart path
2. Ground Under Repair-Rule 25
a. Fire ant mounds that are active
b. Newly sodded areas even if not marked
c. Flower beds behind the 9th and 18th greens
d. Areas identified as "ground under repair", identified by white
lines or a sign noting such.
e. Any unusual damage caused by maintenance vehicles, golf carts, or the like.
3. Out of Bounds-Rule 27
Out of bounds is identified by the inside edge of white stakes at ground level.
Sidewalks or roads bordering the golf course as noted below. A ball is out
of bounds when the entire ball lies outside the golf course edge of the O.B.
stake, road, or as listed below:
" Hole #1-Course edge of sidewalk, right side of the fairway beyond the
" Hole #6-Fence on right side of course
" Hole #10-Course edge of sidewalk beyond the green
" Hole #11-Course edge or roadside left of tee
" Hole #14, 15 and 16-Course edge of sidewalk along right side of fairway
" Hole #17-Course edge of sidewalk left of green
" Hole #18-Course edge of roadside behind the green
Note: O.B. double stakes identify indefinite O.B. in direction of second stake.
Free relief is not permitted from any obstruction that is out of bounds; O.B.
stakes are out of bounds and may not be removed.
4. "Lost Ball or Out of Bounds" Alternative to Stroke and Distance.
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: for two penalty strokes, the player may take relief
by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area. The relief
area is on the fairway, within 2 club lengths from the edge of the
fairway. The ball should be dropped adjacent to the area of the original ball,
no closer to the hole. Additional details can be found here.
5. Lateral Water Hazards-Rule 26, are defined by red lines or in the absence
of lines defined by red stakes. Ball may be played from inside the hazard,
or relief options with penalty stroke may be take. Bulkheads are considered
part of the hazards and relief requires penalty.
6. Embedded Ball Rule 25-2, If a player's ball is embedded in any closely-mown
area through the green, it may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty,
as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The
ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.
7. Players are responsible to keep informed on the rules of golf, local rules
and areas of ground under repair as they are updated or changed. If a question
arises concerning a rule during a round, under Rule 3-3, announce and play
an alternate ball and request a ruling from the professional staff at the
completion of your round.
8. The "One Ball Rule" is NOT in effect.
9. Protection Against Lightning - Players have the right to stop play at
anytime if they think lightning threatens them, even if play has not been
10. Distance measuring devices are "OK" and permitted providing
they measure distance ONLY.
11. The Hazards located around the green on hole #5 and on the right side
of hole #6, defined by red stakes with green tops, is deemed an environmentally
sensitive area. Playing from or entering this area is PROHIBITED. A player
MUST, under of penalty of one stroke, proceed under Rule 26-1. Entering this
area to search for a ball is prohibited.
12. "Play It Forward Rules"
a. When a member reaches the age of 75 and their age + handicap is equal
to or greater than 95, that member may, at their own choosing, play their
drives from the 'SKY' tee box. If the member has decided to take advantage
of this new rule, the following rules will be implemented.
b. The member's handicap will initially be reduced by 4 strokes. After a member
has played 3 rounds from the 'SKY' tees, their handicap will be re-calculated
and posted. Once the member has reached 3 rounds, their handicap will be calculated
in accordance with methods used with all members of VEMA.
c. Par 3's are exempt. All VEMA members will tee from the GREEN tees on all
d. On individual play events, a separate flight will be created with only
the 'SKY' players. Winnings will be divided among those players.
e. Once a member chooses to move forward, they must play from the 'SKY' tees
until the end of the VEMA fiscal year is completed. (September 30th) At the
end of each fiscal year a member may choose to move back to the green tees
with an addition of 4 strokes added to their handicap.
f. 'SKY' tees will be used for all VEMA events unless otherwise approved by
the VEMA board.
Distance measuring devices are "OK" and permitted providing they
measure distance ONLY.
Local VEMA Rules of Play for VEMA Tournaments
USGA and Viera East Golf Club Local Rules govern all play.
If the tournament warrants always Play Ready Golf.