(Revised 1/17/19)USGA rules of golf will govern all play with the following local rules

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 driving range
" 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. (added 1/17/19)
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 officially suspended.

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 par 3's.

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.