Rules & Regulations

***NEW FOR 2018***

Starting in January 2018, we will only be using PGC Tournament scores to calculate a players index (no longer using GHIN for our tournaments). We will be using the PGC Tournament Index and not the USGA Index because players’ scores in PGC Tournament events are knowingly verified by their competitors and the Tournament Director.
Once a tournament player has completed at least three (3) tournament rounds in the PGC Tournament Series, that player will have obtained a PGC Tournament Index, which will only factor scores played in PGC Tournaments. Once obtained, the player’s Tournament Index will be used to appropriately flight the individual. A verifiable USGA Index will only be accepted by the tournament director if a player does not have the minimum PGC Tournament rounds recorded (3).
If you play in our tournament with an existing GHIN index or outside handicap index (but no previous PGC tournament rounds), your handicap index will be subject to an adjustment of up to 80% until you fulfill your 3 round requirement to create a PGC tournament index.
The PGC Tournament Index is calculated by the following chart:

Use this table to determine how many rounds are used in the PGC Tournament Index calculation.
3 – 6 rounds, your best round is used as the differential.
7 – 8 rounds, best 2 rounds.
9 – 10 rounds, best 3 rounds.
11 – 12 rounds, best 4 rounds.
13 – 14 rounds, best 5 rounds.
15 – 16 rounds, best 6 rounds.
17 rounds, best 7 rounds.
18 rounds, best 8 rounds.
19 rounds, best 9 rounds.
20 rounds, use the best 10 rounds.
The formula to calculate a PGC Index is identical to a USGA Handicap Index. The only differences are:

  1. You only need 3 tournament rounds to establish an PGC Tournament index (vs 5 rounds)
  2. The revision period will occur every weekly (vs bi-monthly) – we play a max of 2 tournament rounds a month



Play will be governed by the Rules of Golf of the United States Golf Association and, where applicable, by the Rules and Definitions.

  1. TEE BOXES: Typically, A/B/C flights play from 1-up. Women play from “womens tees” and will be adjusted against the playing field. If you are over 60 (with valid id), you have the option to move up to the forward tees. Your course handicap will also be adjusted (up to 2 strokes) and then you will be flighted accordingly. However, once you declare that you are playing from the senior tees, you will be playing there for the remainder of the golf year and you will not be able to cherry pick courses to move up on.

    All players with a course handicap of 0 or better will play from the back tees (tips) and their handicap will be adjusted against the field (receive up to 2 strokes).


  3. MAXIMUM STROKE COUNT – TAKE NO MORE THAN DOUBLE PAR: To ensure everyone maintains the pace of play, please record a score no more than DOUBLE PAR. Ex) 6 for par 3, 8 for par 4, 10 for par 5.

  5. ***SLOW PLAY PENALTY RULE IN EFFECT*** 2-STROKE PENALTY FOR ENTIRE GROUP! If your group is playing extremely slow (1 hole or more behind the group ahead of you) and is the cause for delaying the rest of the tournament field, your entire group will incur a 2-stroke penalty after two warnings. The 2-stroke penalty will be assessed on the hole you received the final warning and added after the round is completed. To report slow play, please ensure the group ahead of you is playing 1 hole or more behind. Then, call the Pro Shop to send the ranger out to notify the group ahead of you. If slow play continues, call the pro shop again and the ranger will come out, determine if the group is 1 hole or more behind, and then assess a 2 stroke penalty for the entire group.

    When the Desert Rule IS NOT IN EFFECT if your ball goes Out-Of-Bounds:

    • Please review the scorecard for out-of-bounds (OB) rules.
    • If your ball is hit OB, you must re-hit from the spot where you hit your ball out of bounds with a one stroke penalty. (e.g. if your drive goes OB you’re hitting 3 from the tee box. If you hit your second shot OB you’re hitting 4 from the spot you hit your second shot OB)
    • If you are not sure your ball went OB, play a provisional ball.


    When the Desert Rule IS IN EFFECT – If your ball crosses over grass on the way to the desert and did not go OB:

    • No provisional ball is needed.
    • If found, the ball can be played as it lies in the desert without penalty. (e.g. if your drive crosses grass and you find it in the desert you’re hitting 2).

    • The ball can be played from a point within 2 club lengths of where it last crossed grass with a one stroke penalty. Relief is NOT the nearest grass, it is where your ball last crossed grass! (e.g. if your drive crosses grass and you chose this option, you’re hitting 3 after dropping 2 club lengths from where your ball last crossed grass).

    • The ball can be dropped within 2 club lengths of where the ball lay no nearer the hole with a one stroke penalty. CAUTION! If you drop your ball and it rolls right back into the junk, you don’t get a free re-drop but are assessed a penalty stroke AGAIN to drop out of the junk!! (e.g. you find your drive, it’s unplayable but there’s a spot to drop next to where it lay. After your drop, you’re hitting 3.)

    • The ball can be dropped behind where the original ball lay keeping that point directly between where you drop and the hole with a one stroke penalty. You can go back as far as you want. (e.g. if you find your drive in a bush and you choose to drop back on a direct line, you’re hitting 3 after your drop.)


    If your ball does not cross over grass on the way to the desert:

    • Play a provisional ball. Clearly state that you are playing a provisional.
    • If the ball is found it can be played as it lies in the desert without penalty. (e.g. if your drive goes straight right never crossing grass and you find it in the desert, you’re hitting 2).

    • If the ball is found but unplayable there’s 3 options: 1) you can drop 2 club lengths from that spot (e.g. you drop out of a bush you’ve driven into with a one stroke penalty, you’re hitting 3); 2) drop back on a line keeping that spot directly between you and the hole (e.g. you drop 5 yards directly behind the bush, you’re hitting 3); 3) you can play your provisional (your provisional is like taking a stroke and distance penalty and you’re hitting 4!). BE WISE!!!

    • If the ball is not found, you must play your provisional. (e.g. if this happens on your drive you’re hitting 4 when you take your second shot with your provisional).

    • If you cannot find the original ball and did not hit a provisional, you must make the “Drive of Shame” back to the original spot play from there. (e.g. if this happens on your drive you drive back to the tee box and you’re hitting 3) AND you’re buying the next round for your group and the group behind you.


    NOTE: The Desert Rule applies to any shot you hit, NOT only your tee shot.

  8. QUESTIONS ON A RULING: This is not the PGA tour, so let’s not get too serious. If you have a rules question, please ask your playing partners on how to proceed. We are all here to have fun!

  10. PLAYER CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY: The Premier Golf Club has an expectation that each player adheres to commonly accepted standards of golfing etiquette during competition and exemplary behavior (off course) at all times as they are representing our club.

  12. FLIGHTED GROSS SKINS GAME: Qualifying skins will be determined by “par or better” within each flight.

  14. COMPLETED SCORECARDS: Upon completion of your round, please turn in your scorecards, signed and attested to the clubhouse.

  16. TIE-BREAKERS: The tie-breaker will be determined by a scorecard playoff by taking the lowest gross score starting from the #1 handicapped hole (if tied, then #2…#3 handicapped holes, etc.) until a winner is decided.

  18. POSTING TOURNAMENT SCORES: The Premier Golf Club Handicap Committee will be posting ALL PLAYER scores (members and non members) into the GHIN system following the tournament – utilizing Equitable Stroke Control (ESC).

  20. FLIGHT PROMOTIONS: As of January 2018, since we are using our PGC Tournament Indexex, we will no longer be doing flight promotions.