Maplewood Women's Golf Association

4050 Maple Valley Highway
Renton, WA 98058

In General


To preserve the traditions of the game of golf, we should practice good golf etiquette before, during and after our round of golf. Your behavior will have an effect on everyone around you. Click here to learn basic golf etiquette guidelines.

Slow play affects everyone playing behind you. A conscious effort to play your round at a good pace will make the game of golf more enjoyable for everyone.

General Guidelines
  1. Put an identification mark on your ball. If you cannot identify it as yours, it's lost. If your ball becomes unfit for play during play of a hole, you may replace it, without penalty, while playing the hole or between holes.
  2. Count your clubs. No more than 14 are allowed in your bag.
    Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred: maximum penalty per round: 4 strokes.
  3. It is a two stroke penalty for asking advice from anyone.
  4. During a hole you may practice swing but not play a practice stroke. Between holes you may practice chip or putt on or near the putting green of the last hole played or the tee of the next hole but not from a hazard. Two strokes.
  5. Play without delay. Two strokes - Repeated offense: disqualification.
  6. When taking a drop for relief or for a penalty, the general rule is that you get 2 club lengths for penalty drops, and 1 club length for relief drops where there is no penalty (ie relief from cart paths).

Rules Corner

Penalties at a Glance

Out of Bounds and Lost Ball:

Stroke & Distance (Rule 18)

Unplayable Lie/Ball:

One Stroke Penalty (Rule 19).

Grounding club in sand:

No longer a penalty. See full rules here. (Rule 12)

Ball in Penalty areas:

One Stroke, if you choose to take relief from the penalty area (Rule 17)

Ball putted from ON the green striking competitor's ball at rest on the green:

2 stoke penalty (Rule 11)

Interested in the full rules?

Click here to take a deeper dive into the USGA Rules.

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