Local Rules of Play

See USGA Rules
The local rules are printed on the scorecard and the following additional local rules will be in effect for the Glenview Men's Club.


  1. A ball is out of bounds if it comes to rest (1) outside the perimeter of the golf course, (2) on or over the blacktop road leading into the parking lot, (3) in the parking lot, or (4) in the gravel area around the clubhouse excluding the exit and entrance paths to #1, 9, 10, and 18 holes, or as clearly marked white lines that may be added by golf course staff.
  2. Out of bounds and lost ball: Penalty - stroke and distance.


  1. The water hazard on holes 8, 11, and 12 is a regular water hazard. If a ball enters the hazard the ball may be dropped anywhere back along a line drawn from the pin through the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, or return to the original spot from which the ball was hit into the hazard. Penalty - one stroke.
  2. The lakes between #9 and 10 and # 10 and 18 and to the left front of #7 green are defined as lateral water hazards. In addition to the options described for the regular water hazard a player may drop the ball within TWO CLUB LENGTHS of the point where the ball LAST CROSSED the margin of the hazard, or at a point equidistant from the flagstick on the opposite side of the hazard. Penalty - one stroke.
  3. A ball, which comes to rest on the island in the lake between holes # 9 and 10 shall be deemed to be hit in the water and playing a ball from the island is prohibited.

Local Rule for Native Areas:

If your ball goes into a Native Area, you must drop a ball outside of the red painted area and take a penalty stroke.  We are following a Local Rule here. You must not hit out of the Native Areas.  If you can carefully enter a Native Area without damaging the ground, you can retrieve your ball, but you are not allowed to hit out of there. 


Through the green, a ball which by force of impact remains in its' own pit mark may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay and must come to rest not nearer the hole.

Flower Beds

If your ball lands inside a flower bed that is in bounds and outside of a hazard, you are allowed a free drop.


13TH Hole – According to Rule 24-2, a ball that comes to rest on the cart path adjacent to the green where the stone wall interferes with your swing may be lifted to the nearest point of relief, not closer to the hole, without penalty. Many times this means your drop would put you on the 17th tee. If this occurs, the player may drop to the nearest point of relief, not closer to the hole, but on the same level (next to the green) as the cart path.

15th Hole -- A ball that comes to rest behind the protective screen on the practice tee between #15 and 16, ball may be dropped with no penalty (1) in a drop circle located in the practice area, or (2) back along a line drawn from the flagstick and the point where the ball came to rest. These options DO NOT APPLY to a player who hit the screen while playing the 16th hole. The only relief provided in this situation is according to the provisions of Rule 24-2-b, Immovable Obstructions.


  1. If an obstruction interferes with or hinders a player's stance or swing, the ball may be dropped without penalty within ONE CLUB LENGTH of the nearest point of relief from the obstruction but no nearer the hole.
  2. The evergreen bushes which are designated as 150 yard markers ARE NOT considered to be obstructions and the ball must be played as it lies, or treated as an unplayable lie with a ONE stroke penalty.
  3. All trees including those with wood chips at their base will now be treated as regular trees. You must play the ball as it lies in these cases. The only exception will be the trees WITH THE CORRUGATED SLEEVE AROUND THE TRUNK OF THE TREE. If any of these specially marked trees interfere with a player's stance or swing, he is allowed a FREE drop within one club length of the nearest point of relief.


SUMMER RULES will be in effect at all times unless a sign is placed on the first tee indicating that winter rules are in effect. Under summer rules the ball must be played as it lies. When winter rules are in effect, a ball which is lying IN YOUR OWN FAIRWAY may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 12 inches of where it originally lay, not nearer the hole, and so as to preserve as nearly as possible the stance required to play from the original lie. Check for notices.


Before a ball on the putting green is lifted, its position shall be marked by placing an object, such as a small coin, immediately behind the ball; if the object interferes with another player, it should be moved one or more putterhead-lengths to one side. Penalty for violation of this local rule is one stroke and the ball shall be replaced.

Conduct of Play, Score Posting and Handicaps


If after play starts the course is officially closed, and then reopened the same day, play may be resumed from the tee where play was halted or the round may be replayed within the same week for which the event is scheduled unless the event is canceled.


To enter you must have an established USGA Handicap Index and must have posted at least 6 scores to the CDGA Web Site during the last 12 months. Players not meeting this requirement must wait until the following year to enter a handicapped Match Play event unless approved in advance by the Match Play Chairman.

Matches are to be played in the time period specified on the bulletin board in the men's room of the clubhouse. Since the primary purpose of match play is to meet other club members, please do not sign up for the match play event unless you will have time to play your matches on the weekends. No one wants to win a match by forfeit. Don't wait for your opponent to call you to set the time for a match. You are BOTH RESPONSIBLE for making the arrangement at the earliest possible time. Matches that have not been scheduled by the round deadline will be scheduled by the GMGC Board on a Saturday or Sunday.

If after a match starts the course is officially closed, and then reopened on the same day, the match may be resumed from the tee where it was halted. If play cannot be resumed on the day the match started, it may be resumed on any subsequent date within the schedule limit with play starting on the first hole, but the scoring of the match to resume at the tee of the last incomplete hole of the unfinished match.

In any match handicaps continue until the match is completed to include sudden death. Handicap strokes apply as they fall on the scorecard during sudden death playoffs.

HANDICAPS and Posting Scores in the CDGA System

  1. All 18 hole adjusted scores played on ANY golf course MUST be posted into the CDGA System on the day the round was played.
  2. You can post your score using the Kiosk computer located in the Golf Shop, on your phone using the CDGA App or online at https://cdga.org. As a member of the GMGC, your Home Course is GPGC.  GPGC is the default Course on the CDGA Kiosk. The CDGA Posting process has changed for 2020. All USGA member courses can now be found using the course search function.  
  3. Handicaps are calculation according to the WHS System and are based upon the lowest 8 adjusted scores of the last 20 rounds. For new members, handicaps are calculated after 3 rounds are posted. The maximum handicap for a member is 54. Handicaps are updated every night.
  4. The GMGC may amend a handicap based upon current CDGA rules
  5. In regard to the GPGC, scores must be posted in the CDGA system my Midnight on the day the round was played from the Tees that you played. If you play from the Black Tees, you post that round from the Black (not Silver/Black), regardless of the location of the tee box on that day.


Have your foursome ready to tee-off at your scheduled time. Respect the Keep Pace policy of the club. Replace your divots and rake all sand traps after hitting your shot. When playing a shot from a fairway other than your own give the right of way to players on that hole. DO NOT PRACTICE ON THE COURSE. Use designated practice area for all practice.

Fix all ball marks on the green.

Study your putt and be ready to putt when it is your turn. After putting out leave the green immediately so others can play. Avoid walking around the cup area on the green and replace the flagstick with care.

Golf carts should not be pulled onto the tee areas or between the grass area located between the green and the sandtraps.

Searching the water hazards for golf balls other than your own is not permitted at any time.

DO NOT WAVE UP following players on the par three holes. This is an unsafe procedure and is against Park District regulations.

KEEP PACE. All foursomes are monitored for slow play. Groups not keeping pace will receive warning letters and may lose their playing privileges for the season.

Following the general rules of golf etiquette makes the game more enjoyable for all players and maintains YOUR GOLF COURSE in good condition.