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Local Rules – Updated February 2023

Play is governed by the USGA rules of golf. Please use the Papago scorecard local rules in conjunction with the following USGA and PWGA local rules.


  • RELIEF FROM A SPRINKLER HEAD NEAR THE GREEN: For relief from a sprinkler head that interferes with line of play, the sprinkler head must be within 2 club lengths of the green and your ball must be within 2 club lengths of the sprinkler head. Relief is drop, nearest point, 1 club length.
  • RELIEF FROM CART PATHS: All areas considered a cart path are defined only as pavement OR developed with gravel. FREE RELIEF – Obstructions Rule 6. Nearest point of relief plus one club length. No free relief from dirt paths, even dirt paths containing occasional rocks and stones. Also – no free relief from tire tracks anywhere unless marked as GUR with white lines.
  • RELIEF FROM SOD SEAMS – You may take FREE RELIEF if your ball comes to rest specifically in the seam of a newly sodded area. Drop your ball at the point where your ball gets relief from the seam but remains on the sodded area, you may drop up to 1 club length away.
  • DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES: Allowed in all PWGA events providing they do not measure wind and/or elevation. Rule 4
  • Hole #11 – The water in front of the green is a Yellow Penalty area (not Red). You may not take a drop where your ball enters the water near the green. You MAY use the drop area OR proceed under the yellow penalty area relief. You must hit across the water again. Rule 17
  • Hole #12 – The fenced area on the left of the fairway is an immovable obstruction. Free relief for swing and stance only, not line of sight. Rule 16


  • OUT OF BOUNDS: Perimeter fencing surrounding the golf course. Out of bounds is defined by the inside points off fences and posts. Rule 18
  • PENALTY AREAS: Are identified by red or yellow stakes and/or lines. Use the line if available, otherwise use the stakes for relief reference. Rule 17
  • IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS: All control boxes and weather stations are obstructions. Swing and stance relief, plus one club length only, NOT line of sight. Rule 16
  • GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Must be defined by white lines or specific sign. Rule 16
  • LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS: Loose impediments may be removed from bunkers and all penalty areas. NOTE: this includes stones in the bunkers. Rule 15
  • BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVED ON THE PUTTING GREEN: No penalty ON THE GREEN if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent or any of their caddies or equipment. The moved ball or marker must be replaced. Rule 15
  • BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVED DURING SEARCH: There is no penalty if you or anyone else moves your ball during a search. Simply replace it. Rule 7.4
  • DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE: In stroke play, a player may play a second ball under Rule 20.1c(3)

Inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to: abusive and vulgar language, non-compliance with PWGA By-laws, Standing Rules, USGA Rules, property destruction, i.e. throwing or breaking clubs, will result in disciplinary action by the PWGA committee.

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5595 E Karsten Way
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(602) 275-8428

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