Rules and Regulations
By Registering with the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour, a player accepts the Rules and Regulations of the Tour, including any modifications made by the Tour during the season, or for a specific event.
Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and by the following Conditions and Local Rules.
1. Tour Registration: Registration to the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour is open to all Boys and Girls between the ages of 8 and 18, who have completed an Annual Registration that has been accepted by the Tour. Younger players may be accepted at the discretion of the Tour Directors. High School Seniors who have started college may continue playing through the end of the calendar year. A player is deemed to be of good standing, if not otherwise informed by a Director of the Tour. The Annual Registration covers a calendar year, which includes Spring Series, Summer Series and Fall Series.
2. Event Registration: Entry to Tour events is open to all members in good standing. Depending on the season and host course, availability, to an event or division may be limited to a certain number of players. Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Players will be informed by the Tour Directors/Administrator if they have been accepted in the event field or been placed on a waiting list pending availability in the field.
3. Each event will have specific "Conditions of Competition" detailing Distances and Tee Markers for each division, Local Rules, etc..
4. Age Group Divisions/Yardages
Championship 18-hole Divisions
Boys 14-15 and 16-18 6300-6600 yards - ECJGT Blue Tees
Boys 12-13 5100-5600 yards - ECJGT White Tees
Girls 15-18 5100-5600 yards - ECJGT White Tees
Girls 12-14 4800-5200 yards - ECJGT Red Tees (at 2 day events same yardage as 15-18 Girls, around 5500 yds)
Premier 9-hole Divisions
Boys 10-11 2000-2200 yards - ECJGT Orange Tees
Girls 10-11 2000-2200 yards
Boys 8-9 1200-1450 yards - ECJGT Black Tees
Girls 8-9 1200-1450 yards
Should there be less than three players in a premier 9 hole division, Boys and Girls fields may be combined into one division.
When setting up the course for the younger age groups, every attempt will be made to set the course up in such a way as to allow them to hit a short to mid iron into the green in regulation. Depending on the course and the hole to be played, this will mean that tee markers may be set in the fairway. The 9- hole divisions will utilize our Developmental Rules detailed below.
Age groups will be determined as of the day of the event. Players may elect to play up an age group.
5. Tee Times: All players are personally responsible for knowing their tee times. Players and Caddies need to be at the starter 10 minutes before their allotted tee time to go over the rules of competition for their division, any local rules and to allow the first player in the group to be ready to tee off on time. If players arrive at the tee, ready to play, a two stroke penalty will be assessed if they do not tee off on time. If the players arrive at the tee, ready to play, after their group has left the first tee, they will receive a score of triple bogey on that hole and any other holes missed. Players may not join a group during play on a hole, but may join them on the next tee. Please read the full Tee Time policy.
6. Maximum Score: In our one day events, no player shall take no more than a double par on any hole, unless specific event rules deem otherwise. All 18 hole divisions in 2-day events will need to play out to be eligible for National Junior Scoreboard consideration.
7. Distance Measuring Devices: Only laser type rangefinders, that measure distance only, are allowed. No GPS type rangefinders are permitted, or lasers that include slope etc.
8. Caddie Policy; For our one day events, participants in all age groups may have a caddie. Players in the 9 hole Premier 11 and under age division must have a caddie. The caddie must be at least 15 years of age and preferably has some understanding of the rules and etiquette of the game of golf. Caddies should only give short verbal assistance and then step away until the shot is played, stay completely off the tee boxes and greens and allow players to read their own putts. Caddies should not give swing instruction. Please revue the full Caddie Policy Caddies are not photographers and may not take pictures or videos! No caddies available for 18 hole divisions in 2 day events.
9. Pace of Play: Your group's position on the course is right behind the group in front of you! It is expected that groups play at a minimum pace of play of 43 minutes per 3 holes (4 hour 18 minute round). We play Ready Golf! It is encouraged that putts under 2 feet are played out vs. marking. Every attempt will be made to have "Time Par" for the event posted at the First Tee.
Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 40 seconds to play a shot. Those players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green) will have an extra 10 seconds to play. It is the caddies duty to help the player hit each shot within the time limits. The 40 second rule is in effect to assure playing without undue delay and to prevent over coaching and slow play.
A group will be deemed to be out of position on the golf course when they are over time par, which is defined as taking an average of 14 minutes per hole, or by keeping up with the group in front. When it is determined that a group is out of position they will be asked to speed up play. If the group remains out of position at the next time check point (at least three holes later), they may be fined a one stroke penalty for a first offense. If they remain out of position at the next time check point they will be fined two strokes. If a group finishes more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of them they will be assessed a two stroke penalty.
10. Ground Under Repair GUR: Enclosed white line areas define ground under repair. Other areas considered GUR include fire ant beds and mounds and any staked trees or shrubs.
11. Embedded Ball: The “Embedded Ball “ Rule is in effect through the green. You may lift, clean and drop your ball, as close as possible to the place it embedded. If it rolls closer to the hole, or lands back in the original embedded hole the player may re-drop.
12. Disqualification: No player may be disqualified for any violations of the Rules of Golf in our one day events. Instead the player will be assessed a double par on a hole for an infraction that would otherwise have lead to disqualification. A player and/or his caddie may be disqualified for code of conduct violations.
13. Electronic Devices: Cell phones, video recorders, DVD camera's, headphones, pagers and other electronic devices may not be used during play and should be switched off. First offense: warning, second offense and further offenses: triple bogey. Cell phones may only be used to alert rules officials or emergency personnel.
14. Tobacco and Alcohol: Tobacco and alcohol use by caddies is not permitted . First offense: warning, second offense: 2 strokes, third offense: code of conduct player disqualification.
15. Spectator Policy: Spectators may rent carts and follow groups, but may not give advice to players. Only caddies may give players advice. Spectators should not talk to players and stay in the rough or tree line (stay off Fairways and do not stand behind greens when players are hitting to the green!), so as not to affect or disturb any competitors. It is recommended to stay 30-40 feet away at all times, unless supplying players with food or drinks no more than every 4-5 holes. Under no circumstances may spectators assist competitors with rules questions, or get involved with players in discussing any issues on the course. Officials may assess penalties. Spectator Carts must stay on the cart paths.
16. Code of Conduct: Violations of the Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to: abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse of the golf course or the facilities, littering or any other conduct unbecoming a player. First offense: warning, second offense: disqualification. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of tour playing privileges.
17. Dress Code: Players and caddies must wear acceptable golf attire. Not permitted are short shorts, swimwear, denim, T-shirts, or tank tops. Players or caddies who do not adhere to these codes will not be permitted on the course. Spectators should also wear acceptable golf attire, that excludes t-shirts, short shorts, denim, cargo shorts etc. If in doubt please consult the dress code of the host club on their website. We want to be sure that dress code is not the reason we are not invited back!
18. Scorecards: Immediately after completion of play, players and markers must go directly to the scorer’s tent to verify and attest, sign and turn in scorecards to the scorekeeper. Any and all score or rules uncertainties must be resolved before signing and turning in scorecards. Once scorecards have been turned in, the score is final.
19. Result of the competition: When all scorecards have been collected and approved by the Scorekeeper, the result of the competition will be officially announced.
20. Rules Quiz: Each player will need to submit a completed and scored Rules Quiz before they can play. See details under Rule Quiz.
21. Scoring will take place at a dedicated scoring area that will only allow access to the competitors in a group by group fashion. No parents, caddies or other players will be allowed access. Every attempt will be made to enter scores directly into a computer to avoid scoring errors. Once a player leaves the scoring area scores are final.
22. Divot Sand Bottles: Each player will be required to have their own sand bottle to fill divots during their round. In our experience "Parmesan Shaker" containers or Gatorade/Powerade bottles make excellent divot sand containers!
23. Local Rule: Accidental Movement of Ball on the Putting Green
When a ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, or his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment. The ball or marker must be replaced.
Note: If it is determined that the player's ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind. water or some other natural cause such as the force of gravity, the ball will be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved by such circumstances will be replaced.
23. Developmental Special Rules
These Rules apply to all 9 hole divisions
After one attempt to hit out of a bunker , drop ball out of bunker, no closer to the hole, with no penalty.
After one failed attempt to hit over a water hazard utilize the drop area under penalty of one stroke.
Drop areas are located across the water hazard and are defined by WHITE CIRCLES with a D inside them.
Out of Bounds/Lost Balls – Play as a lateral hazard (red stakes), i.e with a one stroke penalty, but no loss of distance.
The Directors of the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour reserve the right to change or modify the Rules and Regulations prior to the start of any event.