Mens Golf Association

General Information


Annual dues of $10 are payable at the annual meeting and election on or near October 31, each year.


All competitive golf events depend on the USGA handicap system to assure that each player has a fair chance. For the system to work, you should record your adjusted scores after each 18-hole round.
Exception: The Association reserves the right to adjust handicaps for sponsored tournaments.

Weekly Tournaments

Royal Pines Men’s Golf Association sponsors weekly tournaments every Thursday morning throughout the year, according to a published schedule. Members must sign up by noon Wednesday.


If you must cancel out, do so as soon as possible by calling the Pro Shop (524-3635) or the Tournament Chairman.


As a member of the Royal Pines Men’s Golf Association, your HOLE-IN-ONE in any sponsored event is worth $50.00, when certified by two playing participants in good standing.

Priority on the Course

Two-ball matches should have precedence over and be entitled to pass any three or four-ball match, which should invite them through. A single has no standing and should give way to a match of any kind. If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, it should invite the match following to pass.

Lifting an Embedded Ball

According to USGA 1994 Rules of golf suggestion in APP.1. an embedded ball, except in loose sand, may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but no nearer the hole when embedded ball lies anywhere “through the green”. “Through the green” is the whole area of the course except all hazards on the course

Local Rules

(USGA Rules govern play except as stated below)

Preferred Lies

During the months when the fairways are less than full, a ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed within one club length of its original position in the fairway, no closer to the hole. Balls that lie in the rough or hazards may not be moved. Failure to follow this rule correctly will result in a two stroke penalty. Pro Shop will decide when this rule will be in effect. (Rule 18)

Water Hazards

All ditches, whether marked or unmarked, are considered hazards. Hazards are marked with either stakes and/or lines on the ground. In the event that both markings are present, the line takes precedence. In the event that a hazard is unmarked, all areas below the level of the adjacent ground are considered to be part of the hazard. (Definition – Hazard Rule 26)

Cart Paths

All cart paths, both paved and unpaved are considered immovable obstructions. Players are allowed a free drop, one club length from the obstruction, no closer to the hole. Players must take full relief, both in stance and lie. (Rule 24)

Casts, Mounds & Exposed Roots

Golfers are allowed full relief from all casts and mounds on the golf course caused by insects and animals. Relief is to the nearest point, no closer to the hole. In the event that an exposed root in the rough could possibly damage the golfer’s club, or cause injury to that golfer, the golfer will be allowed to move the ball to the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. This “root rule” is unique to this course and does no appear in the rules of golf. Therefore, it should be used sparingly. (Rule 5-1)


Out-of-Bounds are marked by white stakes and/or property markers.

Tournament Rules

To participate in the Thursday MGA events all golfers must have the following:
Official USGA Handicap or temporary handicap certified by the Pro Shop.
Official handicap must be equal to or lower than a 38 as voted by the Tournament Committee.
MGA dues must be current
Membership dues must be current.