All Players Club events are played under USGA rules.

There are several significant rule changes beginning in 2019. The Board and Rules Committee will review and summarize the rule changes, and post them here. Our goal is to help you play and enjoy the game using the new rules from the USGA.

Pace of Play,

Scoring, Distance Measuring, and Environmental areas


It is the responsibility of each player to make sure their group maintains;

  1. A 4 hr-15 min. pace for 18 holes, and/or
  2. Finishes the last (18th) hole by replacing the flagstick within 14 minutes of the group you played behind.

The goal is to finish ten minutes behind the group ahead – (approximately the same amount of time when starting.)
Consideration will be given for a lost ball or other delay that occurs on either of the last two holes.


First offense – Warning unless twenty or more minutes late.

Second offense or more than twenty minutes late – Rule 6-7 Two Strokes. This penalty is to each player in the group.

Repeated offenses will be dealt with by the Tournament Committee.


Every ball counting toward a team or individual score must be holed (No gimmees).

Beginning with the Masters event, all ties for pay outs will be added and divided evenly. The scorecard playoff was only in effect for the 3 Man Scramble.


Local Rule under 14-3 is in effect allowing devices that measure or gauge distance only.


Do not enter any areas marked as “Environmental”. Penalty is disqualification from the event.

During play of the 14th hole, the water hazard on hole #8 is deemed to be a lateral hazard.

OGA 7th green

Embedded Ball

and Preferred Lies


Embedded Ball Rule (USGA): in effect for all competitions. 

The Rule is worded:  

In the general area, a ball that is embedded in its own pitch mark in the ground may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within one club-length to where it lay but not nearer the hole. See USGA Rule 16.3b, or Rule Book Appendix for additional restrictions.

OGA Players Club – “Preferred Lies” 

During inclement weather, the committee may adopt for any round this local rule for preferred lies.

Preferred Lies

A ball lying on a closely mown area in the general area may be lifted without penalty and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.

Having lifted the ball, the player must drop it on a spot within one club length of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

A ball lying outside the closely mown area but still in the general area may be lifted without penalty and cleaned.  Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position.  Having lifted the ball, he must replace it on the spot from which it came.

A player may place his ball only once, and it is in play when it has been placed (USGA Rule 20-4). If the ball fails to come to rest on the spot on which it was placed, USGA Rule 20-3d applies. If the ball subsequently moves after being placed and coming to rest on the spot on which it is placed, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, unless the provisions of any other Rule apply.

If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.

Note: “General Area” means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.


There are drop areas on the course. Not all drop areas are used by the Players Club.

The following are not in effect for Players Club events: Holes #7, #8 and #14.

Holes #4 and #5 have three drops areas each, and are in effect for the Players Club. When multiple drop areas are on a hole, you must go back from where your ball entered the hazard to the drop area. You may NOT go forward to a drop area.

OGA Team Competition


The OGA (Oregon Golf Association) holds an annual championship for the golf clubs from around the state. The Board has specified the following requirements for the OGA PC members to qualify for the team representing our club:
A member must play at least three (3) scheduled events to be eligible for the OGA Team Championship consideration.
One of those events must be the Players Club Championship.
The top four gross score finishers shall compose the team. The Club champion shall be the Team Captain.
The Club Champion may appoint another player as the captain, if desired. Should a qualified player decline, or is unable to play, alternates shall be chosen as follows:

  1. Chose from top ten finishers in the Club Championship.
  2. Club Senior Champion
  3. Club members, by handicap index (GHIN), in good standing who have participated in at least one event, and have posted at least eight (8) scores during the season. (Cutoff for the index is the most recent report prior to the last Club event at the OGA entry deadline.)


Can you find the ball on the Hazard – (not in the Hazard)?

Snow on frozen water hazard