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Out of Bounds: Where white stakes or fence posts are used, the nearest inside

points at ground level define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a white

line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. A ball coming to rest on or crossing

any public road is considered out of bounds, even if it comes to rest on another part of

the golf course. Any additional methods to designate OB will be listed on a local rules


Penalty Areas: Penalty Areas are either red or yellow. Penalty Areas are defined by

red/yellow lines or designated by red/yellow stakes. Stakes are movable obstructions. In

the absence of lines, stakes define the Penalty Area. If a body of water is not marked,

the edge of the Penalty Area is where the ground begins to slope down to the water’s


Dropping Zone: A dropping zone is an optional relief area enclosed by a white line

having the words “drop zone” or “DZ” printed inside it. A dropping zone is not ground

under repair. The line itself is in the dropping zone. A ball that is dropped within the

dropping zone must remain within the dropping zone to be in play.

Ground Under Repair: Enclosed white-lined areas define ground under repair. The

white lines are considered to be in the ground under repair. Other areas of ground under

repair, even though not so marked include: French drains (trenches filled with stones or

like), fire ant beds and mounds caused by burrowing animals.

Sod Seams; Relief for Lie of Ball Only: Sod seams are ground under repair in the

General Area and all seams in a given area are deemed to be the same seam. However,

relief is available for lie of ball only and not for stance or swing.

No Play Zones: The committee may designate areas such as flower beds as No

Play Zones. Relief from these areas is mandatory. Penalty for playing from a No Play

Zone is the General Stroke Play penalty of 2 strokes.


Stipulated Rounds: When necessary to shorten an event, the round for all players

will consist of two stipulated rounds. 9-hole competitors’ rounds will consist of one 5-hole

and one 4-hole stipulated round and 18-hole competitors’ rounds will consist of two 9-

hole stipulated rounds. If an age group utilizes split tees and the final round is reduced,

the age group will be split into A and B flights. Only the players in the A flight will be

eligible to win the championship. Rankings information for Junior Golf Scoreboard and AJGA

PBE will be submitted based on each of their respective stipulated round policies.

Result of the Competition: When all the scores have been posted on the official

scoreboard and approved by U.S. Kids Golf, the result of the competition is deemed to

have been officially announced.

How to Decide Ties: Ties for 1st place will be broken with a sudden death playoff.

If weather or darkness prevents a sudden death playoff, the winner will be decided by a

scorecard playoff using the score on the final round of competition.

If the tie is not broken, the winner is determined on the basis of the last nine holes, last

six holes, last three holes and finally the last hole. If the players are still tied, continue

backwards from the last hole until a winner is determined. For 18-hole players, the “last

nine holes, last six holes, etc.” is considered to be holes 10-18, 13-18, etc. Ties for all

other awards will not be broken.

Rankings: U.S. Kids Golf Regional Championships are recognized by Junior Golf

Scoreboard and the AJGA Performance-Based Entry program. Eligible age groups vary

by event based on field size and yardage requirements. Any players in eligible age

groups that receive a DQP penalty may still compete in the event and be eligible for Priority Status,

but will not be eligible to win a trophy, be submitted to rankings, or qualify for a Cup team.


Players, caddies, and spectators are expected to display proper etiquette and behavior

at all USKG events. USKG aims to provide a positive experience for everyone involved

and reserves the right to dismiss any player, caddie or spectator at any time for any reason during the event.

Code of Conduct violations include, but are not limited to: abusive language, club throwing, cheating,

disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering,

or any other conduct unbecoming of a player or caddie. Penalty for such

violations may include any of the following: Warning, Two stroke penalty, DQP penalty,

actual disqualification of the player, or removal of caddie.

Tobacco & Alcohol: Tobacco and alcohol use by players or caddies, including the

use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted during the event. First offense: Warning;

Subsequent offenses: Code of Conduct penalty.

Dress Code: Only acceptable golf attire is permitted. PLAYERS AND CADDIES are

prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, denim of any

kind, t-shirts, or tank tops. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Those not appropriately

attired will not be permitted to participate.


Caddies: Players eight years old and younger must be accompanied by a caddie.

Caddies must be at least 15 years of age or older, unless otherwise authorized by the


Marking & Replacing: Caddies have authorization to mark and replace the player’s

ball, where the Rules permit the ball to be lifted.

Caddie Use of Carts: All players and caddies must walk for the duration of the

event. Caddie use of golf carts is prohibited.

Penalty: Two Strokes per hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per

round: Four strokes. In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty

applies to the next hole.

Cart Policy: Golf carts are prohibited at all International Championships.

Pull Carts: Pull carts are allowed for use unless prohibited by the golf course.

Spectator Policy: Spectator carts are prohibited. Spectators may not give players

advice during the round. Spectators are not permitted to walk in the fairway or on the

greens. First offense: Warning, Second offense: Removal from the golf course.

Caddie Bibs: As a condition of competition, official U.S. Kids Golf caddie bibs

must be worn by all caddies to properly distinguish caddies and spectators. Failure to

wear a caddie bib will be considered a code of conduct violation.




condition. All practice areas are closed and all practice is suspended. Penalty for breach of

this rule is the DQP penalty and applies to the hole being played when the player stopped

play or the last hole completed.


the player’s responsibility to be in position and ready when play resumes. All players failing to

start play on time after a suspension will receive a DQP penalty on that and any subsequent

holes on which their group has started play.



Players in the group may

decide whether to finish the hole they are playing, but they may not start another hole.

Safety Announcement: Participation during tournament play can be dangerous.

Players, caddies, and spectators are advised to seek shelter or medical help when conditions

warrant. Please be aware of others near you on the course and practice areas. It is possible

that you may get struck by a club or ball hit by someone else. When riding in a golf cart,

please read and follow the manufacturer’s safety notices at all times. Riding in a cart or being

struck with a club or ball can cause serious injury or death. Pulling a pull cart behind a cart is

not advised and is done so at the player/caddie/spectator’s own risk.

When attending event-related functions such as opening ceremonies, awards presentations,

pool parties, etc., please use extreme caution and be mindful of how you or your children’s

actions may affect others in close proximity. While necessary precautions are taken to ensure

everyone’s safety, it is critical that we all work together to provide a safe and fun environment

for all in attendance. You may use a cell phone to call for medical help at any time during the



PCA Policy: All players are encouraged to have caddies. Each caddie starts with

GREEN CARD status. If a caddie disrupts others during play and a WRITTEN COMPLAINT

is filed, a YELLOW CARD warning will be given to the caddie. If a second WRITTEN COMPLAINT

is filed against the same caddie by a different person, the caddie will receive a RED

CARD and caddie privileges will be revoked. Caddies may only be reissued GREEN CARD

status if approved by the USKG Tournament Players Association. (See website for details)

It is recommended that caddies complete the Second-Goal Parent online course at the

reduced rate of $15.00. A $25.00 coupon code towards any future U.S. Kids Golf

tournament will be sent upon successful completion. (See website for details)

U.S. Kids Golf reserves the right to change the Rules & Regulations prior to or

during any event.


Play is governed by the Rules of Golf and its Interpretations and, where applicable, by the

following Local Rules and Conditions, subject to changes or amendments by the U.S. Kids

Golf (USKG) Rules Committee.

Disqualification Modification: The USKG Disqualification Policy (DQP) is that in the

case a player incurs a breach of the Rules of Golf that would result in disqualification, the

player will receive the maximum score of 10 on any hole where the breach occurs.

In situations where the round or hole has been completed, the Rules Committee will determine

where to apply the score of 10 penalty.

Maximum Strokes (9-hole age groups only): In 9-hole age groups, a player shall take no

more than 10 strokes on a hole. Once a 10 is reached, a player must pick up their ball and

wait for the other players in the group to complete the hole. The maximum score of 10 includes

any penalties a player may incur on a hole. All 18-hole competitors must complete

each hole and record his/her score.

Time of Starting/Late to Tee: A player must start at his or her starting time, Rule 5.3a.

If a player arrives at the tee more than five minutes after his or her starting time, a DQP

penalty applies to that hole and all other holes missed. Players may not join a group during

play of a hole; they must join them on the next tee.

Practice Between Holes: Practice between holes is NOT authorized in stroke play competitions.

Reference Rule 5.5b (Committee Procedures). Penalty: Two strokes per hole at

which any breach occurred. Penalty is applied to the next hole played following the unauthorized practice.

Pace of Play: Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking

no more than 40 seconds to play a shot. Players who are first to play from a given area

(tee, fairway, green, etc.) will have 10 extra seconds to play their shot. Caddies are asked

to please refrain from over-coaching the player. It is the caddie’s duty to help the player hit

each shot without undue delay.

The pace of play card system may be implemented to determine when groups are behind

time or out of position. Please refer to for information.

Distance Measuring Device: A player may obtain distance information by use of a

distance-measuring device. If, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distancemeasuring

device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play (e.g.,

slope, elevation change, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 4.3. First breach:

Two-stroke penalty; Each subsequent breach: DQP Penalty.

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices: Cell phones may only be used to obtain rules information

from the Committee, in emergency situations, or to seek medical help. Tablets,

headphones, cameras, and the like may not be used during play. First offense: Warning;

Subsequent Offenses: Code of Conduct breach penalty.

Golf Balls: It is a condition of the competition that players must use a brand of ball on the

current USGA List of Conforming Golf Balls. Penalty: DQP penalty on each hole where the

breach occurred.