Commonly Misinterpreted Golf Rules

Commonly misinterpreted golf rules

The KLGC plays by the rules of golf, and KLGC members are proud to be associated to fair play at our weekly competitions. The KLGC uses the Deemples handicap, and also a local rule of maximum score of 10 per hole for all stroke play competitions.

There are however, some rules that are commonly misinterpreted:

  1. If you hit a bad drive, and can’t find your ball (or OB), you can drop your ball on the nearest fairway, and take your 4th shot, or 2 penalty strokes. (Not a rule, but a KLGC local rule to speed up the game). The other options is to go back to take stroke-and-distance, which means playing another ball from the original position with 1 stroke penalty.
  2. If you play a provisional, you are allowed to play a second shot up until the point that the original ball is thought to have been lost. If the original ball is found and the provisional ball has been played from closer to the hole, then the original is dead and the provisional is to count. If you pick up the live ball and play the dead ball, you automatically take the maximum score of 10 for the hole.
  3. If you can’t find your ball after 3 minutes, the ball is declared lost. You can take stroke-and-distance (going back to original spot and taking a 1 stroke penalty), or use the local rule and drop on nearest fairway for 2 stroke penalty.
  4. If you have declared your ball lost and have taken a drop with a 2nd ball, and after that you find your original ball, your original ball is declared dead. If you pick up your 2nd ball (which is live now), you would automatically take the maximum score of 10 for the hole.
  5. If your ball lands in a divot on the fairway, play it as it lies! 
  6. Winter rules / preferred lies: Only applies to fairways, not rough. If your ball is in the rough, play as it lies. 
  7. If you improve your lie, ie stepping on the grass behind the ball, moving your ball to a better position, you incur a 2 stroke penalty. 
  8. If your ball lands in the hazard, you can drop TWO club lengths only from the point of entry with 1 stroke penalty, not drop any where with a nice lie and view of the green. Dropping outside the 2 club length mark will incur a 2 stroke penalty. 
  9. If your ball didn’t get pass the water, you take the drop at the POINT OF ENTRY, not after the water. 
  10. If there’s a root in your way, don’t hit too hard. If you move the ball to a nicer lie, it’s a 1 stroke penalty as you’re taking an unplayable, or 2 stroke penalty if you didn’t declare the unplayable. 
  11. If there are branches, or any natural immovable objects, and you move/break them to make way, it’s a 2 stroke penalty. 
  12. Bunkers are always in play unless mentioned before hand. ONLY if preferred lies are announced for bunkers, you can drop within 1 club length, not closer to the pin, anywhere INSIDE the bunker. If you drop outside, 1 stroke penalty. 
  13. Embedded (plugged) ball, anywhere through the green, or general area. General area includes rough, but does not include bunkers or penalty areas. Only if embedded, you can lift, clean and drop within 1 club length (not closer to the pin).
  14. If you lose your ball, you can 1) take stroke and distance, which means go back to the original spot where you hit your last shot, to take another shot with 1 stroke penalty, or 2) based on 2019 new rules, drop at nearest fairway not closer to the pin with 2 stroke penalty.  
  15. If you intentionally take a shot and miss the ball, that’s counted as 1 stroke.
  16. If you’re unsure on the number of strokes you have taken, ask your flight mate, or take a 10 🙂 

Some golf etiquette that we forget sometimes: 

  1. Not making noises/visible movements when someone else is taking a shot. This includes talking, taking practice swings, moving in the line of sight of the golfer, mobile phone ringing, ruffling golf bags, etc. 
  2. Standing in the line of sight while another golfer is putting, that means on both ends of the line of the putt. 
  3. Some like to play music during the game. Whilst it’s not encouraged, not everyone is against it, so best to check with your group if they’re OK with music.
  4. Pace of play: You are slow when you cannot see the group in front, not when the group at the back is waiting for you. Get ready for your shot, so you can proceed to hit as soon as its your turn.
  5. Arriving 30 min before tee time for registration, getting to buggies, and getting to tee boxes 10 min before the tee time. 

Summary:

The KLGC has always been proud to have members who practice an understanding of the rules and etiquette of golf. This is to upkeep the pleasantness and fairness of golf competition for all members.

If someone else is having troubles with the rules, do help them by speaking up. Not speaking up, is to the detriment of that golfer and to everyone else that is playing in the competition. Not declaring the right score, also harms the integrity of that player who also harms the image and reputation of KLGC.

Let’s work together to keep KLGC a place that everyone can look forward to fair competition!

For a full set of rules: https://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/images/rules/rules-modernization/golf-new-rules/Rules%20of%20Golf%20for%202019%20(Final).pdf

20 Sep 2020 – Glenmarie Golf & Country Club

Happy times at Glenmarie yesterday. 24 players, 15 members, and 9 guests. There were prizes for 8 places, so more than half the field of members won something!

Colin Taylor came in to steal the show with a 3 stroke lead from the second place with a net 68 for the win!! Second place is regular Ricky R with a solid net 71, and 3rd place Gary with a net 73!

The rest who got prize finishes:

Jelani in 4th – net 74
John Charlton in 5th – net 74
Michael Luah in 6th – net 76
Hanis in 7th – net 76
and Graeme in 8th – net 78!

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Glenmarie – 20 Sep 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Gotta help Razman get his handicap in, so that he can start being a serious contender!

In KLGC, we strive to make sure that our weekly competitions are fair and governed by the rules and etiquette of golf, that’s why golfers have enjoyed their KLGC games. However, there might be some commonly misinterpreted rules that we’ll share shortly, so that we can be aware of, and apply it to our games.🙂

There are a ton of rules of golf, and no one knows them all. But ignorance of it is not an excuse, hence our responsibility as proud KLGC members to continuously learn, question, and enforce for the benefit of everyone!

Next week is the monthly medal at Kelab Golf Seri Selangor. Many have already signed up, so don’t miss out on your slot! Last payments by Friday noon. Thanks!🏌️‍♂️🙂

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

13 Sep 2020 – Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club

It was an amazing day yesterday. We had 16 participants – 13 members & 3 guests! Super smooth registration process from Tasik Puteri this week, everyone teed off on time. Deemples made it easier for registration, payments, handicapping, score submissions, and results!

Kevin Joseph Dorasamy did an amazing job as a host again! Welcome Razman Zaki back to Malaysia, his first KLGC game after being a member earlier in the year!! There were prizes for the top 6 placed members yesterday. Gutty balls were purchased to give away as prizes!

Congrats to Ricky yet again for taking the win with a solid gross 84, net 71! Joel tearing it up for the second week in a row, he took 2nd place with his net 72. Zack back up there in the podium with net 74 for 3rd place.

Kevin finally getting back in shape again & already in the 4th place with his net 75. Peter Dabrowski and Nelson Lee Jieyao tied at net 78 for 5th and 6th place respectively.

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Tasik Puteri – 13 Sep 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Next week we’re back at Glenmarie Golf & Country Club Course. Do get slots secured soon!

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

6 Sep 2020 – Amverton Cove Golf & Island Resort

This was our second game at Amverton this year. The first time was the Feb 2020 monthly medal where Michael Luah went home with the gorgeous adidas Golf stand bag, and we had nanoSTIX sponsoring the rest of the prizes.

This time was a regular weekly game at Amverton. 16 of us played including 5 guests. Everyone arrived on time, and Amverton was super prepared for us.

All buggies were ready and our group teed off 12:30pm shotgun style. It was slightly drizzling in the beginning but gorgeous weather after. Because of the shotgun start, everyone finished by 5:30pm! So thank you Amverton for the best arrangement!

Joel Lawrence (1st Place!)

Congrats to new member Joel Lawrence for taking the win with a solid gross 103, net 67! Ricky, a regular on the podium with net 71 for second, John Charlton and Amer tied at net 73 for 3rd and 4th place respectively, and Zack Rosli, the consistently good player at net 75!

In addition to the prizes allocated for today, we want to also thank Hanis and Ricky for contributing 2 MORE boxes of Gutty balls into the prize pool! Thank you also to Hanis for being the host today! Happy times!

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Amverton Cove – 6 Sep 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Next week we’re back at Tasik Puteri Golf & Country Club. Do get slots secured soon!

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

KLGC August 2020 Monthly Medal

Our first time back to Danau Golf Club after MCO. 21 of us joined, 16 were members.

Heavy showers came for about half a hole, then great weather the rest of the game. The greens were insanely tough, and pin placement on hole 8 was on a slope, ensuring quite a few of us getting at least 3-4 putts on that hole. Not to mention the usual crazy sloping green on hole 6.

Net scores were all at 77 onwards for today’s tough game. Except for winner Ricky who had a 5 stroke lead at net 72, playing a superb gross 87, against second-place Nelson who also grossed 87 but with a 10 handicap putting him at net 77.

CM Chai tied at 77 net for 3rd place, and David Wong and Azlan Wahab net 78 for 4th and 5th respectively.

This monthly medal we had prizes for ALL MEMBERS who participated! The new Gutty balls were purchased and the winner Ricky took home 2 boxes, Nelson in second took 1 box, the 3rd-5th place took 2 sleeves, and everyone else walked away with 1 sleeve.

The course was insanely tough, but we’ll be back for more.

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC Monthly Medal at Danau Golf Club – 30 Aug 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Quick reminder for some small rule/etiquette checks:

  • Help your playing partner keep count of scores in case they lose count, especially for holes that they fumble, get penalties on.
  • Remember to be quiet, not in their line of sight, when your playing partners are taking their shot.
  • Play ready golf. Keep pace with the flight in front. If you cannot see the flight in front, you are slow.

Next week we’re at Amverton Cove Golf & Island Resort. Do join & get payments in by Friday noon!

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

23 August 2020 – Kota Permai GCC

Congrats to Zack Rosli today for winning with a net 68!!! Being the host and winning?!?! fishy hahaha. 🤣 kidding…

Welcome to 2 new KLGC members Kay Jay and Jelani. Kay Jay shot an impressive gross 75 last week as a guest at Bukit Beruntung, and got himself a 2.7 handicap index. He would have won if he was a member, so signed up immediately!

Congrats to Zamry and Jelani for today’s performance too!!! Jelani – first week as a member and already on the podium!! Good stuff!! Sorry, Takumi just missed the podium by 1 stroke!

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Kota Permai GCC – 23 Aug 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

This is our first game here at Kota Permai. The club managed registrations super well and everyone was underway at 12:28 pm. 2 ladies were there at the counter to help us. The scorecard, locker card, & bag tag were already prepared! We just needed to tell our name & phone number.

Club facilities are 1st class, better than Glenmarie Golf & Country Club. We started on time at 12.28 pm. Double barrel start. Starting time was strictly adhered to by starter.

Golf course is superb, not easy but fair. Fast true greens, meaning if your putting line is correct with the correct speed, the ball will go into the hole. Caddies were good & knowledgeable.

Our winner Zack Rosli played well because of his shortgame including putting. Well worth paying rm312 to play here!

Weather was great although the last few holes it threatened to rain with thunder sounding but all of us completed our round by 5.30 pm. We have a couple more games at Kota Permai with the last game of the year also there.

Today’s movement of the order of merit:

Zack Rosli and Azlan Wahab are still sitting on top comfortably. Ricky R and Zamry Nordin moved up to the 3rd place! CM Chai still maintaining his 4th position. Ramesh Kumar entered in the top 5! Still plenty of games left till the end of the year. So keep playing to be on the top!

Next week is the monthly medal at Danau Golf Club. Many have already signed up, so don’t miss out on your slot!🏌️‍♂️🙂

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

16 August 2020 – Bukit Beruntung GCC

Thanks to Zack’s suggestion, we changed the location from Monterez Golf Club to Bukit Beruntung GCC. And everyone enjoyed it. The conditions were far better than Monterez (at this current point) and cheaper than Monterez too!

Bummer that it rained for about the first 9 holes. Saw some gave up and left, but most of us powered through. Hanis, CM, and Ramesh, finished early and was sitting pretty on the top 3 spots, but got pushed back by last flight powerhouse of Azlan, Nelson, and Jamaluddin.

Azlan came in to take the win at net 70, pushing Hanis to 2nd spot at net 71, CM at third at net 72, Nelson and Jamaluddin took 4th and 5th respectively both at net 73. Congrats Azlan, he’s on FIRE again!🔥

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Bukit Beruntung GCC – 16 Aug 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

We had 21 members and 11 guests play today! Glad everyone had fun amidst the rain, but it’s a course that we’ll definitely return too again!

Next week we’re at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, expensive but award-winning club. Sign up now guys. Guests are always welcome!🏌️‍♂️🙂

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

9 August 2020 – Nilai Springs GCC

We haven’t been to Nilai Springs in a bit. They’re a bit temperamental, we mean sometimes the course is good, and sometimes they are not. But yesterday’s conditions were good! Greens were fast and challenging, we saw quite a few 3 putts, and overall fairway conditions were nice. Roughs were long and thick though, so if your ball went in there, good luck. Good for the grass cutter that’d be mowing the grass there, they probably find a ton of balls.

27 players joined us along with 1 Nilai Springs member! We played PINE and MANGO courses, finishing with the super-tough between the trees, over the water, big downhill slope green index 1 hole.

1st place Jake C. – KLGC – Nilai Springs GCC – 9 Aug 2020

Congrats to Jake C. for coming in first with a solid net 68, 2 strokes ahead of the 2-5th place who were all tied at net 70. This time positions 1, 2, and 4 were all by middle handicappers in the teens (not dominated by the high handicappers again😁). We look forward to member Scott Milton for 1 more game, so he can get his handicap!

Thanks to adidas Golf, and Deemples for the prizes this time around.

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC game at Nilai Springs GCC – 9 Aug 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Next week we’re at Bukit Beruntung Golf & Country Club, something everyone is excited about. They’ve had a new management that has turned the course around pretty well, and at a super cheap price now. 6 flights there are already full, but do look out for slots as they open up.

Week after we’re at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, expensive but award-winning club. The recent Bandar Malaysia Open 2020 was played there right before the COVID19 lockdown.

Sign up now guys. Guests are always welcome!🏌️‍♂️🙂

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

2 August 2020 – Kinrara Golf Club

Everyday, it rains in the evening, but every week at KLGC games, it doesn’t. Don’t know if we’re lucky, or someone is helping out somewhere. 😀

20 played, 2 guests, 2 new members! Welcome, Scott Milton from Scotland, and Joel Laurence from England.

Kinrara Golf Club wasn’t as good as we remembered it to be right after MCO, the 2nd nine’s green conditions were, well it could be greatly improved.

Anyway, it didn’t stop some amazing scores. There were a few prizes that weren’t picked up during last week’s monthly medal, so we gave that out during this week’s game! 10 of us won prizes!

Ricky came in 10th with net 73, RTD at net 72, then everyone else was net 70 and below!

Rid Afzal took the win today with a net 66! 1 stroke ahead of 2nd and 3rd place David Wong, and Azlan Wahab respectively. Anthony Guo and Zack Rosli came in 4th and 5th respectively and tied at net 68. CM Chai at 6th with net 69, and Nelson and KM for 7th and 8th respectively both with net 70s!

The rest of the results here:

Today’s movement of the order of merit:

Zack Rosli is sitting on top comfortably with his leading score! Azlan Wahab now is in 2nd place & might dethrone Rosli with few good games! Rid Afzal is in 3rd place after winning today’s game. 3rd place to 6th place is most probably going to fluctuate in the next few games. If anyone from the bottom wants to knock someone out from the top still can be done, just try to play every game and win!🙂

This Sunday we’re at Nilai Springs, sign up soon! 🏌️‍♂️

You can see the Updated Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.

KLGC July 2020 Monthly Medal

38 players joined this monthly medal. 28 KLGC members and 10 guests. For the first time, guests had a separate category because we had 38 prizes to give out, so EVERYONE went home with something!😀

Prizes were sponsored by BeGolfPro and Rid Afzal! Thanks for the prizes guys!

May 2020 KLGC Monthly Medal was supposed to be here at Kelab Golf Uniputra, but the last-minute 2-hour prior to game cancellation by the club made us golf-less that day.

The conditions of the golf course for the July Monthly Medal was amazing. Greens were fast and super challenging, green sides were amazing too. Most importantly, what was daily rain for most of the week, stayed dry here at Uniputra, maybe just in this area.

Ramesh Kumar Winner of KLGC July Monthly Medal!

Only 1 member played under par today – Ramesh Kumar came in first with net 70! Ooi Siang took the 2nd place with his net 72 & Zamry Nordin took 3rd place with his net 74.

The rest of the results here:

Results of the KLGC July Monthly Medal – 26 July 2020 – Deemples Scoring System

Next Sunday’s KLGC game is at Kinrara Golf Club. Join and secure your slots early! ⛳😎

You can see the latest Order of Merit here.

To see the full KLGC 2020 schedule, click here.

Not a KLGC member? Read about why you should join here.