The Tournament will be governed by the USGA Rules adopted by the Mexican Golf Federation and the following Local Rules and Terms of the Competition. It is the responsibility of each player to know them. Unless stated otherwise, the penalty for breaching a Local Rule or a Term of the Competition is loss of a hole in Match Play and two penalty strokes in Stroke Play.
Rules Officials for the Tournament: Víctor Adames, Víctor Acevedo, Jorge Pérez León and any other Official designated by the Committee during the Tournament.
OUT OF BOUNDS: The golf course limits are defined by the nearest inside place, at ground level, of fences, walls and painted white stakes, and also by the inside margin of white lines.
INTEGRAL OBJECTS: Planters and ornamental plants that haven’t been mark as ground under repair; lakes retaining walls.
PENALTY AREAS: Marked by yellow or reds stakes and defined by yellow or red lines.
PROTECTION OF YOUNG TREES: Protection of young trees identified by cylinder are abnormal course conditions: If such a tree interferes with a player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, anywhere on the curse other than in a Penalty Area, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1
GROUND UNDER REPAIR: Indicated with white lines.
NO PLAY ZONE: The area similar to a Putting Green located on the 4th hole on the right-hand side just before the lake is a No Play Zone. If a ball lies in this area or it interferes with the stance or swing area, the player must take mandatory relief WITHOUT PENALTY. In the event that the relief area for a ball in the penalty area is in this No-Play Zone, the player must drop the ball there and then take the corresponding mandatory relief. Relief: Dropping the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief.
SEAMS OF CUT TURF: If the ball lies in the General Area and lies in or touches a seam of cut turf or a seam interferes with the player’s area of intended swing, the player may take relief under Rule 16.1b or 16.1d. All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.
IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS NEAR THE GREEN: For a ball at rest in the general area, if an immovable obstruction within two club-lengths of the green and within two club-lengths of the ball intervenes on the player’s line of play, the player may take free relief as follows: lift and drop the ball within one club-length of the nearest point of complete relief in the General Area, and no nearer to the hole.
TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS (TIOs): Stands, first-aid, scorecard reception areas and all promotional cars. In the event of interference or intervention, the Local Rule in Section 8F-23 (Committee Procedures) is in effect (no either-side relief).
DROPPING ZONES: If there is one, it is an option for additional relief.
EDGING GROOVES NEAR PUTTING GREENS: The edging grooves around the aprons or fringes of Putting Greens are ground under repair. If a player’s ball lies in or touches a groove or a groove interferes with the area of intended swing: a) ball in Genera Area: the player may take free relief under Rule 16.1b, b) ball on the Putting Green: the player may take relief under Rule 16.1d.
“The foregoing Local Rules leave with no effect the ordinary Guadalajara Country Club Local Rules, no matter If that ordinary Local Rules are displayed”.
Format and Tees:
Championship will play 72 holes Stroke-play from Blue tee markers.
Legends Flight will play 72 holes stroke-play from White tee markers.
Flights 1st – 6th: Play Match-play from White tee markers.
Flights 7th – 9th: Play Match-Play from Gold tee markers.
Scores: Championship and Legends Flight: All scorecards must be signed, attested and returned to the score table immediately following your round. Match-play participants: All match results must be reported immediately following the match.
Ties: In match-play, ties will be settled by continuing the round until there is a winner; the hole for which the match will be continued and the time of the continuation will be determined by the Committee.Ties for first place in the Championship and Legends flights on Friday will be settled by a sudden-death play-off. Ties for second to sixth place will be settled by the “Last 9 (10th to 18th), last 6, last 3, last hole” system suggested by the USGA and will be applied to Friday’s scorecard.
Championship and Legends Flight Only: If in doubt as to a rule or procedure, declare to a player in your group your intention to play a second ball and the ball (original or second) with which you will score if the rules permit. Before handing in your score card, you must report the incident to the Rules Committee or to the Staff at the Score tent.
Match-play participants: Rules do not allow playing a second ball in match play. If you require a ruling, please consult a Rules Official and if one is not available in a reasonable period of time, you shall continue the match without delay. Any claim, if it is to be considered by the Rules Committee, must be made to the opponent, before any player in the match plays from the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the match, before the result of this match is final. Starters and marshals are NOT Rules Officials, but they can help you find a member of the Rules Committee.
CELLPHONES: Cellphone use during any stipulated round is allowed. However, all devices should be used with discretion, without disturbing the others players and without delaying play.
PACE OF PLAY: The par time for 18 holes is 4 hours 56 minutes (see score card for the time allowed per hole).
A group is deemed to be out of position if, at any time during the round,
(1) They are behind the published pace of play, and
(2) They have reached a par 3 and the group ahead of them has teed off on the next hole, there is an open par 4 ahead of them or, in the case of a par 5, the players ahead are on the green and the group is still teeing off.
If a group is out of position, players have a maximum of 40 seconds to play a stroke. 10 additional seconds will be given to the first player to tee off on a par 3, the first to play the second stroke on a par 4 or par 5, and the first whose turn it is to play on or near the green.
The 40 seconds start when it is the player’s turn, she has reached her ball and nothing is preventing her from making a stroke. When it is her turn, walking forward to measure distance, to see the hole location or making practice swings all count in the 40 seconds. Taking longer than 40 seconds is deemed to be a “bad time”.
Penalties: First bad time: 1 stroke; Second bad time: general penalty; Third bad time: disqualification.
SUSPENSION OF PLAY: If the Golf Committee considers that there is a dangerous situation on the golf course or for any other reason determinate by the Committee, every player shall suspend playing at the sound of the siren, as follows:
If the game is suspended with one long siren note (dangerous situation), Players between the play of two holes must not resume play until the Committee authorizes it. During the play of a hole, they must stop play immediately and nor resume until the Committee authorizes it. If a player does not stop immediately, he is disqualified unless exceptional circumstances warrant waiving the penalty as provided for in Rule 5.7b.
Note: During a suspension of play due to a dangerous situation, all practice areas shall be closed until the Committee announces otherwise. Players who do not comply will be subject to penalty under Rule 5.7b.
CONDUCT EXPECTED OF ALL PLAYERS: The Committee may disqualify a player for acting contrary to the spirit of the game if it finds that the player has committed serious misconduct.
“The Golf Committee reserves the right to verify the Handicap of any player, at any time, for any reason considered necessary, and if any deviation is detected, will act in consequence, regardless of whether the stated Handicap was accepted at registration”