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Player's Club Handbook

Table of Contents

General Policies…………………………………………………………………………………………1



Tee Times

Dress Code

Player Conduct

Tournament Policies…...……………………………………………………………………………...2

Tournament Rules

Weekend Sign Up

Re Entry




Pace of Play

Inclement Weather

Posting Scores

Equitable Stroke Control……………………………………………………………………………..4


Tournament Descriptions…………………………………………………………………………….5

Local Rules………………………………………………………………………………………………6

General Policies

Purpose: The Keney Park Player’s Club (the “Club”) is established to promote the game of golf and golf-related activities while encouraging fellowship, sportsmanship and social connection among its members. The Club is not organized for profit.

Membership: Membership is available to all persons eighteen (18) years of age or older.

There are two types of Membership – Full and Honorary.

Full Members in good standing have paid the applicable annual membership dues for the golfing season. Benefits to Full members are:

  • Access to all weekly tournaments and major tournaments
  • Preferred tee times 7 days in advance
  • USGA handicap
  • Pro shop discounts @ 5%

Honorary Members are persons who shall be designated as such for meritorious contributions to the Club or its objectives. Honorary membership shall be conferred by the majority vote of the Executive Board. An honorary membership may be assigned for life.

Memberships are for a single golfing season only.

Tee Times: Members looking to make a tee time can do so 7 days in advance but must play with at least one other member in the KPPC.

Dress Code: Keney Park Player’s Club members are expected to comply with Keney Park Golf Course requirements of proper golf attire.

Player Conduct: Keney Park Player’s Club members shall always conduct themselves in a responsible manner. Any excessive lack of golfing etiquette or disrespect to a fellow player, golf course staff member, or any other individual may be grounds for disqualification from any tournament and expulsion from the Player’s Club. In addition, members are responsible to report infractions of the above or the Rules of Golf by any member that may be cause for disqualification from a tournament or the Player’s Club.

Tournament Policies

Tournament Rules: Keney Park Player’s Club members shall follow all USGA, local, and tournament rules including scoring, submitting scores, and following the handicap system. All scorecards submitted for a tournament must be signed by the member submitting the scorecard and attested by a different member that played in the same group as the member signing the card.

Ruling Questions – If there is a question regarding a golf ruling, please play two balls pursuant to USGA Rule 3­3 (note that this is applicable for stroke play events ONLY). A decision will be made by the Club Professional.

Weekend Sign-up: Sign-ups will take place online, on the Keney Park Golf Course website.  The member will initially be assigned “keney” as their password and the email address they used to register for the Player’s Club with.  Tee Times will be available seven days in advance.  Major Tournaments (Member-Member, Shepherd’s and Sheep’s Cup, Club Championship), will all be done through a sign up on the website.

Scorecards: All scorecards must be legible and include your FULL NAME and indicate the tee played. Scored cards must be dated, signed and attested by a KPPC member. Please note, attestation of the scorecard is required and is critical for the protection of the entire field.

A scorecard SHOULD NOT have any player listed on it who has not entered the KPPC tournament. Any side games or points should be done on a separate scorecard.

Failure to provide this information or follow any of these rules will result in the entire scorecard being disqualified. **Please turn in your cards immediately after the round**

Flights: Flights are determined by the total number of participants and the format of the given tournament.

Tees: Unless otherwise indicated, members play from the Blue tees unless qualified for the White tees (senior) or Green tees (women). To play from the White Tees, you must be at least 65 years old and your age plus White tee handicap must be 80 or more. Handicaps will be adjusted for tees played according to USGA Handicap Manual Section 3­5.

Pace of Play: It is the responsibility of every golfer to keep up with the group in front of them, not just ahead of the game behind them. The recommended pace of play for a foursome is 4 hours and 15 minutes (4:15). Here are some tips from the USGA to improve pace of play.

  • Arrive on time and ready for your tee time. “On time” is 15 minutes early.
  • Minimize your time on the tee. On the tee box, it is acceptable for players to “hit when ready.” Also, to save time you must play a provisional ball (Rule 27­2) if you think your original ball might be lost or out of bounds
  • Play ready golf and plan your shot before you get to your ball
  • Keep your pre­shot routine short
  • Don’t wait in the cart for your partner. Drop him off, go to your ball and get ready for your shot. If you want to leave the cart with your partner, take a couple of clubs and start walking to your ball. Nothing wastes more time than sitting in the cart watching someone else play
  • Be helpful to others in your group
  • Be aware of how much time you spend looking for balls in the woods (5 minute rule)
  • Be efficient on the putting green
  • Fill out the scorecard on the next tee box
  • Accept responsibility: Recognize that slow play isn’t just the other guy’s fault

Inclement Weather: Severe weather related conditions may prevent, delay or suspend play when the course is rendered unplayable, or the safety of players is at risk, as determined by golf course staff. Keney Park Player’s Club will do everything possible to complete the full number of holes in a tournament.

Tournaments, especially in the spring and fall, can be delayed due to frost. Participants should remain on the premises and wait for the tournament to start. Check the KPGC website, Facebook or Twitter feeds for current information and updates regarding weather issues and frost delays.

Posting Scores: The Golf Shop will post all scores from KPPC events to GHIN. Members are responsible to post their own scores in these situations:

  • Post scores from home and away courses played outside of KPPC events
  • Post scores in all forms of play; match play, stroke play, including team competitions in which you are requested to pick up.
  • Post your score when you play at least 13 holes out of 18 holes or at least 7 out of 9 holes. On the holes you didn’t play, record a par plus any handicap strokes you would have received.
  • Post a score if you play two nines even if it’s the same nine, or nines from different days.
  • Post as 9 hole scores in GHIN, or simply combine the nines into an 18­hole score. Add each nine-hole Course Rating together and average the Slope Rating.
  • Post scores played in an area observing an active season even when your home club is in an inactive season.
  • Failure by a member to post scores in the situations above can result in the member’s handicap being reduced for KPPC events.

Members should not post a score in these situations:

  • If you played fewer than 7 holes.
  • When you play in a competition limiting the types of clubs used, such as a one­club or irons­only event.
  • When an 18­hole course is less than 3,000 yards.
  • When a majority of the holes aren’t played under the Rules of Golf, as in a “scramble”, “shamble”, or alternate shot.
  • Do not post scores made in an area observing an inactive season.

Equitable Stroke Control (ESC): Members are expected to post all scores of all rounds played under the guidelines of Equitable Stroke Control. ESC keeps an

exceptionally bad hole from changing your Handicap Index too much and sets a maximum number that a player can post on any hole depending on the player’s Course Handicap.

For handicap purposes, after the round you are required to adjust your hole scores (actual or probable) when they are higher than your maximum ESC number you can post. All scores, including tournament scores, are adjusted for ESC. There is no limit to the number of holes on which you can adjust your score for ESC.

Course Handicap (CH)                  Maximum Number on any Hole

9 or less                                      Double Bogey

10 – 19                                       7

20 – 29                                       8

30 – 39                                       9

40 or more                                  10

Tournament Descriptions

2 Person Best Ball:

This is a 2-person team gross/net event. Each member of the team plays his own ball. On each hole, the low gross score of the team counts as the team gross score, and the low net score of the team counts as the team net score.

Blind Two-Person Best Ball:

All competitors will keep and 18 hole individual hole-by-hole score.  At the end of scoring two man teams will be made randomly by the computer and scored as best one ball, gross and net.


Our first major championship of the season that is a flighted two-person best ball.  The first 36 will be played as medal play and the top four teams in each flight will play an 18 hole match to determine the top three finishes in each flight.  The Championship Flight will be played gross with no strokes.

Club Championship:

We play our club championship as 36 holes of medal play followed by 18 holes of match play, with exception of the championship flight that will finish with a 36 hole match.  The Championship flight will be played with no handicaps and all other flights are flighted based on Handicap Index and matches played at 100% handicap.

Fall Classic:

Two person event where on the first day the front 9 is played as a modified alternate shot and the back 9 is played as scramble.  The second day the front 9 is a scramble and the back 9 is a modified alternate shot.  A modified alternate shot is when both players tee off and the preferred tee shot is selected and an alternate shot is played from that point on.

Individual Gross and Net:

This is an individual gross and net event. The player plays his own ball and his score alone counts toward his total.

Shepherd’s Cup and Sheep’s Cup:

This is a 36 hole medal play event.  The Shepherd’s Cup is a gross only event and the Sheep’s Cup is net only.


This is an individual gross and net event based on a point system in which points are awarded based on the number of strokes taken on each hole as follows:

Double Bogey or higher                0

Bogey                                         1

Par                                             2

Birdie                                          3

Eagle                                          4

Double Eagle                               5

Chicago Points:

Each player is assigned a quota by subtracting their course handicap from 36.  The goal is to fill the quota using the Stableford points system.  A positive score number indicates they have successfully “beat their handicap.”

Four Person Progressive:

It is played as a four person best ball with the number of balls used rotating.  The first hole is one best ball, the second hole is two best balls and the third hole, three best balls.  The fourth hole it goes back to one best ball.  The rotation continues for the remainder of the 18 holes.

Local Rules

General Rules:

Winter Rules:  If your ball is in the fairway, through the green, you may lift, clean and place the ball within one club-length, no nearer the hole.

Embedded Ball: ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground in any closely mown area through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the green.

Yardage Markers:  If your ball in on a yardage marker, you may take nearest point of relief.

Out of Bounds:  Out of bounds is defined by white stakes on holes; 2, 3, 9, 10, 12, & 14.  The fence is the boundary for out of bounds on holes 9 & 10 and the back side of the wall on 12 is the out of bounds marker.  White Stakes are not considered obstructions and are considered fixed.  They cannot be moved as to not interfere with swing or stance.  A ball is consider out of bounds when all of lies out of bounds.

Water Hazard:  Water Hazard is defined by yellow stakes on holes; 2, 15, & 16.  Lateral Hazard is defined by red stakes on holes; 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16.  The stakes are considered the nearest point inside the hazard, and a ball in considered in the hazard if any part of the ball is touching the hazard boundary.  Relief is taken under rule 26-1.

Integral part of the golf course:  The patio building behind the 9th green and the stone wall on the 12th have been deemed as “integral parts of the golf course” by the committee.  As such, they are not considered to be obstructions and no relief will be granted.

Roots:  There are a few locations   where surface roots may affect the lie, stance or swing.  No relief is granted and it is considered “rub of the green” if your ball is affected by roots.  Two options; play the ball as it lies, or take penalty and relief under rule 28.


#1:        Through the green long, Lateral Hazard.

#2:        Out of Bounds, entire right hand side of hole and behind the green as defined by white stakes. 

#3:        Out of Bounds right of the cart path as defined by white stakes, then lateral hazard as defined by red stakes.

#4:        Rules of Golf.  If your ball goes left off the tee, hit a provisional ball under rule 27-2.

#5-8:    Rules of Golf

#9:        Out of Bounds is defined by the guardrail and the cart path leading from the clubhouse to the parking lot.  The cart barn is considered an immovable obstruction and if there is interference with stance or intended swing, one club-length relief is will be granted (no line of sight relief).  The clubhouse patio building is an integral part of the golf course, however, the area to right side of the building (patio) and the patio behind the clubhouse are considered out of bounds.

#10:     Out of Bounds is defined by the guardrail on the right.  Lateral Hazard is defined by red stakes on the left from the drainage ditch near the 15th green along the left side through the green.

#11:     The woods the right will be played under the Rules of Golf.  A provisional off the tee is recommended if you go right.  The stream behind the green is marked as a lateral water hazard.

#12:     Out of Bounds along the whole right side of the hole from the stone wall to around the green.  Out of Bounds markers will be white stakes EXCEPT the areas of the stone wall.  The wall is an integral part of the golf course with the side of the wall facing the cemetery as out of bounds marker.

#13:     The creek bisecting the fairway is a lateral water hazard on the right and the left.  Behind the green long is Rules of Golf, a provisional ball is recommended (27-2).

#14:     A lateral water hazard is off the tee and runs to the left along the tree line.  Out of Bounds starts after the first group of trees on the right as defined by double white stakes and runs the entire length of the cemetery property.  Lateral hazard behind the green long.

#15:     A water hazard crosses the fairway with lateral on the right.  The woods left over the bridge is lateral water hazard through the green.

#16:     A water hazard crossing just before the fairway begins, and there is a lateral water hazard entire left side of the hole.  Local rule is to drop within two club-lengths to the right of the golf car path, no nearer the hole.  Nearest point of relief for areas of the fairway that have exposed French drains.

#17:     Lateral water hazard in front of the tee and the entire length of the left side of the hole as defined by red stakes.

#18:     Rules of Golf


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