NJGA Tour Rules
Current USGA Rule of Golf, National Junior Golf Association rules and local course rules applies. Changes or amendments by the National Junior Golf Association Committee are permitted.
18 Tour Rules:
1. Dress Code: Players and caddies must adhere to the following dress code: only golf attire is permitted. Players are prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, denim of any kind, t-shirts and tank tops. Players and caddies without appropriate attire will not be permitted to participate.
2. Code of Conduct: Violations of the code of conduct includes: abusive language, club throwing, slamming club on the ground, cheating, disrespect of volunteers and officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering, or any other conduct unbecoming of a player.
First Offense: warning; Second Offense - two-stroke penalty; Third Offense: disqualification. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of future entries. No use of tobacco, drugs, or alcoholic beverage for the players or caddies. Use will result in disqualification. Gambling by players or caddies will result in disqualification.
3. Distance Measuring Device: a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect their play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
4. Cell Phones: Except for emergencies, cell phone use during a stipulated round is prohibited. First offense- Warning: Subsequent offense - Disqualification.
5. Caddie Policy: The following age groups may be assisted by a caddie, Boys 8-9, Boys 10-11, Girls 8-10, Girls 11-12 and 7 & under age groups (Rule 6-4). Caddies must be at least thirteen years or older. Players of this age are encouraged to have caddies to help them keep up with rules and questions. It is also vital for caddies not to over coach and to have their player hit each shot within a reasonable amount of time, and not to be disruptive to any player or caddie in the group. If a caddie becomes disruptive, he/she will be warned of the problem. If the problem continues the caddie will be dismissed as a caddie from that event. The conduct of caddies will be monitored by the NJGA officials and by other caddies and players in the group. The NJGA Tour Director and or Tournament Director will have the final decision on any incident that occurs.
6. Starting Play: A player is responsible for being at the assigned tee promptly so play can start. A player should arrive at assigned tee 10 minutes prior to the player's tee time in order to receive all of the information. Players will not be called to assigned tees. If a player arrives late but within five minutes after the assigned starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole instead of disqualification (Rule 6-3b, Note).
7. The Pace of Play: A group that is out of position will be advised of their situation and the individuals may be put on the clock. The player will be notified that exceeding 40 seconds to play their next shot will result in a penalty of one stroke. A second violation will result in a two-stroke penalty, followed by disqualification for a third violation. A player's time to play begins when the player has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his or her ball and when it is the player's turn to play and can do so without interference or distraction. Penalties are applied individually, but more than one competitor in a group may be penalized.
8. Transportation: Available players and caddies my ride between holes only. This is normally called (Green to Tee). When a player or caddie are riding they must ride inside the cart and not on the back of the golf cart. The penalty for riding at any other time unless authorized by the committee will be two-strokes per hole. This rule also applies to the player’s equipment.
9. Embedded Ball: The relief for an embedded ball is “through the green.'' This procedure is described on page 97 of the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf.
10. Water Hazards: Lateral water hazards are identified by red stakes, or defined by red lines. They also include unmarked drainage ditches and other open water courses.
11. Ground Under Repair: Ground Under Repair is defined by white lines. Fire ant hills and french drains are ground under repair. White-lined areas tying into cart paths are part of those obstructions. Sod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.
12. Temporary Immovable Obstructions: Greenside fans and Tents are deemed to be temporary immovable obstructions (TIOs). See page 81 of the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf for interference and relief procedures.
13. Violation: If you notice a violation, tell your opponent. Do not involve spectators or parents unless it is an emergency. If you cannot agree on the ruling, bring it to a rules committee member or the Tournament Director by the end of the round and before scorecards are signed and turned in. If there is any question play two balls from the location of the potential ruling. See two-ball rule page 40 Rule 3-3. You must follow these directions or the infraction may be ruled invalid.
14. Suspension of Play: If we have to suspend play, you will hear consecutive air horn blasts. Players in the process of playing a hole may complete the hole or mark their golf balls and head to the clubhouse. Players in between the play of two holes shall stop play immediately.
15. Suspension of Play for Dangerous Situation: A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one long air horn blast. All players shall be informed of the suspension verbally. All play shall cease immediately. All practice areas shall be closed during a suspension of play until the Committee has declared them open again.
16. Scorecard: At the end of each round, a player must go over each score and make sure it is correct. When every score is agreed upon, the players must sign the scorecards to deem them as official. A score is deemed to be official when posted on the scoreboard.
17. Clothing Guidelines
1. Soft spikes
2. Collared Shirts
3. Slacks or Bermudas
18. Yardages: The following yardages will be used by the NJGA as a guideline for your use. The NJGA reserves the right to adjust yardages due to weather, course conditions and other requirements that may be set by other golfing organizations.
Boys Age Groups/Yardages:
16-18 - 6000-6900 Yards
14-15 - 6000-6900 Yards
12-13 - 5300-6200 Yards
10-11 - 4900-6000 Yards
8-9 - Par 3's = Red Tees, Par 4 = 200 Yards, Par 5 = 300 Yards
7 and Under Special Tees adjusted as needed (Non-competitive)
Girls Age Group/Yardages:
13-18 - 4900-5900 Yards
11-12 - 4900-5900 Yards
8-10 - Par 3 Red Tees, Par 4 200 Yards, Par 5 300 Yards
7 and Under Special Tees adjusted as needed (Non-competitive)