Jimmy Green Tour Rules
By Registering with the Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour, a player accepts the Rules and Regulations of the Tour, including any modifications made by the Tour during the season, or for a specific event. You can print a PDF of the Rules by clicking here.
Play is governed by the USGA Rules of Golf and its Decisions and by the following Conditions and Local Rules. Click Here for a copy of the Top 20 Rules Modified for 2019.
1. Tour Registration: Registration to the Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour is open to all Boys and Girls between the ages of 10 and 18, who have completed an Annual Registration that has been accepted by the Tour. Younger players may be accepted at the discretion of the Tour Directors. High School Seniors who have started college may continue playing through the end of the calendar year. A player is deemed to be of good standing, if not otherwise informed by a Director of the Tour. The Annual Registration covers a calendar year, which includes Spring Series, Summer Series and Fall Series.
2. Event Registration: Entry to Tour events is open to all members in good standing. Depending on the host course, availability, to an event or division may be limited to a certain number of players. Entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Players will be informed by the Tour Directors/Administrator if they have been accepted in the event field or been placed on a waiting list pending availability in the field.
3. Each event will have specific "Conditions of Competition" detailing Distances and Tee Markers for each division, Local Rules, etc.
4. Age Group Divisions/Yardages
Championship 18-hole Divisions
Boys 16-18 6300-6800 yards
Boys 13-15 6300-6800 yards
Girls 16-18 5400-5650 yards
Girls 13-15 5100-5500 yards
Premier "A" 9-hole Divisions
Boys 11-12 2300-2500 yards
Boys 8-10 2300-2500 yards
Girls 11-12 2300-2500 yards
Girls 8-10 2300-2500 yards
"B" 9-hole Divisions following Developmental Rules
Should there not be at least three players in a division, Boys and Girls same age fields may be combined into one event. Example Boys/Girls 10 & Under A.
When setting up the course for the younger age groups, every attempt will be made to set the course up in such a way as to allow them to hit a short to mid iron into the green in regulation. Depending on the course and the hole to be played, this will mean that tee markers may be set in the fairway for the younger age groups.
The "B" Divisions will utilize our Developmental Rules detailed below.
Age groups will be determined as of the day of the event. Players may elect to play up an age group.
5. Tee Times: All players are personally responsible for knowing their tee times. Players need to be at the starter 10 minutes before their allotted tee time to go over the rules of competition for their division, any local rules and to allow the first player in the group to be ready to tee off on time. If players arrive at the tee, ready to play, a two stroke penalty will be assessed if they do not tee off on time. If the players arrive at the tee, ready to play, after their official tee time, they will receive a score of triple bogey on that hole and any other holes missed. Players may not join a group during play on a hole, but may join them on the next tee. Please read the full Tee Time policy.
6. Maximum Score: In our one day events, no player shall take no more than a double par on any hole, unless specific event rules deem otherwise, e.g. all 12 and over divisions in 2-day events will need to play out to be eligible for National Junior Scoreboard consideration.
7. Distance Measuring Devices: All forms of devices are allowed on one day events. 2 Day events typically only allow devices that measure distance only., i.e. no GPS devices!
8. Pace of Play: Your group's position on the course is right behind the group in front of you! It is expected that groups play at a minimum pace of play of 43 minutes per 3 holes (4 hour 18 minute round). We play Ready Golf! It is encouraged that putts under 2 feet are played out vs. marking. Every attempt will be made to have "Time Par" for the event posted at the First Tee.
Each player must play without undue delay, which is defined as taking no more than 40 seconds to play a shot. Those players who are first to play from a given area (tee, fairway, green) will have an extra 10 seconds to play. The 40 second rule is in effect to assure playing without undue delay and to prevent over coaching and slow play.
A group will be deemed to be out of position on the golf course when they are over time par, which is defined as taking an average of 14 minutes per hole, or by keeping up with the group in front. When it is determined that a group is out of position they will be asked to speed up play. If the group remains out of position at the next time check point (at least three holes later), they may be fined a one stroke penalty for a first offense. If they remain out of position at the next time check point they will be fined two strokes. If a group finishes more than 15 minutes behind the group in front of them they will be assessed a two stroke penalty.
9. Ground Under Repair GUR: Enclosed white line areas define ground under repair. Other areas considered GUR include fire ant beds and mounds, any staked trees or shrubs and distressed areas of a green where dirt is visible.
10. Embedded Ball: The “Embedded Ball “ Rule is in effect through the green.
11. Disqualification: No player may disqualified for any violations of the Rules of Golf in our one day events. Instead the player will be assessed a double par on a hole for an infraction that would otherwise have lead to disqualification. A player may be disqualified for code of conduct violations.
12. Electronic Devices: Cell phones, video recorders, DVD camera's, headphones, pagers and other electronic devices may not be used during play and should be switched off. First offense: warning, second offense and further offenses: triple bogey. Cell phones may only be used to alert rules officials or emergency personnel.
13. Tobacco and alcohol use is not permitted. First offense: warning, second offense: triple bogey then code of conduct player disqualification.
14. Spectator Policy: Spectators may rent carts or walk and follow groups, but may not give advice to players. Spectators should avoid talking to players during a round and stay in the rough or tree line (stay off Fairways and do not stand behind greens when players are hitting to the green!), so as not to affect or disturb any competitors. It is recommended to stay 30-40 feet away at all times, unless supplying players with food or drinks no more than every 4-5 holes. Under no circumstances may spectators assist competitors with advice, rules questions, or get involved with players in discussing any issues on the course. Officials may assess penalties. Spectator Carts must stay on the cart paths. Developmental Divisions will have less restrictive rules.
15. Code of Conduct: Violations of the Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to: abusive language, club throwing, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse of the golf course or the facilities, littering or any other conduct unbecoming a player. First offense: warning, second offense: disqualification. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of tour playing privileges.
16. Dress Code: Players must wear acceptable golf attire. Not permitted are short shorts, swimwear, denim, T-shirts, or tank tops. Players who do not adhere to these codes will not be permitted on the course. Spectators should also wear acceptable golf attire, that excludes t-shirts, short shorts, denim, cargo shorts etc. If in doubt please consult the dress code of the host club on their website. We want to be sure that dress code is not the reason we are not invited back!
17. Scorecards: Immediately after completion of play, players and markers must go directly to the scorer’s tent or table to verify and attest, sign and turn in scorecards to the scorekeeper. Any and all score or rules uncertainties must be resolved before signing and turning in scorecards. Once scorecards have been turned in the score is final.
18. Result of the competition: When all scorecards have been collected and approved by the Scorekeeper, the result of the competition will be officially announced.
19. Scoring will take place at a dedicated scoring area that will only allow access to the competitors in a group by group fashion. No parents or other players will be allowed access. Every attempt will be made to enter scores directly into a computer to avoid scoring errors. Once a player leaves the scoring area scores are final.
20. Developmental Special Rules
These Rules apply to all 9 hole "B" divisions:
Golfers are encouraged to walk from tee box to the green. Clubs can be placed on golf carts or carried themselves.
Spectators/Parents are allowed to help golfers find balls, speed up play and carry clubs. Parents or others can assist these Developmental "B" golfers with club selection and the rules of golf.
A "swing and a miss" (whiff) will not count as a stroke unless the club makes contact with the ball, and the ball advances.
After one attempt to hit out of a bunker, drop ball out of bunker back or to the side, no closer to the hole, counting the stroke attempted in the bunker.
After one failed attempt to hit over a water hazard, utilize the drop area under penalty of one stroke.
Drop areas are located across the water hazard and are defined by WHITE CIRCLES with a D inside them.
Out of Bounds/Lost Balls – Play as a lateral hazard (red stakes), i.e with a one stroke penalty, but no loss of distance.
The Directors of the Jimmy Green Junior Golf Tour reserve the right to change or modify the Rules and Regulations prior to the start of any event.