Last updated 2019/11/24



  1. USGA Rules Govern all play.  However Local Rules below can override or enhance USGA rules.
  2. The following Local Rules apply:
    • All Lakes and canals are considered lateral water hazards.  Relief in accordance with the rules of golf.
    • Cart paths, rest rooms, pump stations and other immovable obstructions; Determine nearest point of relief for stance and swing only, then drop within one club length, no nearer the hole, no penalty.
    • Out of bounds is indicated by outside perimeter of course.
    • Immovable Obstruction (USGA Rule 16) at Bear Creek would also include split-rail fence WITHIN course (found on #3, #13, #14, #16 as examples).  THIS ONLY APPLIES IF THE OBSTRUCTION AFFECTS YOUR STANCE OR YOUR SWING PATH..NOT THE FLIGHT PATH OF THE BALL
      1. Scenario: Hole #3, Par 5 485 yards.  Ball goes 250 yd then lands next to the split rail fence on the left side of fairway.  Split Rail is within bounds of golf course and is immovable obstruction…it does NOT identify bounds of golf course (there are white stakes to the left and over the cart path that do that).
      2. Two options all with NO penalty
        1. USGA Rule
          1. Play it as it lies
          2. Determine nearest point of relief to take stance
              1. Drop within one club length of point of relief  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
    • USGA Local Rule E-5 applies for OB & Lost Ball (USGA Rule E-5)