USGA rules govern all play except where modified by the following rules:
- “Winter rules” are always in effect. A ball may be moved no more than 12″, and no nearer the hole. However, if it is on the green, in a bunker, or within 36″ of the base of a tree or shrub it may not be moved. It may not be cleaned except on the green.
- Out of bounds (OOB) areas are marked by white stakes. Boundary fences and buildings: Relief may be taken for stance and swing, no nearer the hole.
- Tee screens, railroad ties, garden areas, pump houses, and cart paths are immovable obstructions. Free relief may be taken for stance and swing only. Drop ball within one club length of the nearest point of relief.
- Sand traps: A ball lying within the bunker in a depression not of its own making, or in an improperly raked area, may be lifted while the trap is properly raked, and then replaced without penalty. Stones in sand traps are loose impediments.
- Golf carts: Golf carts and vehicles shall not approach closer than 30 feet to any green. Carts must respect areas marked “no carts.”
- Each player must have golf clubs and a golf bag.
- Proper golf attire must be worn at all times.
- Do not hit on holes 1/10, 2/11, and 3/12 while planes are taxiing, on the runway, or approaching the adjoining airport.
- Players playing 18 holes and continuing on to #10 have priority over those beginning their round on #1.
- Out of bounds and lost ball options:
- Stroke and distance – Rehit
- 2-stroke penalty – drop where ball went OB or was lost.
Rake bunkers, repair ball marks, and replace divots, please.
This is the Pacific Northwest, and there is a lot of ground cover such as salal marking the rough. It eats golf balls. While the USGA allows 3 minutes to look for a lost ball, players searching for a ball should signal the group behind them to play through as soon as it becomes apparent that the ball will not be easily found. Consider limiting your time searching for balls in the rough, and hit provisional shots freely.
(Note that proper attire on Lopez is not what it might be at Augusta National. Casual dress is fine, but swimsuits, for example, would be going a bit too far. And please don’t hit when there are eagles – the feathered kind – on the course; watch and enjoy their presence.)