Grass League rules of play
These rules are specific to the Grass League Scramble Format and are intended for use in this particular tournament. For any situations outside of the outlined format, Grass League Front Office and Rules Officials will utilize and interpret the game using the United States Golf Association (USGA) Rules of Golf.
- Teams: Each team consists of two rostered golfers. Only these golfers are eligible to play for their respective team.
- Format: The format of the tournament is a two-person scramble. In this format, both players on the team tee off, and they choose the best result between the two shots. They then both hit their next shots from that location and repeat the process until the ball is holed. The team records one stroke per stop and ultimately records one score per hole.
- Tee Off: The team can elect to tee off in any desired order. After both players hit their tee shots, they choose the best shot between the two, and both players play their second shots from that location.
- Marking Your Ball off the Green: For shots that are not on the green, the team must place a mark on the ground within one foot of the selected best shot. The mark should be no closer to the hole. Both players will then play their next shots from within one foot of that marked location, no closer to the hole.
- Failure to Place a Mark off the Green: If the team fails to place a mark before the first player hits their shot (excluding tee shots), the next player’s shot is void, and they must take the result of that shot.
- Marking Your Ball on the Green: When the ball is on the green, the players must place a mark within two putter club head lengths from the chosen location, no closer to the hole. Both players will then putt from their marked positions. Both players will then play their next shots from within two putter head lengths of that marked location, no closer to the hole.
- Failure to Place a Mark on the Green: If the team fails to place a mark before the first player hits their putt, the next player’s putt is void, and they must take the result of that putt.
- Environmental Changes: The marking of the ball cannot be used to change the environment in which the ball lies. For example, you cannot mark your ball and use the distance to move your ball from rough to fairway, sand to grass, or fringe to green.
- Scoring: The team’s score for each hole is the total number of strokes taken from each player’s best shot. The score recorded for the hole is the number of strokes taken from the chosen best shots.
- Shot clock: A team must decide which ball to select to play within 2 minutes of arriving at the first ball.
- Given this is a stroke play event, there are no practice shots during play.
- Extra Holes:
- In the event of a first place tie at the end of the 36 holes, Hole 18 will be played repeatedly until there is an outright champion. This will be a sudden death elimination format.
- Extra Holes Format: If there are multiple contestants in the "Extra Holes" competition, only the lowest scores per hole, including ties, will advance to the next playoff hole.
- The first two playoff holes will be played in the Scramble Format, following the same rules as described earlier, where both players tee off, choose the best result, and proceed from there.
- Starting from the third playoff hole and onwards, the format will switch to Alternate Shot Format with an Alternate Tee Ball. In this format, the team will decide which player’s tee shot to use, and then they will alternate shots until the ball is holed. The alternate tee ball means that each hole will start with one player teeing off on odd-numbered holes and the other player teeing off on even-numbered holes, and they will alternate from there.
- The playoff holes will continue in this alternating shot format until there is a clear winner.
- Order of play: The rules official will draw out of a hat to see which team tees off first.