Golf Rules

Rules & Regulations

  • All players registered in the Al-Wahda Sports Festival must be of the Shia Ithn’Asheri Faith. Any individual found to be in violation of this rule, will be immediately disqualified from the festival. In the event, the individual is part of a team, the entire team will be disqualified from the competition.

Keeping Score

Gross Score: A player that does not hand in a signed card with the above recorded will be disqualified.


The pairings for the tournament will based on handicap of each participant


  • Please be advised that tee-off time does not mean arrival time. Please arrive at the golf course 30 minutes prior to your tee-off time and register at the reception table no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled tee-off time.
  • If you are not registered 15 minutes before your scheduled tee-off, you will be assessed a two stroke penalty on the first hole.


Each hole must be holed out. There are no gimmies, no matter how close you are to the hole. If you don’t, you don’t have a score and are thus disqualified.

Preferred Lies

You must play the ball as it lies. There are no preferred lies whatsoever. You are not allowed to pick up, clean, and replace your ball until your ball has landed on the green.

Ball Rule

You can only play your ball. Therefore, put an identification mark on it.

Lost Ball

You have 3 minutes max to search for your lost ball. If you lose your ball anywhere else but in a water hazard, technically you should follow the flight of your ball backwards and take a drop anywhere in that line and hit another – with a one-stroke penalty. However, in the interest of time, you may drop the ball 2-club lengths from the estimated area where the ball was deemed lost no closer to the hole. If that still leaves you with an unplayable shot, then take a drop 2-club lengths from the edge of the nearest playing area no closer to the hole. For either case, a one-stroke penalty is assessed.

Ball in Water

If your ball is lost in a water hazard, you can take a drop anywhere from the point where the ball entered the edge of the hazard to the point where you last hit from (following the path of your ball backwards). Stakes or possibly a line usually defines the edge of the hazard. If no stakes are visible, then the physical boundary is considered the edge. If you had just hit from the tees and choose to re-hit the ball from the tees, you may use a tee again, otherwise you can’t. In the interest of time, a player who has failed in 2 attempts to go over a water hazard may drop their ball 2-club lengths from the opposite edge of the water hazard. If there is a drop zone, please use it (i.e. after your first failed attempt, you may immediately go to the drop zone – there is no need to re-hit). A one-stroke penalty is always attributed to each ball that is lost in a water hazard.

Out of Bounds (OB)

OB is usually marked with white stakes and is usually (but not always) indicated on the course scorecard. If your ball goes out of bounds, technically the rules say you should go back to where you hit the original shot and shoot from there. However, in the interest of time, the player under a one-stroke penalty can drop the ball 2-club lengths from the OB line or edge of the nearest playing area (no closer to the hole).

Unplayable Lie

If you find that your ball is unplayable you have 3 options:
  • Play from where you hit your last shot;
  • Drop within 2-club lengths of where your ball now is (no closer to the hole); or
  • Go as far back as you need in line with the flag and where you picked up the ball to make your drop.
In all cases you are assessed a one stroke penalty.

Cart Path/Casual Water

If your ball lands on a cart path or casual water (puddles or muddy ground), you are allowed to drop the ball away from these hazards without a penalty. The correct way to drop the ball:
  • Lift and clean your ball;
  • Find the nearest spot where you have complete relief (feet and ball) no closer to the hole and mark with a tee;
  • Measure one club length from the mark; and
  • Drop the ball while facing the green.

Changing Balls

You must play the same ball from teeing off to putting out. Change balls only when the rules permit.

Grounding the Club

When your ball is in a hazard (bunker, water) you cannot touch the ground or water in the hazard with your club before impact.


Obstructions are anything artificial (sewers, sprinklers, garbage cans, fences, posts, etc). Some are moveable so you can move them. When they are not you may take a drop within one club length from your nearest point of relief  (no closer to the hole). No penalty is assessed.

Baby Trees

A baby tree is defined as any tree under 6 feet in height. If your ball lands next to a baby tree, which in turn hampers your swing, you are allowed to drop within one club length from your nearest point of relief (no closer to the hole). No penalty is assessed. Bushes, shrubs and tall grass do not count as baby trees.


  • Don’t talk while someone is playing a stroke
  • Be ready to play when it is your turn.
  • The honour on the tee goes to the player with the lowest score on the previous hole.
  • Make sure everyone in your foursome is behind you when you hit.
  • Keep up with the group ahead of you.
  • Pay attention to the group behind you. Let them play through on the next par 3 if they are a faster group than you. Hit your shots, mark your balls, let the next group hit, putt out your balls, then let them finish and play through.
  • Never walk in the line of another players putt.
  • Repair all divots and ball marks on greens.
  • Park the golf cart away from the green.
  • Do not throw your golf clubs.
  • Leave the green as soon as everyone has finished putting and record the score on the next tee.
Last updated: August 27th, 2015