General Policies

All club sweeps and tournament winnings are credited to be spent in the Pro Shop. No charges over your account balance will be allowed. You may complete your purchase with cash or credit card.  Winnings may be applied to cart passes and soft goods. A 20% discount will be given on non-sale soft goods. US Open branded items are not eligible for the discount.

Once a person is no longer a member, the balance in her sweep account must be used within a 3 month period or the funds will be forfeited to the Club’s Sweeps account.

Pace of Play is IMPORTANT.

A round at Torrey Pines golf course should take no more than 4 1/2 hours.

Remember that your correct position on the golf course is directly behind the group in front of your, NOT immediately ahead of the group behind you. 

That means that on a par 3 you should be ready to tee off as soon as the group in front of you has cleared the green and is safely away from the area.  On a par 4 and 5, you should tee off as soon as the group in front is out of range from your tee shot.

Play ready golf. Plan out your shot before you get to your ball. Whenever it’s safe, play your shot if your playing partners are not ready. On the green, putt out whenever possible rather than marking your ball and waiting.  If your group falls behind,  the first 2 players to hole out should go on to the next tee box to help in speeding up play.  

Keeping up with pace of play DOES NOT mean foregoing the rules. Unless a player is picking up on the hole, all strokes must be taken. There are no gimmies.

If it is raining or forecast to rain on a sweeps or tournament day, members who have not already cancelled their tee times must come to the course to check the conditions to see if they are playable.  To avoid a fine, members who choose not to play due to the conditions are to do the following:  check off your name on the tee sheet in the downstairs room and report to the Starter and make sure your name is checked off the tee sheet there.  Members who do not come to the course will be assessed a $15 fine as a no-show

Sign Ups

Sign ups for rounds will be available at 7PM 4 weeks prior to the day of play. All tee time sign ups must be done using the TPWGC portal or the USGA TM App.

The calendar page has the current anticipated play days as well as when sign ups will be open for each. In addition, the calendar will show the type of reservation allowed. For example, if it says Member +1, that means that each member will be allowed to sign up herself plus one of other member.  If it says Member +3, that means the member can reserve her spot plus UP TO 3 other members.  

Cancellations must be made 8 days in advance by noon on the Monday prior to the week of play.  Late cancellations and no shows will be assessed a penalty fee. The fee will be collected from the member’s sweeps account.  If funds are  not available, the member must pay the fine via check.

Please visit the Tee time sign up instructions page for more details on how to sign up and cancel tee times.

To qualify for the club championship, a member must have participated in at least 5 TPWGC play days between January 1 and August 25.

All members must adhere to the Cart Rules when riding. Keep carts a minimum of 30 feet from the greens and tees. Carts must be kept on the the fairway or cart paths when cart path only is in effect

Players will be notified if there are deviations to these rules.

One round per month will be designated as Ace Day. Ace winners are the players with the low gross and low net over the field.  A player may win only once in each category during the year.

At the end of the year, Ace winners will compete in the Ace of Aces tournament. If a player qualified in both gross and net, she must decide which category she will compete in.

Members who have a hole in one during TPWGC play days are eligible to receive a $100 credit to their sweeps account.

In order to qualify for the credit, the player must email the Rules Director with the following information along with a photo of the scorecard.

First and Last Name
GHIN #
Course played (North or South)
Hole Number
Distance
Club Used
Name of playing partners.

Your $100 sweeps credit will be posted to your account once the hole in one details have been posted and accepted.

 

Members allowed only one guest at a time with a limit of two guests per year. The guest must be a female 18 years of age or older.  A non-member may play as a guest only 1 time per year.  The guest and member will be placed at the end of the field as room permits.

The guest is NOT eligible for any sweeps or tournament winnings.

A guest must present a valid City Resident card or she will be charged non-resident rates. 

No caddies, instructors or galleries are permitted on Ladies Playdays or tournaments.

A non-player shall NOT be permitted to accompany a member on any Tuesday Playdays, no matter the course.

Local Rules

Disregard course-posted Local Rules and the information on the course scorecard. The local rules below supersede the local rules published by Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Perimeter fences and white staked posts mark the out of bounds areas. In addition, the Driving Range, Maintenance Yard, and Clubhouse area including all surrounding pavement and Snack Bar at hole #9 (North) are out of bounds (OB).

You have the following options if your ball is OB or lost NOT in a penalty area:

  1. Go back to the spot of your previous stroke and play from there with a 1 stroke penalty. 
  2. Use the local rule for alternative to stroke and distance (NOT IN EFFECT AT CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP OR ACE OF ACES): If the player has not played a provisional ball, she may take a 2 stroke penalty and drop within 2 club lengths in the fairway closest to where the ball might have gone out of bounds or considered lost.

Please refer to this diagram for a visual explanation of your options

All canyons adjacent to the golf course and  are to be played as red penalty areas unless otherwise marked. 

A ball in a red penalty area may be played as it lies or you can take relief with a penalty using one of the options in this diagram.

The water in front of the #18 green on the South Course is to be played as a yellow penalty area.

A ball in a yellow penalty area can be played as it lies or you can take relief with a penalty using one of the options in this diagram. If the ball enters the water on the green side of the water, you must take relief on the other side off the water. Taking lateral relief is NOT an option.

 

It is mandatory that you take free relief from Turf Nurseries and Staked Trees.  You must take a drop within 1 club length of the nearest point of complete relief, but no closer to the hole.

If the sprinkler head is within 2 Club lengths of the green, and the ball is within 2 Club lengths of the sprinkler head AND the sprinkler head is on the line of play, take relief by dropping with 1 club-length of nearest point of relief, but no closer to hole

If a ball lies on or touches a sod seam or an aeration hole in the General Area, a player may take relief by dropping within one-club of where the ball lies, no closer to the hole. On the Putting Green, the player may place a ball at the nearest point away from the sod seam or aeration hole.

  • Bunkers: When a player’s ball lies in a disturbed area of the bunker, the player may take free relief by placing the ball within one club-length, not nearer the hole than where the ball lay, in the same bunker. The relief area cannot be improved before the ball is replaced.
  • Flagsticks: The Flagstick must not be touched or removed.
  • Holing Out: Ball must come to rest in the hole. If the ball hits the minimizer grate and bounces out, it is not holed.
  • Scoring: Scores will be verified verbally with every player and their marker. Scorecards will either be returned as directed or scores will be entered in Golf Genius as directed.

Players will be notified prior to starting play if Preferred Lies is in effect. When a player’s ball lies in the General Area cut Fairway height or less (fairways and fringe of green only) player may take relief once by placing the ball in the General Area within one club length of where the ball lies, no closer to the hole.

This rule does not apply to a ball that comes to rest in the rough.

Additional information on rules can be found on the USGA website or you can email our Rules Director with specific questions.

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