November 2012 Newsletter

Tournament News

2012 Stableford Golf Tournament

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Tee times starting at 10:00AM


The Stableford Tournament is an individual 18-hole event. Points are added or subtracted on each hole depending on your net score for that hole (gross score in the Championship Flight). The winner is the competitor who scores the highest number of points. Championship and A Flights play from the blue tees, B Flight plays from the green tees, and C Flight plays from the white tees.

Scoring – Points are added or subtracted on each hole as follows:
Double Bogey/other -3 point
Bogey -1 points
Par 0 points
Birdie +2 points
Eagle +5 points
Double Eagle +8 points

Tee Times

Tournament Results

2012 Blind Draw-Best 2 of 4

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Sunday, October 21, 2012


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Click here for complete results

Club Membership

Annual Membership Dues

Renewals for the 2013 season are now open and will close on December 7th 2012.

The renewal fee is $78. New member fee is $95.

Any renewals processed after the deadline will be subject to a new member fee. All past and new members may join at this time and play the remainder of the 2012 season and all of the 2013 season.

The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 membership fee includes membership in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and a handicap index. All applicants, NEW and RENEWALS, must fill out this online form completely every year and all application fees are valid for the entire 2012 calendar year.

Wednesday Sweeps

2012 Sweeps Low Gross Leaderboard

  • A Flight - "71" Larry Freeman (3/14/12), Flint Locke (8/22/12)
  • B Flight - "74" Gary Bader (9/5/12)
  • C Flight - "75" Rock Capabianco (5/23/12)

Wednesday Play for ERMGC Members

If you want friendly golf competition and have a chance to earn gift certificates to purchase items from the Golf Shop, sign up for a tee time between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. You may sign up as a single, with a friend, or a group of four. All sign-ups must be members of the Men’s Club. All participants pay an entry fee of $5. Each participant signs up for his appropriate flight and tee.

Every golfer can win a gift certificate redeemable at the pro shop for placing in their flight.
In addition, every player has an opportunity to win a $10 gift certificate for being closest to the hole, or having the long drive in their flight.

Also, on the first Wednesday of each month you have an opportunity to place a wager in our "Beat the Pro" contest. Whatever amount you wager, if your net score beats the pro you will get a gift certificate equal to double your wager. If your net score ties or loses to the pro, you still get a certificate equal to the amount you have wagered. You can’t lose!

The following are flight parameters for tee assignments:

Flight Tees Index Score
Championship Blue N/A Gross
A Net Blue 10.0 and lower Net
B Net Green 10.1 to 15.0 Net
C Net White 15.1 and higher Net

Visit our website for additional information on ERMGC Wednesday Play.

Hope to see you on Wednesdays. Support your Men's Club and hone your golf skills through friendly competition.

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman

Recent Rulings

Relief from Water Hazards at Encinitas Ranch

Men’s Club Guide to Basics

Relief Options – Rule 26 Water Hazards

There are a number of holes on the course where an errant shot could find its way into a Lateral Water Hazard—areas marked with red stakes. Options are summarized below.

  1. If you find your ball within the hazard, you may play it as it lies with no penalty.
  2. If you don’t find it (or find it and choose not to play it), with a one-stroke penalty under 26-1 you may:
    1. Play a ball as near as possible to the spot where the previous stroke was made. The ball must be dropped at that spot, unless it was played from the teeing ground. If played from the teeing ground, the ball may be teed.
    2. Drop a ball BEHIND the hazard, keeping the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard directly between the flagstick and the spot where the ball is to be dropped. There is no limit to how far behind the hazard the ball may be dropped.
    3. Drop a ball outside the hazard within two club lengths of the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, but no nearer the hole than that point.
    4. Drop a ball in the DROPPING ZONE, but only if there is a clearly marked drop area.

A few key points…

  • If a ball is headed in the direction of a lateral water hazard, watch closely so you can establish the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard.
  • For relief to be taken on the far side of the hazard, it must be “known or virtually certain” that the ball LANDED BEYOND the margin of the hazard. If there is any doubt that the ball landed beyond the margin, relief may not be taken beyond the hazard.
  • Look for Dropping Zones on Holes #7, #8, and #17. Note: dropping zones can be used in Wednesday Sweeps, but are NOT used in Men’s Club Weekend Tournaments.

Provisional Ball – Local Rule

Normally, a provisional ball is permitted only when the original ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds. However, Men’s Club Local Rules allow a provisional ball to be played under Rule 26 – Water Hazards when it would delay play to go forward and determine the location of the original when played toward a water hazard. The Local Rule is printed below (from Appendix I, Part B of the Rules of Golf).

If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1.
If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.
If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1. (But may not take relief under 26-1 with the original.)
If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

Note that the provisional may be played from any of the available locations for relief outlined above (2-a, b, c, or d). Be sure to announce your intention to play a provisional ball. If no announcement is made, the additional ball becomes the ball in play and the original ball is considered lost.

Trouble Spots on the Course: Areas NOT MARKED AS HAZARDS

  • Hole #5 – The hillside in front of and below the green/white tees is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and no relief under 26-1 is available. A ball in this area may be lost, so it is recommended that a provisional ball be played from the tee. If the ball is found, but deemed to be unplayable, the only options are described in Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable.
  • Hole #7 – The hillside to the right of the fairway is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and a ball in this area may be lost. A provisional is recommended if your ball is played into this area. Lateral hazard stakes are positioned at the crest of the hill, but relief under 26-1 would not be available unless it was “known or virtually certain” that the ball crossed beyond the margin—that is, over the crest of the hill. If the ball is found on the hillside, but deemed to be unplayable, the only options are described in Rule 28.
  • Hole #14 – The area in front of the teeing ground is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and a ball in this area may be lost. A provisional is recommended if your tee ball is played into this area. If the original is found, it may be played or declared unplayable. If declared unplayable, see options in Rule 28.

The areas described (Holes #5, #7, and #14), have heavy brush, ice plant, or other concealing vegetation. In each of these situations it may be difficult to find a ball. Playing a provisional ball is recommended. You are not obligated to search for your original ball, but if you search and the original is found the PROVISIONAL MUST BE ABANDONED. You must either play the original ball as it lies, or declare it unplayable. You cannot declare the original ball unplayable and then continue play with the provisional—you must abandon the provisional ball and proceed with options for relief under Rule 28. Keep this in mind before you start to look for your original.