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Rulebook - Golf

National Veterans Golden Age Games

Event 8: Golf

Event 8-A: Golf Visually Impaired

Age Groups

Men and Women Compete Together

  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80-84
  • 85-up


The National Veterans Golden Age Games host will not provide golf clubs. Competitors must provide their own clubs. The host will not be responsible for replacing lost or stolen clubs.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games host will provide one sleeve of three golf balls, tees and scorecards. Competitors must provide their own golf gloves, golf shoes, or additional golf balls.

Other Equipment: golf carts are for competitors, and National Officials. (New for 2012) Golf carts are not available for scorers, support staff, family or friends of competitors. Drinking water and first aid kit available. Extra sunscreen is recommended.


The golf event will be held on a golf course selected by the National Veterans Golden Age Games host. (New for 2012) Play will consist of nine (9) holes for VI golfers and age groups 80 and over; eighteen (18) holes for golfers ages 55 to 79. If a competitor is unable to complete the round, a withdrawal will be necessary.


Visually Impaired Participants
A person will be assigned to assist the VI golfer and can offer advice on the direction to hit the golf ball and the distance needed for the shot. Club selection must be made by the VI participant.

While the National Veterans Golden Age Games encourages first time competitors, competitors must have prior golfing experience of having played on a regular basis for at least the past one year. This event is not for individuals who have no prior golfing experience.

Each competitor will compete individually within his/her age group. There will be no handicapping of scores. Therefore, gross scores will determine the first three places in each age category.

A sufficient number of volunteer scorekeepers will be provided by the local host facility to insure the integrity of score keeping.

All play not covered by the rules below will be governed by USGA and local club rules.

The Golf event cannot accommodate competitors in wheelchairs.


Rule 1:00 Order of Play

Competitors will play in groups of no more than 4. Competitors will be grouped in similar age categories as much as possible although this is not totally necessary.

Eighteen (18) holes will be played by participants 55-79. Age groups 80+ and VI golfers will play nine (9) holes. Groups will be assigned a starting hole and will begin their play from that hole. A "shotgun" start will signal players to begin play. (New for 2012) Players in each age group will play the same holes.

Players will begin each hole from the following tee boxes:

  • Red – women
  • White - men
  • (New for 2012) Players 80+ will play from "senior tees" if available.

Rule 2:00 A Stroke

A stroke will occur any time a player positions himself/herself to hit the ball and takes a swing at the ball. A stroke will be counted even if the ball is missed (a whiff). See below for maximum strokes on a hole.

Rule 3:00 Special Rules

Winter Rules
A ball can be moved 1 club length in any direction in the fairway or rough, but NOT toward the hole. However, a ball in the rough must be played from the rough. It cannot be moved to the fairway. A ball in the sand trap must be played where it lies.
Water Hazards (New for 2012)
A ball in the water or inside the red/yellow hazard stakes. If you cannot play your ball, drop a ball outside the hazard near the point it entered the water and begin play. Take 1 penalty stroke.
Maximum Strokes Per Hole (New for 2012)
In order to speed up play, the maximum score on a hole will be double bogey. Once a player reaches double bogey, he/she is to pick up the ball and wait for the others in the group to finish the hole.
Definition (New for 2012)
A "double bogey" is a score of 2-over par on an individual hole of the golf course. Golf holes are typically designed as par 3, par 4 or par 5, so making a double bogey means:
  • Scoring a 5 on a par-3 hole
  • Scoring a 6 on a par-4 hole
  • Scoring a 7 on a par-5 hole

***Speed of play will be strictly enforced for all competitors.

Out of Bounds
Usually marked by white stakes. Player takes 1 stroke penalty but no loss of distance. Drop a ball in play approximately at the point the ball went out of bounds.
Lost Balls
Take no more than 5 minutes to look for a lost ball. If not found, place a ball where you think the ball should have been found. Take 1 stroke penalty.
All puts must be putted.
Be sure to begin marking your group's score on the hole you begin play. For example, if your group begins on hole #5, be sure to put your first set of scores on hole #5, NOT #1. (New for 2012) All scorecards must be signed by all players in that group and by the scorekeeper. Turn in scorecards before proceeding to your car or bus. Scorecards are to be turned in by the scorekeeper to the National Official when you complete your round of golf.
Tie Breakers
In the event there is a tie at the end of the round for low score in an age group, a score card tiebreaker will be used to break that tie. This will continue consecutively until a player has shot the best score on a hole.
  • (New for 2012) Age groups playing 18 holes - beginning with hole #1;
  • (New for 2012) Age groups playing 9 holes - the first hole of the nine they played.

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