PLAYERS PLAY - SPECTATORS SPECTATE - RULES OFFICIALS OFFICIATE
Parents and spectators are extremely important to the VCJGA; however, it is up to the hosting golf facility as to whether parents and spectators are permitted on the golf course and whether or not to charge a spectator fee. Spectating in golf may appear different than other sports such as little league, however; we expect spectators to give all players as much space as possible so that they may go about their business without distractions.
PLEASE DO NOT GET INVOLVED WITH THE COMPETITION.
Spectators MUST register in the Golf Shop prior to going on the course. Golf Carts are only available for rent to those with verified Handicap credentials (at option of the golf facility). If you have a handicap (or advancing age), you will need to send an e-mail (email@example.com) to gain approval to rent a cart the day prior to tournament play.
1. Spectators MUST WALK the course and should stay one shot ahead of the group they are following. This allows spectators to follow errant shots and help identify where the ball comes to rest. Spectators are allowed to aid in the search for lost golf balls using care not to improve the lie of the ball. Spectators must keep off tees, fairways and greens - Stay on cart paths. In the absence of cart paths, we ask that spectators stay in the rough away from players.
Please stay off tees, fairways and greens. Remember to keep proper distance/space from all players (75 yards or more is recommended).
Spectators cannot walk with players during tournament play and should make every effort to not disturb ANY of the players.
Keep in mind that in many situations on certain parts of the course, a spectator may not be able to see the shot played nor are they entitled to see every shot played.
2. Spectators as a rule should NOT speak to players. A parent may speak with their child regarding #4 below.
3. Spectators MUST RESPECT all RULES SITUATIONS and NOT attempt to make or give Rulings (or get involved in Rulings) on the Rules of Golf. You will be brought into a situation only if the Rules Official asks you. If you have a question or information, it should be done away from competitors and in a calm manner. USGA Rule 10.2 - A fundamental challenge for the player is deciding the strategy and tactics for his or her play. So there are limits to the advise and other help the player may get during a round.
If the Rules Officials need to change their focus from the players to the spectators, you may be asked to leave the golf course immediately.
4. Spectators are allowed to carry medicine, drinks/snacks for players (not equipment - Do not caddie, handle or go through a player’s equipment/bag/hand cart).
5. Absolutely no alcohol or smoking when spectating.
For your personal safety, we ask you exercise caution at all times.
Golf balls can come from any direction at any time and hit you.
When inclement weather moves in to the area, the VCJGA will suspend play by sounding air-horns.
Accordingly, you should seek shelter immediately. The VCJGA and Volunteers will assist in the evacuate players from the course.
Spectators must be aware and move to safety on their own.
The VCJGA may assess a penalty to the player based on the severity of the spectator violation. Continuous conversations with player(s) are not appropriate. If a serious breach has occurred, the spectator, without warning, may be asked to leave the golf course, the facility, or the spectator may not be permitted to attend other VCJGA tournaments.
STRICT RULES ON ADVICE
Please note that parents, guardians and spectators agree to let participants compete without giving any advice or counsel to them during the stipulated round (USGA Rule 10.2) knowing that a violation may cause a two-stroke penalty against their participant without warning.
USGA Rules of Golf - Definition of Advice:
“Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in:
Choosing a club,
Making a stroke, or
Deciding how to play during a hole or round.
But advice does not include public information, such as:
The location of things on the course such as the hole, the putting green, the fairway, penalty areas, bunkers, or another player's ball,
The distance from one point to another, or
Thank you in advance for your cooperation