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                                           2019 USGA RULES OF GOLF SHALL GOVERN ALL PLAY

SLOW PLAY: The USGA Pace of Play and Penalties will be strictly enforced.

PROTECTIVE FENCES: All protective fences inside the course are immovable obstructions (Rule 16)   NO LINE OF SIGHT RELIEF

LAKES: All lakes are penalty areas. The margins are defined by the water’s edge, unless defined by red or yellow stakes or red or yellow lines.

FLOOD CONTROL CHANNEL: the Flood control channel is a NO PLAY ZONE/PENALTY AREA. The cement liner or red lines define the boundary. A ball must not be played or retrieved from the flood control channel or played from the other side due to safety and liability restrictions. The margin extends to infinity. 

OUT OF BOUNDS(Course #1) Fences and masonry walls bordering the course, the paved cart path on the left and behind the #9 green, & behind the #18 green. White stakes on the left of the #1 and #9 fairway (Driving range poles). Service yard left of the #3 fairway. (Course #2) The fences and masonry walls bordering the course and the paved cart path behind the #18 green is OB.

NOTE: Where there is a masonry wall with a fence atop it, the course side of the wall at ground level is the O.B. boundary.

STONES IN THE BUNKERS: Are Loose Impediments.

ARTIFICIAL SURFACED AREAS: To the right of #18 on course #1 and all entrance and exit areas on course #1 and #2 and the rocks to the left of hole #3 on course #1 are integral parts of the course. NO RELIEF WITH OUT PENALTY

NEWLY SODDED AREAS: If a ball lies in or touches a sod seam, the player may, w/o penalty, lift the ball and clean it. The player must drop the ball as near as possible to where it originally lay, which is not nearer the hole and avoids interference by the condition and is not in a penalty area.

TEMPORARY IMMOVABLE OBSTRUTIONS: Anything that pertains to the Rose Bowl that is temporary and not in a bunker or a penalty area. Interference is defined by physical or line of sight. Relief is the nearest point not nearer the hole where both physical and line of sight interference no longer exist. 

AUDIO AND VIDEO DEVICES: During a tournament round a player must not listen to or watch content of any nature on a personal audio or video device. (Local rule G-8) The first violation is two strokes and the second is DQ.

CLOSE OF COMPETITION: The close of the competition is deemed to have closed when the committee has approved all scores.

DRAINAGE AREA: (Course #2) Hole #13 near the green. The player may take relief, no penalty.

The Stone wall behind the 12th hole on Course #2 is a “NO PLAY ZONE”. The wall defines the boundary. The wall is an integral part of the course. You may take “unplayable ball” relief in the drop zone near the front of the green under penalty of 1 stroke. 

BMGC Handicap Committee

The topic of discussion for the PAST YEAR has been centered on making the Handicap adjustment process objective for all members.  In following the recommendations of the Steering Committee of 2017, regarding the adjustment of a player's handicap index and thus, his course handicap, during his participation in Brookside events, the committee focused on
1) improving the transparency of the process; 2) removing the subjectivity of the handicap Chairman; 3) allowing for objective adjustments and 4) improving the communication and club environment for all members.

In order to accomplish the above, there needed to be a different method that was within the confines of the USGA Handicap Manual so that handicaps could be adjusted when necessary to level the playing field for all participants.   In that light, the committee was presented with the handicap adjustment algorithm used by the LA GOLF software, currently being used by several other clubs in Southern California, that computes a player's Current Index, Low Index and Club Index.  This third catagory factors a player's scores, home rounds, tournament rounds, course slope and rating, and tees played in relation to his current and low index, in past Brookside events.   This method is built into the LA GOLF software that is used by the BROOKSIDE Tournament Chairman to set up the monthly tournaments.  As such, once activated, the process alerts the Handicap Committee if a players Club Index is lower than his Current Index and/or his Low Index.   

This method is objective in that it is computed on all participants of the tournament.  It is not used on any one individual player...rather everyone who signs up to play will be analyzed by the software.   In addition, this method is based on the player's own scores that are posted during Brookside events.    

This will end the need for a "Watch List" within the club.  All players that participate will be under the guise of the method and it's objective findings.  As such, if a player plays during the "weekly skins" games or during casual rounds, those rounds will not be considered by the method.  But, when that same player plays in a Brookside event, these scores will be used to calculate his Club Index for Brookside events.   Couple this method with 'good old fashioned Peer Review' and the Handicap committee will have objective recommendations for handicap adjustments to forward to the Tournament Committee. 

In addition, The Handicap Committee, in conjunction with the Tournament Committee, will continue to enforce USGA and SCGA guidelines and take action as to players that continue to play beyond their "potential" as defined by the USGA Handicap Manual. This additonal factor will be used as another layer of review for the Committee when implementing an adjustment.  

This method has been submitted to the board.
This method has been APPROVED by the board.
AND, this method is a response to the membership as a whole who has cried out for help to level the playing field for all members who participate in Brookside events! 


It’s that simple.

We ask that each BMGC member, pay for his round, play their round to the best of their ability and then post their score immediately following their round.


It’s that simple.

The Brookside Men’s Golf Club Handicap Committee is just part of the Peer Review that every golf club has in place to ensure fair competition.

We are not here to single out individual players. We are here to ensure all members are treated fairly.

So all we ask is that you:


Go to Handicap Committee Page

  Addendum to the local rules for all BMGC tournaments and matches:

Any damage caused from vehicles parking on the golf course for Rose Bowl events is ground under repair (GUR). This rule is through the green (whole area of the course except the teeing ground, the putting green being played and all hazards).

Relief is the closest point no nearer the hole for stance and swing. No penalty.

Brookside is located next to the world famous Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and is managed by American Golf and the Rose Bowl Operating Company

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