Competition Conditions and Local Rules

Valtellina Golf Club – 2021

The following Competition Conditions and Local Rules apply, together with the Technical Regulations in force, World Handicap System adopted by the FIG, the Additional Local Rules and the announcements published by the Competition Committee.

The full text of the following Tender Conditions and Local Rules can be found in the current Italian edition of the Rules of Golf published by R&A Rules Limited.

Unless otherwise indicated, the penalty for breach of the Competition Conditions or Local Rules is the General Penalty: match play: loss of hole – stroke play: two strokes.

For any need, players can call the secretariat for clarifications, interpretations and decisions​


Tender conditions

Requirements to compete

Players must meet the requirements for admission to the match. Note: if it is found that a player does not meet the requirements for admission at the time of registration, he will be excluded from the ranking at any time (even when the competition is closed).

Code of Conduct (Rule 1.2b)

The Valtellina Golf Club Code of Conduct includes:

  • the prohibition for players to enter all areas indicated as “No Play Areas” (hole 9, wooded area-left side);
  • the use of inappropriate clothing for the game of golf;
  • unacceptable behavior, so much so that the player may be penalized during the round for the following:
  • failure to take care of the pitch, for example not repairing a pitch mark or leveling a bunker;
  • use of inappropriate language;
  • throwing sticks.

Penalty for breach of the Code of Conduct:

First Infringement: warning of the Referee or a Committee Member;
Second Infringement: a penalty shot;
Third Infringement: general penalty (two strokes in stroke play and loss of hole in match play); Fourth infringement: disqualification.

Note: in case of serious infringements (eg disrespectful phrases towards the referee or a member of the committee or caused danger for throwing sticks) the disqualification can be immediate.

Departure Time (Rule 5.3a)

The official time is that of the clock displayed in the secretariat.

Note: In Stableford matches, Exception 2 to Rule 21.1c applies.

Speed ​​of Play (Rule 5.6)

During the Conventional Round in the absence of extenuating circumstances, a group, a single player or two players of the group, could be timed if, at any time during the conventional round, the accumulated total time exceeds that allowed for the number of holes played, or in the case of the second or subsequent groups, if “Out of Position”.

From the moment timing begins, the maximum time allowed for a shot is 40 seconds; 10 seconds more are allowed for the player of the group who plays first:

  • the shot from the start to a par 3;
  • a shot of approach;
  • a chip or a putt.

The time allowed to complete each hole and the entire conventional round will be decided by the Tournament Director and published on the official bulletin board before the start of the round and / or on the player’s scorecard.

The first group and any other group that started after a Starter’s Gap will be considered “out of position” when, at any time during the lap, the overall accumulated time exceeds that allowed for the number of holes played.

Any other group will be considered “out of position” if it is more than the starting interval from the group that precedes it and is beyond the time allowed for the number of holes played.

Notes: – The timing ends when the group returns to position, but in any case, the time infringement (s) of a player who is in a timed group will be taken into account for the entire duration of the lap.

A player will not be penalized for a second time foul if he has not been advised that he has incurred the previous one. Players may not be advised to be timed.

Upon delivery of the score in the Stroke Play race: All groups must complete the conventional lap within the maximum time established by the Committee.

It is the players’ responsibility to respect this maximum time allowed (Rule 5.6b).

In the absence of extenuating circumstances, two penalty strokes will be added to the score of hole 18 of the score for breach of Rule 5.6b to ALL players: – from the first group, if they have exceeded the time allowed for 5 minutes or more. – Subsequent groups, if they have exceeded the time allowed for 5 minutes or more and if they have exceeded their starting interval with the group in front of them for more than 5 minutes.


  • The Race Committee will consider mitigating circumstances only for extraordinary cases
  • The Committee may derogate from this Local Rule (“Maximum times”) before the start of the race

Suspension of Play for a Dangerous Situation (Rule 5.7b)


  • stop the game IMMEDIATELY: 1 long siren sound;
  • stop the game: 3 consecutive siren sounds, repeated;
  • resume play: 2 short siren sounds, repeated.

Regardless of this Match Condition, the responsibility for interrupting the game due to danger due to lightning remains with the player – Rule 5.7a.


The ** Type I-1 Local Rule is used: in match play, on any match day, it is forbidden to practice on the match field before each match of the player and between matches.

Penalty for infringement of the Local Rule:

  • first offense general penalty (loss of hole),
  • second offense disqualification.

Note: On any match day, players can use the practice areas within the boundaries of the field.

Giro (Definition of Giro).

The competitions are played on an 18 hole course.

Local Rules

1-Out of Bounds (Rule 18.2)

  • Beyond each fence and beyond the white poles, which define the boundary of the field (e.g. hole 1)
  • When out of bounds is defined by a white line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds.

A ball is out of bounds when it lies entirely on or over this line.

Note: When the out of bounds is defined by a fence or white stakes, the out of bounds line is determined by the closest inside points of the fence posts or stakes, taken at ground level, excluding angled supports.

A ball is out of bounds when it lies entirely beyond that line (EX: HOLE 18-ZONA PUTTIN GREEN).


Relief from a Red Penalty Area from where the ball enters, not from the opposite side equidistant.

** Local Rule Type B-2.1 is used, for penalty areas located at holes: 3-6-7-8-12-13-14-15.

** Local Rule Type G1

** Local Rule Type G3

** Local Rule Type I-1

** Local Rule Type b-2.1


3.Land under repair

  • Any area bounded by a white line on the ground and / or by blue stakes.
  • Any area of ​​land that is unusually damaged (e.g. by moving machinery or golf carts) as long as it is judged to be abnormal by a Referee.
  • Areas damaged by crows and mole crickets. In this case the Local Rule Type F-6 is used: It is not allowed to remedy the interference with a hole, a mound of earth or a tunnel track made by an animal, a reptile or a bird when it is alone with the stance.

4.GREEN WRONG (Rule 13.1f)

Local Rule Type D-4 is used: If a player’s ball lies on the wrong putting green or avantgreen, the avant-green must also be considered as the wrong Putting Green in order to remedy the interference.


  • Wires, cables, bandages, or other objects (eg, stakes) when adhering to trees or other permanent objects.
  • All the roads located within the course, except the “municipal” road leading to the Sentiero Valtellina-hole 11, which is allowed to drop off.


Hole 9: if a ball enters the area to the left of the hole delimited by red / green stakes it is in a No Play Zone in a penalty area.

If a player’s ball lies in the area, he MUST take relief with a penalty under Rule 17.1d or 17.2.

If the ball lies in the general area of ​​the course but there is interference with the stance the player intends to take or the movement he is to make, the player MUST take relief, if permitted, without penalty under Rule 16.1b. Or ball relief. not playable under rule 19.

REFERENCE POINT: the closest point to take complete relief in the General area (from the point where the ball lies).

Unless otherwise indicated, the penalty for breach of the Competition Conditions or Local Rules is the General Penalty: match play: loss of hole – stroke play: two strokes.

Immovable Obstructions

  • The areas delimited by white lines in addition to areas defined as immovable obstructions must be treated as part of the obstruction and not as land under repair, including bridges-pipelines (e.g. hole 2 and 11);
  • The distance points of the holes located on the starting areas.
  • All plants with a support pole that does not adhere to it.
  • The networks protecting the road (Valtellina Path) at holes 12-15.   
  • The house of hole 16