Current USGA Rule of Golf, National Junior Golf Tour rules and local course rules and changes or amendments by the National Junior Golf Tour Committee govern play.
1. Dress Code: Players and caddies must adhere to the following dress code: only nacceptable golf attire is permitted. Players are prohibited from wearing shoes with metal spikes, short shorts, swimwear, and denim of any kind, t-shirts or tank tops. Players and caddies without appropriately attired will not be permitted to participate.
2. Code of Conduct: Violations of the code of conduct including: abusive language, club throwing or slamming club on ground, cheating, disrespect of volunteers or officials, abuse to the golf course or the facilities, littering, or any other conduct unbecoming of a player.
First offense: warning; second offense two-stroke penalty third offense: disqualification. Repeated violations may lead to rejection of future entries. No use of tobacco, drugs, or alcoholic beverage for the contestants or caddies. Use will result in disqualification.
Gambling by players or caddies will result in disqualification.
3. Distance Measuring Device: a player may obtain distance information by using a device that measures distance only. However, if, during a stipulated round, a player uses a distance-measuring device that is designed to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., gradient, wind-speed, temperature, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3, for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional functions are actually used.
4. Cell Phones: Except for emergencies, cell phone use during a stipulated round is prohibited. First offense- Warning: Subsequent offense - Disqualification.
5. Caddie Policy: The following age groups may be assisted by a caddie, but is limited to only one caddie at any one time, Boys 8-9, Boys 10-11, Girls 8-10, Girls 11-12 and 7 & under age groups (Rule 6-4). Caddies must be at least thirteen years or older. Players of this age are encouraged to have caddies to help them play their best. It is also vital for caddies not to over coach and to have their player hit each shot within a reasonable amount of time, and not to be disruptive to any player or caddie in the group. If a caddie becomes disruptive, he/she will be warned of the problem .If the problem continues the caddie will be dismissed as a caddie from that event. The conduct of caddies will be monitored by the NJGT officials and by other caddies and players in the group. The NJGT Tour Director and or Tournament Director will have the final decision on any incident that occurs.
6. Starting Play: A player is responsible for being at the assigned tee promptly to begin play on time. A player should arrive at assigned tee ten minutes prior to the player's starting time in order to receive all information. Players will not be called to assigned tees. If a player arrives late but within five minutes after the assigned starting time, the penalty for failure to start on time is two strokes at the first hole instead of disqualification (Rule 6-3b, Note).
7. Pace of Play: A group that is out of position will be advised of their situation and the individuals may be timed. The player will be notified that exceeding 40 seconds to play their next shot will result in a penalty of one stroke. A Second violation will result in a two stroke penalty, followed by disqualification for a third violation. A player's time to play begins when the player has had a reasonable opportunity to reach his or her ball and when it is the player's turn to play and can do so without interference or distraction. Penalties are applied individually, but more than one competitor in a group may be penalized.
8. Transportation: When available players and caddies my ride between holes only. (Green to Tee). When a player or caddie are riding they must ride inside the cart. The penalty for riding at any other time unless authorize by the committee will be 2 strokes per hole, maximum deduction per round of 4 strokes. This rule also applies to the player’s equipment.
10. The ONE-BALL RULE IS NOT IN EFFECT: Any golf ball used in this event must appear on the most recent USGA Conforming Ball list.
11. Embedded Ball: Relief is “through the green.'' This procedure is described on page 97 of the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf.
12. Water Hazards: Regular water hazards are identified by yellow stakes and defined by yellow lines. Lateral water hazards are identified by red stakes, defined by red lines and include unmarked drainage ditches and other open water courses.
13. Ground Under Repair: is defined by white lines. Fire ant hills and french drains are ground under repair. White-lined areas tying into cart paths are part of those obstructions. Sod seams (not the sod it self) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 25-1 if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.
14. Temporary Immovable Obstructions: Greenside fans, starting, scoring and concession tents are deemed to be temporary immovable obstructions (TIOs). See page 81 of the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf for interference and relief procedures.
15. Violation: If you see a violation, tell your opponent. Do not involve spectators or parents. If you cannot agree on the ruling, bring it to a rules committee member or the Tournament Director by the end of the round and before score cards are signed and turned in. If there is any question play two balls from the location of the potential ruling. See two ball rule page 40 Rule 3-3. You must follow these directions or the infraction may be ruled invalid.
16. Suspension of Play: Consecutive air horn blast. Players in the process of playing a hole may complete the hole. Players in between the play of two holes shall stop play immediately.
17. Suspension of Play for Dangerous Situation: A suspension of play for a dangerous situation will be signaled by one long air horn blast. All players shall be informed of the suspension verbally. All play shall cease immediately. All practice areas shall be closed during a suspension of play, until the Committee has declared them open again.
18. Resumption of Play: Signaled by one long air horn blast.
19. Scorecard: A score is deemed to be official when posted on the score board.
20. Clothing Guidelines
Slacks or Bermudas
The Following yardages will be used by the NJGT as a guide line for your use. The NJGT reserves the right to adjust yardages due to weather, course conditions and other requirements that may be set by other golfing organizations.
Boys Age Groups/Yardages
16-18 6000-6900 Yards
14-15 6000-6900 Yards
12-13 5300-6200 Yards
10-11 4900-6000 Yards
8-9 Par 3 Red Tees, Par 4 200 Yards, Par 5 300 Yards
7 and Under Special Tees adjusted as needed (Non-competitive)
Girls Age Group/Yardages
13-18 4900-5900 Yards
11-12 4900-5900 Yards
8-10 Par 3 Red Tees, Par 4 200 Yards, Par 5 300 Yards
7 and Under Special Tees adjusted as needed (Non-competitive)