Golf Rules

  1. GOLF COURSE & PRO SHOP RULES
    1. DRESS CODE—Flat heeled shoes with or without soft spikes shall be required on the course. The use of metal spikes will not be allowed. The following rules regarding apparel worn by members and non-members on the course shall apply.
      1. MEN: Shirts with sleeves and collars shall be worn at all times. Shorts must not be shorter than mid-thigh. NOT permitted on the course: tank tops, “T” shirts, tennis shoes, short shorts, spandex, gym shorts, cut-offs, swim wear, and blue jeans or blue jean shorts.
      2. WOMEN: Appropriate dress for women shall include slacks, skirts, and shorts. Skirts and shorts must not be shorter than mid-thigh. NOT permitted on the course: halter or similar tops including swimming or tank tops, short shorts, cut offs, spandex shorts or tops with a tight body fit, and blue jeans or blue jean shorts. Sleeveless tops must come near the end of the shoulder, no razor or similar type top.
        1. EXCEPTION: Blue jeans may be worn during the off-season (October 16 through March 14).
        2. NOTE: It is the duty of the Members to ensure their guests are properly attired.
    2. AT ALL TIMES
      1. In season tee times of 7:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7:00 a.m. on weekends. Golf course maintenance takes precedence until normal start of play and members wishing to play earlier must go around golf course maintenance. Members are responsible to get their own cart, bag or supplies for their early round the day before if they want to play before staff arrives which is 1 hour before tee time
      2. Traditionally, the golf course operates with a no tee times policy during normal play. Play shall commence on hole number one unless specified otherwise by Pro Shop Professional staff.
      3. If play is operated by tee times, they can be made up to 7 days in advance and any holds may be removed within 48 hours of the time.
      4. All players are required to check-in with Pro Shop staff prior to play.
      5. Groups starting on hole number ten shall have no priority over groups waiting to tee off on hole number one when they make the turn.
      6. Members must respect the club, the staff, each other, and the golf course.
      7. The Pro Shop staff is responsible for all golf activities on the golf course. Any member not respecting that authority may be denied playing privileges for two weeks.
      8. The “normal” number of players in a “group”, during “typical playing hours”, will be two, three, or four.
      9. Groups of two players should always attempt to align themselves with one or two more players. The Pro Shop staff will assist in that effort.
      10. There will be times or days when groups with numbers different from “normal” would be acceptable. These situations would be discouraged, but not always allowed or denied and will ALWAYS REQUIRE PRIOR PERMISSION OF THE PROFESSIONAL STAFF during “typical playing hours”.
      11. All groups greater than the “norm” will be responsible for not interfering with the play of others. Further, in a group larger than the “norm”, IT WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LOWEST HANDICAP MEMBER OF THE GROUP to face consequences of any issues, including slow play, arising from his/her group.
      12. Your position on the golf course is directly behind the group in front and not in front of the group behind. If you have open holes ahead and a faster group behind, that group shall be given the opportunity to play through.
    1. PRIME TIME PLAY (March 15 through October 15) During the busiest hours (Saturday 8:00 a.m.—10:30 a.m., Sundays 10:00 a.m.—1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m.), the following rules shall apply.
      1. A ball drop will be used on the #1 tee to determine starting order for groups when play is operating under no tee times.
      2. A ball cannot be placed in the ball drop until all members of the group are present and ready to play.
      3. Only one ball per group may be placed in the ball drop.
      4. No singles, twosomes, or fivesomes will be allowed during “primetime” without the permission of the Head Golf Professional or his or her staff. The Head Golf Professional and his or her staff will assist in making foursomes as needed.
      5. Groups larger than five are not permitted except during tournament play sanctioned by the Board of Directors.
    2. GUEST POLICY
All guests must be accompanied by a member during play (except reciprocal club members).
      1. GUESTS
        1. Local guests and family members can play three times per calendar year. Club sponsored events do not count toward the limit of three.
        2. Guests who live 60 or more miles from Yakima may play 10 times per calendar year.
        3. Grandchildren of a golfing member who are under the age of 19 will not fall under the local guest rule. They must play or practice with their grandparents and pay a fee equal to the prevailing established “relative” green fee.
      2. RECIPROCAL CLUB MEMBERS
        1. The Yakima Country Club has reciprocity with other Pacific Northwest private clubs.
        2. No reciprocal Club Members will be allowed to start before 10:00 a.m. on weekends or holidays.
        3. Reciprocal Club Members may play at any time on other days only at the Golf
        4. Professional’s discretion and may bring up to 3 guests with permission from the Golf Professional.
        5. Reciprocal Club Members receive complimentary greens fees and must pay any applicable cart fees. Guests of Reciprocal Club Members will be charged the current reciprocal guest rate which shall be more than a guest rate of a member.
      3. HOURS OF PLAY FOR GUESTS
        1. On weekends each membership may have no more than one guest before 10:00 a.m.
        2. On weekends after 10:00 a.m. to be at the Golf Professional’s discretion but not to exceed three.
        3. On weekdays guests must follow the same hours of restricted play as member.
    1. USE OF POWER CARTS ON COURSE
      1. No more than (2) riders per cart and riders must be seated at all times.
      2. Carts must follow all golf course signage.
      3. Carts may not drive off path and park next to greens or tees.
      4. Carts must always stay on paths when a path is provided for them.
      5. Carts need to stay at least 30 yards from all greens and must exit to the nearest path when approaching a green complex.
      6. Carts must stay on paths on all Par 3’s unless a handicap flag is present.
      7. Carts must avoid steep slopes, mounds, and at least 20 feet from any bunker edge.
      8. Carts must be aware of standing water or wet areas and avoid when possible.
      9. Carts may never drive through tall native grass.
    1. TRAIL FEE
      1. Private golf carts brought to the facility must pay the applicable annual fee.
    2. CHILDREN ON THE GOLF COURSE
      1. Children under the age of 10 may only use the golf facilities with CLOSE ADULT SUPERVISION.
      2. Unsupervised children must be certified by the Head Golf Professional and complete the Yakima Country Club junior golf handbook. A bag tag will be provided and shall be displayed.
      3. Parents assume complete responsibility for any injury to their children on the golf course.
    3. HOURS OF RESTRICTED PLAY (March 15th through October 15th)
Monday ..................... Number one tee opens at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday ..................... None
Wednesday ................ Men preference until 1:00 p.m.
.................................. Open play from the number one tee after 1:00 p.m.
Thursday ................... Women preference until 1:00 p.m.
.................................. Open play from the number one tee after 1:00 p.m.
Friday ........................ One nine reserved after 4:00 p.m. for Sundowners
.................................. (June through September)
Saturday .................... None
Sunday ...................... None
    1. GOLF COURSE ETIQUETTE
      1. The USGA rules of play and etiquette have been adopted and will govern all play except when modified by local rule.
      2. Divots on tees and fairways must be replaced or filled with sand and bunkers must be raked. Rakes are to be placed outside the bunkers, parallel to the flight of the ball and near the lowest entry points. Containers for sand are provided by YCC at no cost to member and may be obtained at the pro shop. Each member is required to have a container on their private cars or push carts.
      3. Players will assist in keeping the greens in good condition by repairing ball marks.
      4. Your position on the golf course is directly behind the group in front and not in front of the group behind. If you have open holes ahead and a faster group behind, that group shall be given the opportunity to play through.
      5. The golf course Superintendent has sole discretion on whether the Golf Course will be opened for play due to frost/freezing, excessive rain or snow, or whether golf cars may be used.
    1. OUTSIDE GOLF EVENTS
      1. First priority will be given to minimize the disruption to member usage of the course for regular play and Club sponsored events.
      2. Outside events shall be scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, or Friday with Monday being the preferred day of the week for least disruption.
      3. Outside golf events are defined as events that are not sponsored by Yakima Country Club and are made up of predominately non-members.
      4. Club Events are defined as those organized by the YCC men’s and ladies’ associations and are made up of predominately members.
      5. The Club will limit the total number of outside golf events to seven per year.
      6. Requests for outside events must be directed in writing to the YCC Golf Committee.
    1. ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
      1. All food and beverage on the golf course as well as rented carts must be purchased from the Club.
      2. Private golf carts brought to the facility must pay the applicable annual fee.
      3. All billing for outside events must go through a YCC/Member sponsor account.
      4. Any signs, hole in one prizes or other tournament paraphernalia must have prior Club approval.