The following Local Rule from the USGA and The R&A has been adopted for Challenge Cup, as follows:


Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player's ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, her partner, her opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player's ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.


Note:  If it is determined that a player's ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location.  A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced. 

The list below is a summary of certain procedures for Challenge Cup, including some changes for 2017. This list is NOT intended to replace the Book, and is just a summary of certain procedures.  Please refer to the Book for details.

  • Challenge Matches are a part of Challenge Cup, as is movement between cups.  The procedures stress the importance of playing the Challenge Matches and create more movement between cups in the event of defaulted Challenge Matches.
  • Course Yardages are the same as 2016.
  • Cell Phones - NO Cell phones or other electronic devices for any purpose whatsoever except for emergencies arising during play.
  • Slow Play - A foursome finishing outside 4 1/2 hours AND more than 15 minutes after the group in front of them may receive a slow play warning.  Players must write start times and end times on their scorecards.  Failure to do so may create a presumption of slow play.
  • Dress Code - White bottoms and team shirts (the body of the shirt must be the same).  Violation will be treated as a sportsmanship violation.
  • Rain - The goal for all matches is to complete the matches as scheduled, which means all players in the field completing at least nine holes.  Rules have been clarified to encourage playing the matches as scheduled.