1.0 Preamble
The Rules & Regulations shall have the same powers and force as the Constitution and Bye Laws of the Club. These Rules & Regulations shall be binding on all categories of members, guests and other users of the club. Any person violating these Rules & Regulations shall be liable for appropriate action. These Rules & Regulations are subject to change as per Clause 12 of the Constitution and Bye Laws of the Club.

2.0 General
2.1. The Club Hours:
2.1.1. Office: 9.30 AM to 6 PM except Monday and holidays.
2.1.2. Club House: 5.30 AM to 11 PM on all days except Mondays and holidays.
2.1.3. Bar: Will be as per timings to be notified by the managing committee from time to time taking into consideration the excise department rules. Bar will be closed on notified holidays and dry days.”
2.1.4. The service will be stopped at 10.45 pm except for club events.
2.1.5. Members and their guests should vacate the club premises by 11 PM except on notified function dates.
2.1.6.Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served to members as per timings notified by the managing committee from time to time
2.1.7. Last order will be taken 15 minutes before closing.
2.2. Golf hours
2.2.1. Course:
(a) Summer: 5 AM to 6.30 PM all days except Monday and holidays.
(b) Winter: 5.30 AM to 6 PM on all days except Monday and holidays.
2.2.2. Driving Range: 5.30 AM to 9.30 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM on all days except Monday. On Sundays 5.30 AM to 12 PM and 2.30 PM to 6 PM.
2.2.3. Coaching: 6 AM to 9.30 AM and 3 PM to 6 PM on all days except Monday and holidays (prior appointment with coach is required).
2.2.4. The above timings are subject to change as deemed by Managing Committee.
2.2.5. The Golf club and golf course will remain closed for all activities on Mondays. However, if a public holiday falls on a Monday, the Committee may, at its discretion, keep the club and course open on that day and declare a compensatory off day on some other day of the week.
2.2.6. The course may be closed at the discretion of the Managing Committee for some specified tournaments like PGTI, IGU, Addicts and any other tournaments that offer mileage and branding to EPGC, and also the tournaments that come under the capitation fees category under Rule. 3.26.1.
2.3 Registration:
All members/ associates, walk in golfers and all users will have to register themselves with their club card or by signing the register either at the reception or at the designated places. This is mandatory and no service will be provided to anyone who does not register.
2.4 Dress Regulation: 2.4.1. All users including children above the age of 12 shall abide by these prescribed dress regulations.
2.4.2. Attire should be befitting the occasion and the area of use.
2.4.3. Appropriate attire includes shirt/T-shirt with collar, pant/trousers, shoes, sandals and leather slippers.
2.4.4. Well pressed traditional dress such as kurta/ sherwani, with pajama/ dhoti, closed collar suits, regular suits, shirt and tie are permitted.
2.4.5. Jogging outfits, tracksuits and other shorts Viz: gym/ beach shorts, Cargo shorts/ Cargo trousers, tee shirts with bold slogans, tee shirts and shirts without collar and sleeves, lungis and Hawaii/ rubber slippers are not permitted at any time.
2.4.6. Gym attire (jogging outfits, tracksuits and tee shirts etc.) are only allowed when using the gym. This attire is allowed only at designated area decided by Managing Committee.
2.4.7. Golf shots is permitted in the club premises only until 08.00 PM. Shorts are not permitted in Mulligan restaurant at any time. However, this attire is allowed only at designated area decided by managing Committee.
2.4.8. Service will be denied to members and their guests who do not adhere to the dress code prescribed and they will be asked to leave the premises.
2.4.9. The Honorary Secretary can at his discretion relax the footwear in case of a medical condition.
2.4.10. Golf Shoes are not permitted inside club house, dining/ bar area.
2.5. Decorum, Conduct and Etiquette
All club users shall maintain the decorum, dignity and standards in keeping with traditions at all times. They shall conduct themselves in a manner that is considerate and not offensive to fellow users.
2.5.1.They shall not amongst other things:

  • Talk loudly or indulge in a boisterous manner.
  • Use foul or unseemly language
  • Summon bearers or other staff with rude gestures or shout at them.
  • Interfere with the functioning of the staff in any way.
  • Spit, wash or commit nuisance in inappropriate areas.
  • Place their feet on tables or chairs.
  • Dance or sing at their tables.
  • Bring Golf bags and trolleys to the club house area.
  • Permit caddies to enter the main club or lawns or change rooms
  • Smoke inside closed areas of the club.
  • Use cell phones in prohibited areas such as restaurant, bar, lounge and dining room. If any person receives a call, he may move away to another area to take the call.

2.5.2. The Managing Committee may, as deemed required, form a Disciplinary Committee comprising of senior voting members with good standing. This committee may have a chairman and four members who after proper enquiry may give their recommendations to the Managing Committee.

3.0 Course and Game of Golf
Golf shall be played as per the rules and regulations specified by the Royal and Ancient Club at St. Andrews as well as local rules and EPGC Rules & Regulations. All users of the course shall be deemed to have read and understood the local rules and EPGC Rules & Regulations and shall adhere to them.
3.1 Golf Attire
(a) For Men, Shirts/t-shirts with collar and sleeves, trousers or golf shorts, sport shoes or golf shoes with soft spikes are permitted.
(b) Ladies may wear salwar kameez, skirts, trousers or shorts, round neck/collared/sleeved/sleeveless tee shirts.
(c) Men will not be permitted to wear round neck, sleeveless shirts/t-shirts without collar, sweat/elasticated pants, 3/4th shorts, jeans or jeans-like trousers and other sports shoes, while ladies will not be permitted to wear halter tops or tank tops.
3.2 Tee Time Booking:
(a) Any member/associate can book a tee time slot through the club App/software or as communicated to members by the management committee or in special circumstances. He/she can book only one slot on his/her name for any given session. Any two members of the booked four ball shall be part of a four ball, else the four ball loses slot privilege and the member booking the slot will be charged with a penalty fee of Rs.200/-. He/she cannot book a slot for another member. Members can cancel the slot 18 hours prior by informing the concerned Committee Member / Starter. If any member books a slot in the name of a guest(s) and the same is not cancelled 18 hours prior, Green Fee as applicable (weekday / weekend) to guest(s) will be charged to the member booking the slot even if the guest fails to turn up. Habitual offenders will lose booking privileges for three months.
((b) On public holidays, weekends, certain time slots as specified by the Managing Committee may be reserved exclusively for special guests.
(c) Players who are guests of members, having a handicap from another club shall produce their current handicap card to the starter. The starter is responsible to verify such a certificate and if satisfied, permit the guest to play. At any time if it is found the guest is not proficient enough, he may be asked to stop playing by the starter/committee member. The member will be responsible and liable for disciplinary action if found to be deliberately flouting these rules. The Managing Committee may relax this rule as they deem fit from time to time.
(d) Walk- in Golfers:
Walk in golfers come under the Rules and Bye-laws. Members have priority over walk-in golfers. Walk-in golfers cannot reserve a tee off time in advance; however, they can book on the spot and play as per the Caddie Master’s/Starter’s direction. Walk-in golfers can play on weekends only after the reserved bookings have been completed and slots are open.
3.3 Responsibility of the Players:
(a) Players must register their names and that of their guests before tee off. No player shall play without registering and any player doing so will attract disciplinary action, which may include suspension. A member who does not sign himself in each time prior to a round of golf will be fined Rs. 500/-, and a member who does not sign his guest in will be fined Rs. 1000/-.
(b) Green fees shall be paid before tee off. Non-payment of green fee for guests is a serious breach of rules and will be dealt with accordingly.
(c) A player without a valid handicap shall not be allowed to play unless permitted by the coach and accompanied by a handicap player.
(d) Players shall be conversant with the rules of golf/ local rules and shall ensure adherence. (e) In the case of a dispute, the players shall refrain from entering into an altercation in any form or use abusive language under any circumstances. Complaints, if any, shall be reported to the Managing Committee or may be entered in the complaint register.
(f) Members without a valid handicap or certification from the coach will not be allowed on to the course without prior permission.
(g) Players shall not alter tee markers, O.B. and hazard markers etc.
(h) Players and their caddies will at all times repair divots and pitch marks on the tee boxes, greens and fairways.
3.3.1. Responsibility of Players: It is mandatory that all players must register with the starter master before teeing off and submit their scores to the starter after completing their round. Failing which, the player shall be penalized with Rs.25/- per round.
3.4 Driving range:
(a) The driving range can be used only after registration.
(b) The users shall pay the ball charges as prescribed.
(c) Users shall not move forward of the driving bay unless in specified areas.
(d) Caddies are not allowed in the driving range.
3.5 Caddies:
(a) Caddies shall be classified into different categories as per their proficiency by the Managing Committee every two years.
(b) Only EPGC registered caddies are allowed, other than when the Committee engages outside caddies.
(c) Caddies shall be allotted serial numbers and no player shall reserve any particular caddie. This process shall be laid down by the Management Committee. The members shall strictly comply with the process of allocation of caddies.
(d) Complaints, if any, can be entered in the register.
((e) No player shall reprimand, abuse or take direct action on any caddie.
(f) The minimum caddie fees shall be stipulated by the General Body from time to time.
(g) It is the responsibility of each player to take care of his/her belongings. The club shall not be responsible for any loss or damage to player’s property.
(h) The Caddie Master/authorized person shall be responsible for overall management of the caddies.
(i) At no point should a player buy anything such as golf balls etc. from caddies or any staff members of the club.
(j) Caddy Fees fixed for 9, 12+ and 18 holes is given in three sub- paragraphs (k), (l) and (m) below.
(k) Senior Caddies (CAT A); 9 Holes Rs. 230, 12-14 Holes Rs. 300, 18 Holes Rs. 350 and Tournaments Rs. 400.
(l) Junior Caddies (CAT B); 9 Holes Rs. 180, 12-14 Holes Rs. 250, 18 Holes Rs. 300 and Tournaments Rs. 350.
(m) Sub Junior Caddies (CAT C); 9 Holes Rs. 150, 12-14 Holes Rs. 200, 18 Holes Rs. 250.
3.6 Coaching:
(a) Only coaches approved by the Managing Committee shall be permitted to conduct coaching at the club.
(b) The Managing Committee shall prescribe the fees for coaching.
(c) Players learning golf can only go onto the course with the coach during learning stage. Once the coach issues a fit to play certificate, the learners can schedule for provisional handicap test with handicap committee member.
(d) Non-members/students can also avail the coaching facilities by paying the prescribed fees.
(e) Any coach of the club should have a certification of coaching. The head coach of the club should have at least A/B Category certification.
3.7 Junior Golf:
(a) Junior golf program will be conducted by authorized coaches approved by the Managing Committee.
(b) Children above the age of 6 and below the age of 16 may be enrolled in this program.
(c) The junior golf program will have dedicated slots at the driving range during the timings of the sessions as well as be provided with necessary equipment/funds for the program including junior sets etc.
(d) The junior golf program will reach out to schools as well as other educational institutions.
(e) Children who enrol in junior golf will have restricted use of club premises as well as catering facilities even though they are not member’s children. Their guardians may also use the catering facility of the club during the coaching session.
(f) Suitable fees will be charged by EPGC which will be revised from time to time.
3.8 Code of Conduct for Golfers: 3.8.1. Every player shall strictly follow the policies and procedures laid down by the Club. In a tournament, a player maybe withdrawn at the discretion of the Committee for violation of the policies laid therein.
3.8.2. To ensure that golf is enjoyed by all and is played in keeping with its traditions, EPGC requires players to follow a code of conduct on and off the course. It is the responsibility of each player to ensure that they abide by this code of conduct and that they report to the Committee, violations of this code of conduct to ensure fairness and integrity of golf at EPGC.
(a) Players are in violation if they engage in abusive language, club throwing, disrespect to officials and volunteers, abuse of the golf course, use of drugs, not adhering to dress code, leaving the course during a competitive round without informing officials, vandalism, cheating, wilfully disturbing the other players, abusive behaviour to co-players, employees, caddies and otherwise failing to conduct themselves in keeping with the tradition which includes respect to fellow players. Use of alcohol on course is permitted with prior permission only.
(b) Proper attire as prescribed is required at all times.
(c) Honesty, integrity, courtesy defines the game of golf and a gentleman. Any breach such as declaring a wrong score, cheating, improving the position of the ball beyond what is allowed in the local rules, will automatically result in penalization and/or disciplinary action.
(d) The Tournament/Handicap Member along with the Secretary may assess any or all of the following penalties based on the severity of the violation:
(a) Issue a written letter of warning to the player / guardian/ member.
(b) Rejection of entry of the player, including during a competition. In the event a player’s entry has been rejected for being in violation of the code of conduct or tournament policy, the player shall not be eligible for tournaments for next three tournaments.
Suspend the player’s eligibility for future events for a specified period or indefinite period. In the event of a suspension, the player/child may appeal to the Managing Committee within 30 days and the Managing Committee will review the appeal and its decision will be final.
3.9 No Show for Tournament: 3.9.2 Any player showing up late shall be declared NFT. Any player showing up late for the first time shall be let off with a warning. Rs. 500 shall be charged for the 2nd offence. Rs. 1000/- shall be charged for the 3rd offence and subsequently the player will be debarred for the rest of the tournaments for the season.
3.10 Etiquette & Behaviour On the Course:
It shall be incumbent upon all members, dependents, visitors and guests to follow the codes of etiquette as per the R&A rules. In addition, they should:
(a) Repair divots
(b) Repair pitch marks
(c) Smooth out bunkers
(d) Not use any electronic device as well as keep cell phones on silent mode. Talking and disturbing fellow players is a serious breach of etiquette.
(e) Avoid standing on the tee when it is not their turn.
3.11 Safety: Players should make sure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, ball, stones, twigs and pebbles etc. when they make a practice swing. Players should not play until the players in front are out of range. Players should always shout out before they make a stroke in the direction where there may be a danger of hitting someone. The traditional warning is ‘fore’. Players must also ensure caddies safety.
3.12 Consideration for Other Players:
(a) Players should always show consideration for other player on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking, or making unnecessary noise.
(b) On the teeing ground, a player should not tee up until it is his/her turn to play.
(c) Players should not stand directly behind or close to or directly behind the hole when a player is about to play.
(d) No player is allowed to stand on the tee box when a fellow golfer is teeing off.
(e) No player shall play a stroke until all the players in front are out of his/her striking range.
(f) IGU rules will be applied.
(g) Players shall ensure that they leave the green as soon as they hole out. They shall not delay the group behind for any reason, particularly for marking of scores.
(h) The right of the way is always for the player on the correct fairway. When a player’s ball is on the wrong fairway he should wait for the players on correct fairway to finish their shot.
3.13 On the Putting Green:
On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all players of the group have holed out.
3.14 Scoring: Both marker and player must write their names and sign before turning the card in or the cards will be disqualified.
3.15 Pace of Play: The game should be played at a good pace. The standard time to complete 18 holes is 4 hours and 30 minutes including a break. The players must ensure their pace of play and keep up with group in front. If a group fails to keep up and loses one clear hole to the group in front, it shall be mandatory to allow the group behind to pass through irrespective of the number of players in that group. When a group has not lost a clear hole but is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the group behind to play through. If the group ahead chooses to take a break at the midway club house, the group following may play through after duly informing the group ahead, except where a compulsory break is specified.
3.16 Be Ready to Play:
Players should be ready to play as soon as it is their turn to play. When the play of a hole is completed, players should immediately leave the green after replacing the flag.
3.17 Order of Play and Priority on the Course:
3.17.1. Unless otherwise determined by the Committee, priority on the course is determined by the pace of play. Any group playing a full round will be given a pass by a group playing a shorter round.
3.17.2. The game shall commence only from tee boxes 1, 10 and any holes determined by the Committee and informed by the Starter. A player starting from an unauthorized teeing ground will have no priority on the course and can be asked to leave the course.
3.17.4. A group not reporting at their tee time will lose their slot and the next group will be allotted their slot. An alternate slot will be assigned subject to availability only.
3.17.5. A five ball is not permitted on the course on any day. The Handicap Member/Secretary may on exceptional conditions allow the same for the purposes of adjudging a members’ new handicap.
3.17.6. Single ball has no priority or standing on the course. However, the single player will be permitted to play on the course only after obtaining clearance from the Starter.
3.17.7. All groups teeing off from tee boxes 1 and 10 will have the same standing regardless of they are a two, three or four ball.
3.17.8. A Player who is found to be habitually slow will lose his/her standing. Such player, identified as being habitually slow shall be duly served with a notice and a warning to improve his/her pace of play. If he/she does not improve, the player and his/her group will lose their place and must give pass to the players coming up from behind without question as well as be slotted accordingly by the starter so that there is least inconvenience to other playing groups.
3.17.9. Players must abide by the Starter’s instructions. The Starter will have the discretion to rearrange times as he considers fit and in the overall interest of good order and fairness. Members may not argue with the Starter, but any complaints can be addressed to the Secretary in writing.
3.18 Care of the Course:
(a) Bunkers: Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up any holes and footprints either with rake or with club.
(b) Repair of Divots, Ball-marks and Damage by Shoes: Players should carefully repair any divot holes made by them and any damage to the putting green made by the impact of a ball (whether or not made by the player himself). On completion of the hole by all players in the group, damage to the putting green caused by golf shoes should be repaired.
(c) Preventing Unnecessary Damage: Players should avoid causing damage to the course by removing divots when taking practice swings or by hitting the head of a club into the ground, whether in anger or for any other reason. Players should ensure that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down bags or the flagstick. In order to avoid damaging the hole, players and caddies should not stand too close to the hole and should take care during the handling of the flagstick and the removal of a ball from the hole. Players should not lean on their clubs when on the putting green, particularly when removing the ball from the hole. The flag should be properly replaced in the hole before the players leave the putting green. Litter should be dropped only in the bins provided. Refrain from spitting or otherwise causing nuisance on the course. Golf bags are not allowed to be carried on to the greens and aprons. Plastic cups, cigarette stubs, tobacco packets etc. are not to be thrown on the course.
3.19 Handicapping System:
The Handicap member is responsible for all aspects of the handicap system, including the computation of each members’ handicap index. The Handicaps will be divided into 3 categories. 0-12 Gold Division, 13-18 Silver Division and 19 to 24 Bronze division.
3.20 Obtaining a Handicap:
Any member/dependent/associate is eligible to a handicap at EPGC if he/she has attained the requisite proficiency in golf. The process to be followed to apply for a handicap is as follows:
(a) A new member will have to get himself or herself handicapped to play on the course. He will be required to take minimum 30 compulsory lessons from the coach on the range before he or she is assessed to be fit to play on course. 30 lessons should be spread over a period of 3 months and a maximum of 6 months.
(b) A record of the attendance of practice lessons will be maintained by the coach and the new player must sign on the same. The attendance register will be counter signed by Handicap Member/Designate.
(c) The player must learn to a minimum standard to be able to play on the course even if more classes and practice are required.
(d) After 30 classes have been completed and only after the coach certifies that the player is “Fit to Play”, he/she will be taken for a round of golf by the member handicap/ designate and the provisional handicap will be accorded to the player only if he/she returns a card of 32 or below for that round as the maximum provisional handicap permitted is 32.
(e) After receiving a Provisional Handicap, the player can play on the course during regular playing hours on week days and non-peak hours on weekends/ Holidays or as decided by the committee, but only in the company of any member having handicap 18 or below/or as decided by the committee. Golfers with a valid handicap on board for a period of at least 2 years only are eligible to drop cards for the provisional handicappers or as decided by the Committee.
(f) Receiving a Provisional Handicap does not entitle the player to play in tournaments, until his/her handicap is firmed or finalized by the Member Handicap.
(g) After getting a Provisional Handicap the player will have to put in 12 cards of 18 holes or 20 rounds of 9 holes + 2 rounds of 18 holes spread over 3 months to enable him/her to qualify for Final Handicap, which will be awarded by the Member Handicap. A handicap of 24 or below will qualify the player to participate in specified tournaments as indicated by the Managing Committee. In case a handicap of more than 24 is assessed, the player will be required to undergo further training and practice to come up to the minimum benchmark of 24 for participating in tournaments.
(i) For members who have a valid handicap from any IGU recognised club and wishes to get a EPGC handicap; The above handicap procedure of EPGC will be dispensed with. However, such an applicant will have to play three rounds with EPGC members with handicap of 18 or below and submit score cards. After submitting three cards, he will be assessed by Handicap committee by taking him for a test round. It shall be incumbent on the HC members and coaches to strictly ensure that the player has the potential to play to a handicap and follow the rules and procedures while certifying the player.
(ii) After getting handicap, the member has to get valid WHS handicap through the system EPGC is following to get eligibility to play Tournaments. The managing committee has a discretion to allow him to play provided that the specific tournament has slots and shall have to play NFT.
(h) It is also mandatory for the player to understand and follow the basic rules and etiquette of golf so that his play does not become dangerous to others on the course. The player must attend two classes that will be held on the basic rules of golf and etiquette. He or she will be asked questions orally/in writing to judge his grasp of rules and etiquette.
(i) Any applicant, who submits false information for any of the above, will be disqualified from applying for a handicap for a period of one year and shall further be liable for disciplinary action, which may include suspension of membership.
(j) It shall be incumbent on the Handicap Member and coaches to strictly ensure that the player has the potential to play to a handicap and follow the rules and procedures while certifying the player.
3.21 Handicapping System Policy & Procedures
Advanced handicapping system as per the guidelines of R&A and USGA will be followed at EPGC to derive the Handicap index/ handicap of the members at EPGC. The following policies and procedures are to be followed by the members of East Point Golf Club which are now included in Rule 3.21 of EPGC.
3.21.1. Guidelines.
(a) Declare your Home Club.
(b) Post all rounds, including nine-hole scores and match play scores.
(c) Scores must be submitted immediately after the round being played irrespective of the number of holes played.
(d) Rounds played in courses other than EPGC shall have to be submitted within 2 weeks of the game played.
3.21.2. How and Where Scores Are Returned
All acceptable scores must be submitted to the starter or score card dropped in the designated “Scorecard collection Box”.
3.21.3 Posting of Scores
Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player is responsible for returning all acceptable scores.
(a) Scores to Post. To post a 9-hole score, the player must play 7 to 12 holes, and at least 7 holes must be played in accordance with the principle of the Rules of Golf. To post an 18-hole score, the player must play at least 13 holes in accordance with the principles of the Rules of Golf.
(b) Scores on All Courses. Adjusted gross scores from all courses with a USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating made during an active season, both at home and away, must be posted by the player along with the appropriate USGA Course Rating and Slope Rating.
(c) Scores in All Forms of Competition. Scores in both match play and stroke play must be posted for handicap purposes. This includes scores made in match play, in multi-ball, or in team competitions in which players have not completed one or more holes or in which players are requested to pick up when out of contention on a hole.
(d) Disqualification. A player who is disqualified from a competition, but has an acceptable score, must record an adjusted gross score for handicap purposes. For example, a player who is disqualified from a competition for failure to sign a score card has an acceptable score for handicap purposes.
(e) Unacceptable Scores. Scores made under the following conditions are not acceptable for handicap purposes and must not be entered in the player's scoring record:
(i) When fewer than seven holes are played;
(ii) When the length of the course is less than 3,000 yards for 18 holes (or less than1,500 yards for 9 holes);
(iii) When, as a condition of the competition, the maximum number of clubs allowed is less than 14, or types of clubs are limited as, for example, in a competition that allows only iron clubs;
(iv) When scores are made on a course with no USGA Course Rating or Slope Rating.
(v) When a player uses non-conforming clubs, balls or tees.
3.21.4. Handicap Revision Schedule
The Handicap Index of each member of East Point Golf Club will be updated during the 1st week of each month.
3.21.5. Rounds Designated as Tournament Scores
For the purpose of handicapping, the Committee has determined that Club Monthly Medal Rounds and Sponsored Tournaments played in the Stroke Play /Stable Ford Format will be posted as Tournament Scores:
3.21.6. Penalty Scores for Failure to Post
If a player fails to post an acceptable score as soon as practical after completion of the round, the Handicap Committee has three options; Firstly, Post the actual score made by the player; Secondly, to Post penalty scores equal to the lowest / highest Handicap Differential in the scoring record; And Thirdly, Post the actual score and a penalty score. The Handicap Committee is not required to notify the player prior to posting a penalty score.
3.21.7. Handicap Index adjustment responsibilities of the Handicap Committee.
A player must earn a Handicap Index. No player has an inherent right to a Handicap Index without providing full evidence of ability to the Handicap Committee.
(a) The Handicap Committee has the ultimate authority and obligation to adjust a Handicap Index if it feels necessary to do so. The Handicap Committee has the responsibility of making certain that each player has a Handicap Index reflecting potential ability.
(b) Under the following circumstances, it will be necessary for the Handicap Committee to adjust the player's Handicap Index.
(i) Improving Faster than the System Can React
(ii) Numerous Away or Internet Scores Change Index
(iii) Temporary Disability
(iv) Player Manipulates Round.
(v) Continued violations
(vi) Handicap Index not reflecting the players’ actual playing potential.
(c) The Handicap Committee will adjust or withdraw the Handicap Index of a player who manipulates scores. Examples of manipulating scores include the following:
(i)Posting erroneous information to the scoring record;
(ii) Stopping play after 6 holes to avoid posting scores;
(iii) Repeatedly playing more than one ball to avoid posting scores;
(iv) Deliberately reporting more or fewer strokes than actually scored;
(v) Deliberately taking extra strokes to inflate a score.
(vi) A player’s handicap can only be determined by his scoring record. The Handicap committee shall not reduce or increase the handicap on the request of any player. However, the player can declare a lower handicap in events he wants to participate.
3.21.8. Tournament Performance Review
The Handicap Committee will review the reduction of a player's Handicap Index for exceptional tournament scores. After each handicap revision, the Handicap Committee will re-evaluate the player's reduced Handicap Index, choosing one of the following:
(a) Continue to allow the reduction to run its normal course, or
(b) Further reduce the Handicap Index, or
(c) Override the reduction. For example, the Handicap Committee may override, or cancel a reduction of the Handicap Index of a player who has returned, say, 10 tournament scores, and whose Handicap Index reduction was based on early scores.
3.21.9. In case of exceptional performance during tournaments, Handicap Member may adjust the handicap by following criteria:
(a) Exceptional performance by playing up to 2 under his/her handicap, there will be reduction by one.
(b) Exceptional performance by playing 3 under his/her handicap, there will be reduction by 2.
(c) Exceptional performance by playing more than 3 under his/her handicap, there will be reduction proportionately.
(d) Reduced handicap will not have upward revision for next three months. After three months there will be upward revision to maximum of 1 per month.
3.21.10. Handicap Index Withdrawal
The Handicap Committee will withdraw the Handicap Index of a player who repeatedly fails to meet the player responsibilities under Rule 3.21.2 and 3.21.3. Before any action is taken, the player will be advised of the information available to the Handicap Committee and be invited to respond to the Handicap Committee either in writing or by appearing in person. A withdrawn Handicap Index may be reinstated under conditions set forth by the Handicap Committee.
3.21.11. Duration of Adjustment by Handicap Committee
The Handicap Committee has determined a period of three months for a player's Handicap Index to remain modified or withdrawn. At each handicap revision date, the Handicap Committee will compare the modified Handicap Index to the value determined by the normal computation method. For example, the Handicap Committee may lift a modified Handicap Index of 4.9M, when subsequent scores posted to a player's scoring record produce a lower Handicap Index (e.g., 4.0).
3.21.12. How each Handicap Index is verified in East Point Golf Club at each revision?
(a) Attendance on course and 'cards dropped' are matched. Any score, as stipulated in “Acceptable Scores” will be considered for handicapping. Played, but card not dropped will be penalized in accordance with Rule 3.21.6 above.
(b) Minimum of 9 scores of 9 holes and 3 scores of 18 holes should be posted by the player in the preceding three months failing which the player’s handicap will be adjusted under rule 3.21.7(a) up to a maximum of 4 beyond which rule 3.21.10 will be imposed. Posting of 3 scores of 18 holes is not mandatory to Senior Citizen category who are playing 12 holes round in the tournaments.
(c) Inability to play for reasons of health and travel should be intimated to the Handicap committee for an exception of Handicap Index adjustment in accordance with Rule 3.21.7. above. However, if it comes to the notice of the committee that the player has been playing elsewhere and has submitted a letter of Inability to play, disciplinary action will be taken leading to withdrawal of Handicap.
(d) Exceptional Tournament Scores: In accordance to Rule 3.21.8 above, the differential with respect to course rating will be reduced immediately after the tournament round.
(e) For Golfers who attain handicap after 09 Jan 2023 (with or without handicap as per advanced handicapping system) authority to adjust/ revise handicap on monthly basis lies with the committee up to a period of one year or till the time the golfer drops 30 cards out of which at least 12 of 18 holes’ rounds are mandatory. This rule is also applicable for service members with handicap and got the same ascertained at EPGC.
3.21.13If a Member/ Associate wishes to use the handicap of another club, he may request in writing to have his/ her handicap removed from EPGC. In such an event, he/she shall be eligible to re-activate the handicap at EPGC only after a period of two years from the date of such withdrawal.
3.22 Prizes
All rolling trophies awarded in club tournaments are the property of the club and the player cannot remove them from the club premises. A player may not put any inscriptions or etchings on the trophies. Any such inscriptions may be done by the club only.
3.23 Dispute Resolution
In any dispute which may arise in any compilation or match, whether in regard to interpretation of local rules or the rules of golf, or in the interpretation of these Rules & Regulations, the decision of the Tournament Committee shall be binding and final. The Tournament Member/Secretary/Managing Committee, may at their discretion, cancel any competition or match due to any unforeseen circumstance or for any reasons whatsoever.
3.24 Competition Sign-Up
3.24.1. Member should have attended at least one Workshop / Etiquette class before signing tournament or as decided by committee.
3.24.2. Member should post at least 9 scores in preceding 3 months as per Rule 3.21.9 and 3.21.11 of handicap procedure to be eligible for competition sign up.
3.24.3 Member should have handicap of 24 or below to sign up for tournaments.
3.24.4 For some tournaments the committee can restrict the entry to handicap up to 18 and below.
3.24.5 Member can give their names to the tournament member and his designate either by registering through SMS / Google form / Online registration or as decided by the committee. The player must give his / her name and confirm the same within the stipulated deadline prior to the tournament. Thereafter, the tournament member need not accept the entry. Once the draw is posted, no entries will be allowed unless specifically done by the committee as a special case. A tournament fee of Rs.500/- for EPGC tournament and Rs.200/- for sponsored tournament per entrant will be charged for each tournament.
3.25 Cellular Phones & Beepers etc.
3.25.1 The use of cellular phones, beepers, radios and other such devices are discourteous and distracting to others. All players are advised that the use of these devices are prohibited. If you are expecting a call, please keep the phone on silent mode. In case it is imperative that a call is to be taken, the player needs to excuse himself and get away from ear shot of his playing partners. At no time should players use the cell phone near the teeing area, green or near players. Violation of this rule shall attract disciplinary action, including suspension from playing if repeatedly found to disregard the rule.
3.25.2 In addition, cell phone usage on course is banned in all tournaments with exception to emergencies like doctors. The tournament or rules member of the tournament, using of cell during tournaments will also attract disqualification.
3.26 Tournament Sponsors
(a) Tournaments played for over 5 years will have no fees. Others will be required to pay a sum of Rs. 90,000/- upfront as fees for a tournament to be conducted over a period of 3 years. If a tournament is being played only for a year, the fee will be Rs. 50,000/- or more, depending upon the discretion of the Managing Committee. The tournament should be of good standard befitting the traditions of the club.
(b) All advertisement matter will have to be removed promptly after the tournament. In case the sponsor fails to remove within 3 days, the club will remove the same. Any damages will be to sponsors account only. The tournaments will be conducted under the club rules and with the supervision of the Secretary/tournament member.
(c) The entire process of conduct of Tournament (other than tournaments played under rule 3.26.1) starting from registration / preparation of draw lists / declaring the winners will be done by the Secretary/Tournament Committee Member.
(d) Other State/ National level /major corporate events/ other club event sponsorship: The sponsorship fees, terms and conditions etc. will be negotiated / decided on a case to case basis by the Managing Committee whenever such requests come up.
(e) Charity Events: If any well-known recognized/ registered Charity organisation wishes to hold a golf event, the organisers would be required to pay an agreed amount of fee to the Club, and, thereafter, the committee would decide what proportion of the sponsorship amount may be paid, by the Club, as a contribution to the said charity.
(f) These events shall normally be limited to three per calendar year. Charity events should be non-political & non- religious.
(g) IGU Events: These events are to be mutually considered and agreed upon by the Managing committee, along with the Indian Golf Union. These events will be considered outside the purview of the terms listed herein and other extenuating factors may be applied when granting permission (or making available the course), for such events to take place. (In the event Fees are payable, all applicable taxes will apply).
(h) Addicts Golfing Society / IGU events & Other Circuit Events: These events are to be mutually considered and agreed upon by the Managing Committee along with the Sponsor/ Event Management Company. These events will be considered outside the purview of the terms listed under Options (a) to (g) above, and other extenuating factor may be applied when granting permission (or making available the course) and the other areas of the Club, for such events to take place. (All applicable taxes will apply to the agreed Fees).
3.26.1 The Course to Sponsored Tournaments as follows:
(a) Where the sponsor invites 80% of the participants and 20% are from EPGC members. Fees for 1 day Rs.2,50,000.
(b) Where 100% of the participants are invitees of the sponsor, Fees for 1 day Rs.3,50,000.
(c) If event is played on a weekday, the applicable fee will be reduced by 25%.
(d) The members of the managing committee will be invitees in all sponsored tournaments.
(e) Draws and conduct of the tournament will be in consultation with the managing committee.
3.27 Tournaments & Rules
The Member Tournament/Handicap will from time to time add/modify the tournament rules, which are binding on all participants. All participants who do not withdraw prior to the draw being made will be charged a cancellation fee of Rs.500/- automatically to his bill. Rule 3.9 will apply for No Show. Non-participants may be allowed a 20-minute window prior to start of the tournament provided it does not impede the tournament. The decision of Secretary/ Tournament Member will be final. No member is entitled to tee off before the allocated tee time before or during tournament.
The eligibility criteria for winning any tournament is the player has to tee off from the regular tees. All those teeing off from the forward tees / non regular tees during a tournament will only be eligible to win specified prizes.
The decision to restrict certain division of players to participate in tournaments on certain days shall rest with the Secretary/ Tournament Committee Member depending on the entries received / to adjust the pace of play / course congestion / organization of caddies.
For the selection of the team for Inter Club / Reciprocal Tournaments, the decision and modalities will be decided by the Managing Committee from time to time. The Secretary/ Tournament Committee Member shall take the final decision regarding the same.
3.27.4. All tournaments are strictly meant for the club members with a valid handicap only, unless specified.
3.27.5. For sponsored tournaments the decision is collectively taken by the tournament sponsor and the Managing Committee to accommodate non-members and in case they are accommodated, they will have to play as NFT. This rule is exempted for the tournaments that come under the capitation fees category under Rule 3.26.1.
3.27.6.Golfers participating in professional circuits are not entitled to play club tournament unless specified.
3.27.7. Senior players above the age of 65 and with handicap of 18 and above can tee off from forward tees in tournaments.
3.27.8. Tournament & Handicap Committee shall decide the conditions of play for all competitions except for certain sponsored tournaments (such as IGU etc. where they make their own conditions across the country) to be decided by the Managing Committee.
3.27.9. Tournaments Policies & Conditions of Competition
(a) Rules of Amateur Status. Unless specified otherwise, entry to tournaments is restricted to persons holding amateur status as per the Rules of Amateur Status issued by the R&A.
(b) Handicaps. Handicaps for all tournaments are based on the Player's current index at the time the Tournament committee is making the draws or decided by Tournament Committee.
(c) Players in all EPGC events, excluding Professionals, must have a verifiable current Handicap/ Handicap Index from a recognised club. If a player does not have a verifiable current Handicap/ Handicap Index the player's score will be calculated to a zero handicap. If for any reason a member has a handicap at more than one Golf club, it is mandatory that the lowest handicap is declared.
(d) The Committee may require a player holding a handicap from any other club to furnish a handicap certificate in writing from the issuing club. The Committee reserves the right to de-recognize the handicap issued by other clubs if it has reasons to doubt the credibility of the handicapping system followed in the said other clubs. All disputes relating to handicaps will be resolved as per the provisions of the current USGA Handicapping System in force.
(e) For members who have a valid handicap from any IGU recognised club and wishes to get a EPGC handicap- The regular handicap procedure of EPGC will be dispensed with. However, such an applicant will have to play three rounds with EPGC members with handicap of 18 or below and submit score cards. After submitting three cards, he will be assessed by Handicap committee by taking him for a test round. It shall be incumbent on the HC members and coaches to strictly ensure that the player has the potential to play to a handicap and follow the rules and procedures while certifying the player.
(f) After getting handicap, the member has to get valid WHS handicap through the system EPGC is following to get eligibility to play Tournaments. The managing committee has a discretion to allow him to play provided that the specific tournament has slots and shall have to play NFT.
3.27.10. Rules of Golf : If extraordinary ground conditions require Local Rules, or if any other Special Rules are applicable, beyond those printed on the Golf Course scorecard, they will be provided on Tournament Information Sheets available at check-in or will be announced from the desk. Penalties for disregard of these Rules may include disqualification. All players should carefully study the list of local rules which are posted on the website and the tournament information sheet, if any.
3.27.11. Etiquette On the Course
(a) Etiquette on the course shall be strictly monitored during all tournaments and the participants will be suitably warned and on repeat offence will be disqualified from the tournaments.
(b) The etiquette shall cover care for the course like repair of divots and pitch marks, raking of bunkers and littering, Safety of other players and competitors.
(c) Marshals on the course shall ensure pace of play and adherence to rules. Players shall respect the Marshals and will follow their directives when warned for slow play or lack of etiquette. Any abuse of Marshals/ staff shall be dealt with strictly.
3.27.12. Time of Starting and Groups
In accordance with USGA Rule 6-3 the player shall start at the time allotted in the draws. In addition, the competitor shall remain throughout the round in the same group unless changed by the Tournament Committee.
3.27.13. Posting Scores
After completing any tournament round, the player should check his scorecard, sign it and obtain the marker's signature, and drop the card in the drop box or handover to the scorer in the designated area as soon as possible. Any card which is illegible, not signed by the player or does not have the markers signature or has corrections not authenticated by the marker will be automatically disqualified.
3.27.14. If the player does not write his handicap on the scorecard:
(a) Match Play. Before starting a match in a handicap competition, the players should determine from one another their respective handicaps. If a player begins a match having declared a handicap higher than that to which he is entitled and this affects the number of strokes given or received, he/she is disqualified; otherwise, the player must play off the declared handicap.
(b) Stroke Play. In any round of a handicap competition, the competitor must ensure that his handicap is recorded on his score card before it is returned to the Committee. If no handicap is recorded on his/ her score card before it is returned [Rule 3.21.7 (c) (ii)], or if the recorded handicap is higher than that to which he is entitled and this affects the number of strokes received, he is disqualified from the handicap competition otherwise, the score stands.
3.27.16. Wrong Scores
Submission of wrong scores or wilful cheating, breach of Rules, etiquette etc. will automatically disqualify the player from the event and from participating in future tournaments for a period of one year. If such incidents are repeated, the Managing Committee will initiate disciplinary action which may lead to suspension and or termination of membership.
3.27.17. Pace of Play
In any tournament the Committee is empowered to penalize groups, or individuals for slow play. It is the responsibility of the player to follow the pace of play rules for each competition. Failure to follow the pace of play rules may result in penalty to the player or disqualification from an event. Upon observing a group which is not keeping up to the said guidelines, designated referees/marshals will officially ask the concerned group to speed up. If the group is still behind time, the referees/ marshals will time individual members of the group. Penalties will be applied to the defaulting individuals; First infringement One stroke, Second infringement Two strokes and Third Infringement Disqualification.
3.27.18. Failure to return a Scorecard Any player who fails to return a scorecard to the scoreboard official or who withdraws during play without notifying an official and personally surrendering his scorecard to that official will be suspended from play in all EPGC tournaments for one month. On a second such occurrence, he/she will be suspended for three months.
3.27.19. Result of the Competition Closed
The result of the competition is deemed to be closed when the result sheet with the names of the winners duly signed by an authorized member of the Committee is put up on the notice board.
3.27.20. General Tournament Conditions
In a tournament any person, who is not playing that particular hole, stands close to the green or disturbs the players anywhere through the hole, shall automatically be disqualified from the event. In team events, players other than the team Captain, who have completed their round, are PROHIBITED from going back on to the course to meet their team players or influence their game in any manner.
3.28 Guests
(a) A member may introduce a maximum of 6 guests on any given day. With prior intimation, up to 12 guests are permitted. For banquets and parties such limitation will not apply.

(b) A guest fee, as fixed by the Managing Committee from time to time, shall be applicable and charged to the member.
(c) A member entertaining guest shall pay all charges and expenses incurred and shall not allow any guests to make use of the club in his/her absence, or sign chits, or use the club cash coupons in his/her name. Members shall immediately on their arrival in the club, register their guests at the reception desk, before availing of any facility in the club.
(d) Members entertaining guests without registering them will be levied a penalty amounting to five times the normal guest charges. Any breach of this including misbehaviour of member’s guest, will also render concerned members liable for disciplinary action.

4.0. EPGC Constitution & Bye-laws and EPGC Rules & Regulations.
A copy of the Constitution and Bye-laws as also EPGC Rules & Regulations will be made available to members at a cost of Rs. 100/- each.

5.0. Other Facilities: 5.1. Food & Beverage: (a) The Member/Associate must produce their club membership card to the waiter/staff before placing any order. No order will be initiated otherwise.
(b) Consumption of eatables, liquor brought from outside is strictly prohibited.
(c) Members signing chits for food, beverages and liquor shall write out the chits in their own handwriting, giving full details including names and membership number legibly. EPGC will not be responsible for incorrect chits signed by members.
5.2. Parties: Any Member/ Associate (`HOST`) and sponsors can host party at EPGC subject to the following conditions:
(a) The host must be present at all times during the party and is responsible for proper conduct of his guests within the premises at all times. The host must sign for the party bill at the end of the party and is responsible for all expenses incurred including any damages if any attributed to any guests at the party.
(b) Members/Associates are not permitted to reserve banquets on behalf of Non-members / friends / relatives. Violation will attract disciplinary action.
(c) The following areas will be available for parties and the charges for the usage shall be:
5.3 Banquet Room: Max 30 persons, Rs. 2000/- Plus taxes applicable.
5.4. Deck adjoining men’s change rooms. Max 40 Persons Rs. 2,000/- Plus taxes applicable.
5.5. Club Functions
(a) Members shall accompany their guests in all club functions and shall be present with the guest till end of function. Members found not accompanying their guests will be levied a penalty amounting to 5 times the guest charges and may attract disciplinary action if fount suitable by the managing committee.
(b) Dependent members who are not paying subscription as provided under the bye laws, shall be treated as guests and shall be accompanied by the primary member at all club functions and shall register them accordingly.
5.6 Club Party Lawns
5.6.1. Subject to any restrictions imposed by the committee from time to time on this facility, Club Party Lawns are open for renting by members and their families for specific purposes like Marriages/Receptions of Member children, special family functions, get-togethers and business meetings.
5.6.2. Facility can also be rented to non-members (booking has to be done in the name of a Life/ Regular member who will be completely responsible to ensure strict adherence of all rules on conduct of events at Party Lawns and he should be present during the event).
5.6.3. Party Lawns will be available for night functions only; commencing after 6 P.M and lasting maximum up to 2 A.M.
5.6.4. Advance booking can be done for booking of Full Party Lawn without any time limit.
5.6.5. For other (small/ medium/ large) venue booking, members can book 60 days in advance and for non-members, can book 30 days in advance.
5.6.6. The full Tariff shall be paid at the time of booking. As a policy, cancellation of booking is not permitted excepting in Force Majeure situations with due approval of the managing committee.
5.6.7. No Religious/Political meetings/ events will be allowed.
5.6.8. All rates, statutory taxes & incidental charges as applicable will be charged. Managing Committee shall publish the rules governing the use of Party Lawns and they shall be strictly followed.
5.6.9. The rates, terms and conditions of use, etc. shall be provided by way of a Booking Form by the managing committee at the time of booking.