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August Rules Message

posted Aug 12, 2017, 5:19 PM by Sue Jacobson

It seems that many of our players are under the mistaken impression that the BVWGC allows free drops
from any rock covered area on our golf courses. We are aware that many of the small golf groups in Bella
Vista have free drops from rocks as a local rule. The BVWGC does not have and has never had (in 21
years of experience) any such local rule. If your ball lies amongst rocks in the fairway, that is an
“abnormal condition” (in Bella Vista usually a result of flooding) and should be played as Ground Under
Repair, which allows nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole, and no penalty. Conversely, if your ball
has rolled so far out of the normal field of play (in a tree line or completely out of the intended landing
areas) that it lies in a rocky area, you have these options: unplayable lie (remove the ball from the rocks
with a one stroke penalty); improve the lie 12 inches, (no penalty) or play it as it lies.

We have also had some questions regarding “Lost Ball” vs. “Ball lost in hazard.” If your ball is lost
anywhere on the golf course that is not marked as a hazard, you only option is to replay the shot with a
one stroke penalty (just as you would play a shot that ended “Out of Bounds”). To clarify, if your tee shot
flies into the woods (and there are no red stakes), you return to the tee and you will be hitting your third
shot. If your tee shot flies into a lateral (red stakes) hazard and you and your competitors are “virtually
certain” that your ball lies in the hazard, you are allowed to proceed under the options defined in Rule 26-

If your tee shot flies into an area lined with white stakes, you are out of bounds and return to the tee to hit
your third shot.

I hope this clarifies these situations for all of you, but please ask for more details if you have any
questions or doubts about how to proceed in any situation on the golf course.

Happy golfing from your Rules Committee!

2017 BV Invitational Flyer

posted Aug 11, 2017, 8:29 PM by Sue Jacobson

To print this flyer, click here.

Firecracker Memories

posted Jul 1, 2017, 8:18 PM by BV WGC   [ updated Jul 2, 2017, 6:30 AM by Sue Jacobson ]

It was a great day for the Firecracker Scramble!  From the cart parade to the closing prayer of the program, we enjoyed celebrating our country's birthday with our golf buddies!!!  Special thanks to the Special Tournaments and Social Committees for their efforts in making this another great day of making WGC memories including two young ladies from a Rogers dance academy who performed to the "Ballad of the Green Beret"!!!!!  As a matter of fact, watch the video clip of their performance below.

Winners of the Most Patriotic Cart Award!

WGC Bylaws: Valid Holes-in-One

posted Jun 27, 2017, 1:52 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 2:58 PM ]

UPDATE:  Passed unanimously by the membership.

An email was sent out to the membership on Tuesday, June 27th concerning valid holes-in-one. Below is the content of that email.

The spring floods badly damaged Country Club hole #8. As a result, the green was recently re-built and a temporary green was put in place for play. When they put a cup on the temporary green, someone decided to use one of the larger 8"- 9" cups. And, indeed, a member of the 9 hole men's group managed to find the bottom of that cup for a hole-in-one. I decided to consult with our Rules Chair Stevie Lamar and also with Phillip Wright who both came to exactly the same conclusion regarding this situation. Neither of them thought that making a hole-in-one when the temporary cup is larger than normal deserved to be recognized as a hole-in-one. However, our Bylaws currently do not exempt this situation from being recognized as a valid hole-in-one.

If you open your Handbook to the Bylaws on page 24, go to number 3.b. It reads as follows.

Hole-in-One is valid anytime during a regular 18 hoe (supposed to be hole) round or a stipulated 18 hole round set by a committee, such as special events, using either permanent or temporary tees or temporary greens.

There is no exception made for a hole larger than the normal 4 1/4" regulation USGA hole.

As such, the Board unanimously supported bringing the matter to a vote by the membership at the Summer General Business Meeting this coming Thursday at the Firecracker luncheon. A motion will be made to amend our Bylaws, specifically number 3.b., to add restrictions regarding what the size of the hole on a temporary green will have to be in order for a hole-in-one to be valid. Following is the motion to be presented to the membership.

Hole-in-one is valid anytime during a regular 18 hole round or a stipulated 18 hole round set by a committee, such as special events, using either temporary tees or temporary greens with the USGA regulation hole of 4 1⁄4” diameter and at least 4” in depth (see page 36 in the Rules of Golf).

Please take some time to consider how you would like to vote on this amendment come Thursday.

July 4th Parade Needs Volunteers with Carts

posted Jun 26, 2017, 6:55 PM by Sue Jacobson

From the POA ...

The Fourth of July parade is looking for a few people with golf carts to volunteer from 9am -11am. They will need help shuttling certain people from each place during the parade. Could you please let your group know that if they are interested to give Jim Parsons a call at 479-876-2624.

Arvest Donates Golf Bag

posted Jun 21, 2017, 10:42 AM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Our friend Carolyn Grieve at Arvest has donated the lightweight, standing Ogio golf bag seen in the photos below.  We are going to raffle it off at the Firecracker Scramble on June 29th.  Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or 6 for $5 so be sure to bring some money to purchase your tickets!!!

Friday "Night" League at Highlands (June) and Scotsdale (July)

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:31 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated Jun 17, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

Please note that the League plays at Highlands in June ONLY!  In July, they will be playing at Scotsdale and so the league is not affected by the closing of Highlands starting July 10th.

As the flyer says, please call the Highlands Pro Shop to sign up!


posted May 28, 2017, 3:33 PM by Sue Jacobson   [ updated May 29, 2017, 6:46 AM ]

It is time to enter our annual Firecracker Scramble Tournament.  It will be held at Kingswood on June 29th this year.  If you do not have a partner, contact Special Tournaments Chairs Wanda Barton or Linda Roberts and they will see about hooking you up with a partner.

May 18 ... Playday and NO Rain!

posted May 26, 2017, 10:30 AM by BV WGC

Captain's Duties: Paying for Greens Fees

posted May 16, 2017, 8:51 PM by Sue Jacobson

The WGC Board met on Friday the 12th of May. At the meeting, Board members discussed the expense that captains can have when checking in with an NC (No Cart) player or players in their foursome. It was decided that we would not change the CAPTAIN’S DUTIES as outlined in the Handbook on page 12. Rather, suggestions were made as to how these situations could possibly be handled.

Captains’ duties will continue to include coordinating payment for their foursome’s greens fees each week. Since there is a wide range of greens fees payment options, it is important that captains check with each of their players to determine what each of them is responsible for paying. Greens fee payments should be determined before Thursday morning so that accommodations can be made for payment on Thursday morning.

There are several ways to accommodate payment of greens fees. Listed below are some of those options.

1. For those captains who would like cash in advance of going in to pay for their 4somes, please ask your paying players to meet you with their cash a minimum of 30 minutes before the shotgun start.

2. If a player who owes money for greens fees wishes to use a credit card, the captain can choose to delegate to that person the responsibility to go in and pay for the entire 4some. Whoever goes in to pay for the 4some needs to also get the scorecards and give them to the original captain.

3. If there is only one player in a foursome who needs to pay for herself because all the other players have Annual Golf Green Fees, the captain could delegate to that player the responsibility to go in to the pro shop to pay for the 4some. Again, whoever goes in to pay for the 4some needs to also get the scorecards.

If you are a player who has to pay to play each week, please try to think in advance to make arrangements with your captain concerning this payment. Advance coordination of greens fees payments will make Thursday mornings before play go more smoothly for everyone!

Thanks for everyone’s help!!!

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