I am not your mother.  If you are old enough to roam the city on your own with your friends at night alone you are old enough to be responsible for being honest and playing fair.  Also don’t come crying to us if you get hurt, break something or encounter any other hardship as a result of playing this game: you are responsible for yourself; play at your own risk.  We are doing this because it is going to be fun and if I slip and fall I am not going to sue my friends or the city because I lack the motor skills to walk.

So we are not going to give out prescriptive rules.  We are giving your guidelines to help guide your play. Change them as you need to.  If you are keeping score 1) try and make sure everyone agrees on the hole ahead of time; and 2) scores are to make it a little more fun but mean next to nothing… like betting pennies at cards.

Here are our guidelines:

  • Each normal stroke is one point.
  • The ball should travel a least a few feet to qualify as a stroke.
  • If you lose your ball, the penalty is 3 points on the stroke it was lost.
  • Dingbat loses his ball on his 3rd stroke. That’s 2 points for the first 2 swings, and a 3 point penalty for the 3rd. So going into the 4th stroke, Dingbat’s score for the hole is already a 5.
  • When a ball is lost, the new ball is placed where the previous one went out of bounds.
  • If you find your lost ball after a new ball has been put into play, remove 1.5 points from your score.
  • Bonehead hits his ball into a bush and can’t find it. Bonehead takes out a new ball, adds 3 to his score, and continues play. A stroke or two later, Bonehead finds his previously lost ball. Bonehead removes half of the lost ball penalty (1.5 points) from his score.
  • On any stroke, player is allowed to move the ball one club length in any direction to allow for a clearer shot: out of a pothole, away from a tree, up a curb, etc. This also keeps the game moving. Instead of waiting for Weenie’s 15th unsuccessful attempt to get out of a small ditch, we let him move the ball a few feet so we can get on with it.
  • If the ball lands near a car, a garden or other place that could potentially suffer damage, player should move the ball at least 3 club lengths away, or more depending on the circumstances.

Snow Guidelines

These are evolving.  From what I can find there isn’t much doing in winter urban golf.  This maybe for good reason…but when has our generation been about good reason?  Ours is a generation of just-must-haves… so we just must have urban winter golf.

  • Ball, if it gets buried on snow maybe taken out of snow and moved a few feet for a clearer shot (as per above).
  • Try not to hit off of salt it hurts if it gets in eyes; etc.
  • Be mindful of hard edges hidden under fluffy snow… I shocked my hands off of smashing a hidden edge and it really was unpleasant.
  • You may likewise move the ball to avoid any overhanging hazards (icicles, snow overhangs, icy roof slide hazards; etc.)

Duffer Rule

  • If you hit the ball and you can run and catch up to it while it is still in motion you can hit it once more and it still only counts as a single stroke.  You may only hit it one time.

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