Specific Rules governing each championship, league and meeting can be found under the relevant event. Below are the General Rules applicable to all events, except where otherwise provided for in the Specific Rules.
1. Rules of Play
All competitions and matches shall be played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by R&A Rules Limited and the bylaws and any local rules of any host Club upon whose course any Union event is played, so far as they are approved by the Executive Committee.
2. Eligibility for Events
Players will not be entitled to represent more than one Club affiliated to the Union in any specific championship or league in any one season but otherwise may represent more than one Club during that season.
For players to participate in Union events, except where otherwise provided, a player must:
(i) Be of amateur status as defined by R&A Rules Limited
(ii) Be a member of a Club or Clubs affiliated to the Union and one of those Clubs must be the home club designated by the player for handicapping purposes
(iii) Conform to the handicap and age limits, which are included in the Specific Rules for events.
3. Fees and Entries
All entries for teams, leagues and individual championships should be made through the Secretary of the member Club on entry forms provided by the Union, or by such other means that the Executive Committee may from time to time specify. The Club Secretary must certify the handicaps and home club of entrants and include their CDH number and also ensure that such entries are received by the appropriate Union Secretary no later than 6.00 pm on the stipulated date. All entry fees should be paid to the Union by the same time. Any necessary refunds will be made to the Club Secretary who submitted the relevant entry.
All entries shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, which reserves the right to accept or refuse any entry.
4. Starting Times
Times of the official draw for all championships and other competitions will be circulated to all Clubs. It is the player's responsibility to determine his starting time.
5. Format and Completion of Events
In order to facilitate the staging of a championship, the Executive Committee may vary the format of an event by playing the first and second rounds on different dates and / or at different venues and / or setting a cut on the number of players progressing from the first to the second round.
If it becomes impossible to complete an event in accordance with the Specific Rules thereof because of adverse weather conditions or other circumstances, which in the opinion of the Competition Committee, acting by its representatives present at the event, make it impossible or impracticable to do so, the said Committee, acting by its representatives present at the event, shall be empowered to vary such Specific Rules to the extent necessary to achieve a result within the time available. The Competition Committee's decision hereunder shall be final.
6. Tied Events
(i) A tie for first place in all championship strokeplay competitions, other than the Team Championship and the Junior Team Championship, shall be decided by a play-off over a set number of holes predetermined by the Competition Committee, acting by its representatives present at the event. If after those holes, players are still tied, then the winner shall be decided by sudden death, playing the same sequence of holes again until a winner is found. In the case of bad light or poor weather conditions causing difficulties, the Competition Committee will arrange an alternative time and date for the play-off over 18 holes.
(ii) All ties in non-championship strokeplay and handicap competitions and for minor placings in all events, shall be decided according to the scores for the last 18, 9, 6, 3 and 1 holes in that order. If necessary, this shall then apply to the first round scores. Should there still be a tie, the result shall be decided by lot.
All disputes at any Union event shall be resolved by the Competition Committee, acting by its representatives present at the event, whose decision is final.
8. Use of Motorised Ride-on Buggies
Competitors will not be permitted to use motorised ride-on buggies. The penalty for breach of this prohibition is disqualification. However following prior production to the Secretary of the championship or league of a medical certificate of disability and subject to the agreement of the host Club, a motorised ride-on buggy for the exclusive use only of the person named on the certificate may be permitted.
Motorised ride-on buggies are allowed for Associate Members Meetings.
Members using such buggies must ensure they are covered by the necessary insurance.
9. Ball Lost or Out of Bounds
In all championships, leagues and meetings, the exception under Rule of Golf 18.2b shall not apply and a player must take stroke and distance relief when a ball is lost or out of bounds.
Rex Warren Medal
This competition is an 18 hole stableford competition off full handicap and shall be a non-qualifying event for handicapping purposes.
The competition is open to all Past Presidents and members of the current Executive Committee.
The event shall be held annually and the winner shall hold the Medal for one year.
The Players, Executive & Past Presidents Match
This is an annual match when members of the current Union Team are paired with current Executive Committee Members and Past Presidents and are organised into teams.
This is the closing event of the year and is played on the retiring President's home course.
The event will be organised according to the wishes of the incumbent President.
11. Team and Junior Team Salvers
Points will be awarded to all players who play for the Union teams and shall be determined according to the number of appearances and the performances of the individual players during each playing season.
Points shall be awarded as follows:
1 point for each appearance in a Union match
1 point for each half in a foursomes game
2 points for each win in a foursomes game
2 points for each half in a singles game
4 points for each win in a singles game
1 point for playing in the Yorkshire Inter-District Union Team Championship
The winning player shall hold the Salver for one year. In the event of a tie, the winning players shall hold the Salver for an equal part of that year.