MEMBERSHIP GUIDE

RULES & REGULATIONS

Plantation Lakes Homeowners’ Association, Inc.

Benefitted Community Facilities Rules & Regulations
 
The following rules & regulations (the “Rules”) have been adopted by the Golf Board of the Plantation Lakes Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (the “Association”) to enhance the preservation of the Benefitted Community Facilities and the safety and convenience of the users thereof.  These Rules are for the Benefitted Community Facilities and are in addition to those adopted for the general Community Facilities. It is the responsibility of those using any of the Benefitted Community Facilities to know these Rules and to cooperate in their enforcement.  All capitalized terms used, but not defined, in these Rules shall have the meanings set forth in the Fourth Amended and Restated Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Reservation of Easements for Plantation Lakes, as it may be further amended from time to time as provided therein (the “Declaration”).
 

BENEFITTED COMMUNITY FACILITIES


MEMBER PRIVILEGES IN GENERAL
1.Benefitted Members and other Persons shall be entitled to the enjoyment of the Benefitted Community Facilities, if applicable, in accordance with the Declaration and these Rules.
2. Use privileges of the Benefitted Member will be extended to one (1) individual and spouse or significant other, along with their children under twenty-one (21) years of age who reside in the Dwelling Unit on the applicable Benefitted Lot.
 
TRANSFER OF PRIVILEGES
1. Any Benefitted Member may transfer the right of enjoyment to the Benefitted Community Facilities to tenants residing in the Benefitted Member’s Dwelling Unit provided a completed transfer form is signed by the Benefitted Member and submitted to the office, along with payment of the transfer processing fee.
2. During the period specified on the transfer form, which shall not be less than three (3) full calendar months, the Benefitted Member’s right to the enjoyment of the Benefitted Community Facilities privileges shall be suspended.
3. The transferee must be renting and residing in the Dwelling Unit for which the privileges are transferred in   
accordance with the lease fulfilling the requirements under Section 6.11 of the Declaration.
4. If privileges are transferred for the use of the Benefitted Community Facilities, they will be extended to one (1) individual and spouse or significant other, along with their children under twenty-one (21) years of age who reside in the Dwelling Unit on the applicable Benefitted Lot.
5. Any transfer which is not in accordance with the policies outlined above will be rescinded immediately. In       addition, a fee equal to the current guest fee will be charged to the Benefitted Member involved for each round of golf played under an unauthorized transfer.
 
GUEST PRIVILEGES
1. An individual who is the guest of a Benefitted Member or a Benefitted Member’s transferee will be entitled to the use of the Benefitted Community Facilities subject to the Declaration and these Rules.
2. An individual who has paid a daily guest fee for the use of the golf course is also entitled to use of the clubhouse for that particular day.
3. The manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities or any other management personnel employed by the Association may deny guest privileges to any individual, when, in their opinion, it is in the best interest of the Association to do so.
4. A maximum of 3 guests per member are allowed on the golf course on any particular day. All guests must be playing with a Benefitted Member.
MEMBERSHIP CARDS
All Benefitted Members, transferees and applicable members of their families shall be issued membership cards. These cards are to be carried at all times while using the Benefitted Community Facilities.  Loss of the card should be reported to the manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities, at which time a replacement card will be issued for a fee.
 
MISSION
It is our mission to provide Benefitted Members and their guests an exceptional experience.
 
SERVICE
1. Slow, unsatisfactory or improper service or any inattention to duty should be reported immediately to the applicable manager on duty. Complaints of all deficiencies in service will receive the immediate attention of such manager.
2. We welcome all comments. Suggestions or concerns relating to the Benefitted Community Facilities or related
services should be brought to the attention of the applicable manager.
 
EMPLOYEES OF THE ASSOCIATION
1. Members, transferees and guests are to be respectful of all employees of the Association and its managers, and are not permitted to reprimand such employees or in any way interfere with the management of the Association or the Community Facilities.
2. Serious complaints regarding specific employees assigned to the Benefitted Community Facilities should be made in writing addressed to the manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities, who will notify the Golf Board and the complaining member of the corrective action, if any was taken.
 
USE OF THE COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN GENERAL
1. Members, transferees and guests shall at all times conduct themselves in an orderly fashion as ladies and gentlemen.
2. Proper attire is to be worn at all times in accordance with acceptable practice for the particular area of the Community Facilities.
3. The hours of operation of the various Community Facilities shall be determined by the applicable manager and may be adjusted seasonally as usage dictates.
4. Gambling is not permitted in the clubhouse in accordance with state law and applicable regulations.
5. Subscriptions, petitions, or notices not concerning the Association or the Community Facilities shall not be distributed or posted on any Community Facilities property without approval of the appropriate manager.
6. Parents are responsible for the conduct of their children at all times.
7. The cost of replacing any property of the Association, broken, damaged or removed by any Member, transferee, guest or any member of their families shall be charged to the Member or transferee concerned.
8. No food or beverage shall be brought into the clubhouse or consumed on the Community Facilities premises unless purchased from the Association or its designated vendor.
9. All decorations for private parties, other than table centerpieces, must have the approval of the appropriate manager.
10. Non-service animals are not permitted in the clubhouse or pool area or on the tennis courts, golf course or any other Community Facilities.
11. The parking areas are marked in a manner which permits maximum use with a minimum of inconvenience. Anyone found parking improperly will be warned, but repeated infractions will result of the removal of the offending vehicle at the Member’s expense.
12. Personal property should not be left unattended at the Community Facilities.  The Association is not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen property under any circumstances.
13.  For the safety of all concerned, no skateboards may be used on or within the Community Facilities. 
14.  The Association is not responsible for any loss, cost, claim, injury, damage or liability that may be sustained by any Person as a result of, or in connection with, any use of the Community Facilities.
 
ATHLETIC LOCKERS AND GOLF CLUB STORAGE
Athletic lockers, golf club storage and cleaning services are available on a daily basis. Information on both can be obtained in the Golf Shop. The Association is not responsible for any items missing from lockers under any circumstances.
 
DRIVING RANGE
Practice balls will be available for driving range during normal operating hours at applicable cost.
 
GOLF COURSE RULES
In setting these rules for the use of the golf course, the Association is in no way attempting to restrict the enjoyment from playing our golf course. However, it is necessary to follow certain procedures to maximize enjoyment and safety for all golfers. It is hoped that pride in our Community Facilities, together with the thoughtfulness and consideration we afford our fellow golfers, will make enforcement of any rules unnecessary. 
1. The rules of golf from the United States Golf Association (USGA) govern play.
2. The use of the golf course is controlled by the manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities under the direction of the Golf Board and is supervised by the Head Golf Professional.
3. Without exception all players must register at the golf shop before playing the golf course.
4. The Head Golf Professional and Golf Course Superintendent shall determine when the golf course conditions prohibit play.
5. All play must start on designated Number 1 tee unless otherwise directed by the golf shop staff.
6. No more than four players per group are permitted unless authorized by the golf shop staff.
7. Practice golf activities shall be limited to those areas of the golf course designated for such activities. Practice is prohibited from, to, or on, regular greens and fairways of the golf course.
8. The Head Golf Professional, after consultation with the manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities, may establish certain days and times during which the golf course shall be reserved for certain golf days and special events.
9. All paper, bottles, cans and other trash must be placed in a trash receptacle.
10. Each player must have a set of golf clubs and a golf bag when playing the golf course.
11. No coolers are allowed on the golf course unless supplied by the Association or its designated vendor.
12. Ball hawking (the act of looking for lost golf balls other than your own while playing) is not permitted at any time.
13. Damage to any private property, whether inside or outside the boundaries of the golf course, caused purposely or by accident, shall be the responsibility of the person causing the damage.
 
GOLF CART OPERATION
1. Individuals operating golf carts must have a valid driver’s license.
2. Golf carts are restricted to two riders and two bags.
3. During normal operating conditions, the 90-degree rule is always in effect. Golf carts are to remain on cart      paths until reaching a point adjacent to where the ball lies. At that point, golf carts may be driven across fairway directly to the ball and should return to the cart path on the same line after the shot has been played.
4. The Head Golf Professional and Golf Course Superintendent shall determine when golf cart operation is     prohibited or restricted to cart paths only.
5. No personal golf carts are permitted on the golf course or cart paths at any time.
6. Golf carts must remain on the cart path on par 3s at all times.
7. The driver of the golf cart always assumes responsibility for returning the golf cart in the same condition. The driver is also responsible for any damage that occurs through operation of the golf cart.
8. Golf carts are never permitted on the shoulder or surface of any tee, green or bunker. The roped areas indicate the superintendent restricted areas for cart traffic. Exception: When Handicap Flag Privilege (defined below)       is in effect.
 
HANDICAP FLAG PRIVILEGE
The golf shop offers the use of handicap flags for golf carts for those individuals who, for medical reasons, will benefit from their use (the “Handicap Flag Privilege”). A golfer who submits a valid handicap parking permit from any government agency may be extended this privilege. Handicap Flag Privileges may be suspended or revoked, with or without warning, for abuse of this privilege.
 
RULES OF THE HANDICAP FLAG
1. A golf cart displaying a Handicap Flag may be driven up to the green or tee.
2. AT NO TIME should a golf cart displaying a Handicap Flag be parked or driven on the green or tee.
3. NO GOLF CARTS are allowed beyond the boundary of the golf course which is defined by out-of-bounds stakes.
4. In case of inclement weather or certain golf course conditions, golf carts may be restricted to the cart paths. NO HANDICAP FLAG PRIVILEGE will be extended for that time. If “cart path only” is limited to select   holes, Handicap Flag Privileges will NOT be extended for those holes so designated.
5. Handicap Flag Privileges are extended only to the person who has submitted valid documentation and has been approved for its use. This privilege does NOT extend to an additional golf cart rider or other person who is not registered for Handicap Flag Privileges.
6. The Ranger/Starter has absolute authority for all traffic control. If a player refuses to abide by the rules of the day (as stated above), his/her Handicap Flag Privileges may be suspended after review by the Head Golf Professional.
 
GOLF COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE DRESS CODE
1. Golfers must wear proper golf attire at all times.
2. Men cannot wear jeans, bathing attire, T-shirts, shirts without collars, gym shorts, tank tops, mesh shirts, cut-offs, tennis shorts and shorts that are not more than 17-inches long on the out seam.
3. Ladies cannot wear jeans, bathing attire, T-shirts, gym shorts, tank tops, tube or halter tops, mesh shirts, cut-offs, tennis skirts or shorts that are not 17-inches long on the out seam. Dress shirts without collars are permitted; however, shirts must have a collar if they do not have sleeves.
4. Juniors must wear normal junior sportswear, which means shirts with a collar, appropriate length slacks or skirts and no cut-offs or jeans.
5.  Anyone not conforming to the dress code outlined above will be asked to change their clothing before he or she will be allowed to play golf or use the golf driving range.
 
TEE TIME POLICIES
The following policies are not meant to limit or restrict the enjoyment of the golf course, but to provide an enjoyable opportunity for golf.
1. All Benefitted Member tee times will be made in the name of the applicable Benefitted Member. The applicable I.D. number may be required.
2. Benefitted Members and transferees may make tee times up to two weeks in advance at the Golf Shop, unless a computerized call-in system is implemented.
3. Notice of any cancellation should be given at least twenty-four hours prior to the scheduled tee time. Anyone failing to give adequate notice of cancellation may have their golfing privileges suspended.
4. Players must be ready to commence play at the time established by their starting time or lose their starting time.  In the event of such loss, the players may not commence play until authorized by the golf shop staff.
 
JUNIOR PLAY
1. Children who are 18 through 21 years of age, who reside with their parents are entitled to the same privileges as their parents.
2. Juniors, who are children under 18 years of age, are not allowed to start before 2:30 pm unless accompanied by an adult golfing Member.
3. The Head Golf Professional may waive restrictions for juniors provided they are able to assure the Head Golf Professional that they have adequate knowledge of golf rules and golf etiquette.
 
GOLF COURTESY AND ETIQUETTE
Golf is a game where courtesy and etiquette should always be observed. The following policies should be strictly adhered to for the maximum enjoyment of everyone using the golf course.
1. Please repair ball marks on greens and sand divots in fairways.
2. Please rake your tracks leaving a sand bunker.
3. After finishing a hole, place the flag in the hole and leave the green area immediately. Proceed to the next tee, do not remain parked along the side of the green; mark your scores at the next tee.
4. Please be respectful of private property surrounding the golf course. Under no circumstances shall golf carts be driven on, or any shot played from, other than golf course property.
5. Slow Play is not permitted. Players are required to maintain a pace of play that keeps them up with the group in front of them.  Rangers and/or golf shop staff consistently monitor the speed of play and are required to enforce the following policies for the pleasure and enjoyment of the entire field:
(a) First Offense: The group has fallen behind the group in front of them and has fallen behind the allotted time limit for their position on the course. The ranger will indicate your group is out of position and that you need to catch up to the group in front.
(b) Second Offense: The group has not improved their position. The ranger will approach the group and inform them of their second warning and that the next offense will require them to skip an entire hole.
(c) Third Offense: The group has been warned properly and has not improved their position.  The ranger will escort the group to the next hole.
6. Inexperienced golfers are asked to refrain from playing during peak times of the day.
 
GOLF HANDICAPS
A golf handicap service is provided for Members and transferees for a yearly fee to be determined by the Head Golf Professional.
1. To establish an accurate and legitimate handicap, players are requested to post scores after each complete round of golf.
2. To be eligible for tournament play, an annual and current handicap with the DSGA must be registered at the golf shop.
 
BALL HAWKING (Looking for “lost” golf balls on Benefitted Community Facilities) PENALTIES
1. First Offense: Request by golf shop staff to discontinue ball hawking.
2. Second Offense: Form letter from the manager of the Benefitted Community Facilities quoting the “Rules and Regulations” booklet and notify a wrongdoer of future action if ball hawking continues.
3. Third Offense: Suspending of golf privileges for a period of two (2) weeks.
4. Fourth Offense: Length of suspension for use of all Benefitted Community Facilities will be determined by the Golf Board
 
WALKING POLICY
  1. All tee times reserved by non-golf members or any players prior to 3pm are committed to a mandatory golf cart.
  2. Members may walk the golf course after 3pm year round. Certain provisions apply:
    1. All tee times with mandatory carts must be teed off on the golf course. During core season months, this may be as late as 5pm.
    2. Golf Shop staff can authorize earlier walking depending on traffic and time of the year.
  3. Members intending to walk MUST check in to confirm there are no more carts going out for the day.
  4. Any walk-on cart riding play is subject to starting after walking play, given that the time permitted for walking has begun.
  5. All walking play must take a sand bottle to refill divots on the golf course.
 
TENNIS RULES
Members and their guests shall have the right to use the tennis courts at any time during tennis operating hours. The tennis operating hours are daily from 8 am to 8 pm or as otherwise determined by the Board of Directors. Variations of time will depend on the season, weather and utilization of the tennis facilities. Courts are not to be used whenever nets are lowered.
1. The code, as published by the United States Tennis Association, shall govern play.
2. Playing guests must be accompanied by a Member or transferee.
3. No food or beverage shall be brought onto the Tennis Courts unless purchased at the Community Facilities.
4. Tennis Courts are not to be used for any purpose other than for tennis.  Without limiting the foregoing, no skateboards may be used on the tennis courts at any time.
 
TENNIS DRESS CODE
1.  Proper tennis attire, as determined by the manager of the Community Facilities, is required at all times.
2.  All clothes that are tennis specific are acceptable. Undershirts, cut-offs, bermudas, jams, midriffs, bathing suits, jeans, gym shorts, running shorts, cargo shorts, halter-tops and aerobic wear will not be considered proper tennis attire and are not permitted. Smooth-soled shoes are required.
 
COURT RESERVATIONS
All members and guests are required to use the tennis court reservation system in the pro shop. Players without reserved
court times are always welcome, but are asked to check in with the golf shop.
1. Reservations can be made 7 days prior to play. Players are requested to limit play to 1½ hours.
2. Players without a reserved court time will be asked to relinquish a court which has been previously reserved.
3. The manager of the Community Facilities may block off times during which the courts will be reserved for      leagues or special functions.
 
TENNIS COURTESY AND ETIQUETTE
All players are expected to observe tennis etiquette on and off the tennis courts.
1. The use of profanity, loud noises or any form of misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
2. No person shall cross another tennis court while play is in progress, but shall wait until a point is over.
3. No person should distract or interfere with players while a match is in progress.
 
DISCIPLINARY ACTION
Because there are always a few individuals who will not always observe these rules, the following infractions will be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors for disciplinary action:
1. Repeated violation of these Rules or any other Association rules.
2. Display of temper or other discourteous conduct resulting in damage to the Community Facilities or physical damage.
3. Disrespect shown to Association employees or fellow Members, transferees or guests.
4. Personal use of driving range balls on the Golf Course.
5. Failure to register guests when playing the Golf Course.
 
 
These Rules & Regulations may be amended, supplemented or otherwise revised from time to time in accordance with the Declaration.