Club bylaws

SIGNATURE HOLE — With water on the left and trees on the right, winning shots are down the middle on the tough No. 18 at RBI. (Photo courtesy Rancho Bernardo Inn)

Membership approves revised bylaws for 2021

The Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club Bylaws were updated and approved by the membership in November 2020. The revised bylaws became effective as of January 1, 2021.


The name of this organization shall be the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club (RBIWGC or Club).


The purpose and objective of this organization shall be to promote, supervise and conduct competitive golf for amateur women golfers, in accordance with the Rules of Golf adopted by the Women’s Committee of the United States Golf Association (USGA), as modified by local rules decided upon by the Board of Directors.


Section 1. Active membership is open to amateur women golfers, minimum age 18, who agree to abide by the rules of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club.

Section 2. All members should have basic knowledge of the USGA Rules of Golf.

Section 3. All members should be willing and able to maintain speed of play for 18 holes.

Section 4. All members should be willing to keep their own score accurately and post all golf scores.

Section 5. Membership in RBIWGC is required in order to participate in weekly Sweeps and/or Special Tournaments.

Section 6. Membership-renewal dues are payable annually by October 31st.

Section 7. No eligible golfer shall be denied membership because of her race, creed, color, religion or sexual orientation.

Section 8. The Board of Directors shall have the power to review all membership applications and elect to membership such persons as they deem advisable. After all dues and fees are paid, the new member may participate in all Club events for which she is eligible.

Section 9. New Member Qualification

To qualify for membership in the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club, applicants must complete the following procedures:

1. Fill out a membership application and submit it to the Membership Chair.

2. Have a valid USGA index and GHIN (Golf Handicap and Information Network) number, or other generally accepted verification of handicap. Have an established handicap index in accordance with the World Handicap System (WHS). Maximum allowable handicap for new members at the Rancho Bernardo Inn (RBI) course is 38, which is equivalent to a 39.5 WHS index.

3. Play one round of golf at RBI with a RBIWGC Board member or committee chair. The Membership Chair will then present the new member’s name to the Board for approval. Once approved, membership dues will be collected.


4. To establish an initial handicap index, a prospective member must play a minimum of three (3) games at the Rancho Bernardo Inn course on a regular weekly play day with current members. At least one (1) of the games will be played with a Board member. There is a three-month maximum qualification period.

To qualify for membership, the prospective new member will be expected to achieve an average score of 110 or less for three (3) games played. If more than three (3) games are needed to achieve a scoring average of 110, only the three (3) lowest scores necessary to meet the 110 average will be submitted to obtain a GHIN number. All scorecards must be dated, attested and signed by two Club playing partners, marked “HQ” for Handicap Qualifier and given to the Handicap Chair.

After the prospective new member completes three (3) games with an average score of 110 or less, the Membership Chair will present the new member’s name to the Board for approval. Once approved, membership dues will be collected, and the Handicap Chair will enter the new member’s name into the GHIN system for inclusion in RBIWGC. The GHIN automatically links to the Southern California Golf Association, and the new member’s name will appear there as belonging to RBIWGC. When a new member receives her GHIN number, the scores of all future golf games must be posted to the GHIN website, to, or on the computer at the RBI Pro Shop to maintain an accurate handicap. This includes all games, no matter where played or with whom. (Please see the WHS Rules of Handicapping for more information).

While playing with a Club member, prospective qualifying members are NOT eligible for Sweeps, Special Tournaments or prizes until a valid handicap has been established and scoring requirements are met. If the scoring requirements are not achieved within three (3) months, the prospective member may try again after a three-month hiatus, on a regular weekly play day at RBI. She is encouraged to continue to improve and try to qualify again.

Section 10. Member Conduct and Responsibilities

All members are expected to follow the USGA Rules of Golf and abide by all the conditions, rules and regulations of the Club, as well as accept and enforce the decisions of the Board of Directors.

1. Rules or Conduct Violations

a. If a rule infraction is brought to the attention of any Board member, the Rules Chair will review with the member the rule(s) involved and advise the member of the correct course of play that should have been taken.

b. A warning letter from the Board will be sent to the member for repeated misapplication of the basic rules.

c. A member refusing or neglecting strict and honorable compliance with the rules and regulations of the Club will result in action by the Board. A written letter of reprimand will be sent to the member outlining the unacceptable behavior. In extremely egregious cases, suspension of playing privileges or expulsion of the member could occur.

d. No member shall be suspended or expelled without formal written charges having been presented to the Board of Directors. The said member shall have an opportunity to defend herself before the Board.

2. Speed of Play

a. The Club expects its members to be willing and able to maintain speed of play for 18 holes. Four and one-half hours is considered sufficient time to play the RBI course.

b. A warning will be given to habitually slow players. Repeat offenders will be asked to play at the end of the field.


Section 1. Major Tournaments will include the Club Championship and President’s Cup.

  • The Club Championship is stroke play – gross score.
  • The President’s Cup is stroke play – net score.

To be eligible for these members-only tournaments, a player must have participated in at least six (6) weekly RBIWGC-sponsored events during the preceding six (6) months. The participants must complete these requirements at least two (2) weeks prior to the tournament.

Exceptions may be made for part-time residents, who have participated in at least six (6) weekly RBIWGC-sponsored events during the preceding 12 months. Exceptions also may be made for medical and/or extenuating circumstances as determined by the Board.

In the event of a tie in the Club Championship, a three-hole, sudden-death playoff, commencing on holes 18, 10 and 11, will be used. If there is no winner after the first three holes are played, the same format will be repeated until a winner is determined.

In the event of a tie in the President’s Cup, a three-hole aggregate net score, commencing on holes 18, 10 and 11, will be used. If the score is still tied, a three-hole, sudden-death playoff, using net scores and commencing on holes 18, 10 and 11, will be used until a winner is determined.

Section 2. Up to two (2) additional Special Tournaments may be conducted during the year at the discretion of the Special Tournaments Chair and approval by the Board.


Section 1. The elected officers of the Club shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Chairs of Sweeps, Handicap, Membership, Rules and Special Tournaments.

Section 2. The non-voting committee chairs appointed by the President shall be Communications, Invitational, Ringer and Team Captain. The President should appoint these committee chairs prior to the upcoming new calendar year.

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall consist of the elected officers of the Club and non-voting, appointed committee chairs.

Section 4. Term of office shall be one (1) year. No member may hold any one voting office for more than two (2) consecutive years, or be a voting member of the Board of Directors for more than four (4) consecutive years.

Section 5. All vacancies in office, except that of President, shall be filled by appointment by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. If a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice President shall perform the duties prescribed for the President. Vacancy appointments shall be considered interim appointments.

Section 6.  Members are eligible to assume office after they have been active playing members for six (6) months.

Section 7. The duties and responsibilities of the officers and Board members shall be:

The President shall:

  1. Preside at all meetings of the Club and Board of Directors.
  2. Call and/or cancel regular and special meetings.
  3. Appoint Communications, Invitational and Ringer Chairs, as well as Team Captain.
  4. Appoint and discharge special committees. In the case of a Bylaws Committee, three (3) committee members should be selected for a minor review, five (5) committee members for a major review.
  5. Be empowered to sign checks in the absence or inability of the Treasurer.
  6. Appoint a Parliamentarian, if the need arises.
  7. Be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

The Vice President shall:

  1. In the absence or disability of the President, perform the duties prescribed for the President.
  2. Arrange for a room to hold Board and General meetings and notify Board members and membership.
  3. Serve as Social Chair and perform other duties designated by the Board of Directors.

The Secretary shall:

  1. Record and keep minutes of the Board of Directors meetings and General meetings, submitting one copy of each to the President, and filing one copy of each in the Book of Minutes.
  2. Conduct the correspondence of the Club at the direction of the President and Board of Directors.
  3. Keep a current listing of all Club members’ e-mail addresses.

The Treasurer shall:

  1. Receive and be accountable for all monies and make all disbursements at the direction of the Board of Directors.
  2. Keep an itemized account of all transactions of the Club and render a monthly report at the Board and General meetings. A written report shall be submitted to the President and Secretary.
  3. Sign all checks. In the absence or disability of the Treasurer, checks and record keeping become the responsibility of the President until a new Treasurer is appointed.
  4. Have the books audited at the termination of every other Club year by an auditor to be appointed by the Board of Directors.

The Sweeps Chair shall:

  1. With the approval of the Board of Directors, prepare a calendar of events for the Club year by early October of the previous year..
  2. Determine the weekly Sweeps games and provide the game descriptions to be published in the RBIWGC Handbook.
  3. Maintain a current email distribution list of Club members. Schedule and supervise the weekly tournaments.
  4. Create tee sheets (, and email online links for members to sign up to play in weekly events. Publish the signup links at least two weeks in advance.
  5. Email final tee sheet to membership and the RBI Pro Shop one day prior to the round.
  6. Prior to the round, communicate to participating players any significant course changes and playing policies, such as: course-maintenance activities, relocation of tee boxes, bridge closures, cart-path only, lift-clean-place and tee-time changes.
  7. Create the weekly rounds, player roster and pairings, and game (tournament) setup, and determine Sweeps results using Golf Genius software.
  8. Email results of all Sweeps events to Club members in a timely manner.
  9. Maintain complete records of all Sweeps competitions, including money or prizes paid to members. Determine Ace of the Month from weekly Sweeps results.
  10. Supervise the distribution of prizes and awards. Publish quarterly winnings by player and inform membership when winnings are available. Publish Ace of the Month standings on a quarterly basis.
  11. Determine and publish Ace of Aces Tournament eligibility. Schedule and supervise the Holiday Tournament.
  12. Award a pin to any member who breaks 100, 90 or 80 for the first time on an official weekly play day or any Special Tournament.

The Handicap Chair shall:

  1. Be responsible for verifying and auditing scorecards in accordance with the WHS Rules of Handicapping.
  2. Arrange for a weekly handicap report to be published (email or otherwise) to all members prior to the scheduled playing date.
  3. Perform duties in accordance with WHS Rules of Handicapping.
  4. Enter scores for posting purposes inn Golf Genius.
  5. Determine the member who has improved her handicap the most, according to a WHS formula supplied by the GHIN.

The Membership Chair shall:

  1. Schedule prospective new member(s) to play with a Board member prior to acceptance in the Club.
  2. Present prospective new member(s) to the Board for membership approval.
  3. Receive all fees required for membership and transfer such monies to the Treasurer.
  4. Notify Handicap Chair of all new and/or transferred members.
  5. Maintain an up-to-date roster of members and distribute a copy to each Board member.
  6. Meet with each new member to go over RBIWGC rules and procedures. Provide a new-member packet and a RBIWGC Handbook to all new members.
  7. Maintain and update the membership application as necessary and see that application forms are always available in the Pro Shop.

The Rules Chair shall:

  1. Enforce all rules of the USGA, including the etiquette of golf.
  2. Answer any questions regarding local and ground rules, tournament rules and rules of golf.
  3. Prior to a tournament, post any regulations as requested by the Tournament Chair.
  4. In the General meetings, be prepared to discuss rules with the general membership and to answer any questions from the members regarding rules or etiquette.
  5. Select a Rules Committee. The committee should consist of two Club members, besides the Rules Chair, whose duty is to assist in rule interpretation, answer questions or settle any disputes in the Rules Chair’s absence.

The Special Tournaments Chair shall:

  1. In coordination with the Sweeps Chair and the RBIWGC Board, plan a calendar of events for the coming year.
  2. Assure that all participating players are made aware of any significant course changes — such as relocation of tee boxes, aeration of greens and/or fairways, bridge closures, etc. — before the round begins.
  3. Coordinate with the Sweeps and Handicap chairs to utilize Golf Genius for management of Special Tournaments.
  4. For two-day Major Tournaments, email first-round scores to the field as soon as possible after completion of the first round.
  5. Purchase and distribute prizes and awards for Major Tournaments and have the trophies engraved. Funds for the Major and Special Tournament trophies will be expensed out of the General Fund account.
  6. Have the authority to reschedule the tournaments in case of inclement weather or adverse course conditions.

Committee Chairs Appointed by the President:

The Communications Chair shall:

  1. Design, update and maintain the RBIWGC website.
  2. Manage website vendors (software and security), ensuring cost-effective and scope-appropriate service.
  3. Create content for the RBIWGC website, which showcases the Club to external and internal audiences.
  4. Publish Club documents on the RBIWGC website for the benefit of members’ participation in the Club.
  5. Ensure that members-only pages of the RBIWGC website are properly safeguarded and that members are regularly informed of password access.
  6. Continually assess methods to drive website usage by Club members.
  7. Create, edit, arrange for printing and distribute annual members’ Handbook.
  8. Design and print Club letterhead and envelopes.
  9. Serve as annual Invitational Communications Chair.
  10. On as-needed basis, create, distribute and summarize results of online surveys of Club members at the direction of the President.
  11. Serve as communications liaison to the San Diego Women’s Golf Association.

The Invitational Chair shall:

  1. Organize and supervise all aspects of the Annual Invitational Tournament.
  2. Assure that all participating players are made aware of any significant course changes — such as relocation of tee boxes, aeration of greens and/or fairways, bridge closures, etc. — before the round begins.
  3. Assure that the Board receives regular updates on the status of the tournament’s progress and the final results.

The Ringer Chair shall:

  1. Collect money from each member who wishes to enter the quarterly Ringer competition.
  2. Keep the necessary hole-by-hole statistics for those members participating in Ringer.
  3. Just prior to the end of the quarter, determine the winners for each flight.
  4. Distribute the prize money to the winners at the General meeting at the end of the quarter.
  5. Provide the Secretary with a listing of the results for inclusion in the General meeting minutes.
  6. Post a copy of the quarterly Ringer results on the Club bulletin board.

The Team Captain shall:

  1. Inform the RBIWGC membership in writing and at General meetings about the formation of a San Diego Women’s Golf Association team each year; include information about eligibility requirements and timeline for team-play events.
  2. Request that the Club Handicap Chair check eligibility of potential team players and notify players if they need to play more rounds to meet requirements.
  3. Recruit an assistant team captain to help with all team-play duties.
  4. Drawing from eligible Club members, determine the team roster and keep all players apprised of scheduled team events.
  5. Conduct a team meeting to review SDCWGA rules and procedures, and keep the team apprised of any changes in a timely manner.
  6. Request funds for team play from the RBIWGC Board.
  7. Consulting with the team, select team-play attire.
  8. Serve as the team-play liaison to the SDCWGA.
  9. Set team-play events for the season.
  10. Notify SDCWGA team-play director about RBI course conditions (such as punched greens or over-seeding).
  11. Update SDCWGA team-play director, the Club’s team and the RBIWGC general membership with results of all team-play events in a timely manner.

The Board of Directors shall:

  1. Have charge of the affairs and funds of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club; be empowered to transact all business and affairs of the Club in accordance with the Bylaws; and report action taken to the membership.
  2. Attend all meetings of the Rancho Bernardo Inn Women’s Golf Club, and hold a minimum of eight (8) Board meetings a year at the discretion of the President. If the President believes circumstances warrant, meetings may be held virtually rather than in person. In the event a vote is required between meetings, an email or mail-in vote shall be allowed. Such action shall have the same force and effect as a regular vote of the Board of Directors, and the results shall be filed with the minutes of the preceding meeting.


Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five (5) members. One (1) member shall be elected from the Board of Directors; one (1) member shall be elected from the general membership by the Board of Directors; and three (3) members shall be elected by the members of the Club at the General meeting in August. Nominees must be active members in the last six (6) months and have consented to serve on the committee. No member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive years on the Nominating Committee.

Section 2. The Nominating Committee shall elect its Chair.

Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall verify availability and willingness of potential candidates to serve as Board members.

Section 4. Said committee shall prepare a slate of candidates for elective office and post the slate on the bulletin board at least seven (7) days prior to the September General meeting.

Section 5. The slate of candidates shall be read at the September General meeting, at which time nominations for each office may be made from the floor, provided that each nominee has given her permission.

Section 6. If there are no nominations from the floor at the September General meeting, the presiding officer may declare the slate of candidates elected at that meeting.

Section 7. If there is more than one nominee for any office, the election shall be held by written ballot at the October General meeting. Newly elected officers shall assume their duties after the installment meeting in December.


General meetings of the membership shall be held once a month at the discretion of the President. A minimum of six (6) General meetings should be held during the calendar year. Voting via email or other online technology shall be allowed.


These Bylaws or any part thereof may be repealed or amended, or new Bylaws adopted at any General meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided that (1) the proposed amendment or Bylaw has been announced at the previous General meeting and (2) a quorum has been obtained at the voting meeting.

A quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors shall consist of five (5) or more Directors.

A quorum at any regular or special meeting of the general membership shall consist of thirty-five percent (35%) or more members.


Robert’s Rules of Order (Revised) shall be the authority in all questions of parliamentary procedure not covered by these Bylaws.

Bylaws updated and approved unanimously by the membership via an online ballot on November 18, 2020.