Rule 5.3a states:
The player must start at (and not before) his or her starting time:
- This means that the players must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point set by the Committee.
- A starting time set by the Committee is treated as an exact time (for example, 9 a.m. means 9:00:00 a.m, not anytime until 9:01 a.m.)
- Penalty: Disqualification
EXCEPTION 1 – Player Arrives at Starting Point, Ready to Play, No More Than Five Minutes Late: The player gets the general penalty applied to his or her hole.