This page focuses on commonly encountered Rules situations and attempts to provide a simple explanation of these Rules. This page is not a substitute for the Rules of Golf, which should be consulted whenever any doubt arises. For more information please follow the links to the right of the page. 

General Points

The game of golf should be played in the correct spirit and to understand this you should read the Etiquette Section in the Rules of Golf. In particular: 

  • show consideration to other players
  • play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster moving groups to play through, and
  • take care of the course by smoothing bunkers, replacing divots and repairing ball marks on the greens.

Before starting your round you are advised to:

  • read the Local Rules on the score card and the notice board
  • put an identification mark on your ball; many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can’t identify your ball, it is considered lost (Rules 12-2 and 27-1)
  • count your clubs; you are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs. (Rule 4-4).

During the round:

  • don’t ask for “advice” from anyone except your partner (i.e. a player on your side) or your caddies; don’t give advice to anyone except your partner; you may ask for information on the Rules, distances and the position of hazards, the flagstick, etc. (Rule 8-1)
  • don’t play any practice shots during play of a hole. (Rule 7-2)
  • don't use any artificial devices or unusual equipment,unless specifically authorised by Local Rule (Rule 14-3).

At the end of your round:

  • in match play, ensure the result of the match is posted
  • in stroke play, ensure that your score card is completed properly (including being signed by you and your marker) and return it to the Committee as soon as possible (Rule 6-6).
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