The following resources should provide the most current and thorough
descriptions on the rules of golf. The USGA sets the rules for the
United States and Mexico, while the R&A sets the rules for golfers in
Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas outside of the U.S. and
U.S. GOLF RULES
GolfOnline has an extensive list golf rules.
This is a series of 34 columns written for GOLF MAGAZINE by the Rules
officials of the USGA. Each column will cover one of the Rules of
Rule 1: The Game
Rule 2: Match Play
Rule 3: Stroke Play
Rule 4: Clubs
Rule 5: The Ball
Rule 6: The Player
Rule 7: Practice
Rule 8. Advice; Indicating Line of Play
Rule 9: Information as to strokes taken
Rule 10: Order of Play
Rule 11: Teeing Ground
Rule 12: Searching for and Identifying Ball
Rule 13: Ball Played as it Lies
Rule 14: Striking the Ball
Rule 15: Wrong Ball; Substituted Ball
Rule 16: The Putting Green
Rule 17: The Flagstick
Rule 18: Ball at Rest Moved
Rule 19: Ball in motion deflected or stopped
Rule 20: Lifting, dropping, and placing; playing from the wrong place
Rule 21: Cleaning the ball
Rule 22: Ball interfering with or assisting play
Rule 23: Loose Impediments
Rule 24: Obstructions
Rule 25: Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball, and Wrong Putting Green
Rule 26: Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards)
Rule 27: Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball
Rule 28: Ball unplayable
Rule 29: Threesomes and foursomes
Rule 30: Teaming up -- four-ball matches
Rule 31: Team tactics -- stay on the ball in four-ball play
Rule 32: High score wins -- Stableford, par and bogey scoring
Rule 33: Governs tournament setup
Rule 34: When disputes occur, the Committee must put them right -- if possible
RULES FOR OTHER SITUATIONS
"Hazardous Situations - Bunkers, Water, Rough, and More."
"Within the Rules - Situations Involving the Ball."
Covers Odd Balls, Marking, Lifting and Identifying, Drops, Searches,
Provisionals and Substitutions.
"Within the Rules - On the Course."
Covers Penalties, On the Green, Swings and Strokes, Time Out and Out of Order.
UP-TO-DATE DECISIONS CONCERNING GOLF RULINGS
"The USGA, in conjunction with the R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland,
writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the
tradition and integrety of the game."
If you go to the following site and click on "Rules of Golf and the
Decisions on The Rules of Golf-2004-05, you will find a pop-up window
that explains each rule and the current decisions regarding diputes:
UP-TO-DATE CHANGES TO THE RULES OF GOLF
The USGA and the R&A publishes revised rules every two years. There
will be a new set of decsions taking effect in January, 2006.
"The 2006-2007 Decisions book includes 37 new Decisions and 66 revised
Decisions, while eight Decisions have been withdrawn. Each year The
R&A and the USGA receive thousands of requests to clarify the Rules
for on-course incidents that have occurred at all levels of the game,
throughout the world. With changes to the Rules of Golf established
on a four-year rolling cycle, the ability to publish official
interpretations of the Rules in the Decisions book every two years is
helpful to the game. The book contains more than 1,200 individual
Decisions, which are set out in question-and-answer format."
Rules and Decisions Videos from the USGA:
RULES FOR GOLFERS WITH DISABILITIES
Modification To The Rules Of Golf For Golfers With Disabilities
"This publication contains permissible modifications to the Rules of
Golf for use by disabled golfers. This is not intended to be a
revision of the Rules of Golf as they apply to able-bodied players. As
is the case for the Rules of Golf themselves, these modifications,
along with the philosophy expressed herein, have been agreed upon by
the United States Golf Association and the R&A in St. Andrews,
Golfers Requiring Canes or Crutches
Golfers Requiring Wheelchairs
Mentally Handicapped Golfers
OTHER LINKS FROM THE USGA
USGA Policy on Gambling
USGA RULES FOR AMATEUR STATUS VS PROFESSIONAL STATUS
The USGA writes and maintains the Rules of Amateur Status along with
the R&A, Scotland. An "amateur golfer" is one who plays the game as a
non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive
remuneration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf
skill or reputation, except as provided in the Rules."
Rules Of Amateur Status
Amateur Status Decisions
R&A GOLF RULES
"The R&A is golf's world rules and development body and organiser of
The Open Championship. It operates with the consent of more than 125
national and international, amateur and professional organisations,
from over 110 countries and on behalf of an estimated 28 million
golfers in Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and The Americas (outside the
USA and Mexico). The United States Golf Association (USGA) is the
game's governing body in the United States and Mexico."
Rules of Golf
Rules of Golf In Brief
GOLF BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND VIDEOS
"Top 10 Full Swing, Drills or General Topic Golf Instructional Books"
Golf Videos and Dvd's
See "The long arm of golf?s law - The first rules of golf were a mere
338 words. Now the book totals more than 40,000. The USGA says the
game isn't all that complicated. A nation of dumbfounded players might
argue otherwise," by Ed Sherman. Chicago Tribune. April 2005.
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