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Rule 1 -- The Game

  • A. The holes of the course must be played in order (l through 9, 10 through 18 or 1 through 18).
  • B. You must always play by the Rules. You are not allowed to change them.
Rule 2 -- Match Play
  • A. In match play, each hole is a separate contest. If you win the first hole, you are "one up"; if you lose it, you are "one down"; if you tie it, you are "all square."
  • B. You have won the match when, for example, you are three up and there are only two holes left to play.
  • C. Anyone you are playing against is your "opponent."
Rule 3 -- Stroke Play
  • A. In stroke play, the competitor with the lowest total score for the round (9 or 18 holes) is the winner.
  • B. You must play the ball into the hole before starting the next hole. No "gimmies!"
  • C. Anyone you are playing with is a fellow-competitor
Rules 4 & 5 -- Clubs and the Ball
  • A. You may carry no more than fourteen clubs.
  • B. Normally, you may not change balls during the play of a hole. However, if you damage or cut your ball, you may do so after first asking your opponent or a fellow competitor.
Rule 6 -- Things a Player Should Do
  • A. Read the notices given to you by the tournament officials.
  • B. Always use your proper handicap.
  • C. Know your tee time or starting time.
  • D. Make sure you play your own ball (put a mark on the ball with a pencil in case someone else is using an identical ball.
  • E. In stroke play, make sure your score for each hole is right before you turn in your card.
  • F. Keep playing unless there is lightning, you are ill or an official tells you to stop.
Rule 7 -- Practice
  • You may not hit a practice shot during play of a hole, or from any hazard. Note: Always read the local rules about practice.
Rule 8 -- Advice on How to Play
  • A. During a round, you may not ask anyone except your caddie or partner for advice on how to play. However, you may ask about Rules or the position of hazards or the flagstick.
  • B. You may not give advice to your opponent or a fellow-competitor
Rule 9 -- Advising Opponent on Strokes Taken
  • In match play, you must tell your opponent the number of strokes you have taken if you are asked.
Rule 10 -- When to Play a Shot
  • A. The player who has the lowest score on a hole has the right to play first on the next hole . This is called the "honor."
  • B. During play of a hole, the player whole ball is farthest from the hole plays first.
  • C. If you play out of turn, in match play your opponent may make you replay, but this is not so in stroke play.

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