Rule 1 -- The Game
Rule 2 -- Match Play
- A. The holes of the course must be played in order (l through 9, 10 through 18 or 1
- B. You must always play by the Rules. You are not allowed to change them.
Rule 3 -- Stroke 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."
Rules 4 & 5 -- Clubs and the Ball
- 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
Rule 6 -- Things a Player Should Do
- 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
Rule 7 -- Practice
- 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
- F. Keep playing unless there is lightning, you are ill or an official tells you to stop.
Rule 8 -- Advice on How to Play
- 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 9 -- Advising Opponent on Strokes Taken
- 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
- B. You may not give advice to your opponent or a fellow-competitor
Rule 10 -- When to Play a Shot
- In match play, you must tell your opponent the number of strokes you have taken if
you are asked.
- 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.