Rules of Golf

OUR TOP 10 MOST COMMONLY USED RULES

Our top 10 most commonly used rules of golf are comprised of a list of rules that are most commonly used when on the golf course. Get familiar with these specific golf rules, as they will be used most often. Click here to view the official USGA rules of golf.

Rules of Golf

TOP 10 RULES OF GOLF


#1 TEEING OFF WITHIN THE TEEING AREA

Tee your ball behind and between your designated tee markers. You may go up to 2 club lengths behind the tee markers.

#2 – PLAY THE BALL AS IT LIES

You must play the ball as it lies. Unless the rules permit it, do not touch or move your ball.  Examples: To identify your ball, local rules, taking relief from an obstruction, car path, etc.

#3 – PLAYING THE BALL FROM A BUNKER

When playing a ball from a bunker, do not make deliberate contact with the sand prior to your shot.  If you do, it’s a 1-stroke penalty. Another option is to drop your ball outside the bunker with the penalty of 2 strokes. When taking a drop outside the bunker, you must be in direct line from the hole.

#4 – HITTING A BALL IN A PENALTY AREA

When you hit into a penalty area (marked with red or yellow stakes), you have several options to choose from: Option 1. Play the ball as it lies. Option 2. Go back to previous spot and hit again. Option 3. Within red staked areas only, take relief by dropping a ball no more than 2 club lengths from the point your ball entered the area, no closer to the hole. Option 4.  You may drop your ball back in direct line from the hole and the point your ball entered the penalty area.  Options 2-4 come with a 1 Stroke penalty.  Option 1 is the only option resulting in no penalty.

#5 – HITTING A BALL OUT OF BOUNDS

White stakes indicates out of bound areas.  When hitting a ball out of bounds, play another ball from the same spot and give yourself a 1-stroke penalty. Local rules may apply.

#6 – WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH DEBRIS AROUND YOUR BALL

Without penalty, you may remove any loose impediments from around your ball.  Examples: rocks, loose twigs or branches, acorns, etc.  In the process of removing loose impediments, if your ball moves, you get a 1 stroke penalty. 

Rules of Golf

#7 – WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU LOSE A BALL

When you lose your ball, play another ball from where the previous shot was played and add a 1-stroke penalty to your score. *Local rules may apply

#8 – YOU FIND YOUR BALL IS UNPLAYABLE

If you find your ball in a unplayable situation…you have a few options, each of which comes with a 1-Stroke Penalty: Option 1. Go back to previous spot and hit again Option 2. Measure 2 club lengths from the unplayable ball no closer to the hole, drop a ball and play from there Option 3.  Or, from the spot of your unplayable ball, you can go back as far as you want on a straight line from the hole and drop your ball.

#9 – HITTING YOUR BALL WITH A PRACTICE SWING

If you hit or move your ball during a practice swing, it does not count as a stroke.  You must replace the ball and take a 1 stroke penalty.  Exceptions: There is no penalty when this occurs on the tee box or on the putting green

#10 – PLAYING THE WRONG BALL

Many players find a ball in an area they believe their ball to be and assume it’s theirs.  To easily identify your golf ball, you should mark it with a marker, pen, etc. Playing a wrong ball will cost you severely, if you’re playing strictly by the rules.


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