The 10 Golden Rules
1. Play the ball as it lies
2. Don’t move, bend or break anything growing or fixed except in fairly taking your stance or swing. Don’t press anything down.
3. You may lift natural objects not fixed or growing except in a water hazard or bunker, no penalty.
4. Movable man-made objects may be moved. For immovable man-made objects you may take relief by dropping away from them within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole, except in a water hazard or if the object defines out of bounds. In a bunker you must drop in the bunker. No penalty.
5. You may take relief from casual water, GUR and burrowing animal holes anywhere except in a water hazard. On the green place at the nearest point of relief, otherwise drop within one club length of the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole. In a bunker you must drop in a bunker. No penalty.
6. In a water hazard or bunker don’t touch the water or ground with your hand or club before the stroke.
7. If you hit your ball into a water hazard and cannot find or play it either drop behind the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin or at the place where you played the shot. On the tee you may tee the ball, one penalty stroke. If you hit into a lateral water hazard, you may also drop within two club lengths of the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin or within two club lengths equidistant from the hole on the opposite margin, one penalty stroke.
8. When you hit your ball out of bounds or cannot find it after 5 minutes add a penalty stroke, go back and drop a ball at the place where you played the shot. If you think you have hit your ball out of bounds or lost outside a water hazard play a provisional ball before searching for the first one.
9. When you have an unplayable lie you may drop a ball at the place where you played the previous shot adding a penalty stroke. Alternatively drop within 2 club lengths no nearer the hole or any distance behind the unplayable spot keeping it between you and the hole. If the ball is in a bunker you must drop in a bunker under either of the alternative options.
10. You may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the putting green that are on the line of your putt but not spike marks.
This simplified summary of the Rules of Golf covers the majority of rules situations encountered in the course of an 18 hole round. Please spread the word in particular to our Junior members and Beginners.