Rule 1 -- The Game
The holes of the course must be played in order (l through 9, 10
through 18 or 1 through 18).
You must always play by the Rules. You are not allowed to change
Rule 2 -- Match Play
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
You have won the match when, for example, you are three up and
there are only two holes left to play.
Anyone you are playing against is your "opponent."
Rule 3 -- Stroke Play
In stroke play, the competitor with the lowest total score for
the round (9 or 18 holes) is the winner.
You must play the ball into the hole before starting the next
hole. No "gimmies!"
Anyone you are playing with is a fellow-competitor.
Rules 4 & 5 -- Clubs and the Ball
You may carry no more than fourteen clubs.
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
Read the notices given to you by the tournament officials.
Always use your proper handicap.
Know your tee time or starting time.
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.
In stroke play, make sure your score for each hole is right
before you turn in your card.
Keep playing unless there is lightning, you are ill or an
official tells you to stop.
Rule 7 -- Practice
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
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.
You may not give advice to your opponent or a fellow-competitor.
Rule 9 -- Advising Opponent on Strokes Taken
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
The player who has the lowest score on a hole has the right to
play first on the next hole . This is called the
During play of a hole, the player who's ball is farthest from
the hole plays first.
If you play out of turn, in match play your opponent may make
you replay, but this is not so in stroke play.
Rule 11 -- Teeing Ground
Tee your ball between the tee-markers or a little behind them.
You may go behind them as two club lengths.
If you ball accidentally falls off the tee, you may replace it