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  1. Read all about 2023 here


    Started by AAA‎, 11-07-2022 12:46 PM
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  2. Ruling on tee box mi****

    I know there are a few officials here on the forum and this question is for you Taking a practice swing on the tee box and accidentally hit my ball off the tee. No penalty as i had no intention of hitting it. So do i re-tee it up or play it where the ball landed on the ground? I was told...

    Started by Marcos‎, 10-13-2022 06:17 AM
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    10-17-2022 07:12 AM Go to last post
  3. Does anyone still read/use this forum?


    Started by AAA‎, 09-23-2021 03:27 AM
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    10-15-2022 03:38 AM Go to last post
  4. Pairs match play ruling question

    Match play. Players A & B against Players C & D. On the green Player A is away with a birdie putt. His teammate Player B has a shorter par putt and Player A wants him to go first. However, Player B will have to stand in the line of Player C of the other team. Player C says you cant stand in my...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-06-2022 04:02 PM
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    06-06-2022 07:51 PM Go to last post
  5. New handicap system?

    Can anyone shed some light on the 'new' hadcp system? Just read that they are going back to the 'old' system we had a few years back. Max of double boggie on all. When does it come in effect? Thanks

    Started by Marcos‎, 04-06-2019 10:19 AM
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    04-16-2022 07:46 PM Go to last post
  6. Red face Does anyone know well about PINEVIEW course ?

    Hi golfers. I had question about local rule on Pineview G.C On 17th hole at Championchip course. Rightside had spot that I was not sure about I played yesterday at the course and none of the stakes were there. So may be other members here would remember if this spot that I am about to...

    Started by yjustin‎, 06-14-2021 03:53 PM
    • Replies: 7
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    06-29-2021 01:00 PM Go to last post
  7. Players Championship camera in bunker ruling

    If anyone saw this, its an advantage to the player when he asked the official to drop his ball so not to hit the inbeded camera in the sand trap. His lie was like a 'fried' egg and now he gets a free drop 1 club length behind the ball and his ball has a good lie!!! I dont get this? Should he not...

    Started by Marcos‎, 03-12-2020 05:12 PM
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    03-22-2020 04:52 AM Go to last post
  8. Need Ruling on a Bizarre Situation

    My buddy and I had a small money match going on today. We came to the 18th hole at the Marshes and he was 2 strokes up. He hits his second shot from a fairway bunker and the ball ends up in the left hand brush near the cartpath about 100 yrds from the green. The left hand side is staked with...

    Started by KOKO72‎, 08-01-2019 10:12 PM
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    08-17-2019 01:57 AM Go to last post
  9. Ball crosses yellow stakes and lands OB

    This happened to me this week. Hit a shot where i saw my ball go into the yellow stakes area (water) but there is a O.B. next to it where my ball ended up. Is this considered a lost ball or is it ball a ball in the hazard? Thanks

    Started by Marcos‎, 07-25-2019 12:27 PM
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    07-25-2019 02:45 PM Go to last post
  10. rule E-5 lost ball or ball ob

    Anyone seen the local rule e-5 posted anywhere they have played. Do you just go ahead and play by that rule anyway. Seem that the local rule should have been made the standard and the old rule should have been the local rule. Yet to see the new local rule posted anywhere.

    Started by nolrac2‎, 06-24-2019 11:55 AM
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    06-25-2019 02:29 AM Go to last post
  11. Free drop of rock?

    Hole #14, sign says: Free drop off rocks. Member drives ball in the woods on the left, in red stake area and ball come to rest on a rock. Does he have free drop? Sign didn't say drop was limited to fairways...etc. Personally I'd say no...

    Started by jackbeau‎, 06-03-2019 07:55 AM
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    06-07-2019 04:11 PM Go to last post
  12. out of bound?

    Player A hit ball way left, outside the golf course property. Way left is a lake with red stake around it. Left of the lake is land and property fence. Ball flew over the read stake area, over the fence... Is ball out of bound or can player A drops by the red stake?

    Started by jackbeau‎, 06-06-2019 07:15 PM
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    06-07-2019 02:33 AM Go to last post
  13. Rakes

    Not sure if there is a rule or is it etiquette. Where is the correct place to leave a rake, in or out of the bunker? I always thought in but saw during the women's US Open yesterday they are out, and by 2-3 feet.

    Started by Sab‎, 07-11-2016 08:20 AM
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    05-17-2019 06:10 AM Go to last post
  14. Tiger's ball in water


    Started by AAA‎, 03-16-2019 05:32 AM
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    03-19-2019 07:49 AM Go to last post
  15. Webb Simpson penalty

    Another case of penalty woes. Just saw the interview on the GC. Dont know why he is complaining, seems pretty clear to me. What do guys think?

    Started by Marcos‎, 03-18-2019 08:44 AM
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    03-18-2019 10:58 AM Go to last post
  16. Question [QA] Ball in Fescue.

    My ball comes to rest somewhere in long fescue grass. I see a ball but am not able to identify it. I gently spread the grass apart and see that the ball is mine. Must I now put the grass back into it's orignial position so as not to improve my lie? Thanks !

    Started by noahbaby2202‎, 02-22-2019 04:09 AM
    ball in fescue
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    02-22-2019 06:18 PM Go to last post
  17. Flagstick in or out


    Started by AAA‎, 01-05-2019 03:50 PM
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    01-29-2019 09:03 PM Go to last post
  18. 2019 rules changes

    No one is talking about the rules changes coming in 2019? Interesting stuff for us amateurs.

    Started by Marcos‎, 03-26-2018 07:25 AM
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    01-25-2019 11:04 PM Go to last post
  19. Synopsis of rule changes

    I received this from my father in law so don't freak out if they are not 100% accurate, I just found these to be very interesting: Rule 18 Now 3 minutes to search not 5 Rule 7 Ball Moved while searching - replace - no penalty Rule 16 Replace embedded ball anywhere - free drop Club length...

    Started by leftylucas‎, 12-10-2018 12:02 PM
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    01-24-2019 09:29 PM Go to last post
  20. Rule change proposition

    As a rule change proposition, I suggest if: 13-4/8 When Club Touches Ground in Grass in Water Hazard Q.If a player's ball lies in a water hazard, when is his club in tall grass considered to be touching the ground in the water hazard, in breach of Rule 13-4b? A.When the grass is compressed...

    Started by THUNDAH‎, 11-14-2017 01:02 PM
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    08-19-2018 03:59 AM Go to last post
  21. Provisional ball under the new rules

    OK so We had a player hit today into an area he thought the ball would likely be lost. He played a provisional as we usually yo. A discussion started about what do we do next year. Player hit a ball to a questionable area. Player Hit a provisional Provisional would be lying 3 if needed Can't...

    Started by Kilroy‎, 07-19-2018 04:04 PM
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    07-30-2018 04:04 PM Go to last post
  22. Hazard markings

    Does a hazard marked on one hole, need to also be marked on the adjacent hole? Playing Greensmere Legacy this weekend I hit my tee shot on 14 into the left bush. I re-teed. I get to the next hole, the par 3 and the same wet, swampy bush area is marked red. Does a hazard need to be marked...

    Started by orangeTANG‎, 05-15-2018 09:49 PM
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    05-16-2018 07:59 AM Go to last post
  23. Match play mess

    Four players all playing individual matches against the other 3 golfers. Player A hits Player B's ball. Player B hits player A's ball. Player C puts 2 balls in the water and scores a 10. Player A and B say they can go back once they realize their error take their penalty and still have a chance...

    Started by tigger12‎, 05-14-2018 12:59 PM
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    05-15-2018 12:23 PM Go to last post
  24. Lost ball 2

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    Started by tmonk1‎, 04-29-2018 02:04 AM
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    04-30-2018 06:32 PM Go to last post
  25. Hitting ball out of flower or cactus bed

    What is the ruling when hitting a ball that is close to flowers, cactus or branches etc... Is there a penalty if you break any leafs or flowers or cactus? Asking as i was watching a player close to cactus bush, and when he hit it, he broke a piece of the cactus. Is there a penalty here? Thanks.

    Started by Marcos‎, 04-22-2018 02:30 PM
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    04-23-2018 04:12 PM Go to last post
  26. Tiger's ball hits Cauley's ball in the fairway

    So, when that happened on Sunday, I know the rules state you can replace the ball, but seriously, how does anyone know where the ball was originally sitting before it was hit? I can't imagine that happening in a regular round and then trying to figure out where the ball. I can barely see my...

    Started by em69‎, 03-19-2018 06:05 PM
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  27. No TV calls


    Started by AAA‎, 12-11-2017 12:18 PM
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    02-27-2018 12:38 PM Go to last post
  28. Breaking News: USGA & R&A Eliminate 4 Stroke Penalty and Viewer Call-ins.

    The USGA and the R&A have introduced a new local rule and new video protocols for 2018. A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf. The group, consisting of the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA...

    Started by tonyj5‎, 12-11-2017 10:31 AM
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    12-11-2017 02:53 PM Go to last post
  29. handicap gao beginner

    Hello. New to handicap and have not registered with gao yet. I play when I can at public courses and have no membership at any club. I read the rules on gao.ca. I consider most of my rounds when I can play practice. Because I am generally teamed up with people I do not know, they may or may...

    Started by mrjb‎, 11-02-2017 12:56 PM
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    12-10-2017 02:38 AM Go to last post
  30. Handicap and Match Play Question

    Al and Bob played a match, with Al giving Bob five strokes. The match was all square after 18 holes. The competition rules called for the match to continue in sudden death, starting on hole #1. On the tee, Bob pointed out that that hole was handicap #5, so he gets a stroke. Al disagreed,...

    Started by Martin B‎, 08-31-2017 04:18 PM
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    08-31-2017 05:14 PM Go to last post
  31. Question Match play handicapping - different tees

    Can someone explain why the difference in course rating is applied to players playing from different tees after the allocation of strokes is done? Is the difference in difficulty not already taken into account when the course handicap is calculated based on the tee to be played? Colour me...

    Started by GarthM‎, 05-23-2017 09:04 AM
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    08-28-2017 05:46 PM Go to last post
  32. Caddie in club match play

    Not sure where to put this post. A question to clubs running their match play championships. Are contestants allowed caddies? I wonder this because of of this scenario. A low handicapper is playing a high handicapper. Full handicaps in play. There is cash on the line for the winner. A high...

    Started by tigger12‎, 08-21-2017 10:16 PM
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    08-22-2017 04:24 PM Go to last post
  33. Nice to be back

    Or more appropriately, nice to have you back

    Started by AAA‎, 07-12-2017 04:00 AM
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  34. Old grip

    This discussion occurred on the course. Someone has a driver grip that is so worn that the shaft shows in spots. It looks like one of those grip training grips. It has contours now that his hands fit in. Does this constitute a damaged club or one that is modified/altered thru wear from it's...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-06-2017 04:40 PM
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    06-17-2017 06:11 PM Go to last post
  35. Post-tournament penalties

    What happens if on Monday morning, someone looks at a Sunday photo of that week's PGA tournament winner and notices 15 clubs in the bag (or some similar, obvious, unquestionable rules violation)? Just to make it messier, assume two or more players were tied for second, one stroke behind the winner....

    Started by sliceleft‎, 04-17-2017 01:29 PM
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    04-17-2017 05:58 PM Go to last post
  36. Sweeping rules change proposals

    http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golf-central-blog/test-item-graphics/?cid=Email_WednesdayNL_20170301 I could see adoption of many/all of these could really speed up the game. New rule: Committees are given the discretion to mark all penalty areas as red so that lateral relief is always...

    Started by stevek‎, 03-01-2017 10:18 AM
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    04-17-2017 01:19 PM Go to last post
  37. Rule 18-2 Local Rule


    Started by AAA‎, 12-08-2016 11:43 AM
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  38. Rules Experience

    Has anyone tried this http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-of-golf-experience/#/

    Started by AAA‎, 11-30-2016 04:59 PM
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    12-01-2016 02:31 AM Go to last post
  39. Drop or rehit

    Playing Equinelle hole number 8. Pin in back. Player is in the sand short to the right of the green. Air mails the green with bunker shot and it lands in the water over the back of the green on the fly. (Tough shot) The player took a drop just inside the red stake. I am under the understanding...

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-14-2016 02:22 PM
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    11-12-2016 02:35 PM Go to last post
  40. amateur golfer

    hi there guys i know this probably never happens but i was curious as to what a amateur golfer can and cannot accpet ($$$) money wise. Of course they cannot accept any winnings , but for example , if Tiger woods became a amateur golfer and say the tournament organisers would want to give him a...

    Started by acadian‎, 09-19-2016 04:07 PM
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    09-20-2016 09:11 PM Go to last post
  41. Club change after getting relief

    Is it legal to change clubs when you are taking relief from a cart path? A rules official once told me I could use my driver to take my stance then once relief was given switch clubs. I thought you had to take your stance with the club you were going to use?

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-14-2016 02:29 PM
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    09-14-2016 03:13 PM Go to last post
  42. Repairing cleat marks

    In match play. 4 players individual matches. Player A sees spike marks in his line. Comments on them but does not fix them. He putts then fixes the cleat marks before all the other competitors have putted out. Is that OK Very small detail but sometimes you have lots of time on greens. ( I did...

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-14-2016 02:35 PM
    • Replies: 1
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    09-14-2016 03:06 PM Go to last post
  43. Darn Critters

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    Started by nhatvoone‎, 08-30-2016 02:40 AM
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    09-04-2016 10:33 PM Go to last post
  44. Lost or not lost ball

    In a match play event. Player A hits his ball into the woods. It is red staked. He looks briefly for it but can't find it. So he drops a ball and is about to play. Then he realizes his tee shot had kicked out onto the fairway! He has not hit the dropped ball. He asks if he can hit his original...

    Started by tigger12‎, 07-11-2016 06:07 PM
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    07-12-2016 10:24 AM Go to last post
  45. The nearst relief points in water hazard.

    Rule 24-2 b(i) says "The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. " The situation is that a right handed player has a ball lies on the cart path. The nearest relief point is in a water hazard but the second relief point is on the other side of the cart path where is...

    Started by jeff‎, 07-10-2016 02:48 PM
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    07-11-2016 12:23 PM Go to last post
  46. unplayable lie

    Second shot a 3 wood to a completely unplayable lie (looked great in the air)..would need to take 4 strokes 8 club lengths to find a playable spot..crowded course can't walk back 220 yards.....how do we deal with this since the option of going back is really not feasible although clearly the best...

    Started by nolrac2‎, 06-20-2016 04:53 PM
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    06-22-2016 04:53 PM Go to last post
  47. Putting problem in team play

    Team A's putts are both away against Team B on a par 5 and are both putting for birdie. Team A player 1 putts and leaves it 5 ft short. (Dang!) Team A player 2 would like Team A player 1 to putt out to see if he can sink the par putt. Here is the problem: for Team A player 1 to take his stance...

    Started by tigger12‎, 05-24-2016 08:17 PM
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    05-25-2016 08:47 AM Go to last post
  48. New Rule on Playing alone & HC

    I'm wondering if the new rule about solo play rounds not being eligible for HC purposes will affect many golfers. Before I got injured two years ago I played at least twice a week alone.

    Started by stevek‎, 04-13-2016 07:23 AM
    • Replies: 28
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    05-02-2016 08:30 AM Go to last post
  49. Puerto Rico open

    Can anyone tell me if Finau who won in Puerto Rico did the right thing in the final round when he hit his ball into the hazard, and took a penalty drop. I saw him drop his ball once, then he dropped it again and then he picked it up and repositioned it in the waste bunker. It just seemed odd to me....

    Started by Marcos‎, 03-29-2016 12:06 PM
    • Replies: 9
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    03-30-2016 08:48 AM Go to last post
  50. Jordan Speith

    http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/14910200/raising-question-jordan-spieth-spit-higher-power-wgc-cadillac-championship-trump-national-doral Curious as to what the issue would be. Also curious as to the better players opinion of how and if it would help.

    Started by Bodey‎, 03-08-2016 12:05 PM
    • Replies: 1
    • Views: 12,372
    03-18-2016 01:31 PM Go to last post

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