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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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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    06-30-2019 12:30 AM Go to last post
  4. 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
  5. 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
    • Replies: 1
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    06-07-2019 02:33 AM Go to last post
  6. 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
  7. 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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    04-19-2019 06:20 PM Go to last post
  8. Tiger's ball in water

    Started by AAA‎, 03-16-2019 05:32 AM
    • Replies: 7
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    03-19-2019 07:49 AM Go to last post
  9. 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
  10. 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 05:09 AM
    ball in fescue
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    02-22-2019 07:18 PM Go to last post
  11. Flagstick in or out

    Started by AAA‎, 01-05-2019 04:50 PM
    • Replies: 20
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    01-29-2019 10:03 PM Go to last post
  12. 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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    01-26-2019 12:04 AM Go to last post
  13. 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 01:02 PM
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    01-24-2019 10:29 PM Go to last post
  14. 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 02:02 PM
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    08-19-2018 03:59 AM Go to last post
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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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    03-19-2018 06:05 PM Go to last post
  21. No TV calls

    Started by AAA‎, 12-11-2017 01:18 PM
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    02-27-2018 01:38 PM Go to last post
  22. 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 11:31 AM
    • Replies: 1
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    12-11-2017 03:53 PM Go to last post
  23. 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 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 03:38 AM Go to last post
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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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    07-12-2017 04:00 AM Go to last post
  28. 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
    • Replies: 1
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    06-17-2017 06:11 PM Go to last post
  29. 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
    • Replies: 5
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    04-17-2017 05:58 PM Go to last post
  30. Sweeping rules change proposals 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 11:18 AM
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    04-17-2017 01:19 PM Go to last post
  31. Rule 18-2 Local Rule

    Started by AAA‎, 12-08-2016 12:43 PM
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    12-09-2016 08:57 AM Go to last post
  32. Rules Experience

    Has anyone tried this

    Started by AAA‎, 11-30-2016 05:59 PM
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    12-01-2016 03:31 AM Go to last post
  33. 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 03:35 PM Go to last post
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
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    05-02-2016 08:30 AM Go to last post
  43. 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
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    03-30-2016 08:48 AM Go to last post
  44. Jordan Speith 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 01:05 PM
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  45. Allowing play on competition course between rounds of club championship strokeplay

    While revising our conditions of competition for 2016 the question arose whether or not to permit play on the competition course between the 2 rounds of our senior club championship strokeplay. Why would we do that, well, it seems that some of the men still have the energy after 18 holes, to play...

    Started by FionaMc‎, 02-22-2016 08:24 AM
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    02-22-2016 08:24 AM Go to last post
  46. 2016 Rules & Decisions

    Started by AAA‎, 10-26-2015 02:42 PM
    • Replies: 15
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    12-03-2015 11:01 AM Go to last post
  47. Phil and the One Ball Blunder

    Started by Kilroy‎, 10-09-2015 09:02 AM
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    10-09-2015 09:02 AM Go to last post
  48. What to do about the tree?

    My ball ended up up against a tree. The tree is about two feet on the left side of a cart path and I am right handed. It is a big tree. This is not hazard. My best shot to advance the ball is to hit it left handed. This puts my feet on the cart path. What is my nearest point of relief? If I...

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-27-2015 11:29 PM
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    10-04-2015 03:03 AM Go to last post
  49. When is the ball considered in the hole?

    Played today in match play and my opponent jarred his second shot from 100 out. When we got up to the hole most of the ball was above the hole and stcuk against the flag. He lifted the flag by pushing it and the ball fell in. Is there a rule on this or how it played out was good to go?

    Started by dbleber‎, 09-17-2015 03:13 PM
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    09-18-2015 10:31 PM Go to last post
  50. Need a ruling - cart path relief

    A question for the rules minded folks... A photo to help so have a look. I hit my tee shot up against a tree. I'm a righty so I was totally stymied, there was no way for me to hit that shot. So I flip my club over to hit it lefty and my partner points out I'm standing on the road and now...

    Started by moneymaker‎, 09-08-2015 12:35 PM
    • Replies: 17
    • Views: 4,235
    09-12-2015 11:08 AM Go to last post

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