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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Lost ball 2

    aying in a 4some, one member hits a dead straight, down the middle drive on a straight away par 4. The rest of our group see the ball land at the 150 marker and disappear. When we arrive at the 150, the ground is saturated and the ball is no where to be seen. Clearly it embedded in the mud as we...

    Started by tmonk1‎, 04-29-2018 02:04 AM
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    04-30-2018 06:32 PM Go to last post
  4. 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
    • Replies: 4
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    04-23-2018 04:12 PM Go to last post
  5. 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
    • Replies: 15
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    03-27-2018 03:15 PM Go to last post
  6. 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
  7. No TV calls

    http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/articles/2017/12/local-rule--new-video-review-protocols-introduced-for-2018.html

    Started by AAA‎, 12-11-2017 01:18 PM
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    02-27-2018 01:38 PM Go to last post
  8. 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
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    12-11-2017 03:53 PM Go to last post
  9. 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 03:38 AM Go to last post
  10. 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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    11-28-2017 02:23 PM Go to last post
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 11:18 AM
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    04-17-2017 01:19 PM Go to last post
  18. Rule 18-2 Local Rule

    http://www.randa.org/News/2016/12/New-Local-Rule-for-Golf

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

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

    Started by AAA‎, 11-30-2016 05:59 PM
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    12-01-2016 03:31 AM Go to last post
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
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    09-14-2016 03:06 PM Go to last post
  24. Darn Critters

    On the third hole at Le Geant at Mont Tremblant yesterday, one of the deer standing around the hole came over and started to lick my ball, which caused it to move off the back fringe and onto the green. I replaced the ball, which I believe falls under rule 18-1, an outside agency, before I...

    Started by nhatvoone‎, 08-30-2016 02:40 AM
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    09-04-2016 10:33 PM Go to last post
  25. 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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    07-14-2016 05:35 PM Go to last post
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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 01:05 PM
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    03-18-2016 01:31 PM Go to last post
  33. 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
  34. 2016 Rules & Decisions

    http://www.randa.org/en/RandA/News/News/2015/October/The-RandA-and-USGA-release-2016-edition-of-Rules-of-Golf.aspx

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

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2015/10/09/presidents-cup-phil-mickelson-south-korea-usa-jason-day/73636020/

    Started by Kilroy‎, 10-09-2015 09:02 AM
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  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
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    09-12-2015 11:08 AM Go to last post
  39. Stonebridge #18 - from bunker, over green, over water onto land

    hi, So friend and I are wondering on what he should have done. #18 Stonebridge. In the greenside bunker in front of green (side farthest from water/clubhouse). Hits ball out of bunker, over green, over the water and lands on the grass on the otherside (to the left). We don't recall if that...

    Started by Grabster‎, 09-01-2015 01:44 PM
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    09-01-2015 08:36 PM Go to last post
  40. Changes to Handicapping System for Next Year

    Saw this in the Ottawa Citizen: http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2011/10/26/handicap-change-approved/ I think this is the same as the USGA system. If your goal is to decrease your handicap next year, this change will make that more difficult.

    Started by justsomeguy‎, 10-27-2011 08:16 AM
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  41. Wild Parsley

    Wild parsley is spreading. Even if a groundskeeper dresses in a hazmat suit and cuts it down, the broken stems are dangerous. There are two areas of it currently on my course. One is OB, so the ball is simlpy a write-off. The other is internal. It's in an area that normally has thick brush...

    Started by Martin B‎, 07-18-2015 04:22 PM
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    07-22-2015 09:37 PM Go to last post
  42. Rule 33-1/6

    I see that Rule 33-1/6 states that you cannot play a match and a stroke play competition at the same time. My question is does a stableford scoring system meet the criteria to be the stroke play competition? Or said another way can you play a match and turn in a stableford score from the...

    Started by Kbulm‎, 07-03-2015 03:06 PM
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    07-10-2015 07:02 PM Go to last post
  43. Match play handicap confusion

    Example White tees 70.0/118 Red tees 65.0/ 106 Two men with 7 hdcps are playing a match. One has only ever played from the reds and the other only ever played from the whites. My understanding for their match the calculation is: 70.0-65.0=5 So the player from the red must give the player from...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-11-2015 11:08 AM
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    06-29-2015 04:49 PM Go to last post
  44. Grounding Club in Hazard

    I find it much easier, and enjoyable, to follow rules if I can understand the rationale for the rule. One that I don't understand is the prohibition of grounding your club in a hazard. It wasn't always that way. The 1829 rules of the Society of Saint Andrews Golfers simply said "no obstruction...

    Started by Martin B‎, 06-28-2015 05:55 PM
    • Replies: 2
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    06-28-2015 10:40 PM Go to last post
  45. Poll Poll: White stakes

    Dear Golf Canada, Eliminate white stakes and make them all red stakes. Thanks, The majority of golfers

    Started by nokids‎, 07-14-2012 10:46 AM
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  46. Hydro Tower- Immovable obtruction

    Question for you rule gurus. So we all know the local rules regarding hitting a wire or tower and that is to replay the ball and there is no choice in doing so. We also know that if the tower interferes with the players stance or swing, that they get relief. My question relates to...

    Started by zee51‎, 06-23-2015 12:00 AM
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    06-23-2015 02:27 AM Go to last post
  47. Putter practice stroke

    A player is setting up to putt. Question one. They take a practice stroke. There was no intention of hitting the ball. The practice stroke grazes the golf ball. The ball occilates but does not move. What is the ruling? Question two. What happens if the ball moves slightly during the practice...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-21-2015 08:37 PM
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    06-22-2015 08:31 AM Go to last post
  48. relief of casual water in rough beside fairway?

    On Friday playing a fun match with buddies, when my ball landed in casual water in the rough about 180 yards to the green. A tree was about 20 yards ahead of it and to my left. I took my stance outside the casual water's edge to the right and drop the ball one club away. My buddies disagreed...

    Started by renovp‎, 06-21-2015 09:06 AM
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    06-21-2015 05:33 PM Go to last post
  49. Another Match Play question

    two players play 'Stroke Play' from the white tees and have handicaps of 16 & 20. then for a match play game can the 20 handicapper move up and play the forward tees to gain an advantage ? thnx

    Started by bobbyc‎, 06-20-2015 06:33 PM
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    06-20-2015 08:03 PM Go to last post
  50. Hitting Ball in Hazard and Not Getting Out

    So here is the scenario. You hit your ball on a par 3 and it hits the bank and rolls down into a red-staked hazard. Crossed the margin. Instead of taking a drop, you decide you can play the ball. Take your swing and hit the ball but don't advance it much and it is now in a much worse position. Now...

    Started by mgedit‎, 06-05-2015 08:55 AM
    • Replies: 6
    • Views: 1,665
    06-10-2015 08:05 AM Go to last post

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