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  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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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  24. 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
  25. 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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  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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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  34. 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
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    06-28-2015 10:40 PM Go to last post
  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
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    06-10-2015 08:05 AM Go to last post
  41. Grips

    Is it against the rules to install a pistol putter grip on a club other than your putter? I don't think so but my father-in-law needs to know, he wants to istall a jumbo on his chipper. Thanks

    Started by leftylucas‎, 05-26-2015 11:37 AM
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    05-26-2015 04:54 PM Go to last post
  42. Golf Balls in the Fairway

    In my round this weekend my friend and I both hit drives and we thought the would be close to each other. Both balls ended up lined up along the length of the hole, essentially touching. Whats the ruling on playing the ball (s)? Does the rear golfer hit the ball as is and they both play the result?...

    Started by Bodey‎, 05-20-2015 09:57 PM
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    05-21-2015 01:24 PM Go to last post
  43. Boundary fence

    Thanks folks for answering my rules questions. It really helps. So a boundary fence has a cart path running right beside it. A player hits a tee shot that results in the ball resting between the fence and the cart path. The player's stance is on the cart path. Their swing is inhibited by the...

    Started by tigger12‎, 05-17-2015 07:54 PM
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    05-18-2015 11:47 PM Go to last post
  44. Narrow relief area

    Playing Stonebridge, hole 12. Tee shot lands just over the cart path. There is approx 6 ft of room between me and the hazard.( I am right handed) I can take my stance put my first tee in the ground. My second tee will be in the hazard. There is about one foot of drop area between the two tees...

    Started by tigger12‎, 05-11-2015 07:13 PM
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  45. Just venting

    I'm not the greatest golf,but love the game,happy when I break 90 Here's the thing,I am usually the highest scorer of my foursome,but one guy fluffs the ball every shot,yes every one,the other guys fluff a bad lie.i always play it as it lays as I see it as a important part of the game.they say...

    Started by al m‎, 04-30-2015 09:30 PM
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    05-04-2015 08:32 AM Go to last post
  46. Hitting Hydro wires twice !!!

    So playing Metcalfe today and hit hydro wires off the tee,so they tell me to re-load. What are the chances i hit the wires again i said. Bingo !!! I proceeded to go and hit the second ball where it was.Is this the right way or should i have reloaded a third time. Just lucky i guess.

    Started by Marcos‎, 09-27-2014 01:49 PM
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    04-18-2015 03:46 AM Go to last post
  47. rules on instagram

    My son has started a rules questioning on instagram with pictures. His user name is @golfrules4u , pretty cool idea.

    Started by tyorke1‎, 10-16-2014 08:44 AM
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    04-02-2015 04:34 PM Go to last post
  48. Relief from Bunker for a Different Hole

    Someone told me that they were watching an LPGA event on TV, when a golfer was allowed to remove her ball from a bunker, with free relief, on the basis that the bunker was part of a different hole than the one she was playing. Is this true, and if so, is there some rule or decision that can be...

    Started by Martin B‎, 02-27-2015 06:00 PM
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    03-06-2015 11:53 PM Go to last post
  49. Ball on stump

    I actually had this happen to me a few years ago. My ball came to a stop on top of a cut stump along the edge of a fairway. What would the ruling be? Play it where it lies or man made obstruction?

    Started by Rick‎, 05-22-2008 07:10 PM
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    02-27-2015 08:52 AM Go to last post
  50. Golf Etiquette? - teaching beginners

    What some of the top etiquette rules to cover (in your opinion) when introducing golf to a beginner?

    Started by Golfer23‎, 01-15-2015 11:35 AM
    beginner golf, golf etiquette, golf rules, junior golf, ladies golf
    • Replies: 7
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    02-25-2015 02:44 PM Go to last post

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