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  1. 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 07:24 AM
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  2. 2016 Rules & Decisions


    Started by AAA‎, 10-26-2015 02:42 PM
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  3. Phil and the One Ball Blunder


    Started by Kilroy‎, 10-09-2015 09:02 AM
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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
  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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 05:00 PM
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  27. 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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  28. 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 10:35 AM
    beginner golf, golf etiquette, golf rules, junior golf, ladies golf
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  29. taking your stance..ouch

    A painful question. I attempted to back into a tree to take my stance. It was a very large thorn bush! Needless to say I leapt out from that bush wth a howl. Much to the delight of my friends! So, I took a drop. My question is what is the ruling when a plant is injurious to your health?...

    Started by tigger12‎, 10-27-2014 05:35 PM
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  30. Removing sand from your putting line

    Is it allowable to place your palm on the putting surface and sweep back and forth to remove any debris or sand from your putting line ?

    Started by Wilster‎, 09-28-2014 06:54 PM
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  31. What rule is breached?


    Started by AAA‎, 09-26-2014 05:15 PM
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  32. Darkness and match play

    Players both agree before playing hole 16 that it is to dark to continue beyond that hole. At the completion of hole 16 player A says no, I want to continue to hole 17. Player B says no and leaves the course. What is the ruling? Do it make a difference if player B has cater acts and has...

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-21-2014 12:42 PM
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  33. Negotiating strokes in match play

    Player A has to give player B 14 strokes. Question 1 Player A says no strokes on par 3's Player B agrees. But according to the card one of the par 3's should have been a stroke hole. Is this legal or do players have to use the card's hole handicap ratings? Question 2 Play is suspended in the...

    Started by tigger12‎, 09-21-2014 12:55 PM
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  34. At the beginning of our Level 4 Rules Seminar in April, 2013, we were each asked

    . Name a few if you don't mind.

    Started by Chieflongtee‎, 08-23-2014 07:13 AM
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  35. Golf Channel's Relaxed rules of golf.

    These rules were introduced to make the game more fun and quicker; 1- Maximum Score is double par. 2- Penalties are all one storke 3- Limit ball search to 2 min and play from where ball was last seen with one stroke penalty. 4- Improve unfortunate lies. 5- Conceded putts allowed in stroke...

    Started by stevek‎, 08-21-2014 11:48 AM
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  36. Toronto Golf Nuts

    I know a number of posters here contribute to the above but has anyone else got a problem with the site? Thanks

    Started by AAA‎, 08-23-2014 07:22 AM
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  37. Ruling?

    Had a situation this weekend, nobody knew the correct ruling. Player hits his ball into a red hazard right of the green, finds a ball on a very steep slope, walking down trying to get to his ball to identify he slips a little causing the ball to move, what happens, he doesn't know that's his ball...

    Started by habsfan‎, 08-18-2014 12:34 PM
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  38. Pump drill and making a swing

    Been having issues with the driver (what else is new...) and was playing the other day using the pump drill as part of my actual swing. I.e. make a backswing, pump down and back up a couple times and then actually hit the ball say on the third "pump" down. Is this legal in actual play? Apart...

    Started by GarthM‎, 08-12-2014 01:07 PM
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    08-13-2014 11:40 AM Go to last post
  39. Cart path drop ruling and club selection.

    RULING Dogleg left hole Cart path on left side with small margin of light rough to the left of path. Wide enough to take a drop with stance. Player takes stance with ball position just off cart path. Now Wants to take their club length across the cart path. If they get to place it after two...

    Started by tigger12‎, 08-05-2014 11:33 AM
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    08-09-2014 07:20 PM Go to last post
  40. second hole cut on the green

    So, I had a slightly unusual situation happen to me at Canadian GC yesterday on their 9 hole East course. They have cut two holes on each green, one regular hole and one larger hole with a yellow flag to help youngsters and beginners (an excellent idea I believe btw). However, on the par 3 6th...

    Started by goochy‎, 08-05-2014 01:58 PM
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    08-08-2014 06:14 PM Go to last post
  41. Question Amateur/Mid-Amateur

    Hi everyone a was asked a question but could could not find an answer. Does anyone know why one set of clubs(Callaway prototypes) would be legal in one competition(Canadian Amateur) but not legal in another (Canadian Mid-Amateur) when they are both put on the RCGA. Unless it's because of groove...

    Started by tyorke2‎, 08-03-2014 08:24 PM
    canadian amateur, canadian mid-amateur
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    08-04-2014 05:43 AM Go to last post
  42. Situation Today

    Player A hits his tee ball into a red staked area but finds it and is able to make a stroke at his ball. Stroke is made and the ball is left in the hazard but is now unplayable. What are the next options?

    Started by John‎, 07-25-2014 01:53 PM
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  43. Cool Placing flagstick

    Is there a penaly if a player removes the flag stick and puts it on the putting green before taking his/her putting stroke. Can it be argued that he is testing the slope of the green or aiding in alignment. Where exactly on the green must the flag stick be placed other than being attended to by...

    Started by James Chigs‎, 03-28-2014 12:35 PM
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    07-16-2014 07:27 PM Go to last post
  44. Unplayable

    Hey Guys, I am wondering what are the conditions that would make a ball unplayable? I was in a situation where I would have liked to take a penalty stroke and take my next shot from two club length away but no nearer to the hole. Thanks.

    Started by DarthFader‎, 07-14-2014 03:59 PM
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  45. Congrats to tyorke0 on passing level three

    Tyorke0 passed level three with 89% , he happens to be my son and he happens to be 13 , great accomplishment , proud dad

    Started by tyorke1‎, 06-19-2014 12:46 PM
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  46. Match play tee box hdcp differences

    Played in a match against a woman. I played whites she played reds. Her handicap 26 mine 8. Because of ratings on course she subtracted 4 stokes off her handicap. Same foursome the second match of two men. One playing from the whites on playing from the reds. Again 4 strokes subtracted from the...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-03-2014 11:38 AM
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  47. Immovable Obstruction relief question

    To all you rules officianados, how would you setup a local rule for the following situation? For those who know it, Hautes Plaines #18, dogleg right, OB left (houses). Origininally there was a small lateral hazard running down the left side (maybe 3 feet wide) between the rough and the OB...

    Started by GarthM‎, 06-05-2014 08:39 AM
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    06-11-2014 11:16 AM Go to last post
  48. Happy Gilmore ruling, moving ball?

    Something funny for sunday :) My son has learned to make Happy Gilmore shot to get the ball little bit longer. Now in second shot ball lies on top of tight rough and he decides to use Happy shot with driver. Here is video of that shot (video made 1.3. 2014 in Finland, NO SNOW!)...

    Started by Rauski‎, 03-16-2014 02:03 PM
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    06-01-2014 01:25 PM Go to last post
  49. Great Piece on DMD's

    For those who are familiar with Dean Ryan, you know his pedigree as a top-notch Rules Official, former Golf Canada Rules Chair and Joint Rules Committee member. He also has officiated in a large number of PGA Tour events and majors. Here's his take on the current state of distance measuring devices...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 05-04-2014 09:14 PM
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    05-05-2014 07:16 PM Go to last post
  50. declaring a practice round HC question

    I'd posted this in the spring opening thread where a discussion broke out regarding the merit of entering rounds into the HC system played in very poor conditions, or specifically, in poor conditions early in the season... "My cap is at an all time high since I started recording it. Ironically...

    Started by Wknd_Warrior‎, 04-10-2014 03:51 PM
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    04-13-2014 11:13 AM Go to last post

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