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  1. Practice swing

    If your ball is sitting on the monkey part are you allowed to take a practice swing?

    Started by Chieflongtee‎, 03-17-2014 02:18 PM
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    03-19-2014 04:38 PM Go to last post
  2. New Rules for Seniors

    Girlfriend out of all people sent me this: RCGA Changes in Golf Rules for Senior Golfers Aged 55+ > > <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> Rule 1.a.5 <o:p></o:p> > A ball sliced or hooked into the Rough shall be lifted and...

    Started by habsfan‎, 03-14-2014 10:28 AM
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    03-15-2014 03:12 PM Go to last post
  3. Long Putter

    Started by GoingLow‎, 03-05-2014 08:34 PM
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  4. Ball under the heavy branch

    A little bit hard situation? Anyone know whats ruling? Happened in real life. Right handed player hits the ball under heavy, thick and low situated branch. Only way he can hit the ball is left handed. Now his shot is not so lucky and it goes out of bounds. Okay, back to the last place and drop the...

    Started by Rauski‎, 02-19-2014 03:41 AM
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    02-26-2014 01:50 PM Go to last post
  5. Ball hit player what is the ruling?

    Playing today and this occurred. Player A and Player B we both approx 15 Yds off the green. Player A chips and puts it 6 ft left of pin and approx pin high. He walks up and begins to mark his ball. Player B not paying much attention is not aware Player A is going to mark his ball. Player B chips...

    Started by tigger12‎, 02-23-2014 11:25 PM
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    02-25-2014 06:51 AM Go to last post
  6. Stadler - Round 4 - #11

    Just wondering if anyone else saw his ball move when he was clearing away debris around the ball after taking his drop yesterday? I had to rewind a couple times, but I'm pretty sure the ball moved, though it may have only oscillated and returned to its original position. If it moved but did not...

    Started by hoolio‎, 02-03-2014 08:45 AM
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    02-16-2014 09:23 AM Go to last post
  7. Rules Level 3

    If there is anyone out there that has gone on line and done their Golf Canada Level 2 rules just to let you know that the GAO will be putting on a Level 3 course in Ottawa at the Canadian Golf Course from April 3rd to 6th. There will be three days of learning with some outdoor practical work...

    Started by gbower‎, 01-30-2014 04:50 PM
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  8. New Decisions

    Started by AAA‎, 11-19-2013 03:23 AM
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    01-29-2014 09:18 AM Go to last post
  9. Pop Quiz

    Dave and Joe are opponents. On the 5th hole they are preparing to play 2nd shots to the par-4 green. Dave is away by a couple of yards, and plays first. The ball bounces twice and disappears in to the hole for an eagle 2. Dave turns to Joe, holding his club out sole first and shouts, "7-iron...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 12-10-2013 01:43 PM
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    01-20-2014 04:27 PM Go to last post
  10. 2nd Pop Quiz

    Saw this on another site - during a four ball event , player A borrowed a club from his partner, player B, and made a hole in one with the borrowed club. Player A had 13 clubs in his bag, player B had 12. Is player A penalized? Did player A score a hole in one? (It was not indicated whether this...

    Started by adanac‎, 12-13-2013 12:16 AM
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    01-16-2014 08:05 PM Go to last post
  11. DMD Question

    Putting this one out there for debate. I don't know the answer, or even if one exists. A player arrives at the first tee to begin his round. The first hole is particularly difficult. Not very long, but the tee shot has to be very precise. The teeing ground is elevated, and the landing area is...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 01-12-2014 10:53 AM
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  12. Venturi/Palmer Rules Incident

    Arnold Palmer wrote a piece for Golf Channel that included the following description of a rules incident that happened involving Ken Venturi and himself in the 1958 Masters. It was also referred to on Sirius radio this morning. Ken and I will likely forever be linked by a rules decision invoked...

    Started by BC MIST‎, 12-30-2013 01:21 PM
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    01-07-2014 02:40 AM Go to last post
  13. Question Ball lost in fairway

    I thought this was addressed a while ago, but a search did not come up with that post... Situation: ball hit, lands in fairway/first cut, but cannot be found. Ground may be very wet, therefore plugged; casual water, therefore submerged; or heavily covered by leaves. Ball DID land/stay in area...

    Started by Kiwi‎, 10-06-2013 03:01 PM
    lost ball in fairway
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    10-10-2013 10:43 AM Go to last post
  14. Free drop part 2

    My buddy who I have discussed the free drop (see last post) chunks a shot towards the water. He lands in an area that is yellow staked. He laughs and say free drop because the stake is in his way. ( he is joking) I pulled the hazard stake that was in his way. My question is was I right to pull...

    Started by tigger12‎, 10-05-2013 09:14 PM
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    10-06-2013 09:49 AM Go to last post
  15. Free drop or play it as is?

    Beside a 100 yd stake. ( a 4 by 4) I removed the stake but the grass around it was 6 inches long. My ball was in light rough but my backswing had to be much stepper because of the long grass. I played it where it was but had to alter my swing. A friend wondered why I hadn't left the red stake in...

    Started by tigger12‎, 10-04-2013 06:10 PM
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    10-05-2013 08:28 PM Go to last post
  16. Cool Hey tyorke2, great question!! See question #3. Who says the governing bodies don't listen? ;)

    Started by LobWedge‎, 09-18-2013 06:39 PM
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    10-02-2013 07:47 PM Go to last post
  17. Match Play - More than one match being played

    We play match play. Because of time restrictions we often have 3 matches within one foursome. A situation arose where a player played the wrong ball in the fairway. His opponent whose ball was played, noted the error and advised the player before another stroke was made. The player's original ball...

    Started by gowa‎, 09-01-2013 11:21 PM
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    09-11-2013 02:33 PM Go to last post
  18. How to use handicaps on a course with separate nines?

    On a course like Pakenham where there are 3 distinct nines, and each nine is rated separately, how does one use a handicap? I'm trying to google it but obviously am using the wrong terms. :P Is there a system? I assume if I have an 8 handicap, I could give myself 4 strokes on each set of nines...

    Started by Gangrel‎, 08-20-2013 12:36 PM
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  19. How many strokes?

    Girlfriend's ball is on a slope close to the green. She tries to chip it but the ball rolls forward once and rolls back hitting her club! How many strokes is that? One for the stroke, one for double tapping it, is that it?

    Started by nokids‎, 08-15-2013 08:35 PM
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    08-17-2013 10:55 AM Go to last post
  20. Failure to complete hole

    Playing with a hot head when in a medal play round he doesnt finish the hole Ii know that per to 3-2 If a competitor fails to hole out at any hole and does not correct his mistake before he makes a stroke on the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the round, before he leaves...

    Started by Kbulm‎, 08-15-2013 03:45 PM
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  21. Artificial object attached to a living one

    This came to mind while watching the video piece about Oak Hill's "Hill of Fame". Many of the oak trees on the hillside along the 13th hole have commemorative brass plaques attached to them. If a player were to hit his ball in close proximity to one of those trees, and his swing path was...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 08-08-2013 01:54 PM
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    08-08-2013 02:39 PM Go to last post
  22. To settle an argument

    In a match play, if a player using a motorized golf cart goes ahead of his golf ball to see the layout of the green, my question is : Is it legal or does he lose the hole?

    Started by scrollerpete‎, 08-08-2013 10:08 AM
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    08-08-2013 11:41 AM Go to last post
  23. pracitce putting in between holes

    hi i know that under the USGA you are allowed to practice your putting between holes (in either match or stroke play) as long as you are not holding up the group behind you, what i don;t know is if this is the same case under RCGA? can someone confirm for me with the relevant rule cited? ...

    Started by nexxo‎, 07-26-2013 02:44 PM
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    07-28-2013 10:09 AM Go to last post
  24. Intersectional Bad Manners?

    A player at our club had won their matches. The other competitors that still had unsettled matches asked this person to stop playing and go back to the clubhouse. This player was having a good round and wanted to continue but due to the unfriendly environment went back to the clubhouse. A couple...

    Started by tigger12‎, 07-25-2013 05:44 PM
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  25. Cell Phones and PGA Tour

    Are the players allowed to communicate via cell phones while playing a PGA/Major event? Do they, for example, tweet or text during their rounds? Just curious??

    Started by Golfer100‎, 07-20-2013 03:00 PM
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    07-24-2013 03:56 PM Go to last post
  26. Embedded Ball on Green - Fixing Mark

    I hit my approach shot into a green and my ball imbeds deeply into it, I walk up put my mark behind my ball to pick it up and realize that with my mark there i will not be able to fix my pitch mark correctly without touching it. What is the call?

    Started by John‎, 07-20-2013 10:05 PM
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    07-21-2013 03:03 PM Go to last post
  27. Ball in the bush

    I put my tee shot in the bush and then I hit a provisional on the fairway. I walk into the bush to look for the original ball and find it but it's unplayable. Can I get a drop say from point of entry and take a penalty stroke?

    Started by The Saint‎, 07-14-2013 11:36 PM
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  28. Putt and Hit Another Ball

    Yesterday, my FC and I were on the green. He putted - badly - and hit my ball. There was no penalty because we were playing a match. I like to think that rules have some rational basis, and are not arbitrary or capricious. Can anyone provide a rational reason for there being no penalty in...

    Started by Martin B‎, 07-06-2013 04:46 PM
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  29. Drop Zones - Confused

    I'll use Equinelle #1 and 8 as examples. Both have "drop zones" If i'm teeing off from the tips on Equinelle on number 1 and either hit it in the water left or push a big drive OB up the right side over the bunkers can i decide to use the drop zone in either of these instances hitting 3? I've...

    Started by John‎, 07-02-2013 12:22 PM
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    07-03-2013 03:24 PM Go to last post
  30. Two club lenght relief question

    Must a two club lenght relief have to be taken in a straight line or can it be taken in a broken line? Let's say in a L

    Started by THUNDAH‎, 06-28-2013 10:05 PM
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    06-30-2013 03:24 AM Go to last post
  31. Relief or not?

    This is a bit convoluted. Our cart path takes a 90 degree bend to the right then a quick 90 degree left. It follows a red staked hazard line on the right side. Now, at the first bend there is a worn out area where people drive off the cart path. It is just dirt. It is used as an exit point...

    Started by tigger12‎, 06-21-2013 05:56 PM
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    06-22-2013 11:48 AM Go to last post
  32. Question Water hazard.... or is it?

    This discussion came up morning while playing an early 9 (fortunately not by example). What are the rules of golf with respect to a ditch, or creek or other unmarked area that holds water on a golf course? There are a few cases at Greensmere that I can think of that appear to have dried up...

    Started by orangeTANG‎, 06-19-2013 01:39 PM
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  33. Must I mark it?

    Stroke play event. I chip my ball vey near the hole. F.c. is off the green and I felt that I may be blocking his line, so I say "would you like me to mark it?" He gets upset, and says since I've asked him I have to mark it. Is this accurate? Why can't I leave my ball there?

    Started by nokids‎, 06-16-2013 11:44 AM
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    06-17-2013 11:15 AM Go to last post
  34. Carl Pettersson US Open 2013 Merion Ball Is Hit By Another Ball

    WOw..... Thought this might be good for some discussion. :laughing::laughing::laughing:

    Started by Bouche‎, 06-15-2013 03:19 AM
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  35. Rules clarification regarding range finders

    Can anyone chime in here as far as OVGA or other sanctioned tournements what the rules are regarding range finders or other equippement ex. Golfbuddy etc.... I'm not talking pro's on tour just the regular guys and galls of the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Just curious as when you can or can not use them...

    Started by Marcos‎, 05-09-2013 06:52 PM
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  36. Well done David Duval!

    David just described perfectly how Aaron Baddeley took proper relief from the TIO on 18. :thumbsup I wish more TV guys would get it right on a consistent basis.

    Started by LobWedge‎, 06-13-2013 04:03 PM
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  37. Level Four Rules Exam Results

    I happen to know that six O.V.G.A. officials, most of who post here, recently passed the Golf Canada Level Four Rules exam. It must (not should) be said that for some it was not their first time to pass. Kudos. This forum is fortunate to have these folks posting here.

    Started by JGT4‎, 05-23-2013 10:24 PM
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    05-24-2013 08:39 PM Go to last post
  38. Taking relief - would Woods have got this?

    Started by AAA‎, 05-19-2013 04:33 AM
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    05-23-2013 11:52 AM Go to last post
  39. Tiger's drop on 15

    Hopefully Lyle or Gerry can chime in on this. I saw a tweet from my buddy who was questioning Tiger's drop on 15. At first, I thought it was totally fine because the pond is marked yellow - he can go back as far as he wants keeping the point of entry and flag in line right? But the ball crossed...

    Started by Adska‎, 04-12-2013 10:42 PM
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  40. Free drop or not?

    Hit your tee shot into a red staked area. It lands in a pile of branches that are to be removed. Do you get relief? Does it change things if part of the pile is outside the hazard? This is what I found online. Definition: An "abnormal ground condition" is any of several conditions that, when...

    Started by tigger12‎, 04-26-2013 03:42 PM
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  41. Attending the Flagstick

    Gary, Rule 17-1 starts with: The start Before making a stroke from anywhere on the course, the player may have the flagstick attended, removed or held up to indicate the position of the hole. I've always been under the impression that if you were not on the green, you only had the...

    Started by Colby‎, 03-23-2005 02:29 PM
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    04-26-2013 10:32 AM Go to last post
  42. Ban the belly now!


    Started by nokids‎, 04-14-2013 07:40 PM
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  43. Do you think this is fair?

    I think it was on the 18th yesterday that Henrik Stenson drove his ball through the fairway into the rough, but it went into a drainage grate or something. So he gets free relief, but one club length gave him a perfect lie right in the fairway. If I was a fellow competitor battling for such an...

    Started by fundonny‎, 05-10-2009 10:17 AM
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  44. Poll Poll: Masters pace of play

    Everyone see the ruling on the 14 year old penalized for paceofplay of play.

    Started by tyorke2‎, 04-12-2013 08:26 PM
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  45. Playing Wrong Ball vs Ball played from Wrong Place

    Henry played a good shot to within eight feet of the hole. As the coin marking Henryís ball interfered with Tomís putt, Henry moved it one putter head to the side. After Tom putted Henry forgot to move the mark back, replacing the ball and putting from the coinís new position. He holed the putt....

    Started by jeff‎, 03-18-2013 10:55 AM
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    03-21-2013 11:33 AM Go to last post
  46. Question Question on pace of play

    Under rule 6-7 it says that if a player is late STARTING but withi 5 minutes he is penalized 2 strokes or loss of 1 hole in match play. Does that mean that even if you are on the tee at the correct time (9:00)but your group does not start untill 9:03 the hole group is penalized 2 stroke or loss of...

    Started by tyorke2‎, 12-17-2012 05:46 PM
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    03-05-2013 01:52 PM Go to last post
  47. Timing Is Everything

    Three competitors were scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. Two competitors were present at that time. The third competitor, who was scheduled to play last in the group, was practicing on the range at 10:00 a.m. but arrives just in time to play after the second competitor plays. His actions did not...

    Started by BC MIST‎, 01-08-2010 07:50 AM
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    03-02-2013 08:00 AM Go to last post
  48. Interesting Situation

    During the course of my Rules studies, I came up with a question that I can't answer... A and B are playing a match. At the first tee, A hits his tee shot from outside the teeing area. B sees this and cancels A's stroke, requiring A to replay from inside the teeing area. A returns to his bag...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 01-13-2013 12:38 PM
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    01-22-2013 08:06 AM Go to last post
  49. Poll Poll: how many officials are there

    just wondering about how many rules officials there are on this forum

    Started by tyorke2‎, 12-23-2012 11:24 AM
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    01-07-2013 06:16 PM Go to last post
  50. Question Online level 3 seminar OGA

    Anybody else going to participate in the level 3 online seminar with the OGA? Thanks Just wonderring. I will also partake.

    Started by tyorke2‎, 12-16-2012 02:49 PM
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    12-31-2012 04:43 PM Go to last post

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