QUICK GUIDE TO THE RULES OF GOLF
The Rules of Golf can be a bit daunting particularly for golfers who are new to the game. The R&A publishes A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf which is a summary of the most commonly encountered Rules situations. It provides simple explanations and clear diagrams to illustrate the Rules.
As golf’s governing body, The R&A is responsible for writing both the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status.
RULES OF GOLF AND THE RULES OF AMATEUR STATUS
The Rules of Golf have developed over a period of more than 250 years and are written and revised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association. Since 1952, The R&A and USGA have worked closely to produce a joint code of Rules so that wherever the game is played around the world, the same regulations apply.
They cover the playing rules, as well as the etiquette, the specifications and the regulations for the clubs and balls.
The Rules of Amateur Status establish the framework under which amateur golf is played. The purpose of the Rules of Amateur Status is to maintain the distinction between amateur and professional golf and – given that amateur golf is largely self-regulating with regard to the Rules of play and handicapping – to focus on the game’s challenges and inherent rewards, rather than financial gain.