Club Rules


Below is a snapshot of the Changes in the R&A Rules for 2019
1Drop from knee height (NOT shoulder height)
2Measure the area to drop in with the longest club in your bag (except a putter
3Drop in and play from the relief area
4When dropping back-on-the-line, your ball cannot be played from
nearer the hole than your chosen reference point
5Time to search3 Minutes (NOT 5 minutes)
6If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it
without penalty
7No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as one stroke
8No penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidentally after a stroke
9No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole
10Spike mark and other shoe damage on the putting green can be
11 Ball accidentally moved on putting green – no penalty and replace
12Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind
to another position – replace ball on the original spot
13Penalty areas replace water hazards, and you can move loose
impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty
areas without penalty, just as you can on the fairway or in the rough.
14You cannot take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least
95% certain your ball is in the penalty area
15In bunkers you can move loose impediments
16In bunkers you cannot touch the sand with your club in the
area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your
backswing or in taking practice swings
17Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or
in the rough (but “embedded” means that part of your ball is
below the level of the ground)
18Unplayable ball in bunker – extra option to drop outside the bunker
for 2 penalty strokes
19You cannot have your caddie or your partner standing behind
you once you begin taking your stance
20Pace of Play – it is recommended that you take no longer than
40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to
play more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in stroke play is

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Check out the R&A Rules Modernisation Introduction here