Play the ball as it lies, play the course as you find it, and if you cannot do either, do what is fair. But to do what is fair, you need to know the rules of Golf.
Most high school sports have coaches, players and officials all in the same general vicinity. In golf we find things a little more spread out and many situations arise where players need to make decisions about the rules. This is where the integrity of the game becomes an essential part of the experience. Although it is not essential for each player to know every rule in the game (as there are many!), we do need players to have a solid understanding of the commonly encountered rules situations and how to handle areas of uncertainty.
The USGA sets forth the “Rules of Golf.” We expect our players to adhere to these rules and respect the tradition of integrity and honor concerning the rules. Use the links to the right to access useful documents and websites relating to the rules of golf. Remember, during a match if there is a disagreement about a ruling between competitors, you have several options:
- Call your coach or the pro shop of the course you are playing.
- Get a ruling from an official on the course.
- Play two balls – one under each possible ruling. Get the official rule after the completion of the round and post the score for the correct ball.
Do not argue with your opponents about a ruling. If you have a disagreement, resolve it after the round with the appropriate officials.