Ladies - Rules of the Game


Here is a quick rundown of the most important basic rules you should know when you start out as a golfer.  After all, you don’t want to add any penalty strokes to your score for breaking them!  Obviously, this won’t be a big issue when you’re playing a casual round with friends, but when you enter a tournament, you should be aware that the #1 of golf rules is: know the rules!


Rules about the type of game you are playing

Stroke Play: whoever needs the fewest number of strokes to finish the entire round, wins.

Match Play: is played hole by hole. The player who finishes a hole in the fewest number of strokes, wins the hole.  The player who wins the most holes, wins the match.

NB:  In Match Play, the player who is farthest away from the pin hits first on each shot.


Rules about your equipment

You can have a maximum of 14 clubs in your bag.

If one of your clubs gets damaged during the “normal course of play”, you can fix it or replace it, but if you broke it because you threw it, you’re finishing the round without it!

In the course of play, if you hit your own equipment with your ball one penalty shot is added to your score for that hole.


Rules about entering a competition

Adding your name to the Entry Sheet prior to playing indicates your intention to enter the competition.  Failure to add your name to the list before you play will mean you are treated as not having entered the event.

Play with the correct handicap.  It is your responsibility to make sure your correct handicap is used, you can't blame the computer.

Be on time for your match, stay with your group and keep up the pace of play.

Don’t ask for or give advice to competitors (again, not so much an issue when playing a friendly round).


Rules about the different parts of the course

On the tee box: tee up your ball between or behind the tee markers but not in front. If your ball falls or is knocked off the tee before you took a swing at it, you can re-tee it.

On the putting green: you can mark, pick up and clean your ball and repair pitch marks.

When putting, your ball may not touch the flag stick, whether it’s still standing in the hole or laying down on the green.

In a hazard (water or bunker): your club may not touch the ground before you actually hit the ball, including practice swings.


Rules about your ball

Hit the correct ball: yours!  Mark your ball with your own identifying mark.

Play your ball “as it lies”, without improving its position.

When your ball is lost or no longer fit to play, you can replace it with a new one; otherwise you have to finish the hole with the same ball.


Record a correct score and sign your scorecard

At the end of a round make sure your card has been completed correctly - achieved by comparing scores you have marked on a playing partner’s card (you will have exchanged cards at the start of the round) with those he or she has recorded.

Once you agree, the card must be signed by both parties as a correct record of each hole.  Addition doesn’t necessarily have to be accurate but individual hole scores must tally.  Incorrect scorecards, if lower scores are included, and unsigned ones will lead to disqualification (the dreaded Rule 6-6).