Welcome to the NCGA’s Rules of Golf Resources Page

Below are helpful links and documents designed to aid golfers in learning the Rules of Golf.  The resources below range from introductory Rules knowledge assistance to advanced topics for complex rulings and come from various expert sources across the globe. The page will be constantly updated as new resources are developed. If you have any questions about the links, documents or Rules of Golf in general, please contact Ryan Farb, NCGA Director of Rules and Competitions.

Useful Links

NCGA Rules School (Online Rules Education)

USGA Rules Education

R & A Rules Website

General Area – Dr. Lew Blakey’s Rules website

Farb Talk – NCGA Director of Rules and Competitions Ryan Farb’s Rules Blog

SCGA Rules Crew

Virtually Certain Missy – Rules Clarifications from Missy Jones

 

Rules Hotline – (831) 622-8229

After hours or on weekends please leave a message and the Rules query will be answered as soon as possible. If related to a competition currently being played please state that in the message.

Rules FAQ

 

Rules Notifications

 

General Rules of Golf Documents – 2019 Documents

Some Principles Behind the Rules of Golf – By Joseph C. Dey (Former USGA Executive Director)

Internal Definitions in the Rules of Golf – By Ryan Farb

One Stroke Penalties and Helpful Lists

Rules and Sub-Rules Listings

Major Changes Document – USGA

 

Amateur Status

Apply for Reinstatement

Amateur Status FAQ

Amateur Status vs. NCAA

 

Tournament Procedures

Rules of Golf Documents by Rule

Definitions

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE GAME 1-4

Rule 1 – The Game, Player Conduct and the Rules

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Rule 2 – The Course

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Rule 3 – The Competition

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Rule 4 – The Player’s Equipment

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PLAYING THE ROUND AND A HOLE 5-6

Rule 5 – Playing the Round

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Rule 6 – Playing a Hole

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PLAYING THE BALL 7-11

Rule 7 – Ball Search: Finding and Identifying Ball

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Rule 8 – Course Played as It Is Found

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Rule 9 – Ball Played as It Lies; Ball at Rest Lifted or Moved

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Rule 10 – Preparing for and Making a Stroke; Advice and Help; Caddies

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Rule 11 – Ball in Motion Accidentally Hits Person, Animal or Object; Deliberate Actions to Affect Ball in Motion

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SPECIFIC RULES FOR BUNKERS AND PUTTING GREENS 12-13

Rule 12 – Bunkers

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Rule 13 – Putting Greens

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LIFTING AND RETURNING A BALL TO PLAY 14

Rule 14 – Procedures for Ball: Marking, Lifting and Cleaning; Replacing on Spot, Dropping in Relief Area; Playing from Wrong Place

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FREE RELIEF 15-16

Rule 15 – Relief from loose Impediments and Movable Obstructions (including Ball or Ball-Marker Helping or Interfering with play)

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Rule 16 – Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions, Dangerous Animal Condition, Embedded Ball

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PENALTY RELIEF 16-17

Rule 17 – Penalty Areas

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Rule 18 – Stroke-and-Distance Relief; Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball

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Rule 19 – Unplayable Ball

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PROCEDURES FOR PLAYERS AND COMMITTEE WHEN ISSUES ARISE IN APPLYING THE RULES 20

Rule 20 – Resolving Rules Issues During Round; Rulings by Referee and Committee

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OTHER FORMS OF PLAY 21-24

Rule 21 – Other Forms of Individual Stroke Play and Match Play

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Rule 22 – Foursomes (Also Known as Alternate Shot)

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Rule 23 – Four-Ball

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Rule 24 – Team Competitions