Prior to a competition, it is the responsibility of the Committee to ensure that the course has
been properly and completely marked. If the Committee takes the time to accurately define
the boundaries of the course and the margins of water hazards and clearly marks any areas
which are to be treated as ground under repair, it reduces the possibility of awkward Rules
situations arising. A properly marked golf course helps all golfers adhere to the Rules and,
therefore, courses should be marked at all times, not just for competitions, so that golfers
become accustomed to the markings and their purpose.