Once the competition has started, the Committee is responsible for ensuring that players have the information needed to play under the Rules and to assist them in applying the Rules.
The Rules of Golf define the Committee as the person or group in charge of a competition or the course. The Committee is essential to the proper playing of the
Marking the course and refreshing those markings as needed is an ongoing task for which the Committee is responsible.
A well-marked course allows a player to play
A Local Rule is a modification of a Rule or an additional Rule that the Committee adopts for general play or a particular competition. The Committee is responsible
The resources available to a Committee will differ depending on the course or the level of competition being run and so a Committee may not be able to implement all
Terms of the Competition determine the structure of each competition including who may enter, how to enter, what the schedule and format of the competition will be
When preparing for a competition, the Committee should make sure that the course is properly marked and refresh any markings that might be used for general play, or
The Committee is responsible for deciding whether to adopt any Local Rules and for making sure they are consistent with the principles found in Section 8. A Local
Many courses have specific practice areas, such as a practice range and practice greens for putting, bunker play and chipping. Players are permitted to practise in
The Committee can set its own Pace of Play Policy adopted as a Local Rule (see Rule 5.6b). In practice the nature of such a Policy will be dependent on the number
The Committee may set its own standards of player conduct in a Code of Conduct adopted as a Local Rule (see Rule 1.2b). If the Committee does not set a Code of
Before starting the round, players should be provided with all the information they need to be able to play the course under the Rules.
In stroke play, each player
A Committee may appoint referees to assist with the administration of a competition. A referee is an official named by the Committee to decide questions of fact and
Where a Pace of Play policy is in place for a competition, it is important the Committee understands and actively enforces the policy to ensure that players adhere
This section lists authorized Model Local Rules that may be used by a Committee:
These can either be adopted in their entirety or can serve as an example of
The following Model Local Rules give some examples of how the Committee can choose to address the issue of Pace of Play. The Committee can adopt other Local Rules
While a Committee has significant authority under the Rules of Golf to adopt Local Rules to fit the particular needs of a course or competition, any Local Rules
The most established forms of match play, stroke play and partner and team play are detailed in Rules 1–24. This section outlines various alternative forms of