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The Official Rules of Golf

The Rules of Golf are comprehensive and provide answers to the many issues that arise in a game that is played worldwide on many different types of courses by players of all abilities.

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About Definitions
There are over 70 defined terms and these form the foundation around which the Rules are written. A good knowledge of the defined terms (which are in a lighter blue and bold) is very important to the correct application of the Rules.


A


Acceptable Score
Active Season
Adjusted Gross Score
Authorized Association
Authorized Format of Play

B


Bogey Player

C


Cap
Certification of Score
Course Handicap
Course Rating

E


Exceptional Score

G


General Play
Golf Club
Golf Course

H


Handicap Allowance
Handicap Committee
Handicap Index
Handicap Review
Hard Cap
Home Club

I


Inactive Season

J


Jurisdiction

L


Low Handicap Index

M


Member
Most Likely Score (Discretionary Option)

N


Net Double Bogey
Net Par

P


Par
Peer Review
Penalty Score
Playing Conditions Calculation (PCC)
Playing Handicap

R


Rules of Golf
Rules of Handicapping

S


Score Differential
Score Type
Scoring Record
Scratch Player
Slope Rating
Soft Cap
Stroke Index