The R&A - Working for Golf

General Points

The game of golf should be played in the correct spirit and in accordance with the Etiquette Section in the Rules of Golf. In particular: 

  • show consideration to other players,
  • play at a good pace and be ready to invite faster moving groups to play through, and
  • take care of the course by smoothing bunkers, replacing divots and repairing ball marks on the greens.

Before starting your round you are advised to:

  • read the Local Rules on the score card and the notice board
  • put an identification mark on your ball; many golfers play the same brand of ball and if you can’t identify your ball, it is considered lost (Rules 12-2 and 27-1)
  • count your clubs; you are allowed a maximum of 14 clubs (Rule 4-4).

During the round:

  • don’t ask for “advice” from anyone except your caddie, your partner (i.e. a player on your side) or your partner’s caddie; don’t give advice to any player except your partner; you may ask for or provide information on the Rules, distances and the position of hazards, the flagstick, etc. (Rule 8-1)
  • don’t play any practice shots during play of a hole. (Rule 7-2).


At the end of your round:

  • in match play, ensure the result of the match is posted
  • in stroke play, ensure that your score card is completed properly and signed by you and your marker, and return it to the Committee as soon as possible (Rule 6-6).