The R&A - Working for Golf


This guide provides a simple explanation of common Rules situations. It is not a substitute for the Rules of Golf, which should be consulted whenever any doubt arises. For more information on the points covered, please refer to the relevant Rule.

The basic Rules are not as hard to learn as you may think.  They would include, for example, where play of a hole commences; what to do when your ball is in a water hazard, lost or out of bounds; interference from immovable obstructions such as cart paths; and playing a provisional ball.

Why learn the basics?  Aside from the fact that it is important to know the Rules of the game that you are playing, and to ensure consistency amongst players, a knowledge of the basics will enable you not just to get round the golf course incident free, but it may save you one or two precious strokes in the process.

The Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf contains these basics, explained with simple and easy to understand diagrams, illustrations and videos.  Hard copies of the Guide can be downloaded from