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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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Our aim is to bring The Rules of Golf in line with the way the modern sport is played, while maintaining it’s challenge.

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Annual Review2015 16

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Annual Review2016 17

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Annual Review

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RA Review 201415

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World Handicap System

Developed by The R&A and USGA in close coordination with existing handicapping authorities, the WHS will provide all golfers with a consistent measure of playing ability, with handicaps calculated in the same way wherever they are in the world. A key objective of the initiative was to develop a modern system, enabling as many golfers as possible to obtain and maintain a Handicap Index. Golfers will be able to transport their Handicap Index globally and compete or play a casual round with players from other regions on a fair basis. It will also indicate the score a golfer is reasonably capable of achieving the next time they go out to play.



Introduction to The Rules

Welcome to The 2021 Rules of Golf.  Below you will find many resources available tailored to your individual needs as a Golfer, a Committee Member, or a Referee.

This information can be accessed on various platforms, including this web-site, the 2021 Rules of Golf App and our various publications; The Player’s Edition, The Rules of Golf and the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf.
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