A penalty stroke can ruin a good score or lose a match.
Unfortunately, many penalties are the result of ignorance or confusion concerning the Rules of Golf. The SCGA Rules and Competitions staff is a resource for all questions related to rules, tournament administration, tournament formats, course markings, local rules to adopt at your club and more. The SCGA staff also conducts rules seminars at sites throughout the Southland, and is available to give personal seminars at member clubs. Understanding the Rules of Golf can improve anyone’s game. For rules questions or to arrange a rules seminar at your club, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rules of Golf
The USGA, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. The two organizations are joint authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on The Rules of Golf. Through an agreement with The R&A, the rules jurisdiction of the USGA includes the United States, its possessions and Mexico.
Rules of Golf Workshop
The SCGA is your resource for all questions related to the Rules of Golf. This is your opportunity to learn about the Rules at an informal and fun venue. Workshops and Seminars are open to any golfer who is passionate about golf and interested in the rules whether you are a recreational golfer or if you participate in SCGA championship.
The Rules of Golf Workshops feature classroom instruction and on course instruction.
Each attendee will receive an official 2014-2015 Rules of Golf book at the workshop.
Registration fee: $50 (includes lunch)
Check-in: 7:30 a.m.
Rules of Golf Workshop: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
*Please note: There is no golf associated with the program. 2014-2015 Decisions of Golf books are available for sale for $20. Before registering for our Rules of Golf Workshops, you must first create an online profile.
The USGA tests balls, clubs and other equipment for conformity to the Rules of Golf. The purpose of the rules is to protect golf’s best traditions, to prevent an over-reliance on technological advances and to ensure that skill remains the dominant element of success for golfers everywhere. For more information on rules involving equipment, visit the USGA here.
SCGA Rules Crew
Check out the SCGA Rules Crew in action and get answers to all the Rules questions you encounter on the golf course! Have an interesting story or question about a Rules violation? Submit it to email@example.com and maybe you’ll see the situation in an upcoming video!
USGA Rules Quizzes
Whether you're a beginner or an advanced golfer, test your knowledge of the Rules of Golf with quizzes from the USGA. Click here for the quizzes.
SCGA’s Local Rules Hard Card
In addition to the USGA Rules of Golf, local rules are created to deal with unusual or abnormal conditions on the golf course. Each year the SCGA adopts a set of local rules which are in place at all competitions conducted by the SCGA. Referred to as the SCGA “hard card,” these local rules form part of the rules under which SCGA competitions are conducted, regardless of the location. Clubs and committees may wish to consider these local rules for their own use.
Many familiar golf terms do not appear in The Rules of Golf book. The following list includes some of the more common ones.
|Incorrect Term/Phrase||Correct Term/Phrase|
|Pin placement||Hole Location|
|Tee box||Teeing ground|
|Medal play||Stroke play|
|Foursome||Group of four players|