Rules

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 rules@scga.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 Seminars

The SCGA is your resource for all questions related to the Rules of Golf. Learn about the Rules in an informal, on-course venue. Workshops are open to any golfer who is passionate about golf and interested in the rules whether you are a recreational golfer or participate in our SCGA championships.

Each attendee will receive an official 2014-2015 Rules of Golf book at the seminar.

Registration fee: $50 (includes lunch)

Check-in: 7:30 a.m.

Rules of Golf Seminar: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Feb. 3: Big Canyon CC - Newport Beach, CA

Feb. 10: Oakmont CC - Glendale, CA

Feb. 18: Temecula Creek Inn - Temecula, CA

Feb. 26: Classic Club - Palm Desert, CA

REGISTER HERE

*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 Seminars, you must first create an online profile.

Equipment

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 rules@scga.org 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.

Misused Terms/Phrases

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/PhraseCorrect Term/Phrase
PinFlagstick
Pin placementHole Location
Sand TrapBunker
Tee boxTeeing ground
Medal playStroke play
FoursomeGroup of four players