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Rules of Golf

At SMJGA, all participants will have the opportunity to learn the basic fundamental of golf rules as the season continues. Etiquette, Golf Course Rules, Local Rules, Introducing themselves to other participants when on the course as well as, course rules and etiquette. Below are 10 basic rules to follow for you round of golf.

  1. Equipment
    The rules place a limit of 14 clubs in each golfer's bag.
  2. Tee Times
    Once your group has reserved a tee time, plan to get to the golf course at least 30 minutes early to warm-up. If you miss your tee, it is possible your group may lose your spot.
  3. Dress the Part
    Follow the dress codes for the course you are playing. Khaki pants, shorts, skorts or skirts with collared shirts will meet most requirements. Most courses do not allow jeans.
  4. Teeing Off
    On the tee box, you must place your ball between the tee markers, either even with even with them or up to two club lengths behind them. never in front of them.
  5. Ready Play
    The player who tees-off first is decided by the group. Once in Play, the players with the least stroke goes first.
  6. Play the Ball Where it Lies
    Don't move or touch the ball! Where it comes to rest, whatever state it is in, you most likely have to play it as is.
  7. Out of Bounds & Lost Balls
    Markers on the course will indicate Out-of-Bounds. The penalty for OB is stroke-plus-distance. That is, add one stroke to your score, then go back to where you hit the shot from and hit it again. The same applies to lost balls. If your shot goes deep into the woods, the penalty for a lost ball is stroke-plus-distance, so hit a provisional. (except if ball is hit in water)
  8. Keep Up The Pace
    For beginner, be aware of your pace of play. You don't want to keep golfers behind you waiting, just as you probably don't want to be kept waiting yourself by slow groups ahead. Allow them to pass by or pick up after 10 strokes.
  9. Water Hazards
    Water Hazards should be marked on golf courses. Yellow stakes or lines indicate a water hazard; red stakes or lines indicate a lateral water hazard. Take a 1-stroke penalty and drop a ball at any point behind the spot where your original ball crossed into the water hazard, but on the same line of play. For lateral water hazards, drop within two club lengths of the spot where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard (no nearer the hole), or on the opposite side of the hazard at a middle spot.
  10. Course Care and Safety
    It is the golfers responsibility to take care of the course while you are on it. Always repair your ballmarks on the green. Always repair your divots in the fairway. Divots are the scrapes or chunks of turf sliced off (or dug up) by iron shots. Leave the course in the condition as they found it.