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2019 Golf Rule Changes

Rule Changes 2019

Serious Violation of Label Rules

Keep in mind that a player who persistently violates the tag rules, who deliberately annoys other players with their behavior, may be disqualified by the committee for serious infraction.


In order for you and other players on the course to enjoy the game of golf to the fullest, the “golf tag”, which means all the rules regarding etiquette, safety and course protection, must be known. In summary, it is essential to respect the rights of others during the game.

Feature of Golf Game

Unlike many other sports, the game of golf is played without the supervision of any referee or official and is based on mutual trust. All players must behave in discipline and sportsmanship on the field and respect the rights of other players. With this feature, golf has a special place among all sports.

General Label Rules

All golfers should exhibit exemplary behavior both on the course and in the club facilities and should pay particular attention to the following:

Respect the local golf facility's dress code.

Find out if there are any restrictions on the spikes on the bottom of golf shoes and follow the instructions.

Before you go to the first kick off, talk to the club pro or starter and find out what you need to do.

Treat all club personnel with respect.

Keep your excitement in check and never throw sticks or damage the field in anger.

Be careful not to spit or litter on the field.

 Before the First Starting Place

Get to the venue of the competition in sufficient time beforehand.

Know your right handicap.

Learn about the format of the game.

Learn the order of play in the group you will play with.

Make your own mark on the ball you are going to play.

Listen carefully to the instructions given by the starter.

At the First Starting Place

Arrive at the first starting point at least five minutes before your assigned start time.

Introduce yourself to players you don't know before and will play with.

Wish the other contestants good luck.

Tell the other players in your group about your ball type and cue.

Play from the starting location indicated by the starter, or choose a suitable starting location for the players in your group.

Game Speed

Slow play prevents everyone from enjoying the game of golf. Players should always run the game flow without causing pauses. The priority on the field is the groups that play faster. It is the responsibility of the trailing group to ensure that there is no conflict with the group in front. If the gap becomes too large, the players must give way to the fast group that follows, regardless of the number of players.

Do not perform an unnecessary number of trial swings.

When it's your turn to play, be ready to hit without wasting time. For example, put on your gloves beforehand.

As soon as the safe environment is established, move towards your ball.

Detect your distance to the target as you walk towards your ball.

Leave your bag or golf cart around the green so you can leave the green as soon as possible.

Examine your putting line while other players are putting up, without disturbing them.

When you have completed a hole, leave the green immediately.

Record your scores on the way to the next kick off.

Always play with a temporary ball in case your ball gets lost outside the water barrier or goes out of bounds.

When you need time to search for your ball, point to the group immediately behind and give way.

When you give way to another group, wait until they pass you and are out of range.

 Respect for Other Players

Do not disturb other players by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise.

Do not place your ball on the tee before it is your turn to play at the kickoff.

When a player is kicking, do not stand too close to, directly behind the ball or hole.

Do not step on or cast your shadow on the other players' put line.

Do not leave the green until all the other players in your group have completed the hole.

Record scores at the end of each hole while holding another player's scorecard. Get cardholder approval as needed.

Try not to use electronic tools in the field. In cases where such a device is absolutely necessary, be careful not to disturb other players.

Field Protection

It is the responsibility of all players not to make any actions that will damage the condition of the field. All players must leave the field as they find it, avoiding hitting the ground in anger or damaging the field in any other way.

at the starting point

Take care not to hit the ground or lift turf flaps (divots) when taking your scrimmage at the tee. If possible, do your practice swing outside of the kickoff area.

Generally, it is not recommended to replace divots that have been removed at the starting point. Deteriorated places are duly followed by the greenkeeper.

should be repaired daily.

If there is a repair sand mixture at the starting point, fill the damaged areas with it.

If possible, do not go over the starting point with your trolley.

On the Field

Be careful not to lift grass covers (divots) with your practice swing. Put the shield divots in place.

Carefully correct opened divot pits by placing divots in place or filling the pit with soil.

Sand Barriers (Bunker)

Do not jump into sand obstacles. Always make entrances and exits from the lowest point of the obstacle.

When leaving the sand barrier, smooth out any footprints or potholes left by you or other players.

If there is a rake nearby, use it for trimming.

Leave the rake you are using in the place designated by the club. If no specific location is specified, choose the location where the ball is least likely to strike.

On the Green

Always leave your golf bag outside the green.

Check if your ball has left a mark on the putting green and correct it if necessary.

Fix one more ball mark on each green, other than your own.

Be careful not to damage the green surface with your shoes.

Be careful not to step on the other players' put-up line.

Avoid standing too close to the pit.

Do not use the tip of your putter to get the ball out of the hole.

Do not lean on your sticks as you take your ball out of the hole.

Handle the flagpole with care and properly replace it before it leaves the green.

Ball Tracks Repair

On the green, it is very important to repair the ball marks quickly and with the appropriate method, in order to repair the damage as soon as possible. The damaged area will regain its original shape in 24 hours if the ball track is corrected within five minutes, and in 15 days if there is a delay of ten minutes.

Correct method: Insert the trimming tool into the edge of the ball track, pushing the top towards the center of the track. Then press on the track with your paw or foot.

Wrong method: Do not pull the green up with the straightening tool. In this way, you bring the sand to the surface.

Trolley and Golf Carts (Buggy)

Follow your club's local rules regarding any type of car.

Do not leave your cars on or too close to the green.

When driving a golf cart, be mindful of driving safety, especially on downhill and cornering.

Always apply the parking brake when leaving the golf cart.

Do not ride golf carts with more people than are allowed.