Posts by Barry Rhodes

Immovable Obstruction on Putting Green

Immovable Obstruction on Putting Green

When putting greens are damaged, greenkeepers often have to protect the repaired area until growth returns and the surface is suitable for putting again. Of course, the protective netting is an immovable obstruction on the putting green, as it is not intended that players should move it to give themselves a clear path to the […]

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Match Play Rules

Match Play Rules

I regularly receive requests for rulings relating to match play situations after a player has lost a hole, or the match, due to a Rules incident that they were not sure about. Most golfers play far more rounds of stroke play golf than match play golf and do not realize that there are several important […]

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When is a bunker not a bunker

When is a bunker not a bunker

I expect most of us think that we know a bunker when we see one, especially after the Dustin Johnson ‘bunker-gate’ at Whistling Straights in 2010. Well, it may not be quite as simple as you think. Let me start by referencing the Definition of Bunker; A “bunker” is a hazard consisting of a prepared […]

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When a player may substitute a ball

When a player may substitute a ball

If a player substitutes a ball when not entitled to do so they incur a penalty of two strokes in stroke play, or loss of hole in match play, for a breach of Rule 15-2, part of which states; If a player substitutes a ball when not permitted to do so under the Rules (including […]

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When a player accidentally moves their ball

When a player accidentally moves their ball

Most golfers know that causing their ball to move incurs a penalty of one stroke, under Rule 18-2, and that the ball must then be replaced. However, there are some circumstances where a player does not incur a penalty for accidentally moving their ball, which I am listing here. A ball that that has been […]

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Understanding local rules in golf

Understanding local rules in golf

We all know that we should arrive at the course well before our starting time, in order to prepare properly for our round. But, when we are playing a course that is unfamiliar to us, we often forget about what I consider to be one of the most important tasks of all, to read the […]

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Dropping or Placing the Ball

Dropping or Placing the Ball

It is important that golfers know when to place and when to drop their ball under the Rules, because if a ball is dropped when it should have been placed, or placed when it should have been dropped, and a stroke is made, there is a penalty of two strokes in stroke play, or loss […]

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10 Golden Rules of Golf

10 Golden Rules of Golf

The original Rules of Golf, issued by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in 1744, numbered just 13. Today’s Rules of Golf has 34 Rules with over 200 sections and subsections, totaling more than 20,000 words. It is no wonder that many golfers never bother to read the Rules book and those that do often […]

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Dealing with Water Hazards

Dealing with Water Hazards

It is apparent to me that many golfers have played the game for years without properly understanding what to do if their ball lies within the margin of a water hazard. If you are amongst them I think that you will find this summary of the main issues helpful; 1. When is a ball definitely […]

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