Golf is a self-regulating game and it is the responsibility of all golfers to know the Rules, or at least the basics. The Rules are not just there to penalise you when you do something wrong, they provide the framework for the game itself, and a sound knowledge of them may even save you a few strokes.
The basics, such as taking relief from a cart path and what to do when your ball is in a water hazard, out of bounds or lost, are not as hard as you may think. They are covered in A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf and knowledge of them is enough to see most players around the golf course most of the time. This guide is available free from New Zealand Golf, courtesy of the R & A.
For those that want to know more than the basics, and for those that need to know more, e.g. referees, golf club officials and Committee members, there is no substitute for a thorough knowledge of the Rule book itself and Decisions on the Rules of Golf.
If you wish to see further detailed information about the rules of golf, we recommend you view the information on the R & A website: www.randa.org
Manawatu Wanganui Golf Referees Association
If you would like to become a rules guru, the Manawatu Wanganui Golf Referees Association run courses to help you on your way. A pathway exists so you can even climb the ranks of the golf rules world, and who knows after enough experience you could be refereeing at Professional events around the world - the opportunity may well be there.
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