Golf Rules and Regulations

Golf is governed by a set of standardized rules and regulations designed to ensure fair play and maintain the sport’s integrity. These rules cover aspects ranging from the type of equipment used to how the ball is played during various situations on the course. Key regulations include the play order, handling of penalty strokes, and the proper actions when a ball lands in a hazard or out of bounds. Additionally, there are guidelines on player conduct, ensuring respect and sportsmanship. The sport’s governing bodies, such as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) and the United States Golf Association (USGA), periodically review and update these rules to keep them relevant and uphold the game’s esteemed tradition.