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Simple Golf Rules

August 29, 2012

learning to play golf golf rulesLearning to Play Golf: Simple Rules to Know

Playing your first round of golf can be intimidating – but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing a few basic rules will help you know how to act on the course and enjoy the great game of golf.

How Many Clubs Should I Have?

Having the right equipment when you play golf is important for rules and etiquette. The rules limit you to 14 clubs in each golfer’s bag. There is no minimum number of clubs you must have, but borrowing clubs from your partners is not a good idea.

How to Tee Off

On the teeing ground, you have to place your ball between the tee markers, either even with them or up to two club lengths behind them. Never put the ball in front of the tee markers. Tee markers are usually small, colored cones or stones or some other similar indicator.

Play it as it Lies

If you remember one rule in golf – remember to play it as it lies. That means that you don’t move or touch the ball. Wherever it lands is where you play it from. There are some exceptions – but a good rule of thumb is just leave the ball where it is and go from there. You are allowed to pick up the ball and clean it once you’re on the putting green. But – make sure you place a ballmarker just behind it before you pick it up.

What if I Hit it Out of Bounds?

Out-of-bounds areas are clearly marked on golf courses – look for white stakes are lines. If you hit it out of bounds you add one stroke to your score and go back to where you hit the shot and hit it again. If you lose your ball, which is not unlikely when you’re first learning to play golf,  it’s a one stroke penalty.

The best way to learn the basic rules of golf is to take a few lessons from a Minnesota PGA professional. He or she can help you understand the rules and etiquette of golf and get you started with the right fundamentals!

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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