13 Feb 19


The Rules of Golf have been modernised, and made so much simpler to follow and adhere to. But they will become effective in January 2019. So now is the time to get your head around the changes, and familiarise yourself with them before they are introduced.
Captain Cal has drawn up this summary sheet to guide you through the major changes - so pick up your new Rules of Golf book from the Captain's table and start now! 

To view the videos referred to below, click on this link New Rules of Golf  These videos are brief, but well explained, very descriptive and most have excellent illustrative diagrams - well worth a look!

Captain Cal's "Brief Description of Changes"

Brief description of rule change

Rule number

Video category

Players Edition illustrations

Dropping height

Rule 14.3b

Video “Dropping and measuring”

P. 80

Relief area location and size

Rule 17.1d

Video “Dropping and measuring”

P. 105-6

Ball must come to rest in relief area

Rule 14.3c

Video “Dropping and measuring”

P. 82

Relief from penalty areas – lateral and back-on-a-line

Rule 17.1d

Video “Dropping and measuring”

P. 105-6

May take unplayable ball relief from bunker under 2 stroke penalty

Rule 19.3

Video “Areas of the course”

P. 119

May move loose impediments anywhere on the course (bunker, penalty areas)

Rule 15.1a

Video “Areas of the course”


May ground club in penalty areas

Rule 17.1

Video “Areas of the course”

More specific reference to grounding club in the full Rules of Golf

May leave the flagstick in the hole when putting on the green

Rule 13.2a

Video “Areas of the course”


May repair any damage on the putting green

Rule 13.1c

Video “Areas of the course”


No penalty for accidentally moving ball while searching for it

Rule 7.4b

Video “Ball at rest”


No penalty for ball hitting self, partner or equipment

Rule 11.1a

Video “Ball in motion”


Time reduced to 3 min for search

Rule 18.2a

Relief rules


No penalty for a double hit

Rule 10.1a

Video “Playing a ball”


Touching the line of play on green

Rule 10.2b

Video “Areas of the course”


Changes to definitions or terminology

Water hazards will be known as Penalty Areas

Through the green will be known as the General Area

Casual Water will be known as Temporary Water

a 2 stroke penalty will be called a General Penalty