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The Rules of Golf

Apps for the rules are available for free for both for Android phones and IPhones.  The rules should also available through the Golf Australia App.  


1st January 2023 saw the introduction of several new golf rules. 

Key changes are summed up below.

  • Handicap Usage in Stroke Play: Players are no longer penalised for failing to put their handicap on their scorecard in stroke play. The committee will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of each player’s handicap.

  • Club Damaged During Round: The Rule has been amended to allow a player to replace a club that is damaged during a round, provided the player did not damage it through abuse.

  • Ball Moved by Natural Forces: A new exception provides that a ball at rest must be replaced if it moves to another area of the course or comes to rest out of bounds after being dropped, placed or replaced.

  • Back-on-the-Line Relief Procedure: The back-on-the-line relief procedure, often used for penalty area and unplayable ball relief, has been simplified so that the player now drops their ball on the line, and the ball must come to rest within one club-length of where it is dropped.

There are also modifications to the rules for players with disabilities. 

You can access a digital version   or download to your phone.


An excellent video overview of the changes to the 2019  rules can be accessed.  


Ivanhoe Ladies Golf club  also has a set of Local rules and Penalties

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