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Play the ball as it lies.

You may putt with the pin in the hole. There is no attending the pin... pull it, or leave it in.

If you are off the green, the pin stays in.

You may give and receive advice on the course, but are not required to do so..

You may tap down spike marks, ball marks, and fix the cup.

Drops are taken facing the hole and over the shoulder.

There are no provisional balls.


Lost ball, out of bounds, unplayable lies from lakes, brush and hazards are to be put back in play using the universal drop procedure. The player plays the next shot with a one stroke penalty from the center of the fairway perpendicular to where the ball is last believed to have landed if not visually accessible (not where the ball last crossed a hazard or boundary or bounced to), and then proceeds backwards 30 yards. If a player finds his ball in a hazard, the player may play the ball from where it lies without penalty and proceed. Relief seeked from greenside situations are taken back 30 yards from the front edge of the green. If water or other green fronting hazard exists, a designated local drop area should be presented.

A player may look for his ball for no more than 3 minutes once arriving in the general vicinity of it's suspected location.

A player may not play a shot from beyond any obvious golf course boundary such as a road, fence or a backyard.

Casual water offers a free drop from the fairway only, but only if the ball has been submerged in water covering over half of the golf ball above it's equator.

A player may take relief from sprinkler heads, drain covers or other similar objects that would clearly lie in the fairway, not off the fairway, and this relief is only for the ball and reasonable risk of contact with the club while striking a shot. Relief from stance is not allowed. Relief may be taken one yard from where the ball rested then dropped over the shoulder.

A player may take relief if their ball lies upon a cart path or against it or suspected contact with it might occur from playing a shot, however relief from stance alone is not permitted. Drop same as above.

A player may take relief from a staked tree or sapling only if the swing of the player poses a significant threat to the safety and well being of the protected plant. A mature tree with a stake still attached, but clearly no longer required for it's safety, would not qualify for relief. Drop to nearest full relief, as above.


Disputes on the course as to where drops should be taken or other disputes, should be resolved within the group first, but if a dispute still continues, the tournament rules official will hear both (all) sides after the round, and decide if the player received a significant unfair advantage. If the official deems the drop or inequity proposed by the opponent was significantly questionable, a one stroke penalty may be assessed and the decision will be final without contest. Players agree to the authority given the designated ruling official before commencing play.


Persimmon or Laminated Woods, meaning, made of wood. Face may be no more than three inches wide, two inches high.

No club including driver may exceed 44 inches in length. No club lighter than 13 ounces (370 grams) total dead weight is allowed.

A player may carry 16 clubs if 4 of those clubs are woods. 15 if three of them are woods etc.

No square grooves in irons are allowed. V grooves only.

Irons must be forged steel, cavity back style irons are not allowed for proper competition.

No long putters allowed. The putter must be the shortest club in a players bag.

Putters may not exceed 3 inches in face width, 3 inches in depth, or 2 inches in face height.

No wedges over 56 degrees

Steel spikes on golf shoes are allowed.

Shafts may be made of any material as long as the total weight of any club is greater than 13 ounces (370 grams)

A more detailed explanation of equipment tolerances are on the RULES page.

If you have questions please contact our office at TRGA