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Rules of Golf

A penalty stroke can ruin a good score or lose a match. Unfortunately, many penalties are the result of ignorance or confusion concerning the Rules of Golf. The VGA Rules and Competitions staff is a resource for all questions related to rules, tournament administration, tournament formats, course markings, local rules to adopt at your club and more. The VGA staff is available to give personal seminars at member clubs. Understanding the Rules of Golf can improve anyone’s game. For rules questions or to arrange a rules seminar at your club, please contact us at rules [at] vtga.org.

The USGA, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. The two organizations are joint authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on The Rules of Golf. Through an agreement with The R&A, the rules jurisdiction of the USGA includes the United States, its possessions and Mexico.

If you have an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet, you can download the USGA Rules of Golf app.  This app contains the complete Rules of Golf and is available for FREE for a limited time!  The complete Decisions on the Rules of Golf is also available as an in-app purchase for $1.99 Go the the iTunes Store or Google Play Store to download your free copy today!