The Game of Golf consists of playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the rules.
Golf is a self-regulating game, all golfers should have a good understanding of the fundamental rules, these should be consulted whenever any doubt arises.
Following you can find some of basic rules, allowing you to start learning and get aware level of regulation you must handle.
A match consists of one side playing against another over a stipulated round unless otherwise decreed by the Committee. In match play the game is played by holes. Except as otherwise provided in the rules, a hole is won by the side that holes its ball in the fewer strokes. In a handicap match, the lower net score wins the hole.
The state of the match is expressed by the terms: so many “holes up” or “all square”, and so many “to play”. A side is “dormie~ when it is as many holes up as there are holes remaining to be played. A match is won when one side leads by a number of holes greater than the number remaining to be played.
If there is a tie, the Committee may extend the stipulated round by as many holes as are required for a match to be won.
The spirit of the game
Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
Players should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles, twigs or the like when they make a stroke or practice swing. Players should not play until the players in front are out of range. Players should always alert greenstaff nearby or ahead when they are about to make a stroke that might endanger them. If a player plays a ball in a direction where there is a danger of hitting someone, he should immediately shout a warning. The traditional word of warning in such situations is “fore”.
Consideration to other players
Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making unnecessary noise. Players should ensure that any electronic device taken onto the course does not distract other players. On the teeing ground, a player should not tee his ball until it is his turn to play. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball, or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play.
On the Putting Green
On the putting green, players should not stand on another player’s line of putt or, when he is making a stroke, cast a shadow over his line of putt. Players should remain on or close to the putting green until all other players in the group have holed out.
The player and his caddie are responsible for knowing the Rules. During a stipulated round, for any breach of a Rule by his caddie, the player incurs the applicable penalty.
Abnormal ground conditions
An ~abnormal ground condition~ is any casual water; ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.
Addressing the ball
A player has ~addressed the ball~ when he has taken his stance and has also grounded his club, except that in a hazard a player has addressed the ball when he has taken his stance.
~Advice~ is any counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of a club or the method of making a stroke. Information on the Rules, distance or matters of public information, such as the position of hazards or the flagstick on the putting green, is not advice. During a stipulated round, a player must not:
a. give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his partner, or
b. ask for advice from anyone other than his partner or either of their caddies.
Ball deemed to move
A ball is deemed to have moved if it changed its position and comes to rest in any other place.