As golf’s governing body, The R&A is responsible for writing both the Rules of Golf and the Rules of Amateur Status.

The Rules of Golf have developed over a period of more than 250 years and are written and revised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association so that wherever the game is played around the world, the same laws apply.

They don’t only cover the playing Rules, but Etiquette and the specifications and regulations that relate to clubs and balls as well.

In addition to the Rules of Golf, clubs and committees may implement Local Rules that pertain specifically to their golf course or competition. Local Rules are created to deal with unusual or abnormal conditions on the golf course. At the club level, these often appear on the score card or posted in the Club House.

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