Etiquette and Rules

Golf relies on players to keep the rules and follow a code of behaviour known as etiquette.

There are many rules of the game but the basic principle is simple: play the ball as it lies and play the course as you find it.

The Rules of Golf have developed over more than 250 years and are written and revised by the game’s governing bodies, The R&A and the United States Golf Association.

Etiquette is the manner in which the game of golf should be played and if followed, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game. It is a mixture of common sense and courtesy and means showing consideration to other golfers and for the course. For example, golfers should take care not to distract fellow players by making a noise or moving while they take their shot. They should also look after the course by, for example, raking bunkers, replacing divots and repairing pitchmarks on the green.

You can find full details of the rules, etiquette and amateur status at This includes a quick guide to the most commonly used rules and a rules quiz.

Golf Development Wales also provide pocket rules and etiquette booklets available to order through

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