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  1. AAA

    Maximum hanicap in competitions

    Entry to comps may be limited by handicap normally for two reasons. 1) to limit the size of the field 2) to maintain the quality of entry (often done at county or national level) But if neither of these apply and the club simply wants to prevent high handicappers winning, then they may limit the handicap for winning prizes (to 24 say) and allow entry to any player BUT the player's full handicap MUST be used for handicap purposes.
  2. AAA

    Dead forum

    No post for three months. I'm off elsewhere.
  4. Webb Simpson after the Players. “Now you can be looking for a ball in the rough this high at a U.S. Open; if you step on it, it’s a penalty. It used not to be a penalty. So they have reversed that rule that saved the player from a mistake that anybody can make. Why would they change that rule”
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    New Rules of Golf - 2019

    Some good info here
  8. What about Alternative to Stroke and Distance The Committee Procedures allow for the introduction of additional relief options when a ball is lost outside a penalty area or out of bounds, by way of Model Local Rule E-5. This local rule is appropriate for general play where golfers are playing casual rounds or playing their own competitions. Under the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System scores must not be submitted for handicap adjustment if this local rule is in place. Where the Local Rule is in use for general play, the club must ensure they remind players it is not allowed when scores are to be submitted for handicap adjustment (Qualifying Competitions and Supplementary Scores).
  10. AAA

    New Rules of Golf - 2019

    Full confirmed details
  11. AAA

    Match play doubles

    Surely it would depend on whether the club rules or conditions of competition specifies the membership status of competitors. My Club rules uses the words Member or Members in relation to all competitions. Conditions of Competition refer to Players.
  12. AAA

    Was Men's Maximum Handicap ever 24?

    Could be some interesting local rules. I'll check them out if I ever manage to get there. But thanks for the invitation
  13. AAA

    Was Men's Maximum Handicap ever 24?

    The best I can get is 'Some time in the early 80's'.
  14. AAA

    Was Men's Maximum Handicap ever 24?

    Have you got a copy of the latest CONGU regs? It can be downloaded as a pdf from
  15. AAA

    Was Men's Maximum Handicap ever 24?

    The current limits are 54 for both men and women. If there was a 24 limit it was before my time but I have seen a lot of long established internal club (and open) competitions specifying a 24 limit. Of course there are new constraints specifying when such limits may be used.
  16. AAA

    Texas Scramble

    Of course there are no agreed consistent rules for Scrambles. However, there are two conventions. 1) All players except the player who last made the counting stroke, makes the next stroke 2) All players including the player who last made the stroke, makes the next stroke. As the only player who can make a counting stroke drives OB, that is the last counting stroke. So all the others who are eligible have to play the next stroke under S&D. ie the team play 3 off the tee.
  18. AAA

    Greensomes rules.

    In the 2nd situation, I think there is a flaw. The player who hit OB could well have decided to take an unplayable for her partner's ball and taken S&D. But here is another suggestion From a respected rules expert: 1. Teeshots On each hole both players tee off from their respective teeing grounds. Before the 2nd stroke the team then selects the ball with which to play out the hole, playing alternate shots. The selection can be made explicitly (by announcing which ball is selected) or implicitly (by playing a 2nd stroke with either of the balls, or by playing a new ball, other then a Provisional ball, from the teeing ground.) An explicit selection may be changed before playing the 2nd stroke. The partner of the player whose ball is selected must play the second stroke with this selected ball. (for playing in incorrect order see Rule 29-3) Once the selection is made, the non-selected ball becomes a wrong ball. 2. Provisional Balls After the players have selected the ball, Rule 27-2 is applicable. Before the selection is made, the following Rules cover the play of a Provisional Ball: 1. A PB can only be played if both balls may be Lost outside a Water Hazard or Out of Bounds. 2. a. Only one of the players may play a PB and the PB must be played after both players have teed off. b. A PB played before either of the partners has teed off deems the already played ball to be the selected ball. 3. If either of the original balls is found in bounds or is lost in a Water Hazard, the PB must be abandoned. 4. Clause #c of the definition of Lost Ball applies to each original ball separately."
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    Greensomes rules.

    From a book called " Golf: It's Rules And Decisions" by Richard Francis first published in 1936. SELECTIVE DRIVE FOURSOME : Both partners shall put a ball in play from every tee and having done so shall, before another shot be played, determine which ball shall continue for that hole. Having driven, and the selection having been made, the rules of foursome ( not four-ball) then apply and no further selection is permitted. Under this rule, if both balls from the tee be out of bounds, lost or unplayable, or if one ball be one of these and other ball another, then the partners shall decide which ball shall be played, and if the man's ball be chosen then the woman shall play again from the tee and vice versa. If from the tee one player's ball be out of bounds, lost or unplayable, that player may not replay the shot from the tee. Either the partner's ball must be played for that hole ( if the other ball be chosen) the partner shall plasy again from the tee and the ball continued for that hole. From an old Decision in the combined R&A/USGA Decision Book in 1976. Rule 15 Decision 65/27/251: Question.- In a Greensome two partner drove at a bogey three hole; one drive was very poor, but playable, the other out of bounds. the player whose ball was out of bounds played another ball, put it near the pin, and her side got a four with that ball. Was that allowed, or should they have played the poor drive? It was argued that one of the partner would have had to drive again if both balls had been out of bounds. Answer.- Greensome competitions are not legislated for the Rules Of Golf. They are , however, a modification of foursome, and Rule 15 regarding the order of play should be applied. In the case cited the player who drove out of bounds should not have played a second ball off the tee under Rule 29-1a. If her side decided to select this drive her partner should have played three off the tee, since penalty strokes do not affect the order of play ( Rule 15-1). Since the player played out of turn, her side lost the hole ( Rule 15-2).
  20. AAA

    Greensomes rules.

    I'm afraid they are bound to differ. Greensomes are not covered by the Rules of Golf. As far as I can determine, the favoured route is that the team choose the one that gives the most favourable relief option and the partner takes that relief and plays. The principle being that both players have made their first stroke and after that, everything is alternate. IMO the same would apply if both balls were OB or one OB and the other in a WH (or even deemed unplayable).
  21. I seem to be the only one posting here. Should the forum be abandoned?
  22. AAA

    Rule Forum is it alive?

    MERRY XMAS to all that bother
  23. AAA

    No TV Call-ins
  24. Playing with a partner precludes a score from being a qualifier. But your results must be reported to your home club if the comp was not at your course. New rule by England Golf since start of 2017.