Rules of Golf

The United States Golf Association (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. Both organizations serve as the authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf. (2016-17 Rules of Golf)

Video Evidence Decision
A new Decision on the Rules of Golf has been issued by the USGA and R&A in relation to the use of video evidence. Effective immediately, Decision 34-3/10 implements two standards for Rules committees to take into account when utilizing video. (More Info)

Modernizing Golf's Rules
The USGA and R&A are modernizing the Rules of Golf in an effort to make them easier to understand and apply. If approved, the changes would take effect in 2019. A preview of the changes is available and feedback from all golfers is strongly encouraged. (Rules Modernization Preview)

2016 Rules Changes
As a culmination of the normal four-year review cycle, the USGA and R&A released updated Rules of Golf on Jan. 1, 2016. (Rules Changes)

Rules FAQ
Search the USGA database for a Rules question by keyword or a given rule. (Rules FAQ)


Videos and Articles
Amateur Status
  • Equipment Overview - the USGA tests balls, clubs and other equipment for conformity to the Rules of Golf