rules of golf

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland, jointly write and interpret the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. The latest version went into effect in 2012.

Mass Golf is readily available to provide answers to any Rules of Golf questions or concerns. The Mass Golf is an experienced liaison between the USGA – the ultimate authority on the Rules of Golf – and our Member Clubs.

In March of 2017, the  R&A and the USGA announced a major set of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf. These changes result from our Rules Modernization initiative that began five years prior in an effort to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally.

This initiative had two guiding themes:

  • Even far-reaching Rule changes should be open for discussion, but golf’s essential principles and character must be preserved.
  • Revisions should be assessed with all golfers in mind, so that the Rules are easier to understand and apply not only for professionals and elite amateurs, but also for beginners, high-handicappers and typical club and recreational golfers at all levels of play around the world.


Click here to view a set of key milestones to consider before the new Rules take effect on January 1, 2019.

Mass Golf is also available to assist Member Clubs with any rules questions that they may have. For more information, contact Kevin Eldridge at keldridge@massgolf.org.