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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 on January 1, 2019. The latest changes are expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers.


2019 Rules Seminar Alert: Mass Golf and the New England PGA Section (NEPGA) will be co-administering Rules of Golf Seminars at various locations throughout the Bay State in March and April.

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These seminars will be open to all Mass Golf Member Golfers, Member Club Staff, PGA Section Members, Allied Organization Members (GCSNE, NEGCOA, NECMA) and anyone interested in the Rules of Golf.

The process to modernize the Rules began in 2012 with the aim of making the Rules easier to understand and apply for all golfers as well as to help make the game more appealing and accessible for newcomers.

CLICK HERE to read the 2019 Rules primer that will make sure that you are ready to play by the new Rules the next time you step on the course.

Should you have any questions about the Rules now or during the upcoming season, you can contact Kevin Eldridge at

Eldridge, a Mass Golf staff member since 2011, is the Bay State’s primary liaison with the USGA on the Rules of Golf. He also manages the Mass Golf championship program which featured 46 championship plus qualifying events in 2018.

CLICK HERE to read a special message from Eldridge, which appeared in the latest issue of MassGolfer magazine.