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

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.


Download the FREE USGA Rules Mobile App

This app is available for both iOS and Android devices. The app contains the Players Edition, the Full Rules, and the Official Guide to the Rules, plus many additional features including videos, diagrams, FAQs, quizzes and more!

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