Rules of the Game

RULES OF THE GAME

One of the core functions of the United States Golf Association is to write and interpret the Rules of Golf. The Association does this in conjunction with the Royal & Ancient in St. Andrews, Scotland. The USGA also sets guidelines for competitions and Amateur Status. Learn and play by the rules for maximum enjoyment of the game. For more information on current rules and decisions go to the USGA rules page.

RULES OF AMATEUR STATUS

The USGA writes and maintains the Rules of Amateur Status along with the R&A Rules Limited. An "amateur golfer" is one who plays the game as a non-remunerative and non-profit-making sport and who does not receive remuneration for teaching golf or for other activities because of golf skill or reputation, except as provided in the Rules. For more information on rules of amateur status go to the USGA amateur status page.