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The Rules of golf can be your friend!

When the rules of golf are your friend rather than a burden. Sometimes it seems the Rules of Golf are a burden….a little bad luck, an innocent mistake and BAM! You’re stuck taking one or two penalty strokes. But what’s important is that the more you know about the Rules of Golf, the more they…

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Q & A

Hello TPWGC! We’ve covered a variety of rules topics in the last 6 months or so. This month we are doing a Q&A. I’m going to provide answers to rules questions I’ve received on the fly recently. All different topics, so hold onto your hats, and away we go….. Taking Relief from a Sprinkler Head…

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The General Area

In my last Rules Corner, I addressed the Local Rule for relief from sprinkler heads around the putting green. In that discussion I mentioned “the General Area,” and I received the question, what is the General Area? USGA defines areas of the course this way: The Teeing Area of the hole being played All Penalty…

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2019 Major Rules Changes Recap

Hello TPWGC!  Happy New Year, and to those of you that are new members at TPWGC, welcome!! I originally wrote the following article in October, but itturns out our Web Director, Laura Borja, becomes VERY busy at year end with new members, web updates, and much more. Therefore, we’ll plan on a year-end hiatus for Mary’s Rules Corner…

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Care of the course: Bunkers

Mary’s Rules Corner Special Edition: Care of the course- smoothing bunkers Golf courses pulled the rakes from bunkers as part safety measures during the COVID19 pandemic.  As a result, the USGA allowed club/courses to apply special local rules giving players free relief from “disturbed” areas of bunkers since players were not able to rake bunkers.…

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Yellow Penalty Areas

Penalty areas on a golf course are marked as yellow penalty area or red penalty area with each having different relief options.  Today’s article will cover yellow penalty areas. A Yellow Penalty Area, usually a body of water like a lake, pond, or creek, will be marked with yellow stakes or lines. Prior to 2019 we…

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Local Rule: Stroke and Distance

Model Local Rule E-5: Alternative to Stroke and Distance for Ball Lost or Out of Bounds In this month’s edition of Mary’s Rules Corner we will talk about the Local Rule that we have in effect for TPWGC that covers the alternative to stroke and distance for a lost or out of bounds ball. It…

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Let’s talk about Loose Impediments!

Welcome to this month’s edition of Mary’s Rule Corner where we will be discussing loose impediments. Wait, what? Why do I need to know about those? Because, in 2019,  there were MANY changes to the Rules of Golf. One of those changes was a lot of relaxing around how Loose Impediments are treated. First, what…