9 Rule Changes That Most Impact The Recreational Golfer

By JOHN GORDON, Golf Canada

As you have heard, a historic reworking of the Rules of Golf came into effect on January 1.

To gain a better understanding of how it affects recreational golfers like me, I invited Adam Helmer, Golf Canada’s director of Rules, competitions and amateur status, to play nine holes with me at my home club. While the round is fictional — it is minus 8 in Central Ontario and Midland G&CC is snow-covered as I write this the new Rules are anything but.

The intent and, in my opinion, well achieved, is to make the Rules more understandable and relevant for everyone who enjoys the sport. A new Player’s Edition of the Rules and an app for your smartphone make it easy to play by the new Rules. Visit www.golfcanada.ca/rules.

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