• Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Rule 18.2a 'Time For Search'

    Anyone who's potentially lost a golf ball would like enough time to find it. The rules used to allow 5 minutes to search for a lost ball.

    Which doesn't seem like a long time...unless you're in the group behind the ones searching for the ball.

    Effective this year the amount of time allotted to search for a lost ball has changed. In this video the SCGA Rules Crew explains the new rules regarding time for search outlined in Rule 18.2a

     

     

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew: Penalty Areas "Old Habits Die Hard"

    Old habits do die hard, and when the powers that be renamed 'hazards' as 'penalty areas' and what we can do in there - legally - some of us are still confused.

    Fortunately the SCGA Rules Crew is here to help us once again.

     

     

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Rule 14.3 The Drop "Drill"

    With golf's new rules fully in effect for some 6 months now, we felt it might be a good time for a couple of refresher videos starting with the new Drop Rule.

    The SCGA Rules Crew once again are here to help us in our understanding of the rules.

     

  • Club Rules Presentation

    Please feel free to download a copy of the Rules - Club Presentation by clicking on the image below.

  • Video: New 2019 Rules Of Golf Explained

    Some of the new Rules of Golf appear to have confused people.

    This may help, a video highlighting the main changes with the new 2019 Rules of Golf.

     

     

     

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - The Overhanging Putt

    Having watched Tiger Woods leave a putt virtually staring down into the hole and not drop for him in Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship...unlike his famous slow-motion chip-in at the 2005 Masters on the 16th...we felt it might be time to revisit this SCGA Rules Crew video on that very situation.

    We've all seen either on TV or in our own experience the putt that stops right on the edge of the hole and defies gravity as it stares down into the bottom of the cup, refusing to drop. And every once in a while, if you wait just long enough, it does eventually do just that. 

    Problem is...how long is too long, when it comes to taking a rather delayed route to your ball before admitting that it's going to take one more stroke to finish the hole?

    The SCGA Rules crew addresses that situation in the following video.  

  • SCGA Rules Crew Video: Rule 8-1: Advice - When You Can And Can't Accept It

    From time-to-time we all have either given or received some friendly 'advice' or a tip on how to play a golf shot. But did you know that there's actually a rule about when it's permissable to hand out such information?

    And it doesn't matter if it's asked for or received in a 'stipulated' round. Watch this video from the SCGA Rules Crew to learn more.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Hollywood Swings & Misses 'Happy Gilmore'

    The Rules Crew takes a look at Happy Gilmore, an ageless classic. See what rules they got right, which ones they got wrong and everything in between.

    The SCGA makes no claim to own or to the rights of Happy Gilmore. All content is used under the Fair Use License as this is a critique of the film's implementation of the rules of golf. Happy Gilmore is owned by Universal Pictures.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Removing Loose Impediments (Rule 23)

    All golfers encounter leaves, sticks and other debris that sits in, around or on their ball after hitting a shot.

    But just what are we allowed to to about that? How far can you go in 'cleaning' the area around your ball so it doesn't cause your next shot to rocket off in a ridiculous direction?

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - 'Leaves' (Rule12-1b)

    If you play golf in the Pacific Northwest in the fall then you're probably familiar with trying to find your ball amongst fallen leaves.

    That's not uncommon obviously when you're under or close to the trees, but leaves often collect in bunkers as well and a couple of years ago the rule changed regarding the penalty for moving your ball when looking for it in the leaves.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Playing With Damaged Clubs (Rule 4-3)

    Every so often golfers encounter a tree root or a buried rock or some such element that once struck does some nasty things to their golf club.

    These accidents can and do happen...but what if the reason your club gets 'bent out of shape' is because you got bent out of shape as a result of the bad shot and the reaction is to take it out on the club by bludgeoning the ball washer with your 4 iron and it comes out looking like a pretzel? Can you still use it in your round? 

  • Billy Horschel Blown Away By Rule 20-4 At The Masters

    Billy Horschel Watches Helplessly As A Gust Of Wind Takes His Golf Ball Down The Slope From The 15th Green Into The Water Hazard Below - Image Courtesy Streamable.com

    British Columbia Golf, with files from Golf Saskatchewan

    Anyone watching the Masters this past Saturday likely had the opportunity to witness one of the stranger and perhaps more unfortunate incidents of the tournament...forgetting about, of course, Jordan Spieth's troubles on the 12th hole on Sunday.

    The bizarre incident came on the par-5 15th hole during Saturday's 3rd round after 3-time PGA TOUR winner Billy Horschel landed his second shot just off the side of the green. His chip onto the green ran past the hole and toward the water. It did stop and Horschel rushed over to mark it, almost sensing that the wind could take over at any moment.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - How Long Can You Search For A Ball Before It Is Deemed As Lost? (Rule 27-2C)

    How Long Have You Been Looking For That Ball? 

    Everybody hates to lose golf balls but we all do, it's part of the game. And so is looking for them in the hopes that we can avoid either taking the penalty strokes or having to endure the angst of breaking out another brand new ball and maybe only getting one or two whacks at it.

    We've also all been in the group behind someone who seems to take an eternity looking for their wayward shot, much like the guy in this SCGA Rules Crew video.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - Lifting Your Ball For Identification (Rule 12-2)

    Are you allowed to lift your ball when identifying it? 

    The rules of golf do allow for lifting your ball to identify it when you are uncertain if the ball you've located is actually yours. But it comes with important stipulations.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - You Can Bean Your Opponent And Use It To Your Advantage (Rule 19-1)

    Okay, well, you're not supposed to do it on purpose, but if you do happen to accidentally hit your opponent with a shot during Match Play it isn't necessarily a bad thing.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew - The Provisional Ball (Rule 12-1)

    This may be one of the more misunderstood and misapplied rules in golf. Basically what it means is that you get to play the second 'provisional' ball 'provided' you cannot find the original ball. Not just because it's in a much better place.

    So, as long as your original ball is not actually lost or out of bounds, you must play it and not the provisional ball.

  • Video: SCGA Rules Crew -Searching For Your Buried Ball In A Bunker - Yes, You Can Use A Shovel (Rule 12-1)

    Most golfers are fairly well aware of how to conduct themselves when they enter a bunker to play a shot. Taking care not to ground a club or cause too much of a disturbance. However there is a condition in which one can practically bring in a backhoe to get at the golf ball.

  • Know The Rules: Knocking Down Leaves With A Practice Swing - Not Always A Penalty

    Most of us have either experienced or witnessed the process of knocking down some leaves from a nearby tree when trying to figure out if there's enough room to make a swing after hitting the ball too close to the trees in the first place. 

    Now we have to assume that the vast majority of golfers are aware that we can't go hacking down branches or cutting great swaths through foliage that happen to be in our backswing by means of taking several vicious hacks loosely disguised as 'practice swings'...but this writer for one has to admit he wasn't aware that causing an 'insignificant' number of leaves to come loose in that practice swing does not entail taking a penalty.

    To find out just how that rule is meant to be applied, watch the following video, and make a point of reading the 'intent' of Rule 13-2 and the associated Decision 13-2/0.5 - it should help clear up what may have been a misunderstood rule by many of us.

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  • Holy Cow...There Is A 'Do-over' Rule In Golf - It's 26-2 "The Regression Rule"

    We've been posting these rules videos on British Columbia Golf for some time and thought we'd pretty much come across every permutation of the rules out there. Until now.

  • An Exception To The Rule

    The Immovable Obstruction rule in golf (24-2) can be of assistance to golfers who find their ball in a nasty spot but due to a course 'Obstruction' they are denied a reasonable opportunity to play a shot. 

    This is when the rules can be of help to golfers...unless of course they stretch the rule to excess, that's when THE EXCEPTION comes into play.

    Rule 24-2. Immovable Obstruction - says in part;

    "b. Relief
    Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows: (i)Through the Green: IF THE BALL LIES THROUGH THE GREEN, THE PLAYER MUST LIFT THE BALL AND DROP IT, WITHOUT PENALTY, WITHIN ONE CLUB-LENGTH OF AND NOT NEARER THE HOLE THAN THE NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF

    This sounds like a very cool break to get in some cases, EXCEPT...that it must be done within reason. 

    That's where the SCGA Rules Crew comes in. Watch this video to see an example of someone stretching the rule and falling prey to THE EXCEPTION.

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