So as to not recreate the entire USGA rule book. Suffice it to say, the better golfer you are, the more you should follow real golf rules.

We want everyone to enjoy the day…that’s paramount.

ARGG has a long tradition of “easy” rules interpretation, and we continue that tradition, however there should be some limitations.

  • * Mulligans: the lower your handicap, the fewer mulligans allowed. Divide your 9 hole handicap by 4 and round DOWN. That’s the number of mulligans per 18 holes. Example: 5 hdcp=1 mulligan, a 15 hdcp=3 mulligans. NO MULLIGAN PUTTS.
  • * Ball movement: You may lift, clean, and place the ball on every shot, regardless of weather, but may not change its lie substantially, such as removing it from the rough or bunker, or from the trees to the middle of the fairway. Even on scrambles limit ball placement to within two club lengths.
  • * Gimme’s: you don’t have to hole everything. You may give putts within a normal putter length of the hole, but no longer. We’re not going to go crazy here, just use some sense. You don’t have to measure it.
  • * Hazard play: This depends on your physical condition. If you can safely get into and out of the bunker, for example, then you must hit from the bunker. If you can’t, have someone retrieve your ball and place it no closer to the hole, keeping the bunker between yourself and the hole.
  • * Proctorscopes: of course yes. This is a long and honored tradition. Guy Proctor would send a lightning bolt from on high if we disallowed this.
  • * Water Hazards: A and B players play regular golf and count the penalty shot. You shouldn’t be in there anyways. C and D players can take a drop, no penalty, no closer to the green, on a line where the ball entered the hazard.
  • * Out of Bounds: Semi-normal golf. One shot penalty, and drop on a line, no closer to the hole, back from where it crossed the OB line.  You don’t have to do stroke and distance. (eg: you don’t have to go back and hit from where you stuck the previous shot. Count as follows: if your drive goes OB, that’s one. Penalty stroke is two, now you drop, and you are hitting three.  You have the option, as in regular golf to play a provisional, if you think a shot goes OB.  With a provisional, if your first ball is confirmed OB, your provisional is lying 2, and you are hitting three from where the provisional lands…this might be better than dropping at the OB location.  Your call.
  • * Lost balls: drop a replacement ball as close to where you think your lost ball “should be”. In the interest of pace-of-play, don’t go back and re-hit from previous position.  Count a penalty shot.  Don’t look forever. As with OB’s, if you hit a ball into an area where you think it’ll be lost, you can hit a provisional and count penalties as described for the OB.
  • * Unplayable lie: remember you are able to lift clean and place without substantially changing the area where your ball came to rest.  This movement (within two club lengths) could be enough to resolve your unplayable lie condition. If it is not, for example you found your ball but it’s deep in the woods with no chance of hitting out, then take a penalty for an unplayable, and drop (place) as close as you can to that unplayable ball, but where you do have a reasonable shot.

Thank you all for you comments on this. Let’s give it a try and adjust if we need to. Remember, golf is a game, and should be fun.