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Clubs and Balls

Teeing Ground
Order of play
Falling off tee

Playing the Ball
Unplayable
Wrong, Substitute
Lifting, dropping
Moved, deflected

Provisional, Lost,
Out of bounds

Putting Green
Flagstick
Marking, lifting
Stymie

Hazards
Water hazards
Lateral water hazards

Abnormal Conditions
GUR
Casual water
Hole, cast, or runway

Obstructions,
Loose impediments

Miscellaneous
Rule 1
Advice
Scoring
Stableford
Rule 3-3
Old Course, St Andrews
Wartime local rules
Best ever golf poem
Fore!
Rub of the Green

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Individual clubs
1744 Leith
1754 St Andrews
1773 Bruntsfield
1775 Leith
1776 Bruntsfield
1783 Aberdeen
1786 Crail
1802 Edinburgh Burgess
1809 HCEG
1810 Glasgow
1812 St Andrews
1814 Edinburgh Burgess
1815 Aberdeen
1824 Thistle
1825 Perth
1828 Blackheath
1828 Burntisland
1829 St Andrews
1829 Musselburgh
1830 Montrose
1834 Musselburgh
1838 Edinburgh Burgess
1839 HCEG
1839 Royal Perth
1842 R&A
1844 Blackheath
1858 R&A
1864 Royal Perth
1875 R&A
1882 R&A
1883 Royal Wimbledon
1886 RIoW
1888 R&A
1891 R&A
1895 R&A

R&A as world authority
1899
1902
1904
1908
1912
1920
1925
1933
1939
1947
1950

R&A and USGA as joint world ruling bodies
1952
1956
1960
1964
1968
1970
1972
1976
1980
1984
1988
1992
1996
2000
2004
2008
2012

Appendices
Rules for Amateur Status



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