Update of the Gentlemen Golfers' 1775 code, and the first issued under their new name of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
[1802 Edinburgh Burgess]
RULES OF GOLF
TO BE OBSERVED BY
THE HONOURABLE COMPANY OF EDINBURGH GOLFERS,
1. You must tee your ball not nearer the hole than two club-lengths, nor further from it than four, and the tee must be on the ground.
2. The ball furthest from the hole must be played first.
3. You are not to change the ball struck from the tee before the hole is played out, and if at a loss to know one ball from the other, neither of them to be uplifted till both parties agree.
4. You are not to remove stones, bones or any break-club in order to play your ball, except upon the fair green, but if a ball stick fast in the ground, it may be loosened.
5. The player, in every case, shall be entitled to lift his ball, drop it behind, at such distance as he thinks proper, behind the hazard, and lose one stroke; but where he cannot get behind the hazard without going off the green, he shall be entitled to drop his ball on the green, on a line with the place where it lay, except it lies on any of the roads bounding the links.
6. If the ball is half covered, or more, with water on the green, the player is at liberty to take it out, drop it behind the hazard, and play it with an iron without losing a stroke; and when the ball is completely covered with fog or grass, so much thereof may be set aside that the player shall have a view of his ball before he plays.
8. When the balls lie within six inches of one another, the ball nearest the hole to be lifted till the other is played.
9. If a ball be stopped by accident it must be played where it lies, but if stopped by the adversary or his cady, the party who stops the ball to lose the hole.
10. If a ball is lost on the green, the player shall drop another behind the place where the other was lost, and lose one.
11. If, in striking, the club breaks, it is, nevertheless, to be accounted a stroke, if you either strike the ground or pass the ball.
12. At holing, you are not to mark the direction to the hole; you are to play your ball honestly for the hole, and not play on your adversary's ball, not lying in your way to the hole; but all loose impediments may be removed within six club-lengths of the hole.
13. In all cases where a ball is to be dropped, the party dropping shall front the hole to which he is playing, and drop the ball behind him over his head.
14. Any disputes respecting the play shall be determined by the Captain or senior counsellor present.