Ball moved by an outside agency is played where it lies.
No obstruction of any kind to be removed -- this is the first mention of an obstruction, but it did not have the same meaning as it does today.
First indication of conceding a putt in match play.
A dress code for competitions, and extra rules for medal play including unplayable ball, no stymies and removing loose impediments within three yards of the hole.

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1 October 1814

1.  No Golfer or Cadie to be allowed to dig tee within ten yards of the hole; and no ball to be teed nearer the hole than two club-lengths, nor farther from it than four, and the ball to be teed on the ground.

2.  Two or more parties meeting at the hole, the party who plays first to be allowed to play their second strokes, before the succeeding party strikes off; but should the first party's ball be in a hazard, they shall stand aside till the second party passes them.

3.  Every hole must be played out with the same ball that is struck from the tee, and no obstruction of any kind to be removed, but the ball must be played wherever it lyes, unless in the water track when the player may lift his ball, drop it over his shoulder behind the hazard and play it with an iron.

4.  No hole is gained unless the ball is holed, (except by consent of the parties) and a party losing their ball loses the hole.

5.  In case of doubt as to the ball belonging to either party, neither ball to be lifted unless by consent of both parties, and the ball farthest from the hole always to be played first.

6.  If the ball is struck or moved by any one not of the party, that ball must be played from wherever it is so struck or moved to.

7.  In a match of more than two players, if a ball is struck twice or oftener successively by one player, that side of the match loses the hole.

8.  If a party plays the adversary's ball, the adversary gains the hole.

9.  If a party personally or by their cadie stops or touches any ball of their match, the adversary gains the hole.

10.  If a ball sticks fast in the ground it must be loosened and the opposite party may insist to do so.

11.  It shall be deemed fair to play a ball against the adversary's ball, provided the player does not touch the adversary's ball with his club.

12.  In playing for prizes, no competition to be allowed unless the parties are dressed in the uniform of the club.


1.  That the Medal shall be played on the last Saturday of April annually and the candidate holing two rounds at the fewest number of strokes shall be the winner, such winner not being allowed to play for the medal again until three years after the year in which he shall have gained it.

2.  That the Competitors shall play in single parties and that each party shall have a marker along with them, and if it shall happen that any member wishing to compete for the medal is without a partner such member shall be allowed to play by himself and to take a marker along with him.

3.  That a player may at any time lift his ball upon losing a stroke and dropping the ball over his shoulder behind the hazard.

4.  That if a ball, in playing through the green, shall go into the whins, or the water, or the Park, or shall be lost, the striker may return to the place, as nearly as possible from whence the ball was struck, drop it if it is found, or if it is lost another ball, over his shoulder and lose a stroke.

5.  That in playing through the green all break-clubs, and the balls, if they should happen to lye so close as not to be played, shall be removed, and at the putting, when the ball is within three yards of the hole, every loose impediment whatever as well as the opponent's ball if it shall happen to lay in the direction of the hole, shall be taken away.

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