Similar rules code to that of the Thistle club, one year earlier.
[1802 Edinburgh Burgess]
RULES OF GOLF
TO BE OBSERVED BY THE MEMBERS OF
THE PERTH GOLFING SOCIETY, 1825.
I. No ball to be teed nearer the hole than six club lengths, nor farther from it than ten, and the tee must be laid on the ground. The turf on no account to be raised for the purpose of teeing the ball.
II. A ball struck from the tee must not be changed till the hole be played out, and if the parties be at a loss to know the one ball from the other, neither ball is to be lifted without mutual consent.
III. The ball farthest from the hole to be played first.
IV. Stones or any other substances that can break a club may be removed, if within a club length of the ball when lying on the fair green, but nothing to be removed when it lies in a bunker, or on sand, or on a road.
V. When the ball lies in water it may be lifted and dropt by the player behind the hazard, but he shall lose a stroke. If it stick fast in the ground the ball may be loosened, and where the ball is completely covered with fog or grass, so much thereof may be set aside, as that the player may have a view of his ball, or if it lye on clothes on the green, the clothes may be removed, or the ball taken up and dropt along-side of them, without the player losing a stroke.
VI. If the ball lye in an old or supernumerary hole in the green, it may be lifted, dropt, and played with an iron or putter from behind the hazard, without losing a stroke.
VII. The player in every case shall be entitled to lift his ball, drop it 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 in a line with the place where it lay.
VIII. When the balls lye within six inches of each other, the ball nearest the hole to be lifted till the other is played.
IX. In the case of more than two balls being played in the same party, or of the match being decided by the number of strokes, as in playing for medals or prizes, if one ball lye betwixt the other and the hole, the ball nearest the hole must be first played.
X. If a ball be stopt or moved by accident, it must be played where it lies, but if stopt or moved by the adversary or his cady, the party who stopt the ball to lose the hole.
XI. If a ball be lost, three minutes shall be allowed to search for it, and if not found within that time, the player shall return to the place from which he took his last stroke and tee a new ball; the stroke by which he lost his ball being counted against him.
XII. If, in striking, the player shall break his club or miss his ball, a stroke shall be counted against him.
XIII. In holing no mark of any kind shall be made to direct the player to the hole, nor shall the ground be smoothed, but all loose substances may be removed, and the ball shall be fairly and honestly played for the hole, and not on the adversary’s ball when not lying on the way to the hole.
XIV. In all cases where a ball may be lifted, the player shall stand behind the hazard with his face towards the hole to which he is playing, and drop the ball over his shoulder behind him.
XV. Every party playing shall go in the same course, and no party following shall play off, till the party preceding shall have played their second stroke.
XVI. If any player shall strike his adversary’s ball, or play out of turn on his own side, that side shall lose the hole.
XVII. Parties playing two balls shall be allowed to pass parties playing three, as moving more expeditiously.
XVIII. All disputes about the game shall be determined by the Captain, or the Senior Member of Council, present, or if none be present, by a mutual referee.
XIX. Mistakes relative to the reckoning of any particular hole cannot be rectified after the parties have struck off for the next hole.
N.B. - It may not be improper here to mention certain points of etiquette, which it is of importance should be observed by all who are in the habit of attending matches of Golf. It is understood that no looker-on is entitled to make any observation whatsoever respecting the play - to walk before the players - to remove impediments out of their way - or, in short, to interfere in the most distant manner with the game, while playing. The player is at liberty, at all times, to ask advice from his partner or cady, but from no other person.