Blackheath Golf Club, Royal Blackheath from 1901, the first club outside Scotland.
LAWS OF GOLF
Revised and amended by the Committee of
THE BLACKHEATH GOLF CLUB, 1828.
I. The Distance from the Hole, in Teeing, shall not exceed four club lengths, nor be nearer it than two, and the Tee must be on the ground.
II. The ball farthest from the Hole played for must be first played.
III. Whilst a Stroke is played, none of the Party shall walk about, making any motion, or attempting to take off the Player's attention by speaking or otherwise.
IV. The Party gaining a Hole shall strike off first.
V. The ball shall not be changed or handled, on any pretence, whilst playing except when by accident it is driven into water or mud, in which case the Player may take it out, and throw it behind the hazard, losing a stroke.
VI. No Stones, Bones, or other Break-clubs shall be removed.
VII. If the Player by mistake strikes his Opponent's Ball in playing through the Green, the Stroke shall not be reckoned against either, and the ball must be played as it may chance to lie.
VIII. No person shall be at liberty to better his position in playing, by breaking the surface of the Green, placing or removing stones; but should the Ball be driven into Furze, he shall be at liberty to break down as much of it as will enable him to see the ball before striking.
IX. In playing, no mark shall be used to beat down or make any mark in the sand or soil, whereby to improve the lie of the Ball.
X. If a stroke be made, and the Club passes the Ball, or strikes the ground, it shall be reckoned against the player, although the Ball be missed, or the Club be broken.
XI. The Party whose Ball is amissing shall be allowed five minutes to search for it, after coming to the spot where the Ball appeared to drop. If not then found, the Hole is lost.
XII. But should it be evident to both Parties that the Ball must of necessity have been carried off by some person or animal, the loser shall be entitled to throw down another, as near the spot as the Player can guess.
XIII. If the Ball be stopped by accident, it must be played as it may chance to lie.
XIV. But if stopped by the opposite Party, or their Club-bearers, no stroke shall be reckoned against the Player, and he shall also be at liberty to lay the Ball Fair.
XV. At Holing, you are not to mark the direction to the Hole, the Ball must be played honestly for the Hole, and not on the adversary's Ball not lying in the way.
XVI. Nothing whatever shall be removed when putting at the Hole, except on the play for the Medal, when all loose impediments, within six club-lengths of the Hole may be removed.
XVII. When the Hole is distinctly in view, no person shall stand at it for direction.
XVIII. When several Parties are on the Green, the second party shall not strike off before each of the advanced Party has played his second Stroke.
XIX. If the Player Holes the Opponent's Ball, it shall be reckoned in favour of the opponent, and be the same as if his Ball had been previously Holed.