Rules of the Musselburgh Club, said to have been instituted in 1744. Now
[1802 Edinburgh Burgess]
RULES TO BE OBSERVED BY
THE MUSSELBURGH GOLF CLUB,
13 March 1829
1st. The Game to be commenced at the hole opposite the distance post, to be proceeded with Eastward, and the present round of seven holes to be completed.
2d. The Ball shall not be teed nearer the hole than two club lengths, nor farther from it than four, and the tee shall not be behind the hole. The green shall not be dug up for a tee, nor shall turf, sand, or clay be taken from any part of it, within ten yards of the hole.
3d. The ball which is struck off the tee shall not be changed before the hole is played out.
4th. The ball farthest from the hole to which the party are proceeding, shall always be played first.
5th. No second party shall play off till the first has struck a second stroke; and while first party is putting at the hole the second shall not play upon them.
6. Should a player break his Club in striking the Ball, or strike the ground, or pass over his ball, a stroke shall in each of these cases be counted.
7th. No stones, nor any break-club, shall be removed from the ball, in order that it might be played.
8th. When the ball is covered with, sunk or swimming in, water or under ice or in a hole when a Club cannot reach it (such hole being at least three inches in depth and not more than twelve inches in diameter) the player may take it out, allow a Cady to drop it behind the Hazard, and play it with an Iron; his opponent being entitled to a stroke.
9th. No Player shall beat down or spread back the turf or sand in playing through the green.
10th. When a ball is lost, the Player shall lose the Hole; only five minutes being allowed him to seek for the Ball.
11th. When a ball is accidentally stopped by any third party, it shall be played from the spot where it lies; but if stopped by an antagonist or his Cady, the antagonist shall lose one stroke, if the opponent playing the Ball requires it.
12th. No ball shall be lifted to allow the opponent to play, however near the Balls may be to each other; and should they be equi-distant from the hole, the party whose turn it is to strike, shall play.
13th. No obstructions shall be removed at Putting; but the parties may order the ground, for ten yards round the Holes, to be swept or cleaned before the game is commenced.
13. When Holing, no party shall play upon his antagonist's Ball, if it is not lying directly in his way to the hole. Neither shall any party mark by a line upon the ground, the direction he wishes the Ball to take.