..... Before Starting a Round
Q1: What is the
maximum number of clubs with which a player may
start their stipulated round?
A1: 14. Rule
Q2: Which of the following statements is
incorrect? a) On any day of a match-play
competition, a player may practice on the course
before their round. b) A competitor must not
practice on the competition course before a
round on the day of a stroke-play competition.
c) When two rounds of a stroke play competition
are to be played over consecutive days a player
may practice on the course after finishing their
A2: c) When two
rounds of a stroke play competition are to be
played over consecutive days a player may
practice on the course after finishing their
first round. This is the statement that is
incorrect, Rule 7-1b.
Q3: A player may give advice to a fellow
competitor before making their first stroke from
the teeing ground of the first hole. True or
A3: True. Advice
may be given or asked for before, but not during
a stipulated round. Rule 8-1
Q4: Before starting their stroke play round, a
player may practice putting or chipping on or
near the first teeing ground. True or False?
Exception to Rule 7-1.
Q5: Before starting their stroke play round a
player may rake a bunker on the course to test
the wetness of the sand. True or False?
A5: True. There
is nothing in the Rules that prohibits a player
from testing the sand in a bunker before or
during a round, providing their ball in play is
not at rest in the same or similar bunker. Rule
Q6: In stroke play competitions, players must
put identification marks on their golf balls
before using them, to ensure that balls in play
can be positively identified in any case of
doubt. True or False?
Players should mark their golf balls, but it is
not mandatory. However, players are always
responsible for playing the proper ball. Rule
Q7: Opponents A and B forgot to check one
another's handicap before starting their match.
They had teed off at the 4th hole when player A
realised they should have received a stroke at
the 3rd hole, on which both players had scored
5. What is the ruling? a) The hole stands as
halved. B) A wins the hole, as the match was
still in progress. c) The hole must be played
again. d) Both players are disqualified from the
competition for not announcing their handicaps
before they started.
A7: a) The hole
stands as halved. Decision 6-2a/1.
Q8: On Friday, a player found a wedge on the
course and put it in their bag, intending to
hand it in. Having teed off from the 1st hole in
Saturday's medal competition they see that the
stray club is still in their bag and they ask a
friend to take it into the Pro Shop, as they are
already carrying 14 clubs of their own. What is
the ruling? a) There is no penalty because it
was not their club. b) There is no penalty as
they had not used the club. c) They incur a
penalty of two strokes for starting their round
with more than 14 clubs. d) They incur the
maximum penalty of four strokes for starting
their round with more than 14 clubs.
A8: c) They incur
a penalty of two strokes for starting their
round with more than 14 clubs. Rule 4-4a.
Q9: Having been held-up by unusually dense
traffic, a player arrives on the 1st teeing
ground 2 minutes after their starting time for a
Stableford competition. What is the penalty? a)
There is no penalty in this exceptional
circumstance. b) The player incurs a penalty of
one stroke at the first hole. c) The player
incurs a penalty of two strokes at the first
hole. d) The player is disqualified from scoring
any points on the first hole. e) The player has
two points deducted from their total score for
A9: e) The player has two points deducted from
their total score for the round. Note 2 to Rule