1.  SEARCH TIME NOW 3 MINUTES FOR LOST BALL.

2.  ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT OF A BALL DURING SEARCH - NO PENALTY & REPLACE BALL.

3.  EMBEDDED BALL - FREE RELIEF THRU THE "GENERAL AREA".

4.  MEASURING RELIEF - CLUB LENGTH IS NOW DEFINED AS THE LONGEST CLUB IN YOUR BAG OTHER THAN A PUTTER.

5.  DROP IS NOW FROM KNEE HEIGHT - 

6.  "RELIEF AREA " IS 1 OR 2 CLUB LENGTHS 

7.  BALL STRIKING PLAYER, OR EQUIPMENT ACCIDENTALLY - NO PENALTY. 

8.  BALL HIT MORE THAN ONCE - NO PENALTY STROKE - JUST COUNT THE ONE HIT & PLAY THE BALL AS IT LIES.

9.  BUNKER/SAND - INCIDENTAL TOUCHING OF THE SAND - NO PENALTY BUT GROUNDING CLUB OR TESTING 2 STROKES.

10.  LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS OR MOVABLE OBSTRUCTIONS MAY BE REMOVED IN SAND BUNKERS OR PENALTY AREAS BUT IF BALL MOVES THERE IS A 1 STROKE PENALTY AND BALL MUST BE REPLACED.

11.  BALL UNPLAYABLE IN A SAND BUNKER MAY NOW BE DROPPED OUTSIDE OF BUNKER BACK ON THE "LINE OF RELIEF" FOR 2 STROKES PENALTY.

12.  RED AND YELLOW HAZARDS ARE NOW DEFINED AS "PENALTY AREAS". 

13.  GROUNDING CLUB IN A "PENALTY AREA" NOW PERMITTED.

14.  BALL ON GREEN MARKED AND REPLACED THEN MOVES - NO PENALTY AND BALL MUST BE REPLACED. 

15.  BALL ON GREEN MOVED ACCIDENTALLY  NO PENALTY AND MUST BE REPLACED.

16.  DAMAGE TO GREEN (INCLUDING SPIKE MARKS) CAN BE REPAIRED WITHOUT PENALTY.

17.  PLAYER NOW HAS 2 CHOICES ON PUTTING GREEN - LEAVE FLAG STICK IN HOLE OR REMOVE IT.   THERE IS NO PENALTY FOR STRIKING FLAG STICK IN THE HOLE.

18.  BALL HOLED IF ANY PART OF IT IS BELOW THE EDGE OF THE HOLE.

19.  LATERAL RELIEF - FOR 1 STROKE PENALTY - 3 OPTIONS - STROKE & DISTANCE - BACK ON THE LINE - OR 2 CLUBS FROM WHERE LAST CROSSED.  A LOCAL RULE MAY ALSO PROVIDE A DROPPING AREA AND MAY ALSO REQUIRE THAT IT BE USED EXCLUSIVELY TO ALL OTHER OPTIONS.

20.  PENALTY AREAS - SEE RULE #17.

 

MOST IMPORTANT NEW RULES FOR 2019.