Welcome to 2019 and the new golf rules being implemented by the R&A and USGA. I'm sure that almost everyone has read over the changes that will make the game better for all of us. For those of you who are not up to speed or are new to the game of golf, please check with your playing partners or get on the internet if you have any questions.
On the green you will be able to repair almost everything in your putting line and for those tricky downhill putts you have the option of leaving the flagstick in the hole.
You will no longer incur a penalty for accidently moving your ball or ball mark, hitting yourself, caddy, or equipment with a golf ball, or double hitting your ball on one stroke.
For those of us who often find ourselves in the red or yellow staked hazards, you now have the option of removing loose impediments and you can ground your club. In a bunker you can remove stones and other items (but don't touch/test the sand in front or back of your golf ball.)
Another important item being stressed is speeding up the round of golf. You will now only have 3 minutes to look for your golf ball and all golfers are encouraged to complete your shot within 40 seconds when it's your turn to play.
The IPGC Rules Committee will be putting together updated local rules and will have them ready for our Club Championship in February.
Please check with your local golf organizor to sign up and pay for the Club Championship.