Tournament Rules


All members agree to abide by the USGA Rules of Golf, the rules set forth by the tournament committees, and by the NHWGA. All members further agree to conduct themselves in a proper manner at all times. Rudeness and disrespect, as well as any unsportsmanlike conduct, e.g., profanity and club throwing, will not be tolerated. These offenses will be dealt with by the Ethics Committee of the Board of Directors, and could result in revocation of playing privileges in NHWGA events.

Local Rule: “Accidental Movement of the Ball on the Putting Green

This rule is effective as of January 1, 2017 for all New Hampshire Wommen’s Golf Association’s competitions. Download this quick reference guide Accidental Movement of a Ball on the Putting Green and or watch this video from the USGA to learn more about this rule: Video: Accidental Movement of the Ball on the Putting Green

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.”

2016 Rules of golf changes
The USGA & the R&A introduced four major changes to the rules of golf effective January 1, 2016. Click on the links to learn more about each of the changes.

Local Embedded Ball Rule

The following local embedded ball rule is to be in effect at all NHWGA events:
Anywhere “through the green,” a ball which is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground may be lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole.

Preferred Lies

If a host club allows preferred lies, the distance to be used is 1 club length. This does not apply to championships.

Distance Measuring Devices

The NHWGA allows the use of conforming Distance Measuring Device. Does your device fit the definition of conforming? Click here learn more.

USGA Rules of Golf

The NHWGA realizes that as much fun as golf is, it can also be intimidating and frustrating when it comes to understanding the rules. We invite you to read, watch and listen to some of the more frequent rules one encounters during a round of golf. All the rules, decisions, many helpful videos and rule quizzes can be found on the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) website at

Read about it … Watch and Listen …
Rule 1, The Game
Rule 3, Stroke Play
Rule 6, The Player
Rule 8, Advice; Indicating Line of Play
Rule 13, Play Ball as it Lies Video: Playing the Course as you find it – Part 1
Video: Playing the Ball as you find it – Part II
Rule 23, Loose Impediments Video: Loose Impediments
Rule 24, Obstructions Video: Immovable Obstructions
Video: Movable Obstructions
Rule 25, Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green Video: Abnormal Conditions
Rule 26, Water Hazards Video: Water Hazards
Rule 27, Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball Video: Ball Lost or Out of Bounds
Video: Provisional Ball
Rule 28, Ball Unplayable Video: Ball Unplayable
Definitions: Nearest Point of Relief Video: Nearest Point of Relief