The United States Golf Association’s official application for the Rules of Golf. This free app includes the edition of the "Rules of Golf” effective January 1, 2016 and, through an in-app purchase of $1.99, the 2016-2017 edition of the “Decisions on The Rules of Golf.” The InApp purchase does not expire. However, the Rules of Golf covered in the app are valid until January 1, 2019, at which time a new edition will be issued by the USGA. There is not an automatic renewal on January 1, 2019 for existing purchasers.

The Rules of Golf app is for you if you are looking for instant access to the official Rules and Decisions that will allow you to play the game by the Rules and resolve disputes quickly. With this application, you will be able to find important Rules information in seconds, such as:

• When a ball is considered lost.
• Whether or not you can stand out of bounds when making a stroke.
• How to proceed when a ball has landed close to a dangerous situation, like a rattlesnake or a beehive.

If you still have questions on a particular situation, call or email the USGA’s Rules experts directly to receive expert advice. Whether it concerns casual water, loose impediments or line of play, no question is out of bounds.


• The only Rules of Golf app approved by the USGA
• Every Rule, Definition and Decision available in the palm of your hand
• Simple, fast and intuitive navigation
• Convenient word and phrase search functionality

* The USGA is the governing body for the game of golf in the USA and Mexico. The R&A Rules Limited is the governing body for the game of golf in all other jurisdictions. Please contact the appropriate governing body in your jurisdiction with questions regarding the Rules of Golf. *

What's New

Version 5.9

Release Version 5.9

This release includes the following enhancements:

- Added the new Local Rule for modifying the Exception to Rule 6-6d
- Added new Amateur Status Decision 3-2a/21.5

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Great app.


I am a rules official for a PGA Section and frequently use this app because it lets yo move between references with a simple touch and then you can go back to where you were with another touch.

I wish it also had a way to listen in audio.

Highly Recommend


This app contains the full text of the USGA / R&A rules, organized to quickly access the rule for any situation on the course. Very handy and easy to use. I also recommend the optional companion "Decisions" module, which aids in the interpretation of the rules and how they are applied.

Exactly what you expect


Search, easy to read etc.

I'd recommend that the app allow you to see the proposed rules in a different section as opposed to finding that information elsewhere on the USGA site.


United States Golf Association
43.7 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013 by the United States Golf Association
In-App Purchases
  1. license to the Decisions on the Rules of Golf $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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