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The Rules of Golf

By United States Golf Association

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The United States Golf Association’s official application for the Rules of Golf. This App includes the 2012-2015 edition of the "Rules of Golf” and, through an in-app purchase of $1.99, the 2014-2015 edition of the “Decisions on The Rules of Golf.”

The Rules of Golf app is for you if you are an avid golfer looking for instant access to the official Rules and Decisions so you can play the game by the Rules and resolve disputes quickly. With this application, you will be able to answer pressing golf questions in seconds, such as:

•When is a ball considered lost?
•Can you stand out of bounds when making a stroke?
•How do you 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, email the USGA directly from the application 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 and intuitive navigation
•Convenient word and phrase search functionality
•Jump dial for quick access to specific Rules
•Email Rules questions to USGA experts or a link to the Rules or Decision to your friends

* 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 in Version 4.2.1

Fixed a "white screen" bug specific to iPads running iOS7. Thank you for the feedback!


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Customer Reviews

Great but needs work

Love being able to have the rules on my phone/pad. Having the decisions linked is a big plus as I study to begin volunteering as a rules official. What I would love to see is a much stronger search function. Also, the searches need to be accurate. For example, look up "must not be cleaned". Only two of the three occurrences come up when you do the search. I would also like to be able to search for multiple separate words that may be anywhere in a rule or decision. For example: lost ball and provisional ball. I would like to see rules/ decisions with both. Keep up the good work.

Good app! 2 Problems

This app is great to keep updated with the rules. It has links to similar rulings and the key words. Good to me.
(Yes you get the rule book, but the decisions cost $$)
Problem: favorites are in a weird order. It's not how I saved them or in the order of rules (which I'd prefer), also they keep deleting on me after not using the app for awhile!

A Must for Every Golfer

The app is an excellent replacement for old rule books I used to carry. I no longer have to replace my rule book every time a rule is added or changed. The $1.99 for the decisions is very reasonable and a must for all serious golfers.

The Rules of Golf
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Sports
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.2.1
  • Size: 15.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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