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The First Rules of Golf - 1744

                       FIRST RULES OF GOLF  -  1744  


1.                  You must tee your ball within one club’s length of hole.


2.                  Your tee must be on the ground.


3.                  You are not to change the ball you strike off the tee.


4.                  You are not to remove Stones, Bones or any Break Club, for sake of playing your ball, except upon the Fair Green and that only within a club’s length of your ball.


5.                  If your Ball come among watter or any watery filth, you are at liberty to take out your Ball and, brining it behind the hazard and teeing it, you may play it with any club and allow your Adversary a Stroke, for so getting out your ball.


6.                  If your balls be found anywhere touching one another you are to lift the first ball, till you play the last.


7.                  At Holing, you are to play your Ball honestly for the Hole, and not play upon your adversary’s Ball, not lying in your way to the Hole.


8.                  If you should lose your Ball, by its being taken up, or any other way you are to go back to the Spot, where you struck last, and drop another Ball, and allow your adversary a stroke for the misfortune.


9.                  No man at Holing his Ball is to be allowed, to mark his way to the Hole with his club or anything else.


10.              If a Ball be stopp’d by any person, Horse, Dog or anything else, the Ball so stopp’d must be played where it lyes.


11.              If you draw your Club, in order to Strike and proceed so far in the Stroke, as to be bringing down your Club:  If then your Club shall break, in any way, it is to be Accounted a Stroke.


12.              He whose Ball lyes farthest from the Hole is obliged to play first.


13.              Neither Trench, Ditch or Dyke, made for the presentation of the Links, nor the Scholar’s Holes or the Soldier’s Lines, Shall be accounted a Hazard.  But the ball is to be taken out and tee’d and play’d with any iron club.


(No penalties for violations were contained in the 13 original rules.  They were for match, not medal, play.)


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