New Golf Rules 2019

Collect your new 2019 Rule book from the Club. Note that this is the Player’s Edition and is somewhat condensed. There are many references to “see the Full Rules”. The Full Rules are available on the Rand A and NZGolf websites as detailed below.

The best way to begin is to read the DEFINITIONS first , as there have been many name and detail changes. The abridged version is printed in the Players Edition p136, the full version at the websites.

You can explore the 2019 rules and Major changes to the Rules of Golf on the RandA website or on the NZGolf website.


The USGA has a comprehensive selection of short videos illustrating the main points and available in the Major Changes section.

These are short clear visual explanations, and have the written rule and an explanation of the reasons for the change.