Here are the basic rules of golf:
- Teeing off: The game begins with players teeing off from a designated area called the tee box. The ball must be placed between the tee markers and not more than two club lengths behind them.
- Play the ball as it lies: Once the ball is in play, it must be played as it lies, except under certain circumstances, such as when it is unplayable, lost, or out of bounds.
- Obstructions and hazards: Players must navigate around obstacles, such as bunkers, water hazards, and trees, and may take a penalty stroke if their ball lands in a hazard or out of bounds.
- Putting: The ultimate goal of each hole is to sink the ball in the hole using the least number of strokes possible. Putting on the green is a crucial part of the game, and players must be careful to avoid touching the ball or the line of the putt before striking it.
- Etiquette and sportsmanship: Golf is a game that values etiquette and sportsmanship, and players are expected to behave in a respectful and courteous manner towards their fellow competitors and the course.
- Scoring: Each hole is assigned a par, or the number of strokes a skilled player is expected to make. The player who takes the fewest number of strokes to complete the round wins the game.
These are just a few of the basic rules of golf. The game has many more detailed rules that can be found in the official Rules of Golf published by the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.