Four-Ball Match Play Information
two stroke penalties in Match Play - Loss of Hole instead
2. Of the 34 Rules of golf, 14 have differences for Match
Play; 16 refer to Match or Stroke Play in penalties or discussion
and four rules (3, 21, 31, & 32) make no mention of Match
or Stroke Play.
3. Rules with differences:
2-1 The game is played by holes. A hole is won by the side
which holes its ball in the fewer strokes
2-3 A match is won by the side which is leading by a number
of holes greater than the number of holes remaining to be
2-4 When the opponent's ball is at rest, the player may concede
the opponent to have holed out with her next stroke. A
player can concede a hole or stroke at any time prior to the
conclusion of the hole or match. Concession of a stroke, hole
or match MAY NOT BE declined or withdrawn.
2-5 Players must continue the match without delay. Any claim
must be made before any player plays from the next teeing
ground or all players leave the last putting green.
starting a match the players should determine from one another
their correct handicaps. MAKE SURE
all dots match on all score cards in your 4-some before play
any day of a match play competition, a player may practice
on the competition course before a round.
player who has incurred a penalty shall inform her opponent
as soon as practicable.
The side which wins a hole shall take the honor on the next
hole. If the hole is halved, honor from the previous hole
applies. The honors on the first hole should be decided by
lot. So, flip a coin or toss a tee. Other than on the tee,
the ball farther from the hole shall be played first. If a
player plays out of turn, the opponent may immediately require
the shot to be replayed, no penalty. The rules read as stated
but PLEASE play "PACE OF PLAY--ready golf" except
when on the green. On the green, the player farthest from
the hole has honors and her team may putt first and it might
be her partner that is closer. (see rule 30-3c below) ...
In stroke play you need to putt out but in Matchplay, if you
are out of contention or your opponent is close to the hole,
you are allowed to give them the stroke. This helps pace of
If a player plays a ball from outside the teeing ground, the
opponent MAY immediately require the player to cancel the
stroke and play a ball from within the teeing ground, no penalty.
Player loses the hole if a wrong ball is played - except from
Do not attend the flagstick without authority. Loss of hole.
Ball moved by opponent during search, no penalty and replace
the ball. Not during search opponent gets one stroke penalty
and replace ball.
If a ball in motion is stopped by your side or equipment,
it is loss of hole. If stopped by opponent there is no penalty
and play as it lies or replay the stroke, no penalty.
If the player plays a stroke with a ball which has been dropped
or placed in a wrong place, loss of hole.
Interfering or Assisting play - When a player asks to have
a ball marked and lifted, it MUST
be done. This may not be done while ball is in motion. Loss
Four-Ball - A side may be represented by one partner. Late
arriving partner can join between play of holes.
Balls belonging to the same side may be played in the order
the side considers best.
If a player plays a stroke with a wrong ball (except in a
hazard), he shall be DQ'd for that hole, but her partner incurs
no penalty even if the wrong ball belongs to her. If the wrong
ball belongs to another player, its owner shall place a ball
on the spot from which the wrong ball was first played.
If claim is not made within time limit in Rule 2-5, it is
only considered if it is based on facts not known by player
making claim and the player has been given wrong facts.
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February 12, 2018