January 2020 - Introduction
The new R&A Rules of Golf became Effective from January 2019. Standards of Player Conduct now comes into Rule Number 1.2 instead of in a separate section called Etiquette. All players are expected to act within the spirit of the game, with integrity, by following the Rules, applying all Penalties and being honest in all aspects of play. Players should always consider others by playing at a prompt pace, looking out for the safety of others, and not distracting the play of another player. Players should take good care of the course by replacing divots, smoothing bunkers, repairing ball-marks and not causing unnecessary damage to the course. The Committee may set its own standards of player conduct in a Code of Conduct adopted as a Local Rule.
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Defined Areas of the Course
Rule 2.2: There are 5 defined Areas of the Course. The General Area covers the entire course except for 4 specific areas. It includes fairway, rough, trees and ground or anything growing or attached within those areas. The 4 specific areas are: The Teeing Area where the player starts the hole (Rule 6.2), Bunkers (Rule 12), Penalty Areas (Rule 17) and Putting Green of the hole the player is playing (Rule 13).