Rules

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The official rules of footballgolf are governed by the World Footballgolf Association (WFGA). The idea behind this is to have consistency for rules in footballgolf, so that players all over the world can play with the same set of rules. All cursive (italic) items can be found in the definitions.

Rule 1. The Game

1-1. General

The game of Footballgolf consists of kicking a ball from the teeing ground and once the ball comes to rest, kicking it again. This process is repeated until the ball is holed in the hole or in an optional final obstacle.

1-2. Exerting Influence on Ball

A player must not take any action to influence the position or the movement of a ball except in accordance with the Rules.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 1-1, 1-2: Two kicks.

In the case of a serious breach of Rule 1-2, the WFGA-representative may impose a penalty of

disqualification.

1-3. Agreement to Waive Rules

Players must not agree to exclude the operation of any Rule or to waive any penalty incurred.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 1-3: Disqualification of competitors (sides) concerned.

1-4. Points Not Covered by Rules

If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made by the WFGA-representative/Referee.

Rule 2. Match-Play

2-1. General

A match consists of one side playing against another over a stipulated round unless otherwise decreed by the WFGA-representative. In match play the game is played by holes. Except as otherwise provided in the Rules, a hole is won by the side that holes its ball in the fewer kicks. The state of the match is expressed by the terms: so many “holes up” or “all square,” and so many “to play.”

2-2. Halved Hole

A hole is halved if each side holes out in the same number of kicks

2-3. Winner of Match

A match is won when one side leads by a number of holes greater than the number remaining to be played. If there is a tie, the WFGA-representative may extend the stipulated round by as many holes as are required for a match to be won.

2-4. Concession of Match, Hole or Next Stroke

A player may concede a match at any time prior to the start or conclusion of that match. A player may concede a hole at any time prior to the start or conclusion of that hole. A player may concede his opponent’s next kick at any time, provided the opponent’s ball is at rest. The opponent is considered to have holed out with his next kick, and the ball may be removed by either side. A concession may not be declined or withdrawn.

2-5. General Penalty

The penalty for a breach of a Rule in match play is the same like in kick play.

Rule 3. Kick Play

3-1. General: Winner

A kick play competition consists of competitors completing each hole of a stipulated round or rounds and, for each round, returning a score card on which there is a score for each hole. Each competitor is playing against every other competitor in the competition. 

The competitor who plays the stipulated round or rounds in the fewest kicks is the winner. If there is a tie for any of the first three places the competition must be decided by a Sudden-Death Playoff. The Playoff hole(s) must be settled and announced by the WFGA-representative before the tournament starts.

3-2. Failure to Hole Out

If a competitor mistakenly fails to hole out at any hole and does not correct his mistake before he makes a kick on the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the round, before he leaves the green, he is penalized with a maximum amount of kicks. (See rule 3-5)

3-3. Doubt as to Procedure

In stroke play only, if a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with his ball in two different rules options. To proceed under this Rule, he must decide to play two options after the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action (e.g. making a stroke at the original ball). 

The competitor should announce to his marker or a fellow-competitor:

• that he intends to play two options; and

• which option he wishes to count if the Rules permit the procedure used for that option.

Before returning his score card, the competitor must report the facts of the situation to the WFGA-representative. If he fails to do so, he is disqualified. If the competitor has taken further action before deciding to play two options, he has not proceeded under Rule 3-3 and the score with the original option counts. The competitor incurs no penalty for playing the second option 

3-4. Refusal to Comply with a Rule

If a competitor refuses to comply with a Rule affecting the rights of another competitor, he is disqualified.

3-5. Each hole has a maximum amount of kicks. 

Each hole has a given par. The maximum amount of kicks is 3 times the given par. If you are not able to get the ball in hole in that amount of kicks, you will be given a penalty of one shot. 

3-6. Double

In double the basic rules are the same as in individual kick play except that the players during a hole must switch turns. The players can decide by themselves who is starting the holes.  

3.7. General Penalty 

The penalty for a breach of a Rule in kick play is two kicks except when a rule says otherwise.

Rule 4. Equipment

4-1. General

Equipment is anything used, worn or carried by the player (except the ball in play and the position marker).

4-2. Footwear

The player needs to use footwear. The player can choose any pair of footwear except shoes that may cause damage to the course. That means for example indoor shoes, running shoes, astro-turf boots with multiple rubber studs is permitted. Ordinary football boots with cleats (blades or cones) are not allowed unless otherwise mentioned. 

Rule 5. The Ball

5-1. General – The Ball

The ball must be a football of size 5 with a round shape. It is not allowed to change the ball pressure during a round except between hole 9 and 10. (The WFGA-representative will see to it that there is a pump available between hole 9 and 10.)

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 5-1: Two kicks.

For subsequent offense – Disqualification.

5-2. Ball unfit for play

A ball is unfit for play if it is cracked or punctured. A ball is NOT unfit for play if its surface has a minor scratch or is scraped or its paint is damaged or discolored. Ball that is unfit for play must be exchanged.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 5-2: Two kicks.

Rule 6. The Player

6-1. Rules

The player is responsible for knowing the Rules.

6-2. Time of Starting and Flights

a. Time of Starting

The player must start at the time established by the WFGA-representative. We recommend the player to report to the registration point at least 15 minutes before his starting time to pick up his score card.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 6-2a:

If the player arrives at his starting point, ready to play, within five minutes after his starting time, 

the penalty for failure to start on time is two kicks at the first hole in kick play.

Showing up later than five minutes after established starting time, the penalty for breach

of this Rule is disqualification.

Exception: Where the WFGA-representative determines that exceptional circumstances have prevented a player from starting on time, there is no penalty.

b. Flights

The competitor must remain throughout the round in the flight arranged by the WFGA-representative, unless the WFGA-representative confirms a change.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 6-2b: Disqualification.

6-3. Ball

The responsibility for playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player should put an identification mark on his ball.

6-4. Scoring in Kick Play

a. Recording Scores

Before starting the round, each competitor switches his score card with another competitor in the group arranged by the WFGA-representative and becomes a marker of another competitor of the group.

After each hole the marker should check the score with the competitor and record it. On completion of the round the marker must sign the score card and hand it to the competitor.

b. Signing and Returning Score Card

After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the WFGA-representative. He must ensure that the marker has signed the score card, sign the score card himself and return it to the WFGA-representative as soon as possible.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 6-4b: Disqualification.

c. Alteration of Score Card

No alteration may be made on a score card after the competitor has returned it to the WFGA-representative.

d. Wrong Score for Hole

The competitor is responsible for the correctness of the score recorded for each hole on his score card. If he returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, he is disqualified.

If he returns a score for any hole higher than actually taken, the score as returned stands. 

Exception: If a competitor returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken due to failure to include one or more penalty strokes that, before returning his score card, he did not know he had incurred, he is not disqualified.

In such circumstances, the competitor incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule and an additional penalty of two strokes for each hole at which the competitor has committed a breach of Rule 6-4d. This Exception does not apply when the applicable penalty is disqualification from the competition.

Note: The WFGA-representative is responsible for the addition of scores recorded on the score card.

6-5. Undue Delay; Slow Play

While playing a hole and between completion of a hole and playing from the next teeing ground, the player must not unduly delay play. If a player or a flight plays slow and loses contact to groups in front of them or delays the flight behind, the referee can be contacted. The referee can decide to put them on the clock. In this situation, they have 40 seconds to make the kicks from the time they reach the ball.  

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 6-5: Two kicks.

For subsequent offense – Disqualification.

6-6. Interruption of Play – Continuation of Play

a. When Permitted

The player should continue to play unless:

(I) The WFGA-representative has suspended play;

(II) He believes there is danger from lightning;

(III) There is some other good reason such as sudden illness; or the like.

Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play. If the player discontinues play without specific permission from the WFGA-representative, he must report to the WFGA-representative as soon as practicable. If he does so and the WFGA-representative considers his reason satisfactory, there is no penalty. If the reason is unsatisfactory, the player is disqualified.

b. Procedure When Play is Suspended by WFGA-representative

When play is suspended by the WFGA-representative, the players must stop playing immediately and mark the position of their ball before lifting the ball. The players must resume play when the WFGA-representative has ordered a resumption of play from the marked position where it was discontinued. No flights are allowed to start the hole all over again when the play continues. 

PENALTY for not marking the ball – 2 kicks penalty

PENALTY for other breach of rule 6-6b: First breach - Warning

For subsequent offense – Two kicks penalty 

Rule 7. Practice

7-1. Before or Between Rounds

On any day of a competition, a player may practice on the competition course before a round starts or after a round is finished only if the WFGA-representative allows it. The player must not practice between tournament groups.

7-2. During Round

A player must not make a practice kick during play of a hole.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 7.1 or 7.2: 

➢ For first offense – Warning

➢ For second offense – Two kicks penalty

For third offense – Disqualification

Rule 8. Advice

Advice is allowed if it doesn’t delay the play (ref. rule 6-5), and an advising person must always stay behind the players in the flight while they are playing the hole. 

Exception: Your partner in double is allowed to show where he wants the ball. 

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: First breach - Warning

For subsequent offense – Two kicks penalty 

Rule 9. Information as to Kicks Taken

General

The number of kicks a player has taken includes any penalty kicks incurred. A competitor who has incurred a penalty must inform his marker as soon as possible.

Rule 10. Order of Play

The competitor (side) with the lowest score at a hole takes the honour at the next teeing ground. The competitor (side) with the second lowest score plays next and so on. If two or more competitors (sides) have the same score at a hole, they play from the next teeing ground in the same order as at the previous teeing ground. After the competitors, have started play of the hole, generally the ball farthest from the hole is played first.

If balls have to be marked the group may decide that a ball closer to the hole or to the next obstacle may be played first. Balls close to obstacles should be played first. Otherwise marking, lifting and placing close to obstacles must be made together with the marker or fellow-competitor. If the ball is near the hole, the player may, in consultation with the other players, choose to hole out. Inside one meter the player should hole out his ball.

Rule 11. Teeing Ground

11-1. Teeing

When a player is kicking a ball into play from the teeing ground, it must be played from within the teeing ground. A ball is inside the teeing ground when part of it lies inside the teeing ground. A player may stand outside the teeing ground to play a ball within it.

11-2. Tee-Markers

Tee-markers are deemed to be fixed. The player must not move any tee-markers.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 11.2: Two kicks.

11-3. Playing from Outside Teeing Ground

If a player, when starting a hole, plays a ball from outside the teeing ground, he incurs a penalty of two kicks and must then play a ball from within the teeing ground.

The kick from outside the teeing ground and any subsequent kick by the player on the hole prior to his correction of the mistake do not count in his score.

Rule 12. Searching for and Identifying Ball

12-1. Searching for Ball

In searching for his ball anywhere on the course, the player may touch or bend long grass, rushes, bushes, heather or the like, but only to the extent necessary to find or identify the ball, provided that this does not improve the lie of the ball, the area of his intended stance or his line of play.

It is not allowed to break anything on the course. If a player accidentally causes his ball to move, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced and the lie re-created.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 12.1: Two kicks.

12-2. Lifting Ball for Identification

The responsibility for playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player should have some kind of identification mark on his ball. If a player believes that a ball at rest might be his, but he cannot identify it, the player may lift the ball for identification, without penalty.

Before lifting the ball, the player must announce his intention to his marker or fellow-competitor and mark the position of the ball. He may then lift the ball and identify it, provided that he gives his marker or fellow-competitor an opportunity to observe the lifting and replacement. If the ball is the player’s ball and he fails to comply with all or any part of this procedure, or he lifts his ball in order to identify it without having good reason to do so, he incurs a penalty of one kick

Rule 13. Ball played as it lies

13-1. General

The ball must be played at rest and as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the Rules:

Ball at rest moved – see Rule 18

13-2. Improving Lie

A player must not improve the position or lie of his ball, his line of play or a reasonable extension of that line beyond the hole, or the area in which he is to place a ball. That means it is not allowed to move or bend anything growing or fixed thereby gaining the advantage of a better lie or line of play.

13-3. Building Stance

A player is entitled to place his feet firmly in taking his stance for the kick without breaking branches or the like.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: Two kicks penalty.

Rule 14. Kicking the ball

14-1. Kicking the ball

A kick is forward movement of the foot with intention of kicking at and moving the ball. The kick may be done with any part of the foot, but must be a short touch of the ball and the ball cannot be guided by the foot. An “air kick” does not count as a kick. According to rule 18-2 there is no penalty if you accidently touch the ball without changing the balls position. 

14-2. Kicking moving ball

A player must not make a kick while the ball is moving. If the ball begins to move after the player has begun his kick or the backward movement of his foot for the kick, there is no penalty under this rule.

14-3. Assistance

In making a kick, a player must not accept physical assistance

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 14-1, 14-2 or 14-3: Two kicks penalty.

Exceptions:

a. Lifting

When lifting the ball with your foot, you are allowed to have a longer contact with the ball as long as the ball, while still in contact with the kicking foot, continuously accelerate along an imaginary straight line in space throughout the entire movement. You are not allowed to balance the ball on the foot. You are not allowed to hold the foot against the ball before you lift. 

b. Kicking/putting with the sole

When kicking/putting with the sole it is allowed to have a longer contact with the ball. You are not allowed to hold the foot against the ball before you kick/putt with the sole. If you see a player who is guiding the ball when he kicks/putts with his sole or lifts the ball you may ask a referee or official to follow the player. The easiest way to see if you are doing this correct is that you shall be able to keep your balance and place your shooting foot next to your standing foot after the put. It is easy for the referee to judge you if your shooting foot ends up way in front of the standing foot and your balance point is moved. This is illegal. 

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF EXCEPTIONS: Warning.

For subsequent offense – 2 kicks penalty. 

Rule 15. Substituted Ball; Wrong Ball

15-1. General

A player must finish the round with the ball played from the first teeing ground, unless the ball is lost (rule 27b) or damaged and unfit for play (see Rule 5). It can then be substituted.

15-2. Wrong ball

If a competitor makes a kick at a wrong ball, he incurs a penalty of two kicks. Kicks made by a competitor with a wrong ball do not count in his score. If the wrong ball belongs to another competitor, its owner must place the ball on the spot from which the wrong ball was first played.

Rule 16. The Green

16-1. Lifting the ball

A ball on the putting green may be marked at all time. The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted and the ball must be replaced (see Rule 20-1).

16-2. Ball Overhanging Hole

When any part of the ball overhangs the lip of the hole, the player is allowed enough time to reach the hole without unreasonable delay to determine whether the ball is at rest. If by then the ball has not fallen into the hole, it is deemed to be at rest. If the ball at rest subsequently falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last kick and must add one kick to his score. On other places at the course you need to mark the ball if you are afraid it will move because of a wind or an edge. 

Rule 17. The Flagstick

Ball Resting Against Flagstick

When a player’s ball rests against the flagstick in the hole and the ball is not holed, the player or another person authorized by him may gently move or remove the flagstick, and if the ball falls into the hole, the player is deemed to have holed out with his last kick; otherwise, the ball, if moved, must be placed on the lip of the hole, without penalty. You can remove the flagstick if it is possible without destroying it, but you cannot do it when a ball is in play. In situations where the flag is damaged or the wind is heavy you can ask a player in your flight to hold the flag while you are shooting, but he is not allowed to move it during the shot. 

Rule 18. Ball at Rest Moved

18-1. By Outside Agency (Something not part of the match)

If a ball at rest is moved by an Outside Agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced. Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an Outside Agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an Outside Agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must play the ball as it lies. (Player’s ball at rest moved by another ball – see Rule 18-5).

18-2. By Player or Equipment

The player incurs a penalty of one kick. If the ball is moved (original place has been changed), it must be replaced. Under the Rules there is no penalty if a player accidentally causes his ball to move in the following circumstances:

• In searching for a ball or building the stance – Rule 13-3

• In lifting a ball under a Rule – Rule 20-1

• In removing a loose impediment on the green – Rule 23-1

• In removing movable obstructions – Rule 24-1

• In approaching the ball cautiously without bending or moving anything on purpose. 

18-3. By Fellow-Competitor or Equipment

If a fellow-competitor or his equipment moves the player’s ball, touches it or causes it to move, there is no penalty. If the ball is moved, it must be replaced. (Playing a wrong ball – see Rule 15-2)

18-4. By Another Ball

If a ball at rest is moved by another ball in motion after a kick, the moved ball must be replaced. No penalty.

Rule 19. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped

19-1. By Outside Agency

If a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any Outside Agency, opponent or equipment there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies, except if the referee or the WFGA-representative determines that a player’s ball has been purposely deflected or stopped by an Outside Agency. If a player’s ball in motion has been purposely deflected or stopped by an Outside Agency: after a kick from anywhere on the course, the kick is cancelled. The ball must be replaced and replayed. If the ball accidentally is deflected to a place outside the course the kick is cancelled and must be replaced and replayed. 

19-2. By Player or his Equipment

If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself or his equipment (ball or ball-markers are not counted as equipment), the player incurs a penalty of one kick. The ball must be played as it lies.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 19-2: One kick penalty.

19-3. By Another Ball

Ball at Rest:

If a player’s ball in motion after a kick is deflected or stopped by a ball in play and at rest, the player must play his ball as it lies. There is no penalty.

Ball in Motion:

If a player’s ball in motion after a kick is deflected or stopped by another ball in motion after a kick, the players must replace their balls. There is no penalty.

Rule 20. Marking, Lifting and Placing

20-1. Marking and Lifting

A ball to be lifted under the Rules may be lifted by the player or another person authorized by the player. In any such case, the player is responsible for any breach of the Rules. 

The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted. If it is not marked, the player incurs a penalty of one kick and the ball must be replaced. 

Note 1: The position of a ball to be lifted must be marked by placing a ball-marker or a coin very precisely in the middle behind the ball in the direction of play.

Note 2: Marking, lifting and placing balls close to obstacles must be made together with the marker or fellow competitor.

20-2. Placing

A ball to be placed under the Rules must be placed by the player. It must be placed on the spot from which it was lifted, very precisely and accurately in front of the ball-marker. If a ball when placed fails to come to rest on the spot where it was placed, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 20-1 & 20-2: Two kicks penalty.

20.3 Playing from wrong place

If a player makes a kick from the wrong place, he incurs a penalty of two kicks . He must play out the hole with the ball kicked from the wrong place, without correcting his error, provided he has not gained a significant advantage by playing from the wrong place (up to the WFGA Representative to decide).

If a player has gained a significant advantage by playing from the wrong place he incurs a penalty of two kicks and should correct the mistake and play the ball from the correct place.

If the competitor has gained a significant advantage and has not corrected it before making a kick on the next teeing ground, he gets the maximum kicks on the hole.

Rule 21. Cleaning Ball

A ball on the putting green may be cleaned when lifted under Rule 16-1. Elsewhere, a ball may not be cleaned when lifted, except when it has been lifted:

• To determine if it is unfit for play (Rule 5-2)

• For identification (Rule 12-2), in which case it may be cleaned only to the extent necessary for identification

• Because it is assisting or interfering with play (Rule 22)

If a player cleans his ball during play of a hole except as provided in this Rule, he incurs a penalty of one kick and the ball, if lifted, must be replaced. 

Exception: If a player incurs a penalty for failing to act in accordance with Rule 5-2, 12-2 or 22, there is no additional penalty under Rule 21.

Rule 22. Ball Assisting or Interfering with Play

22-1. Ball Assisting Play

Except when a ball is in motion, if a player considers that a ball might assist any other player, he may Lift the ball if it is his ball. A ball lifted under this Rule must be marked and replaced (see Rule 20-2).

In kick play, a player required to lift his ball may play first rather than lift the ball. In kick play, if the WFGA-representative determines that competitors have agreed not to lift a ball that might assist any competitor, they are disqualified.

22-2. Ball Interfering with Play

Except when a ball is in motion, if a player considers that another ball might interfere with his play, he may have it lifted and marked. A ball lifted under this Rule must be replaced (see Rule 20-2). In kick-play, a player required to lift his ball may play first rather than lift the ball.

Note 1: Except on the putting green, a player may not lift his ball solely because he considers that it might interfere with the play of another player. If a player lifts his ball without being asked to do so, he incurs a penalty of one kick for a breach of Rule 18-2, but there is no additional penalty under Rule 22 

Note 2: When another ball is in motion, a ball that might influence the movement of the ball in motion must not be lifted.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 22.1 & 22.2: Two kicks penalty.

PENALTY FOR CONTINOUS BREACH OF RULE 22.1: Disqualification.

Rule 23. Loose Impediments

Relief

Any loose impediment (such as loose branches and the like) may be removed without penalty. If the removal of a loose impediment by the player causes the ball to move, Rule 18-2 applies (One kick Penalty).

When a ball is in motion, a loose impediment that might influence the movement of the ball must not be removed.

Rule 24. Obstructions

24-1. Movable Obstructions

A player may take relief, without penalty, from a movable obstruction or the obstruction may be moved temporary and then be replaced.

24-2. Immovable Obstruction

a. Interference

Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended kick. That means there is a risk of touching it with the feet when making a kick. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule. 

b. Relief

A player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction without penalty. Place the ball at the nearest point of relief, not nearer to the hole.  

Rule 25. Abnormal Ground or Weather Conditions Ground under repair

Ground under repair is any part of the course so marked by order of the WFGA-representative or so declared by its authorized representative. All ground and any grass, bush, tree or other growing thing within the ground under repair zone are part of the ground under repair. The area must be clearly visible.

Casual/temporary water. A temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not marked as out of bounds is deemed to be an abnormal ground condition.

ball is in an abnormal ground condition or ground under repair when it lies in or any part of it touches the ground under repair.

Relief from abnormal ground condition or ground under repair: The player may take relief without penalty and place his ball at the nearest point of relief that is not nearer to the hole

If the ball moves due to wind, the player must play his ball from the new position without penalty. In case of any thunderstorm at the course, the tournament round has to be paused by the WFGA-representative with a loud acoustic signal (siren or horn) for the players to hear. After the signal the players mark their balls immediately (Rule 20-1 applies). After the restart the players continue their play from the marked position.

Rule 26. Out of bounds

A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. Any area on the course, such as for example a sea, lake, pond, river, or stream may be marked as out of bounds. An area that is out of bounds should be marked by stakes, lines or be clearly explained in local rules.

If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one kick, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.

A ball is out of bounds when it ends up on another course. Examples of that is. 

• When the whole ball leaves the rough or the pathway that belong to the hole being played.

• When the whole ball is in the rough or on a pathway between two other holes than the one being played. 

• When the whole ball is in front of the frontline of the teeing ground of the next hole to be played.

• When the whole ball is behind the teeing ground of the hole being played.

Note 1: The WFGA-representative can before the tournament announce that the tournament is without this rule. 

Rule 27. Ball lost, kick and distance

Kick and Distance; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes

a. Proceeding Under Kick and Distance

At any time, a player may, under penalty of one kick, play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played i.e., proceed under penalty of kick and distance

To proceed under penalty of kick and distance, the player is recommended to mark the place of the previous kick first before going to the ball.

b. Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes

If a ball is lost as a result of not being found or identified as his by the player within five minutes’ after the player’s side have begun to search for it, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one kick, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 27: One kick penalty.

Rule 28. Obstacles

An Obstacle is any kind of object (bucket, wood, stick, pole, stone, net, window area or the like) which is mentioned in the official hole description to play between or through or upon or below or around or inside successively in the direction of play. There are four different kinds of obstacles:

28-1. One-legged Obstacles

One-legged obstacles are marked by exactly one object as boarder (stick, stone or the like) and must be played around either on the left or the right side according to the hole description in the correct direction of play.

If the player kicks the ball on the wrong side of the obstacle, he must play the ball back on the same (wrong) side, which he has missed with his previous kick. Failing to do so the player must circle back the ball around the obstacle until the ball made it on the correct side according to the direction of play.

28-2. Two-legged Obstacles

Two-legged obstacles are marked by exactly two objects as boarders (sticks, stones or the like) and must be played as two one-legged obstacles in the correct direction of play. Therefore, the ball must pass the left one-legged obstacle (boarder) on the right side and the right one-legged obstacle (boarder) on the left side.

If the player kicks the ball on the wrong side of either obstacle, then the player must play the ball back on the same (wrong) side, which he has missed with his previous kick. Otherwise the player must circle back the ball around the obstacle until the ball made it on the correct side according to the direction of play. In other words, the player is not allowed to play the ball back between the two one-legged obstacles after a miss to get back in front.

Note: One- and two-legged obstacles have an open imaginary vertical area from the top end of the obstacle to the sky. So, if the ball is played over the end of any boarder in a vertical way and the ball is not fully outside the obstacles boarder during its flight, then it is counted as being played correctly. In other words, to count the kick as a missed obstacle, then the ball has to be fully outside the boarders and its vertical line upwards. Before a player intends to play the ball high over obstacles, he should inform his fellow-competitor(s) (or opponents) before his kick, so they can check the line of flight. If your ball hits the top of a one or two-legged obstacle your ball is declared good. (In case of doubt, the majority in the respective flight is deciding whether a ball was good or not. If the flight cannot find a decision with majority the person must replace without penalty and try again.)

28-3. Multiple-legged Obstacles (Closed Area Obstacles)

Multiple-legged obstacles create a closed area to play through the obstacle in the correct direction of play. If the player kicks the ball not through the obstacle (misses the obstacle), then the player may choose to play the ball back around or through the obstacle. Afterwards the ball must still pass one time fully through the obstacle in the correct direction of play.

28-4. Final destination obstacles (bucket, non-grounded net, window area or the like)

Final destination obstacles may be an alternative for a grounded hole and the ball must be played through the correct opening according to the hole description and remain inside of the obstacle to be holed. If the ball bounces back again through the same opening of the final destination obstacle (in and out) then the ball is not holed and must be kicked inside again until it remains (same logic as for a grounded hole).

Note 1:

If your ball has been played all the way through an obstacle and comes back through the obstacle you must play the obstacle one more time. That means that the ball should be played through the obstacle and come to rest on the other side of it. However, if you on a later shot go back through the obstacle the wrong way, you are still considered to have passed it.”

Rule 29. Special Hole

The WFGA-representative has the right to classify a hole as a special hole according to Rule 29. Contrary to Rule 3-5, the maximum amount of kicks is then different. If you are not able to get the ball in hole in that amount of kicks, you will be given a penalty of one kick.  Moreover, the player may proceed under kick and distance rule 27a without any penalty. To get the free replacement of the ball you must mark your ball on the side before you shoot so you find exactly the same spot again.

Play fair, stay fair, win fair!

There is also a short version of the rules available. In case of disputes, the text in the full rule book (above) have precedence over the short version. Download/view the short version as PDF

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