The new official rules of golf came into effect this year and cover some changes related to the course of this game. This update includes key elements such as handicap usage, ball moved by natural forces, back-on-the-line relief procedures and more. Below, you will find out about the 5 key changes to the rules of golf in 2023.
Argentine Golf Association (AGA) summed up these changes as follows:
- Modifications for Players with Disabilities: This time, the new general rules include changes intended for people with disabilities. These ones are valid for all those players belonging to the categories covered in Rule 25, which is meant to assure fair play between golfers with disabilities and golfers with no disabilities, the same level, or different types of disabilities.
- Handicap Usage in Stroke Play: Players will no longer be penalized for failing to put their handicap on their scorecard in stroke play. The committee will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of each player’s handicap.
- Golf Club Damaged During Round: Players will be allowed to replace a damaged club during a round, provided they did not damage it through abuse.
- Ball Moved by Natural Forces: Any ball at rest must be replaced if it moves to another area of the course or comes to rest out of bounds after being dropped, placed or replaced.
- Back-on-the-Line Relief Procedure: The back-on-the-line relief procedure, often used for penalty area and unplayable ball relief, was simplified so that the player now drops their ball on the line. Besides, the ball must come to rest within one club-length of where it is dropped.
For those interested, read a comprehensive comparison between the effective rules in 2019 and 2023 by opening this document.
Becoming a Great Golf Partner
It is necessary to follow some recommendations related to keeping up the “spirit of this sport” to be a good player and a great partner. Being completely honest and maintaining the pace of play are the most basic ones. In the following video, you will get to know all the other tips as well as further information about the most important rules of golf.
Villa Allende as the National Golf Capital
For those interested in golf, Córdoba stands out due to its attractive alternatives the length and breadth of its territory. Villa Allende is particularly known as the national golf capital following such acknowledgment in 2018.
Thanks to its closeness to the best national golf courses, this city in Córdoba is an ideal destination. In this regard, during your trip, Scratch House is the ultimate place for you to accommodate in.
Our hotel offers the possibility of enjoying a customized experience for golf lovers: tee times in different clubs, cart rental, transportation, gastronomic service and more.
Scratch House—Golf and Tourism
In Scratch House, there is a main large house with more than 100 years of history, 5 rooms, and 3 standalone house inspired by golf clubs.
Its prime location in Villa Allende allows quick access to the most relevant golf courses, such as Córdoba Golf Club (2 minutes away), El Terrón Golf Club (5 minutes away), Valle del Golf (40 minutes away), Ascochinga Country Club (50 minutes away), Pueblo Estancia La Paz (55 minutes away), and Potrerillo de Larreta (60 minutes away).