Ten Golden Rules of Golf
  1. Play the ball as it lies.
  2. Don’t move, bend or break anything growing or fixed, except in fairly taking your stance and swing.
  3. You may lift natural objects not fixed or growing, except in a water hazard or bunker. No penalty.
  4. You may move movable, man-made objects even in a bunker or water hazard. No penalty.
  5. You may drop away from casual water, ground that’s under repair, and burrowing-animal holes if they affect your stance or swing.
  6. In a water hazard or bunker, don’t touch the ground with your hand or your club before the stroke.
  7. If you hit your ball into a water hazard and cannot play it, drop either behind the hazard or at the place where you played the shot. One penalty stroke.
  8. When you hit your ball out of bounds or lose it, add a penalty stroke, go back, and drop a ball at the place where you played the shot.
  9. When you have an unplayable lie, you may drop a ball at the place where you played the previous shot, adding a penalty stroke.
  10. On the putting green, you may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the line of the putt, but not spike marks.