October Rules Quiz: Then & Now #5

Continuing with the series of “Now & Then” articles comparing the Rules as they currently exist with the Rules that will come into effect on January 1, 2019, here is another quiz to test your knowledge of the forthcoming Rules.  For each of the following statements, answerNow if you believe that the statement applies only to the current Rules; answer Then if you believe that the statement applies only to the 2019 Rules; answer “Both” if the statement is correct under both versions of the Rules; or answer Neither if the statement is not valid under either the “Now” or “Then” Rules.



  1. Without penalty, you may pry out an acorn embedded in the putting green and also repair the depression.


  1. A player is not permitted to repair a club that he or she damaged by slamming it into the ground.


  1. When a player suspects that his or her ball has become cut during play of a hole, the player may mark and lift the ball without penalty to determine if it is unfit for play. However, before lifting the ball, the player must announce his or her intention to lift and give his or her opponent, marker or fellow-competitor an opportunity to examine the ball and observe the lifting and replacement.


  1. A Local Rule must be adopted in order to prohibit the use of distance-measuring devices.


  1. If a player accidentally steps on and moves his or her ball while searching for it in the rough, he or she will incur a one-stroke penalty and must replace the ball.


  1. When your ball is in a bunker, you may remove a loose impediment that is in the same bunker without penalty.


  1. A Local Rule must first be adopted by the Committee before a player may take relief on the opposite side of a lateral body of water equidistant from the hole.


October 2018 Rules