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  1. A round is 18 holes unless more holes are authorized by the Committee......(Ref. SN-1)
  2. Three-Ball match play is when three players play an individual match against the other two players at the same time......(Ref. SN-2)
  3. In taking relief from a cart path in the general area, a player uses their wedge to define the relief area. The player drops a ball within the area defined by the wedge, but the ball rolls just outside that area no closer to the hole. The ball stays in the general area. The player must:.....(Ref. SN-26)
  4. A player may rotate their ball on the putting green after marking the position of the ball with their finger......(Ref. SN-31)
  5. A player may use a pebble to mark the position of their ball......(Ref. SN-32)
  6. In a stroke play event on the tee of the 16th hole (before either player has played), Player A asks Player B what club he is about to use. Player B answers. In the same situation in a match play event Player C asks Player D what club they are about to use. Player D answers. Who is penalized?.....(Ref. SN-49)
  7. A player's ball lies just off the fairway in deep rough. The player hits their next shot out of bounds. In taking stroke and distance penalty, the player may drop another ball in the fairway......(Ref. SN-50)
  8. Known or virtually certain means......(Ref. SN-53)
  9. A boundary fence is designed so that players can walk through the fence by using a movable gate in the fence. A closed gate in the boundary fence interferes with a player's swing. What is ruling?.....(Ref. SN-65)
  10. In which of the following situations is water on the ground not temporary water......(Ref. SN-73)
  11. Which of the following is false?.....(Ref. SN-97)
  12. If it is not physically possible to drop the ball in any part of the identified relief area under a relief option, the player is not allowed relief from the condition under that relief option......(Ref. SN-98)
  13. Which statement most accurately defines the "Conditions Affecting the Stroke"?.....(Ref. SN-129)
  14. When two holes share the same putting green, the hole which the player is not playing is an immovable obstruction from which the player is entitled to relief......(Ref. SN-130)
  15. A fence on the course is defined by the Committee as an integral object. A player's swing is interfered with by a closed gate on the fence. The player may open the gate to play their shot......(Ref. SN-132)
  16. Which of the following statements is true?.....(Ref. SN-133)
  17. A player's ball lies on an aeration hole on the fringe of a putting green. The player is allowed relief under Rule 16.1 (Abnormal Course Conditions)......(Ref. SN-138)
  18. Which of the following is not a breach of Rule 10.2a (Advice)?.....(Ref. SN-148)
  19. If the shaft of the club used for measuring the size of the relief area breaks and the player is not permitted to replace the club, the second longest club carried by the player is now used to determine the size of the relief area......(Ref. SN-149)
  20. A rut made by a tractor is always ground under repair because it is a hole made by the maintenance staff whether or not it is marked as ground under repair......(Ref. SN-150)
  21. A player removes their ball from the hole while it is bouncing in the bottom of the hole. The penalty for this action is......(Ref. SN-151)
  22. A player putts their ball from the putting green. The ball deflects off a live insect into the hole. The ball is considered holed......(Ref. SN-159)
  23. Which of the following is the player permitted to use as a ball-marker?.....(Ref. SN-169)
  24. In the Rules a live insect is defined as:.....(Ref. SN-201)
  25. The maximum length of a tee is 4 inches......(Ref. SN-224)
  26. Stacked turf and soil on the face of a bunker are considered part of the bunker......(Ref. SN-226)
  27. The elements of the Conditions Affecting The Stroke are:.....(Ref. SN-238)
  28. Which of the following is false regarding a player's ball that has been marked and lifted from a putting green?.....(Ref. SN-241)
  29. The loose soil dug out by an animal surrounding an animal hole is an abnormal course condition......(Ref. SN-244)
  30. A player's ball lies in an animal footprint in the general area and the same animal has left footprints on the putting green. The player takes relief under the Abnormal Course Condition rule and repairs the damage to the putting green......(Ref. SN-250)
  31. A hole in the ground made by a bird is an abnormal course condition......(Ref. SN-257)
  32. In starting a hole, a player has not played from a wrong place if the player makes a stroke from outside the teeing area......(Ref. SN-262)
  33. The 3 conditions that comprise Abnormal Course Condition are Animal Hole, Ground Under Repair, and Temporary Water......(Ref. SN-264)
  34. Is the equipment of a player an obstruction?.....(Ref. SN-265)
  35. A spider web attached to a golf ball is a loose impediment which can be removed......(Ref. SN-272)
  36. An ant hill is a loose impediment......(Ref. SN-275)
  37. The loose material surrounding an animal hole is not considered part of the animal hole......(Ref. SN-276)
  38. Which of the following (sand on a putting green, loose soil, and attached spider webs) are loose impediments?.....(Ref. SN-280)
  39. Which of the following boundary objects define out of bounds by the lower course-side edge of the object?.....(Ref. SN-285)
  40. After a player has begun to search for their ball, in which of the following situations is the search time not suspended......(Ref. SN-287)
  41. A player's ball is In Play as soon as it is placed on a tee in the teeing area......(Ref. SN-299)
  42. A player makes a stroke at their ball that is lying out of bounds. What is the status of the ball?.....(Ref. SN-300)
  43. A player's tee shot might be lost or out of bounds. The player does not say anything and plays another ball from the teeing area. What is the status of the player's original ball?.....(Ref. SN-301)
  44. A player's tee shot might be lost or out of bounds. The player does not say anything and plays another ball from the teeing area. What is the status of the second ball played from the teeing area?.....(Ref. SN-302)
  45. A player marks and lifts their ball on the putting green. The player replaces their ball, but does not remove the ball-marker. What is the status of the ball?.....(Ref. SN-303)
  46. A ball that has been holed is In Play......(Ref. SN-304)
  47. In match play, a player makes a stroke from outside the teeing area. The opponent does not recall the stroke. What is the status of the ball?.....(Ref. SN-305)
  48. A player marks their ball on the putting green and sets it on the ground on the side of the green. What is the status of the player's ball?.....(Ref. SN-306)
  49. In taking relief from a penalty area a player drops another ball that rolls outside of the relief area. The player's ball is In Play......(Ref. SN-307)
  50. A ball comes to rest out of bounds and then is moved onto the course by wind or gravity. What is the status of the ball?.....(Ref. SN-308)
  51. Any ball used or carried by a player is the player's equipment......(Ref. TF-69)
  52. When a Rule refers to a ball at rest or in motion, this means a ball that is in play......(Ref. TF-92)
  53. The lie of a ball includes any growing or natural object right next to it......(Ref. TF-78)
  54. A Committee may not mark an area without a watercourse as a penalty area......(Ref. TF-95)
  55. On the putting green, the point of maximum available relief may be based on the line of play where the ball will need to go through the shallowest or shortest stretch of temporary water......(Ref. TF-83)
  56. A player's towel accidentally fell from the player's golf bag onto their ball in play, causing the ball to move. The bag was sitting upright on the ground, not carried by the player or caddie. There is no penalty and the ball must be replaced......(Ref. TF-74)
  57. Information on matters such as the location of a penalty area or bunkers is advice......(Ref. 500Q-2)
  58. The teeing area of the hole being played is designated as the general area......(Ref. 500Q-4)
  59. When the Rules refer to a ball at rest or in motion, this means a ball that is in play......(Ref. 500Q-5)
  60. Any animal is an outside influence......(Ref. 500Q-6)
  61. A player may hold a club on the ground right behind or right next to the ball to mark its spot when lifting a ball at rest that must be replaced on its original spot......(Ref. 500Q-8)
  62. In match play, Four-Ball is a form of play where sides of two partners compete, with each player playing their own ball......(Ref. 500Q-10)
  63. The line of play is the line on which the player intends their ball to go after a stroke, including an extension of that line up above and below the ground......(Ref. 500Q-12)
  64. The course is the entire area of play within the edge of any boundaries set by the Committee. All areas inside the boundary edge are in bounds and part of the course......(Ref. 500Q-13)
  65. A player's ball at rest on the putting green is that player's equipment......(Ref. 500Q-15)
  66. A ball is lost if it is not found in three minutes after the player, partner or either of their caddies begins to search for it. Time spent playing a wrong ball does not count in the three minute time period......(Ref. 500Q-17)
  67. Loose impediments are unattached natural objects such as stones and loose grass......(Ref. 500Q-18)
  68. Stance is the position of a player's feet but not the player's body in preparing for or making a stroke......(Ref. 500Q-19)
  69. When a painted line on the ground defines the boundary edge of the course, the boundary edge is the outside edge of the line, and the line itself is in bounds......(Ref. 500Q-21)
  70. Objects used for care of the course, such as rakes, are equipment only while they are being held or carried by the player or caddie......(Ref. 500Q-22)
  71. Advice includes a deliberate action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in choosing a club......(Ref. 500Q-23)
  72. A ball remains in play until it is holed, except when it is lifted from the course, it is lost or out of bounds, or another ball has been substituted for it, even if not allowed by a Rule......(Ref. 500Q-24)
  73. The area on the hole that the player is playing that is specially prepared for putting is defined as the putting green......(Ref. 500Q-26)
  74. The round must be played in the order set by the Committee......(Ref. 500Q-28)
  75. There are two different types of penalty areas distinguished by the color used to mark them: yellow penalty areas and red penalty areas......(Ref. 500Q-29)
  76. Ground under repair does not include material piled for removal......(Ref. 500Q-30)
  77. In using club-lengths to determine the size of a relief area, the player may measure directly across a ditch or similar thing, but not directly through a fence or tree......(Ref. 500Q-31)
  78. A partner in a stroke-play competition is any person with whom the player is playing......(Ref. 500Q-32)
  79. Foursomes is a form of play where each of four players play one ball in match or stroke play......(Ref. 500Q-33)
  80. A wrong ball is any ball other than the player's ball in play, provisional ball or a second ball played in stroke play......(Ref. 500Q-38)
  81. The flagstick is a movable pole that is placed in the hole to show players where the hole is. As the term "flagstick" is used in the Rules, it includes any flag, if attached......(Ref. 500Q-42)
  82. Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green but not elsewhere......(Ref. 500Q-43)
  83. When a ball is at rest in the hole after a stroke and the entire ball is below the surface of the putting green, the ball is defined as being holed......(Ref. 500Q-44)
  84. A person helping out the player's caddie by moving the player's bag out of the way or getting a club left behind by the player is also considered to be the player's caddie......(Ref. 500Q-45)
  85. The line of play is not necessarily a straight line between two points......(Ref. 500Q-46)
  86. The edge of a penalty area extends up above but not down below the ground......(Ref. 500Q-47)
  87. Manufactured ice is an obstruction......(Ref. 500Q-48)
  88. Wind and water are not outside influences......(Ref. 500Q-49)
  89. The edge of a penalty area should be defined by stakes, lines or physical features......(Ref. 500Q-53)
  90. Artificial objects defining or showing out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings are obstructions......(Ref. 500Q-54)
  91. An integral object is an artificial object defined by the Committee as part of the challenge of playing the course from which free relief is not allowed......(Ref. 500Q-59)
  92. A ball is in play as soon as the player has teed a ball in the teeing area......(Ref. 500Q-62)
  93. Dew, frost and water are loose impediments......(Ref. 500Q-64)
  94. An outside influence includes any person (including another player), except for the player, the player's partner, the player's opponent(s), or any of their caddies......(Ref. 500Q-66)
  95. Any defined ground under repair includes all ground inside the edge of the defined area......(Ref. 500Q-68)
  96. A line defining the edge of a penalty area is not in the penalty area......(Ref. 500Q-69)
  97. When a player's ball is farther from the hole than an opponent's ball, the player is said to have the honour......(Ref. 500Q-70)
  98. When out of bounds is defined by stakes, the stakes must be white......(Ref. 500Q-74)
  99. A leaf sticking to the ball is a loose impediment......(Ref. 500Q-80)
  100. A ball is lost if not found after three minutes of search or earlier if it is declared lost......(Ref. 500Q-83)
  101. Any temporary accumulation of water on the course that is not in a penalty area and can be seen before or after a player takes a stance is temporary water......(Ref. 500Q-84)
  102. A penalty area is one of the five defined areas of the course......(Ref. 500Q-86)
  103. The Committee must use stakes to define the edges of ground under repair, out of bounds and penalty areas......(Ref. 500Q-88)
  104. A worm in the ground that cannot be removed with ease is a loose impediment......(Ref. 500Q-90)
  105. A wrong green is any green on the course other than the putting green of the hole being played and is part of the general area......(Ref. 500Q-94)
  106. Grass cuttings left on the course that have been abandoned and are not intended to be removed are not ground under repair unless defined by the Committee......(Ref. 500Q-97)
  107. When a line on the ground defines the boundary edge, stakes may be used to show where the boundary edge is, but they have no other meaning......(Ref. 500Q-99)
  108. Any growing thing inside the edge of a bunker such as grass is not part of the bunker......(Ref. 500Q-102)
  109. Equipment of the player includes their golf cart whether or not it is motorized......(Ref. 500Q-104)
  110. Foursomes is a form of match play or stroke play......(Ref. 500Q-106)
  111. A provisional ball is a ball played under the Rules for a ball that may be lost anywhere......(Ref. 500Q-107)
  112. The Committee selects the location, width and depth of the teeing area......(Ref. 500Q-108)
  113. A marker is one who is appointed by the Committee to record a player's score and may include an opponent in match play......(Ref. 500Q-110)
  114. A bunker is defined as all sand inside the edge of a specially prepared area......(Ref. 500Q-116)
  115. The dimensions of the hole are 4-1/4 inches in diameter and at least 4 inches deep......(Ref. 500Q-120)
  116. Information on distance or on the Rules is not advice......(Ref. 500Q-121)
  117. An animal hole includes any hole dug in the ground by an animal, except for holes dug by animals that are also defined as loose impediments, such as worms or insects......(Ref. 500Q-122)
  118. Stakes are inside ground under repair (GUR) when the edge of GUR is defined by stakes......(Ref. 500Q-124)
  119. Stakes used to show the location of the boundary edge of out of bounds are obstructions......(Ref. 500Q-125)
  120. Which is true regarding a flagstick?.....(Ref. 500Q-126)
  121. Which of the following is not ground under repair?.....(Ref. 500Q-135)
  122. Which is true regarding a boundary fence?.....(Ref. 500Q-138)
  123. Which is true regarding the defined area of ground under repair (GUR)?.....(Ref. 500Q-150)
  124. In stroke play, a player has committed a serious breach when they have gained a significant advantage by playing from a wrong place, taking account of factors such as:.....(Ref. 500Q-176)
  125. Which is true regarding temporary water in the general area?.....(Ref. 500Q-183)
  126. Which is false regarding a ball-marker?.....(Ref. 500Q-209)
  127. In which of the following situations has the player made a stroke?.....(Ref. 500Q-216)
  128. Which is true regarding bunkers?.....(Ref. 500Q-231)
  129. Because a player's ball lies in a bunker and there is no nearest point of complete relief from temporary water, the player will use the point of maximum available relief. Which is false about this point?.....(Ref. 500Q-236)
  130. Posts supporting a chain-link fence lie out of bounds, whereas part of the fence itself leans onto the course over the white stakes that define out of bounds. Which is true?.....(Ref. 500Q-241)
  131. When the edge of a penalty area is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the penalty area......(Ref. 500Q-251)
  132. Boundary objects are artificial objects defining or showing out of bounds, such as walls, fences, stakes and railings, from which free relief is not allowed......(Ref. 500Q-261)
  133. When stakes or fence posts define out of bounds, they are not out of bounds......(Ref. 500Q-272)
  134. Obstructions include a player's equipment, flagsticks and rakes......(Ref. 500Q-276)
  135. During the round, a player's clubs are transported in a motorized cart that is driven by a friend who performs no other functions of a caddie. The friend is not a caddie......(Ref. 500Q-277)
  136. If the color of a penalty area has not been marked or indicated by the Committee, it is treated as a yellow penalty area......(Ref. 500Q-302)
  137. Three-Ball match play is a form of match play where each of three players plays an individual match against the other two players at the same time......(Ref. 500Q-303)
  138. When a Rule refers to a ball-marker being moved, this means a ball-marker in place on the course to mark the spot of a ball that has been lifted and not yet replaced......(Ref. 500Q-361)
  139. A referee is authorized by the Committee to decide questions of fact and apply the Rules......(Ref. 500Q-367)
  140. A ball that has moved downward has not moved as defined by the Rules......(Ref. 500Q-371)
  141. Which of the following is true?.....(Ref. 500Q-493)
  142. Which does not result in the player getting a penalty?.....(Ref. 500Q-131)
  143. A player's ball lies in the general area on a path that is covered with wood chips. The player removes some chips and then properly takes relief under the abnormal course conditions relief Rule (16.1b). What is the ruling in stroke play?.....(Ref. 500Q-182)
  144. A player's ball lies in the general area in a tree beyond the reach of a club. The player makes a swing with a club at a lower branch of the tree and their ball falls to the ground. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. 500Q-234)
  145. Which is true regarding obstructions?.....(Ref. 500Q-447)
  146. For the purposes of measuring when determining a relief area, what part of the club is used as a club-length?.....(Ref. RQ-44)
  147. In two separate situations (A or B), a player's ball lies in the general area adjacent to a no play zone that has been defined as either a penalty area (A) or ground under repair (B). There is a bush rooted in the no play zone that has a branch overhanging the edge of the no play zone into the general area. The branch interferes with both the player's intended stance and intended swing for a stroke at their ball. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-95)
  148. A player's ball comes to rest in a large area of water adjacent to a penalty area but outside the stakes defining the penalty area. Because of the configuration of the ground, the water is clearly a part of the penalty area. The player takes relief under the penalty area Rule by taking stroke-and-distance relief. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-25)
  149. A player's ball lies on a path through the fairway covered with gravel. The player removes some of the gravel near the ball and then takes free relief from the path for interference from abnormal course conditions (Rule 16.1b). What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-28)
  150. Which of the following is true regarding an animal hole?.....(Ref. RQ-39)
  151. An angled support to a boundary fence defining out of bounds interferes with a player's stance. Both the angled support and the player's ball are in the general area. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-41)
  152. In which of the following situations should the Committee decide that the player's ball was moved by natural forces rather than the result of an action taken by the player?.....(Ref. RQ-47)
  153. A boundary fence is designed so that players can walk through the fence by using a movable gate in the fence. An open gate in the boundary fence interferes with a player's swing. What is ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-51)
  154. Which of the following items are not the player's equipment?.....(Ref. RQ-61)
  155. A flagstick has been removed. The player wants the position of the hole indicated but does not want to waste time getting the flagstick. The player asks another player to put their club into the hole, grip end first, to indicate the hole. The other player complies and the player makes a stroke. What is ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-76)
  156. In which of the following is the ball considered as holed?.....(Ref. RQ-77)
  157. Which of the following concerning an abandoned ball is true?.....(Ref. RQ-79)
  158. A player's tee shot of 250-yards comes to rest in an area containing heavy rough and a large animal hole. Following a three-minute search, it is determined that it is not known or virtually certain that the ball is in the animal hole. After the player leaves the area to play again from the teeing area, the original ball is found in the animal hole. The player returns to the area of the animal hole, takes free relief from the abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1b), and makes a stroke at the ball. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-83)
  159. Which of the following is a loose impediment?.....(Ref. RQ-91)
  160. A player searches for their ball for two minutes and declares it lost. As the player is walking back to play again from the spot of the previous stroke, the original ball is found within the three-minute search period. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-94)
  161. In which of the following has a player's ball not moved?.....(Ref. RQ-96)
  162. In the general area, a player has determined the relief area for an abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1b) to be within the trunk of a large tree. It is not physically possible to drop a ball in any part of the identified relief area. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-97)
  163. A player replaces their ball on the putting green by rolling the ball into position with their club, lifts the ball-marker and makes a stroke. What is the ruling?.....(Ref. RQ-99)
  164. Which of the following is not advice?.....(Ref. RQ-105)
  165. Which of the following is true?.....(Ref. RQ-107)
  166. Which of the following statements is true?.....(Ref. RQ-111)