Canadian Rules for Golf

July 8, 2018

Perhaps no other game has  more intricate rules than golf.  The lawyers love this game.  No where else can you see championships changed by viewers calling in with rule challenges.  Too many rules makes for a duller game.  So we have some additional rules that take into consideration the climatic changes and particularly the unusual golfing climate of Canada.

Canadian Football has its own rules, as do the Australians.  We need Canadian Rules Golf as well.

Golf can only be played outdoors for approximately two weeks out of every year in Canada due to climate.  As a result, Canadian Rules Golf has evolved from Golf.  The differences take into consideration the distinctness of Canada, its climate and its environment.  Similar to the differences between American Football and Canadian Football, the two games come from the same root but offer variations for the sophisticated player.

These rules were developed to take some of the severe seasonal differences out of the game making it easier to compare performance through the course of the playing season.

These rules only apply to Canadians or Canadian residents.  Note: these rules may be applied, by those who qualify, to play on golf courses outside of Canada.  Use of Canadian rules must be declared before beginning a match.

  1. Winter conditions are judged to be always in effect, particularly in relation to improving the ball’s lie.
  2. Since all water hazards are presumed to be frozen, a ball striking water will have presumed to have bounced across.  The ball should then be placed where it is judged to have normally landed after bouncing on the ice.
  3. Since Canada is remote as possible from the Sahara, sand will be considered an unnatural obstacle.  The ball should therefore be placed away from the sand at a point equidistant from the hole.
  4. Canada uses the metric system.  Therefore, no more than ten strokes can be counted on any one hole.
  5. A player may use only one club per stroke.  Therefore, if the ball, once struck, hits a wood object then that second, or third, or fourth hit will be disallowed.  The ball should then be placed where its natural flight path, from the first stroke, would have carried it.
  6. Because of Canada’s commitment to the environment, the ball must be removed from proximity to any vegetation which could be harmed accidentally by the player.  This includes overhanging branches and nearby tree and/or bushes.  Remember, it is only a game to you; but it could be a life to the plant.
  7. When warning players ahead, players must simultaneously shout “Fore” and “Quatre” due to Canada’s bilingual culture.  Any player who gives undue emphasis to one language or the other may be penalized by up to un stroke.
  8. When encountering rough grass, hockey sticks are permitted as acceptable clubs.
  9. Despite Canada’s enthusiasm for curling, there is no sweeping allowed on putts in motion to improve distance or straighten their direction.
  10. Given the winter conditions, warm up is extremely difficult.  Therefore, the first tee may substitute for the warm.  As many strokes as required to achieve a satisfactory result may be taken from the first tee.
  11. A ball that can not easily be found will be considered to have been “lost in the snow” for which there is no penalty.  The player must loudly make this declaration.  A replacement ball can then be placed on the fairway where the first is judged to have landed.  Note: to standardize playing conditions, this rule will be in effect all year, regardless of the presence of snow.
  12. Recognizing Canada’s proximity to the North Pole where gravity is stronger, a ball which passes over the cup will be deemed to have fallen in.
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