Bob Gillespie



Know the rules: Carolinas Golf Association offers free annual seminars

Posted 1/5/2014 4:59:00 PM

If you play golf, you know that a vast majority of players don’t know, and rarely follow, the game’s rules. Granted, The Rules of Golf (and associated Decisions of the Rules of Golf) can be complex and confusing for even members of the PGA Tour – witness Tiger Woods’ string of 2013 run-ins with those rules – but even a cursory knowledge can enhance the game, and sometimes make the difference between winning and losing a friendly/competitive match.

It’s worth it to learn or brush up on The Rules, especially since the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA), the governing body for both Carolinas in conjunction with the S.C. Golf Association, make it easy to do so by annually offering 15 free, one-day seminars in locations across both states, with a half-dozen in South Carolina.

The seminars are open to players of all ages and abilities, including CGA club members, professionals and college and/or high school teams. The sessions include a narrated computer presentation on the Rules, followed by question-and-answer sessions, and last from 90 minutes to two hours.

Participants are given free copies of the 2012-2015 USGA Rules of Golf book. Also, Carolinas PGA members receive education credits for attending a seminar.

Those interested in attending a seminar are encouraged to pre-register online at For further information, contact the CGA by mail (CGA, P.O. Box 319, West End, N.C. 27376), email, or call (910) 673-1000.

Schedule for the South Carolina-based seminars (all sessions are 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.):

March 3, Woodside Plantation Country Club, Aiken
March 11, Port Royal Golf Club, Hilton Head Island
March 11, Holly Tree Country Club, Simpsonville
March 12 Wescott Plantation Golf Club, Summerville
March 13, Forest Lake Club, Columbia
March 18, Members Club at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach