The Original Rules of Golf

From the Old Course in St. Andrews Scotland

  1. You must tee your Ball within a Clubs length of the Hole.
  2. Your Tee must be upon the Ground.
  3. You are not to change the Ball which you Stroke off the Tee.
  4. You are not to remove Stones, Bones or any break club, for the sake of playing your Ball, Except upon the fair Green and that only within a club’s length of your Ball.
  5. If your Ball come among water, or any wattery filth, you are at liberty to take out your Ball & bringing it behind the hazard and Teeing it, you may play it with any Club and allow your Adversary a stroke, for so getting out your ball.
  6. If your balls be found anywhere touching one another, you are to lift the first Ball till you play the last.
  7. At Holling, you are to play your Ball honestly for the Hole, and, not to play upon your Adversary’s Ball, not lying in your way to the Hole.
  8. If you should loose your Ball, by it’s being taken up or any other way, you are to go back to the Spot where you struck last and drop another Ball, and allow your adversary a Stroke for the misfortune.