Using the Rules Publications

The Rules of Golf is a copyrighted work of the United States Golf Association. This work is property that the USGA takes great care in protecting and as such, may not be used as the basis of any third party work without our permission. If it is, then such use may constitute copyright infringement. If you would like to use the Rules of Golf, please submit a completed USGA Rules Of Golf Proposal Review Form to the USGA at Golf House, P.O. Box 708, Far Hills, NJ 07931, Attention: Manager, Rules Inquiries. Prior to evaluating your proposal, the USGA must receive a signed copy of the Review Form along with a non-refundable review fee. Receipt of the Review Form will be acknowledged, and at that time we will provide an initial indication of when a decision may be made concerning your proposal. Please be advised, however, that if you elect to submit the Review Form, the USGA will be under no obligation to grant the approval which you would be requesting.

The USGA does not permit The Rules of Golf to be used on third party Web sites. However, if you would like to provide a link on your Web site to where users can access The Rules of Golf, the USGA will consider your request. Please click here to review the USGA's linking policy .

Officially Licensed Rules of Golf Products 

The following is a list of four (4) Rules of Golf products, officially licensed by the United States Golf Association:

  • Common Golf Rules for Match Play and Stroke Play - Flexagon Guides, International
    (678) 393-1905
  • "Golf Rules Illustrated - 2012 Edition by USGA" - Octopus Publishing Group Ltd. (Hamlyn)
    The complete Rules of Golf plus more than 100 illustrations.
  • Golf Rules! Know the Game? - Golf Rulz, LLC.
    Rules and Decisions on the Rules of Golf in Q&A flashcards.
  • On the Green - Graphic Image, Melville, NY
    A leather-bound golfer's journal.
    (800) 232-5550

For information about ordering any of these products, please visit the USGA Publications Store. The USGA Publications Store offers a wide-variety of materials on the Rules of Golf, including the Decisions on the Rules of Golf, in addition to handicapping, etiquette, turfgrass and U.S. Open Championship Highlight DVDs.

Non-Licensed Publications And Products That Use the Rules of Golf

As indicated above, The Rules of Golf may not be used as the basis of any third party work without our permission. The USGA is committed to educating the public about The Rules of Golf, however it is not able to grant every Rules of Golf licensing request it receives. The USGA will not object to the use of The Rules of Golf in certain publications and/or products, provided such publications and/or products incorporate The Rules of Golf in a constructive manner and provided further that such publications and/or products are verified by a USGA-approved Rules of Golf Official, subject to a mandatory fee. Any such publication/product must contain language clearly indicating that it does not carry the official approval of the USGA.

If you would like to be considered for this option, please submit to the USGA a completed USGA Rules Of Golf Proposal Review Form to Golf House, P.O. Box 708, Far Hills, N.J. 07931 Attention: Manager, Rules Inquiries. Prior to reviewing your proposal, the USGA must receive a signed copy of the Review Form along with a non-refundable review fee. When completing this form, please indicate that you would like to have your publication or product verified by a Rules of Golf Official, and include a sample of your proposed publication or product. If the publication or product is suitable for this option, the USGA will send you information about the process, including a list of USGA-approved Rules of Golf Officials.

The USGA reserves the right to object to any use of the Rules of Golf in an inaccurate or inappropriate manner, in its sole discretion.

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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