Rule 24 - Team Competitions

Purpose of Rule: Rule 24 covers team competitions (played in either match play or stroke play), where multiple players or sides compete as a team with the results of their rounds or matches combined to produce an overall team score.

24.1  Overview of Team Competitions

Rules 1-23 apply in a team competition, as modified by these specific Rules.

24.2  Terms of Team Competition

The CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course. decides the form of play, how a team’s overall score is to be calculated and other Terms of the Competition, such as:

24.3  Team Captain

Each team may name a team captain to lead the team and make decisions for it, such as which players on the team will play in which roundsRound: 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the Committee. or matches, in what order they will play and who will play together as partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play..

The team captain may be a player in the competition.

24.4  Advice Allowed in Team Competition

a. Person Allowed to Give Advice to Team (Advice Giver)

The CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course. may adopt a Local Rule allowing each team to name one person (an “advice giver”) who may give adviceAdvice: Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in: and other help as allowed in Rule 10.2b(2) to players on the team during a roundRound: 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the Committee. and who may be asked for adviceAdvice: Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in: by players on the team:

See Committee Procedures, Section 8; Model Local Rule H-2  (the CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course. may adopt a Local Rule allowing each team to name two advice givers).

b. Restriction on Advice Giver While Playing

If a team’s advice giver is a player on the team, he or she is not allowed to act in that role while playing a roundRound: 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the Committee. in the competition.

While playing a roundRound: 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the Committee., the advice giver is treated like any other playing team member for purposes of the restrictions on adviceAdvice: Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in: in Rule 10.2a. [Clarification Available →]

c. No Advice between Team Members Other Than Partners

Except when playing together as partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play. on a sideSide: Two or more partners competing as a single unit in a round in match play or stroke play.:

See Committee Procedures, Section 8; Model Local Rule H-5  (in a stroke playStroke Play: A form of play where a player or side competes against all other players or sides in the competition. team competition where a player’s score for the roundRound: 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the Committee. counts only as part of the team’s score, the CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course. may adopt a Local Rule allowing team members playing in the same group to give each other adviceAdvice: Any verbal comment or action (such as showing what club was just used to make a stroke) that is intended to influence a player in: even if they are not partnersPartner: A player who competes together with another player as a side, in either match play or stroke play.).

Penalty for Breach of Rule 24.4: General PenaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play..