With summer upon us, you may have thought about hitting the links, or maybe you have a Tenderheart that is interested in learning the game. The Golf merit badge is a great way to introduce her to the game.
Requirement #1, introduces the girls to the basic rules that all golfers should follow. There are 10 Golden Rules of Golfing according to Links Golf Magazine.
- Play the ball where it lies
- Don’t move, bend, or break anything.
- You may lift natural objects not fixed or growing without penalty (except in a water hazard or bunker)
- Man-made objects may be moved.
- You may move your ball out of casual water, ground under repair, or burrowing animal holes, anywhere except in a water hazard, within one club-length of the nearest playable point
- In a water hazard or bunker, don’t touch the water or ground with your hand or club before the stroke.
- If you hit your ball into a water hazard and cannot find or play it, either drop behind the point where the ball last crossed the hazard margin or at the place where you played the shot, but you must take a one stroke penalty
- When you hit your ball out of bounds or can’t find it after 5 minutes of searching, add a penalty stroke, go back and drop a ball at the place where you played the shot.
- When you have an unplayable ball, you may drop a ball at the place where you played the previous shot, adding a penalty stroke.
- You may repair ball marks and old hole plugs on the putting green that are on the line of your putt, but not spike marks.
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements