Playing the round - Rule 5
A round is 18 or fewer holes played in the order set by the committee - 5.1
When to Start Round. - 5.3
A player’s round starts when the player makes a stroke to start his or her first hole (see Rule 6.1a).
The player must start at (and not before) his or her starting time:
• This means that the player must be ready to play at the starting time and starting point set by the Committee.
• A starting time set by the Committee is treated as an exact time (for example,9 am means 9:00:00 am, not any time until 9:01 am).
When Round Ends
A player’s round ends:
• In match play, when the result of the match is decided under Rule3.2a(3)or(4).
• In stroke play, when the player holes out at the final hole.
Unreasonable Delay of Play - 5.6a
A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes.
Penalty for Breach of Rule 5.6a:
• Penalty for first breach: One penalty stroke.
• Penalty for second breach: General Penalty.
• Penalty for third breach: Disqualification.
Prompt Pace of Play - 5.6b
A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace.
Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, including both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.
(1) Pace of Play Recommendations. The player should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time taken to:
• Prepare for and make each stroke,
• Move from one place to another between strokes, and
• Move to the next teeing area after completing a hole.
A player should prepare in advance for the next stroke and be ready to play when it is his or her turn.
The Pace of Play manual is web based and is available HERE