CONTEST: Does the term “through the green” exist in 2019?

Hi all!

Time again for a contest:

-> Does the term “through the green” exist in the 2019 Rules of Golf?

From the correct answers I will draw a winner for a free copy of my Rules book “First Aid – The Rules of Golf“.

Please answer below and no later than June 14th 2018 :-).



56 responses to CONTEST: Does the term “through the green” exist in 2019?

  1. Gerry May 13th, 2018 at 0:00

    No. The new Rules have the General area which is all of the course area except the teeing area of the hole being played, all penalty areas, all bunkers, and the putting green of the hole being played. This is akin to “through the green” in the current code

    • Alastair May 29th, 2018 at 17:40

      No, ‘through the green’ will not exist in the 2019 rules

    • Tom van der Borg May 30th, 2018 at 10:13


  2. Lynn May 16th, 2018 at 18:47

    Gerry, responding on May 13, has it exactly right. The term does not exist in 2019.

  3. John May 16th, 2018 at 23:47

    No – it has been removed.

  4. Patti May 20th, 2018 at 0:35

    No. It is now termed “in the area”. ( such a loss of golfing language.)

  5. Rikard Stokke May 28th, 2018 at 15:16

    Gerry has the right answer!

  6. Geoffey Portwine May 28th, 2018 at 15:17


  7. Karl Kurz May 28th, 2018 at 15:24

    No sir. Evolution of the rules will render the term obsolete.

  8. Mike Sutton May 28th, 2018 at 15:31


  9. Alan May 28th, 2018 at 15:34


  10. Dan Linehan May 28th, 2018 at 15:38

    I agree with Gerry and with Patti.

  11. Sally May 28th, 2018 at 15:48

    No, the new term will be ‘General Area’.

  12. Derrick Sutlow May 28th, 2018 at 16:03

    No, through the green disappears in January.

    God help all of us that try to understand the rules, for in January next year, the 80% of players who do not have a clue about the current rules will have even less idea about the new ones!

  13. Bob Fisk May 28th, 2018 at 16:25


  14. John May 28th, 2018 at 16:37


  15. David May 28th, 2018 at 16:42


  16. Tom Doran May 28th, 2018 at 16:50


  17. Doug May 28th, 2018 at 18:06


  18. David G May 28th, 2018 at 18:16

    No. The term ‘the general area’ will replace ‘through the green’.

  19. Alan May 28th, 2018 at 18:37


  20. Nicky Whitton May 28th, 2018 at 18:57

    No the term is the general area

  21. Ron White May 28th, 2018 at 19:06

    No “through the green” is no longer part of the Rules of Golf” starting next year!

  22. Owen May 28th, 2018 at 19:18


  23. Anonymous May 28th, 2018 at 19:43

    No. Dick

  24. dick blum May 28th, 2018 at 19:44

    No. Dick

  25. Ron May 28th, 2018 at 21:05


  26. June May 28th, 2018 at 21:13

    No..good riddance. Most did not understand it anyway.

  27. Con May 28th, 2018 at 21:56


  28. Lawrie May 28th, 2018 at 22:42

    No. Replaced by “General Area”

  29. Keith Levett May 28th, 2018 at 23:00

    The term through the green does not exist in 2019

  30. Keith Levett May 28th, 2018 at 23:01

    The term through the green does not exist in 2019

  31. Mike May 28th, 2018 at 23:47


  32. Leslie May 29th, 2018 at 0:32


  33. lloyd cotterill May 29th, 2018 at 1:25


  34. Ray Calnan May 29th, 2018 at 1:39

    No. The term will be replaced with “General Area”.

  35. James Smyth May 29th, 2018 at 1:56

    No. The term will cease to exist from 2019.

  36. Bob Philp May 29th, 2018 at 2:36

    Yes it will still be used in very wet conditions under a local rule

  37. Robert Crosby May 29th, 2018 at 3:30


  38. Peter Wildblood May 29th, 2018 at 7:38


  39. Aidan Murray May 29th, 2018 at 7:54

    My reading is that the term ‘through the green’ has been renamed ‘general area’, therefore by definition the old term becomes obsolete.
    The current ‘Definition’:-
    ‘Through the green’ is the whole area of the course except:
    a. The teeing ground and putting green of the hole being played.
    b. All hazards on the course
    Presumably the ‘course’ being played will now be defined as :- Teeing area, general area, penalty area and putting green and then each one of these will be described in the appropriate rule sections.

  40. Kevin May 29th, 2018 at 9:50

    No, that term has been superceded

  41. ian cooper May 29th, 2018 at 11:08


  42. Roger May 29th, 2018 at 11:29


  43. Alfredo Ospina May 29th, 2018 at 12:21


  44. Ronne Mercer May 29th, 2018 at 17:51


  45. Anthony Ireland May 29th, 2018 at 18:12


  46. Bob Burt May 29th, 2018 at 20:15


  47. VJOB May 29th, 2018 at 21:28


  48. arlene wong May 29th, 2018 at 22:32

    No! The term “through the green” will be changed to “general area,” but it will still mean the same space on the golf course.

  49. Robyn McLachlan May 30th, 2018 at 8:12

    No – it will not exist

  50. Juri Brown May 30th, 2018 at 9:29

    No, General Area, is the new phrase.

  51. Sheila May 30th, 2018 at 13:36

    No the new term General area will,! hopefully, mean the same thing to those players who knew what ‘Through the green meant’!

  52. Sheila May 30th, 2018 at 13:39

    No but, hopefully, the new term ‘General area’ will mean the same to those players who knew what ‘through the green’ meant!

  53. Anonymous May 30th, 2018 at 13:44


  54. Dave Warren June 1st, 2018 at 8:04

    No. “Through the Green” will become a term only to be seen in the R&A Golf Museum.

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