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 :-).


  1. Gerry says

    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

    1. Alastair says

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

    2. Tom van der Borg says


  2. Lynn says

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

  3. John says

    No – it has been removed.

  4. Patti says

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

  5. Rikard Stokke says

    Gerry has the right answer!

  6. Geoffey Portwine says


  7. Karl Kurz says

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

  8. Mike Sutton says


  9. Alan says


  10. Dan Linehan says

    I agree with Gerry and with Patti.

  11. Sally says

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

  12. Derrick Sutlow says

    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 says


  14. John says


  15. David says


  16. Tom Doran says


  17. Doug says


  18. David G says

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

  19. Alan says


  20. Nicky Whitton says

    No the term is the general area

  21. Ron White says

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

  22. Owen says


  23. Anonymous says

    No. Dick

  24. dick blum says

    No. Dick

  25. Ron says


  26. June says

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

  27. Con says


  28. Lawrie says

    No. Replaced by “General Area”

  29. Keith Levett says

    The term through the green does not exist in 2019

  30. Keith Levett says

    The term through the green does not exist in 2019

  31. Mike says


  32. Leslie says


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  34. Ray Calnan says

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

  35. James Smyth says

    No. The term will cease to exist from 2019.

  36. Bob Philp says

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

  37. Robert Crosby says


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  39. Aidan Murray says

    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 says

    No, that term has been superceded

  41. ian cooper says


  42. Roger says


  43. Alfredo Ospina says


  44. Ronne Mercer says


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  48. arlene wong says

    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 says

    No – it will not exist

  50. Juri Brown says

    No, General Area, is the new phrase.

  51. Sheila says

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

  52. Sheila says

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

  53. Anonymous says


  54. Dave Warren says

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

  55. Derek Woodley says

    No, the new term is ‘General Area’

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