Use of Distance Measuring Devices in Blind Golf played in Australia

BGA's Local Rule from January 1 2016.

For all blind golf events played in Australia, a player and/or his/her caddy may obtain distance information by use of a distance measuring device. However the blind golfer is not permitted to use a laser, monocular, binocular or similar devices – these can only be used by the caddy. The use of “smart phones” and similar is allowed by both the blind golfer and his/her caddy providing these devices are used to measure distance only.

If during any round of blind golf played in Australia, a player or his/her caddy uses a distance measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his/her play ( eg elevation changes, wind speed etc ) the player is in breach of Rule 14.3. Similarly if a blind golfer uses a laser, monocular, binocular or similar, the player is in breach of Rule 14.3

The penalties for breaching Rule 14.3 and the BGA Local Rule is in stroke play ( and this includes all events such as stroke, stableford, par etc) two strokes for the first offence and disqualification for any subsequent offence. In Match play, the penalty is loss of hole for the first offence and disqualification for any subsequent offence.