The flagstick serves an important purpose in the game and should be used whenever possible, however, its use is not a requirement within the Rules of Golf. If your Committee decides to not use flagsticks for your competition, it is strongly recommended by WA Golf that you provide competitors with the location of the hole on each green, either through general guidance (front right, middle left, etc.) or via a detailed hole location sheet.
- To restrict players from touching or removing the flagstick, the Committee should prohibit this action on its Code of Conduct.
Alternatively, facilities may choose to use flagsticks that have movable trays, platforms or a similar attachment to help prevent touching the surface of the flagstick to retrieve the ball from the hole. When these devices are used, the ball can be holed within the Rules and the Committee no longer needs to define when a ball is holed, however, the use of these devices does not conform to the Equipment Rules. Similar to the modification of the hole, these devices should only be used temporarily while safety measures are necessary or required in Washington.
Rounds played with these devices are acceptable for handicapping purposes temporarily within the United States until otherwise advised by the USGA.