PDGA Official Rules of Disc Golf


Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events


Use those links to the PDGA Official Rules Page and Competition Manual for all PDGA Disc Golf Events and Tournaments.


The PDGA Competition Manual outlines procedures and guidelines for PDGA events, and is to be used in conjunction with the Official Rules of Play and Tour Standards document. These procedures and guidelines are required for all PDGA sanctioned events unless specified otherwise. If a Tournament Director finds any provision in the document unacceptable, a waiver may be requested by contacting the PDGA Tour Manager at tourmgr@pdga.com or calling 706.261.6342.

UPDATED Official Rules of Disc Golf:


Minor Rule Changes to the Official Rules of Disc Golf

  • If a throw does not change a player’s lie (for example, missing the island on an island hole), they throw again instead of waiting for others to throw.
  • There is no longer a re-throw after a stance violation. The throw counts.
  • There is no longer a warning for the first stance violation.
  • The five-meter limit on casual relief has been removed. You may go back along the line of play to the first available lie, however far that is.
  • A player may take free optional relief (back along the line of play) when placing the lie after taking a penalty for OB or above two meters.
  • A player may abandon a throw at the cost of one penalty throw (other penalties are not counted). Abandoned Throw replaces Optional Re-throw.
  • The mandatory rules have been clarified by limiting them to penalizing throws that pass the wrong side of the mandatory. The most important part is that the only line that matters is the one that extends to the incorrect side of the mandatory (two lines to the outside for a double mandatory).
  • A target for a hole other than the one being played is subject to the two-meter rule.
  • If an OB area has a drop zone, the TD may allow you to go directly there at the cost of two penalty throws (rather than trying to throw over an OB lake, for example).
  • You are guaranteed a lie up to one meter from all OB (handles OB lines that create a corner).
  • The rule for completing the hole has been simplified. Your disc must enter the target correctly and then be supported by the target.
  • Practice throw has been redefined.
  • A throw that travels less than 5 meters in the air to return a disc to a player or your bag is not a practice throw.
  • The consensual interference rule (formerly 804.03.G) has been removed.
  • Accidentally interfering with your own throw (for example, if your putt rolls back and hits you or your bag) incurs a one-throw penalty. As before, intentional interference with your own (or anyone else’s) throw incurs a two-throw penalty.
  • You can move a disc that has landed on or behind your lie.
  • A player who is not present to play a hole gets par plus four.
  • A player who starts on the wrong hole and/or in the wrong group receives a two-throw penalty.
Official Rules of Disc Golf: 2018 New Marking Lie area

Official Rules of Disc Golf: 2018 New Marking LIE AREA