USGA - SCGA
There Must Be a Purpose - It is indeed unfortunate that in a game as fascinating as golf, an appreciation of the Rules under which the game is played should be the exception rather than the order. Even a modest understanding of the Rules can greatly enhance the pleasure to be derived from the sport. Further, it is difficult to understand how it is possible to become a devotee of golf without a least becoming inquisitive about the code which governs its play.
To be sure, the lanquage of the Rules is dry and precise - it must be so. To understand the Rules demands careful reading, and they can hardly be skimmed through lightly in one session. However, for those who make the effort, the reward is great. The Rules of Golf are indeed a beutifully balanced code, rich with logic, drama and the traditions of a great sport.
Taken from the book, The Principles Behind The Rules of Golf by Richard S. Tufts