- the putting green of the hole last played;
- any practice putting green; or
- the teeing ground of the next hole to be play.
No practice stroke may be made from a hazard and practice must not delay play. The Committee may implement a local rule prohibiting practice on the putting green of the hole last played during a stroke play competition. This is a common local rule in place, including at all Golf Canada competitions and on most professional tours.
Practice areas are commonly located on or near the actual golf course. In stroke play the penalty for practicing on the golf course before the round on the day of a competition is disqualification. If the practice area is not located out of bounds, then the Committee should clarify where players are allowed to practice. This could be as simple as stating, “practice is permitted on the practice range and on the practice putting green next to the clubhouse”.