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 But he did complete it after taking an illegal drop, so it was clearly not under the principles of the rules of golf.  I don't see how you can possibly say that he didn't complete the hole.
 With one exception the most intoxicated person I ever saw in my four years was Peter Jacobsen.  He missed the cut, but he still hung around for the weekend, partying in a corporate box above the 17th green, the hole where I was working.  He just got happy and heckled several of the players (it was all good natured) as they walked across the road to the 18th tee.   We did have one incident where a drunk had to be escorted away, but I was working on the tee when he was...
 Yeah, but after number 28 they mostly apply to alternate forms of play and to the committee when running a competition.  They certainly aren't concerned with what most of us deal with when playing.  Those original 13 rules clearly did not cover everything or they would never have needed to modifiy them.  I defy you to play a half dozen rounds by those rules without coming up against a situation which they don't address.
 Not true.  The handicap manual allows for such incidents.  The debate is ongoing here, but the manual says that for a hole not played under the principles of the rules of golf, you mark par plus any handicap strokes allowed for that hole.
 The penalty heirarchy is graduated as it is in order to counteract any potential advantage that might be gained from the infraction.  The greater the potential advantage, the more severe is the penalty.  Without that there would be occasions where it might actually be more advantageous to deliberately play for a penalty rather than follow the principles of the game.  For example, a bad lie in 8 inch deep fescue.  Play it as it lies and risk leaving it in just as bad a lie...
 Usually when a ball hits a tree, I figure that just about anything goes.  In a tournament a few years ago one of my fellow competitors pushed his tee shot right and hit a tree about 10 yards right of the fairway and 150 yards from the tee.  All 4 of us looked for the full 5 minutes, then he returned to the tee and played his 3rd.  While he was walking back, I crossed over to the left side of the fairway, then went well into the rough about 20 yards to be out of the way...
 Then what do you do when it is not possible to play the ball as it lies?  What do you do when the ball is lost?  Out of bounds? In a water hazard?  How do you treat those situations fairly in a stroke competition with 100 players in the field if there is no set procedure?   Your rules will work just fine in a match, because it only involves your side and your opponent's side.  Any decision you make only affects your match.  You simply cannot do that in a stroke play...
 The problem is that they aren't really doing anything.  It took something major for a patron to be ejected when I worked at the International.  I think that they need to be a bit more strict with the penalties.  I'd like to see a 2 strikes and out policy.  Easy to manage.  Each patron has a badge that is displayed in plain sight.  Give each security person a hole punch.  One complaint, punch his badge, second complaint, escort him to the gate and confiscate the badge....
Zero.  But to be honest, I don't own a pair of golf shoes period.  None.  Havent for quite a few years now.  I use walking shoes, or low cut hiking shoes (Merrell) for golf.  
 Carry a rule book.  You can get one from Amazon for $2.92.  If you are going to play organized golf, then you really should have a working knowledge of the rules as they affect on course play, in particular rules 18-28 and the definitions section in the front of the book.  It would make a good study project while you recuperate. We all play our share of casual rounds for fun, and for different players, that means different levels of adherence to the rules.  It's still...
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