I used to be rules stickler guy. It must have been a laugh riot to play with me as a beginner. Now I only worry about following the rules to the letter on my own ball unless we're in a competition. I occasionally played for money my first few seasons and learned that a lot of guys make up their own rules within their cliques then try to pass those off as official rules.
Common "rules" I've been accused of breaking:
- holding the flagstick while tapping in (2 strokes)
- borrowing a tee or using a cast off broken one (2 strokes)
- giving a yardage to the flag (2-strokes)
- teeing up so my feet are left of the left tee marker (re-tee or loss of hole)
- tapping in a chip with a bladed wedge / not marking (2 strokes)
- not taking relief when one of my feet was on a cart path (2-strokes)
When I actually get to play enough holes to turn in a score it reflects my actual play on the course. I play pretty close to my index most rounds. I play to around .500 during league play because some guys step up in competition and some guys, like me, count all strokes so their index is accurate. If I either won or lost most of my matches then I'd say the system was not working.