I found these rules of golf over at Golf Digest. Albeit they may not be the official rules, it allows you to play a quick, casual round while staying within the spirit of the game. And it is a game after all, isn’t it?
Some of the suggested rules are:
1. Move your ball out of a footprint in the sand. (Why should you pay a penalty for someone else’s carelessness?)
2. Play winter rules. (If a course is really wet, has just been aerated, or just has spots where it’s in lousy condition, move your ball a few inches, no closer to the hole.)
3. Treat yourself to a Mulligan. (As long as your group agrees to one on the first tee and you don’t hold up the groups behind, then allow yourself to hit a bonus shot.)
4. Don’t penalize yourself if your ball moves when removing debris around it. (Bobby Jones once said “You may as well praise someone for not robbing a bank,” when he was lauded for calling a similar penalty on himself. Good for him, but last time we checked, you’re not Bobby Jones.)