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How close to the edge of a green should a hole be cut? Is there a rule that the hole can be no closer than say 5 feet from the edge of a green?

There is no rule that regulates how close the hole can be cut to the edge of the green. 5 feet is a common recommendation or some courses use the length of the pin. Some pin placements can be deemed illegal for many different reasons though. For instance, in one collegiate tournament I played the entire round had to be thrown out because of an illegal pin placement. The first group to tee off was made up of the leaders and one of them 22 putted! Group after group came through with putts in the teens on that hole because the hole was on such a severe slope that there was no stopping the ball if you didn't make it. The host coach called the USGA and the whole round was thrown out.

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