PGA professional at Melton Valley Golf Club, Mark Jackson, explains.
In stroke play, a player is penalised two strokes if they begin their round and realise they have 15 or more clubs in the bag.
If the player begins or completes their second hole, they are penalised two more shots but four strokes is the maximum penalty that can be applied.
In match play, playing the first hole with more than 14 clubs would carry a one hole penalty and if the player began the second hole before realising the extra club(s), a second hole would be lost. Two holes is the maximum penalty in match play.
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