About the Rules Geeks

RulesGeeks.com was founded by Erik, Doug, Charlie, and Martyn as a means of sharing, educating, and discussing the Rules of Golf. With the 2019 major rules revisions on the horizon, and with the passing of noted Rules expert Barry Rhodes, the four of them sought to take up the torch Barry carried and add to the discussion of the Rules of Golf.

It is our sincere hope that by talking about the Rules, by sharing our thoughts and opinions, and by educating golfers about the Rules, that they can be seen as the brilliantly crafted manner in which we play the greatest game of all. Though the Rules are often seen as overly complex and penal, we see them as just and based in principles espoused decades ago, and tracing back to the game’s beginning centuries ago.

Please join us in discussing the Rules of Golf. We welcome all golfers, whether “geek” or not.


Erik J. Barzeski


Erik is a PGA professional, and was named to Golf Digest‘s Best Young Teachers in America list for 2016-17 and the Best in State list for 2017-18. He coaches the Penn-State Behrend men’s and women’s golf team, has served as a rules official for the WPGA and USGA. He’s the co-author of Lowest Score Wins, Director of Instructor Development for 5 Simple Keys®, and co-creator of Analyzr golf video analysis software.

Charlie Marks


Charlie is a Senior Rules Official for the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). He is a retired professional airplane pilot with 50 years of military, airline and corporate flying experience.


Former Contributors

Doug Howell

Doug is a Senior Member of the Championships Committee of the Yorkshire Union and has officiated at county, national and international events for over 15 years. He is also an England Golf Handicap Advisor for the CONGU system and the County Co-ordinator for the USGA Course Rating system.
He is a retired Commercial IT Systems manager of one of the largest chemical companies in the world.

Martyn Woodhouse

Mr. Woodhouse is a PGA member with 35 years of experience in the golf industry. An accomplished player, he competed on the European, South Africa Sunshine, and European Challenge Tours. Mr. Woodhouse has held Head Professional positions in England, Germany, and South Carolina. Mr. Woodhouse officiated numerous high-level events and attained the highest level of USGA Rules of Golf certification.