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Welcome to The R&A

All you need to know about The R&A’s work in administering the Rules of Golf, organising championships, including The Open, and supporting golf around the world.

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Rules of Golf

Since 1897 the role of The R&A as governing body has been to write and interpret the Rules of Golf, including the Rules on Equipment.

Explore the Rules of Golf

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Competing concurrently in a match and a stroke play competition is permitted by the Rules.

Think you know the Rules of Golf? Test your knowledge now to find out whether you are a novice or a master.

Think you know the Rules of Golf? Test your knowledge now to find out whether you are a novice or a master.

Take a Rules Quiz

Equipment

The role of the Equipment Standards Committee is to regulate the equipment which may be used to play the game, both by amateurs and professionals alike. From Drivers to Golf Balls and Grooves to Distance Measuring Devices, visit the Equipment section to access the latest information and ensure all of your kit conforms to the current standards.

What we do

R&A Championships

The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest and most international major championship, as well as a series of prestigious amateur events and international matches.

In 2016, The 145TH Open will be played at Royal Troon on the Ayrshire coast from 14-17 July.

Visit our Championships Site

Golf Development

The R&A invests more than £5 million in golf development activity each year with the aim of supporting golf wherever it is played and encouraging its growth in countries where it is in its infancy.

Working through its affiliates, The R&A promotes golf as being a sport for life which can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of ability.

WAGR™

The World Amateur Golf RankingTM comprises a women’s ranking and a men’s ranking for elite amateur players and endeavours to be the most comprehensive and accurate ranking in golf by effectively comparing players from around the world who may never directly compete against one another.

Visit WAGR™

Sustainability

The R&A is working to protect the enjoyment of the game and to safeguard the financial operations of golf facilities, in a manner which preserves natural environments and enhances community engagement.

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Shop

The R&A’s online shop offers a wide range of publications, DVD’s.  For The Open online shop visit shop.TheOpen.com.


Visit The R&A Shop

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Olympic Golf

The Olympic golf events will be played at Barra da Tjiuca in Rio from 11-20 August 2016. 120 of the leading men’s and women’s golfers from around the world will compete in 72-hole stroke play competitions. The latest Olympic men’s and women’s rankings are set out below.

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