The R&A

Formed in 2004. and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the game of golf. It takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the members' club that, before 2004, had responsibility for the game but from which The R&A is now separate and distinct.

The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 152 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

For the USA and Mexico, the USGA is the governing body, an organisation with whom The R&A has jointly issued the Rules of Golf since 1952.


Find out the latest R&A news, from dedicated championships coverage and reports on recent golf development activity, to blogs with our directors and video coverage of recent events - it's all in here.

Event Calendar

The Event Calendar provides dates and venues of all The R&A's forthcoming championships and international matches, along with a short introduction to each event.

Annual Review

The R&A enjoyed a productive 2009, with golf's inclusion in the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games a major highlight. A great deal of other significant work was undertaken, however, all of which was focussed on growing every aspect of the game.

Golf in St Andrews

The R&A and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club aren't the only golfing bodies in St Andrews. Many other clubs and organisation exist alongside each other in the 'auld grey toon', each equally responsible for making St Andrews the Home of Golf.


Whether you're looking for a gift for a golfer, or a Rules book for a referee, visit The R&A shop to browse a complete selection of The R&A's publications, DVDs and souvenirs available to purchase.

Downloads and Free Publications

Click through for all of The R&A's Rules, Equipment and Competition guides which are available for free download.



Here you'll find an archive of The R&A's past press releases covering all areas of our worldwide activity. Should your organisation wish to be added to the mailing list, email