The new

Zooming in on the Global Activity MapWelcome to the new! The R&A Official Website has undergone a complete redesign and, as a result, there are many entertaining and interactive features for you to enjoy. 

Once you’re ready to leave the homepage behind, why not take a look at our Global Activity Map? You can access it from the homepage by clicking on the globe, or you can go straight there by clicking here.

The map shows The R&A’s worldwide activity in astonishing detail. Zoom in on Muirfield, the location of this year’s Amateur Championship, or head to Chile and see the location of the recent Rules School at Los Leones Country Club in Santiago. All our most recent stories will be pinned to their locations, as will our affiliates, whose pins will reveal contact details for each national organisation.

The ‘Our Heritage’ section is a development which has been created in order to give users a unique insight into the history of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the organisation from which The R&A was born. A snapshot of the 'Our Heritage' landing pageIn this area you’ll find comprehensive information about the Club, its Captainsits competitions and its collections. There’s also information about the Clubhouse, including its evolution into the building you see today from the outside, and a glimpse into what lies inside one of the world’s most recognisable buildings.

For those that are interested in researching their own club’s history, specifically the centenary year, there’s a dedicated search function which reveals the foundation year of many of Great Britain and Ireland’s golf courses. And if you want to find out more, there’s information on what to do and who to contact.

Also new for this latest manifestation of is the Rules Explorer, which allows the user to consult the Rules Book like never before. The R&A Rules Explorer enables you to browse and search the Rules of Golf, Amateur Status and Equipment quickly and efficiently. Relevant decisions appear next to rulings, while videos and images make the Rules easier to comprehend.

The Rules Explorer is a great application for anyone with an interest in the Rules, and an essential tool for those who wish to develop an in-depth understanding. When you’ve had a look, why not take on of our Rules quizzes to see how much you’ve learned. 

Padraig Harrington introduces 'Care of the Course'We’ve also expanded our etiquette section to include three pages entitled Care of the CourseConsideration for Others and Keeping Pace. Each is introduced by two-time Open Champion Padraig Harrington, who takes you through the basics of one of golf’s abstract, yet defining features.

And for more detail about Pace of Play, especially useful if you’re a member of a committee charged with running any kind of tournament, there’s a video explaining key points to remember, which is accompanied by a dedicated page of further information.

Now take a look at our Equipment Search function – it allows you to search for any club by equipment type, manufacturer, model and specification. There are 5751 clubs in the database so you should be able to locate yours to find out whether they conform to the Rules of Golf.