The R&A will break new ground when it holds its first ever Rules course in Kazakhstan in October.

The Level One Introductory Rules School will be held at Nurtau Golf Club, Almaty, Kazakhstan on 1 and 2 October 2011. Nurtau is the host to the Kazakhstan Open, 8-11 September 2011, which has the biggest purse on the European Challenge Tour.

The Programme covers the key Definitions and playing Rules as found in the summary booklet “A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf".  Topics are explained with the assistance of diagrams and video footage from professional events, and there is a highly informative and useful on-course practical demonstration of the Rules in action.  Lastly, delegates have the opportunity to sit the Level One R&A Rules Exam.

The School and the Exam will be in English; however, both will be translated into Russian. In that regard, The R&A instructors will be ably assisted by Victor Motchalov (Secretary General, Russian Golf Association).

The Introductory School represents the first stage in The R&A’s three-tiered education programme:

1.                    Level One – Introductory School
2.                    Level Two – Rules School
3.                    Level Three – Tournament Administrators and Referees School

For more details and to register for the School please contact: Kazakhstan Golf Federation - Alexey Polozhentsev at

Alan Holmes (Chairman, Rules of Golf Committee) eagerly anticipated the School in Kazakhstan when he said, “This is my fifth visit to Kazakhstan having refereed at the Kazakhstan Open a number of times. There is tremendous enthusiasm for the game in the country and we look forward to helping the game develop along the right lines. We also look forward to meeting delegates from the neighbouring countries where golf is in its infancy and we hope that this R&A visit will stimulate further interest in the Rules and the game itself.”

In addition to the School in Kazakhstan, over the coming months The R&A will also be organising a Tournament Administrators and Referees School for members of the Ladies European Tour in October, and it will continue its long-standing commitment to training Chinese officials at the China National School in Shanghai in November.