Enforcement

The Rules of Amateur Status establish the framework under which amateur golf is played, covering matters such as prizes, expenses, giving instruction and advertising. Additional guidance, clarification and interpretation of the Rules can be found by reference to Decisions on the Rules of Amateur Status.

The governing body for the Rules of Amateur Status in any country is its national golf association. In Great Britain and Ireland, The R&A is the governing body.

It is the responsibility of each governing body to investigate possible breaches of the Rules and, where necessary, to take appropriate action. Appropriate action could, for example, be the removal of the player’s Amateur Status, or requesting that the player discontinue the behaviour in question. Each governing body should establish a process for the enforcement of the Rules, including procedures for an individual to apply for reinstatement of his Amateur Status or appeal against decisions of the governing body.

For residents of Great Britain and Ireland only, details of the procedures for the enforcement of the Rules, applications for reinstatement to Amateur Status, and appeals concerning decisions made by The R&A’s Amateur Status Committee can be viewed using the links to the right.

For residents of other countries, please contact your national golf association.

Enforcement Procedure

Under Rule 8, it is the responsibility of a nation’s governing body for the Rules of Amateur Status to investigate possible breaches of the Rules.

For residents of Great Britain and Ireland only, details of the Procedure for the Enforcement of the Rules of Amateur Status can be downloaded using the links to the right.

For residents of other countries, please contact your national golf association.