Guidance on Running a Competition

A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities

This publication contains permissible modifications to the Rules of Golf for use by disabled golfers and is available from The R&A’s website ( The publication is not intended to provide a revision of the Rules of Golf as they apply to able-bodied players, but rather it is an attempt to adapt the Rules of Golf for groups of disabled golfers so that they can play equitably with an able-bodied golfer or a golfer with another type of disability.

It is important to stress that the Rules modifications only apply if the Committee in charge of a competition has introduced them. They do not apply automatically to a competition involving disabled golfers.