Guidance on Running a Competition

Submission of Queries on the Rules of Golf

Many queries on the Rules submitted to the R&A’s Rules of Golf Committee have to be returned unanswered because individuals have sent them direct. Under Rule 34-3, points of doubt or dispute may be referred to the Rules of Golf Committee only through a duly authorised representative of the Committee responsible for the competition.

A number of queries are received from Clubs in overseas countries affiliated to The R&A. While this is perfectly in order under the Rules, the Rules of Golf Committee would prefer that they be submitted direct to their National Union or Association in the first instance, who would refer them to The R&A only in cases of doubt.

The Rules of Golf Committee will continue to reply direct to queries received from Clubs and other golfing bodies in Great Britain and Ireland.