Rules Schools

The R&A’s formal Rules Education programme consists of a three-tiered approach with the aim of graduating delegates through the stages to develop their Rules knowledge. The Schools are tailored to provide basic instruction for those newer to the game, as well as meeting the demands of more experienced officials looking for tournament specific guidance.

Ideally, delegates should successfully complete each stage before progressing to the next level, attaining and building a comprehensive Rules knowledge in the process. The three levels are:

Level 1 Introductory Rules School
Level 2 Rules School
Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School

At each level, the opportunity to sit an exam is made available at the respective Schools and is recognised throughout The R&A’s jurisdiction as reflective of the delegate’s understanding of the Rules.

Level 1 – Introductory Rules School

  • One day School conducted by The R&A or, on occasion, by a national golf association/federation.
  • Focus on principal Definitions and A Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf.
  • Includes an on-course practical demonstration and Introductory Rules Exam (Level 1).

Level 2 – Rules School

  • Two and a half day School either conducted by The R&A or, on occasion, by a national golf association/federation.
  • Rules Exam (Level 2).

Level 3 – Tournament Administrators and Referees School

  • Three day School including sessions on course set-up, pace of play, suspension of play and temporary immovable obstructions (TIOs)
  • Rules Exam (Level 3)
  • Held in St Andrews annually and in South America, Africa and Asia, generally on a two or four-yearly basis – by invitation only.

For details about what is covered at each level of Rules School, see under "Related Documents" to view PDF files of specimen programmes.

Upcoming Rules Schools


Rules Schools Taught Using R&A Materials

     
    R&A Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School
Date:              26-28 March 2015
Venue:            Mines Resort, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              1 April 2015
Venue:            Takarazuka Golf Club
                      http://www.takarazuka-gc.or.jp/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Chinese Taipei Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:               8-10 April 2015
Venue:             Sunrise Golf & Country Club
Participation:    Caddies only
     
    Indonesia Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:               13 April 2015
Venue:             Grand Bali Beach Golf Club
Contact:           Eddy Putra made.eddy.putra@gmail.com
     
 


  R&A/Uganda Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:               13 April 2015
Venue:             Uganda Golf Club
Contact:           oscarsema@gmail.com
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              14 April 2015
Venue:            Sendai Country Club 
                      http://www.sendai-cc.com/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Indonesia Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:               14-15 April 2015
Venue:             Grand Bali Beach Golf Club
Contact:           Eddy Putra made.eddy.putra@gmail.com
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              15 April 2015
Venue:            Yamagata Golf Club
                      http://www.yamagata-gc.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             18-19 April 2015
Venue:           University Utara, Malaysia
Contact:         info@mgaonline.com.my
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              25 April 2015
Venue:            "aT Center", Seoul
Contacts:         jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr and kga@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    R&A Level 3 Tournament Administrators and Referees School
Date:             29 April - 1 May 2015
Venue:           Hodson Bay Hotel & Athlone Golf Club, Ireland
Participation:  Invitation only
     
 

  Asociación Argentina de Golf/Federación del Sur AAG Level 1 Rules School
Date:             9 May 2015
Venue:           Palihue Golf Club - Bahia Blanca - Argentina
Contact:         cenozramon@gmail.com
Participation:  Federatión del Sur AAG golfers
     
 

  Asociación Argentina de Golf/Federación Ecuatoriana de Golf Level 2 Rules School
Date:             5-7 June 2015
Venue:           Quito Tenis y Golf Club - Quito - Ecuador
Contact:         Gmunoz@feg.org.ec
Participation:  Invitation only
     
     
Other Rules Schools

    England Golf County Rules Schools
Click here for details
     
  Golf Australia Rules Courses 2013 / 2014
Click here for details of available courses