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

     
    Indian Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              27 June 2015 (PROVISIONAL)
Venue:            To be confirmed
     
    Brazilian Golf Confederation/Federação de Golfe do Estado do Rio de Janeiro Level 2 Rules School
Date:              27-28 June 2015
Venue:            Itanhangá Golf Club, Rio de Janeiro
Contact:          Carlos Gasparian info@fgerj.com.br
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              28 June 2015
Venue:            Hamamatsu Seaside Country Club
                      http://www.seaside-golf.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              3 July 2015
Venue:            Bellflower Country Club
                      http://www.bellflower.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              4 July 2015
Venue:            Walailak University, Nakorn Si Thamarat
Contact:          Ms Warinya 02 369 3777-9 johnzx@hotmail.com or
                      Mr Narudchai 084 631 7777 robert533222@hotmail.com
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              11 July 2015
Venue:            Rajmangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Contact:          Ms Jitra 02 369 3777-9 thailandgolfassociation@hotmail.com
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:               15 July 2015
Venue:             La grace Golf Club
                       http://www.la-grace.jp/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Chinese Taipei Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              15 - 17 July 2015
Venue:            Changhwa Golf Club
Contact:          Pi-Chiang Chen garoc.tw@msa.hinet.net
     
    Chinese Taipei Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              22 - 24 July 2015
Venue:            Changhwa Golf Club
Contact:          Pi-Chiang Chen garoc.tw@msa.hinet.net
     
    South African Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              23-24 July 2015
Venue:            De Zalze Golf Club
Contact:          Hilary Butler 011 781 3718 or admin@saga.co.za
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              24 July 2015
Venue:            Sapporo Golf Club Yuni Course
                      http://www.sapporo-gc.or.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    South African Golf Association/North West Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              25 July 2015
Venue:            Potchefstroom Country Club
Contact:          Coenie Schoonhoven 082 375 4788 nwgu@lantic.net
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              26 July 2015
Venue:            'aT Center', Seoul
Contact:          Kim, Jin-woo jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              5 August 2015
Venue:            Ryukyu Golf Club
                      http://www.ryukyugolf.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    South African Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              7-8 August 2015
Venue:            Royal Durban Golf Club
Contact:          Hilary Butler 011 781 3718 or admin@saga.co.za
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              7-8 August 2015
Venue:            Rajmangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Contact:          Ms Jitra 02 369 3777-9 or thailandgolfassociation@hotmail.com
     
    Indian Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              8 August 2015 (PROVISIONAL)
Venue:            To be confirmed
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              8 August 2015
Venue:            'aT Center', Seoul
Contact:          Kim, Jin-woo jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              10-11 August 2015
Venue:            Ota-ku Sangyo Plaza Pio
                      http://www.pio-ota.net/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              12-13 August 2015
Venue:            Ota-ku Sangyo Plaza Pio
                      http://www.pio-ota.net/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    South African Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              29-30 August 2015
Venue:            Benoni Country Club
Contact:          Hilary Butler 011 781 3718 or admin@saga.co.za
     
 

  Asociación Argentina De Golf/Federación Regional Mar Y Sierras Level 2 Rules School
Date:             11-12 September 2015
Venue:           Club Mar del Plata (Acantilados) - Mar del Plata - Argentina
Contact:         gerente@golfmarysierras.com
     
 

  Asociación Argentina De Golf/Federación De Golf De La Provincia De Cordoba Level 2 Rules School
Date:             18-19 September 2015
Venue:           Driving Range Federación de Golf de la Provincia de Córdoba 
                      - Villa Allende - Córdoba - Argentina
Contact:         campeonatos@fedecolfcba.com.ar
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              20 September 2015
Venue:            'aT Center', Seoul
Contact:          Kim, Jin-woo jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    Indian Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              10 October 2015 (PROVISIONAL)
Venue:            To be confirmed
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:               12-13 November 2015
Venue:             Nagoya Trade & Industry Center
                       http://www.nipc.or.jp/fukiage/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Indian Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              14 November 2015 (PROVISIONAL)
Venue:            To be confirmed
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:               17 November 2015
Venue:             Ohmurawan Country Club
                       http://www.ohmurawan.co.jp/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:               2 December 2015
Venue:             The Classic Golf Club
                       http://www.tanimizu.jp/classic/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              11-12 December 2015
Venue:            'aT Center', Seoul
Contact:          Kim, Jin-woo jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              19 December 2015
Venue:            Rajmangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Contact:          Ms Jitra 02 369 3777-9 or thailandgolfassociation@hotmail.com
     
     
     
Other Rules Schools

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