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

     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             1 October 2014
Venue:           Saujana Golf Club
Contact:         info@mgaonline.com.my

 
 


  The R&A/Golfing Union of Ireland/Irish Ladies Golf Union Level 2 Rules School
Date:             10 - 12 October 2014
Venue:           Carton House, Maynooth
Contact:         www.gui.ie/home/news/gui,-ilgu-and-r-a-announce-level-2-rules-school-to
     
    Chilean Golf Federation Level 2 Rules School
Date:             14, 21 & 25 October 2014
Venue:           Club de Golf La Dehesa
Contact:          ccamargo@chilegolf.cl
     
   

Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             15 October 2014
Venue:           Mines Resorts Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur
Contact:         info@mgaonline.com.my

     
    South African Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             25 October 2014
Venue:           East London Golf Club
Contact:         Judy Davenport bgu@telkomsa.net or 043 740 3899
Cost:              R150.00
     
    Argentine Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             31 October 2014
Venue:           Rosario Golf Club; Rosario, Provincia de Santa Fe, Argentina
Contact:         secretaria@fedegolf.org.ar
Participation:  Members of Federación de Golf del Sur del Litoral



    The R&A Emirates Level 2 Rules School
Date:             3 - 5 November 2014
Venue:           Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai, UAE
Contact:         bindu.mohandas@ugagolf.com

 
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              7 November 2014
Venue:            Suwako CC
Contact:          http://www.suwako-cc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Indian Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:             12 November 2014
Venue:           New Delhi
Contact:         http://www.indiangolfunion.org/referee-certification-courses/
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              14 November 2014
Venue:            Saga Classic Golf Club
                      http://www.tanimizu.jp/saga/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Indonesian Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              15 - 16 November 2014
Venue:            Jakarta Golf Club
Contact:          Eddy Putra made.eddy.putra@gmail.com
 

    Malaysian Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             16 - 17 November 2014
Venue:           KPGA, Kuala Lumpur
Contact:         info@mgaonline.com.my
Entry fee:       Public RM 500
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             20 November 2014
Venue:           Sanko 72 CC
Contact:         http://www.suwako-cc.co.jp/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             23 November 2014
Venue:           Rokko Kokusai Golf Club
                     http://rokkokokusai-kobe.jp/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:              1 - 3 December 2014
Venue:            Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
                      http://www.tef.or.jp/tmg/en_index.jsp
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             12 - 14 December 2014
Venue:           Rajamangala National Stadium, Hua Mark, Bangkok
Contact:         Miss Jittra: thailandgolfassociation@hotmail.com
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             18 December 2014
Venue:           Shonan Country Club
                     http://shonan-cc.co.jp/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Indian Golf Union Level 2 Rules School
Date:             9-11 January 2015
Venue:           Hyderabad
Contact:         http://www.indiangolfunion.org/referee-certification-courses/
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
     

  The Golf Union of Wales' Referees/Rules School*
Date:       The next school will take place in 2014 with two days of instruction in November and December followed by the examination in January 2015. Actual dates are to be confirmed
Venue:     TBC
Contact:   Anyone interested in the School should contact the Golf Union of Wales on 01633 436040 or email Rhys James on rhys.james@golfunionwales.org
     
    Golfing Union of Ireland
Date:       To be held every two years (depending on demand). The next school to take place in October 2014 with The R&A and the ILGU
Venue:     GUI National Headquarters, Carton House & GUI National Academy
Contact:   Mary Wehrly, Championship Manager, GUI, mark@gui.ie

* Taught with R&A support.