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

     
    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
     

  Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              27 April 2015
Venue:            Aomori Country Club
                      http://www.acc-gl.co.jp
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    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
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              14 May 2015
Venue:            Nagaoka Country Club
                      http://www.nagaoka-cc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              16 May 2015
Venue:            Hulu Kinta, Perak
Contact:          Mr Krishna 012 5967 653 or krishnakumar@ipip.edu.my
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              16 May 2015
Venue:            Universiti Malaysia Kelantan
Contact:          Tn. Hj Ahmad Bahri 019 959 0030 or MGA 03 9283 7300
     
 

  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
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              13 June 2015
Venue:            Walailak University, Nakorn Si Thamarat
Contact:          Ms Warinya 02 369 3777-9 or johnzx@hotmail.com
     
    South African Golf Association/Free State Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:              13 June 2015
Venue:            Bloemfontein Golf Club
Contact:          Charles Liversage 051 541 0109/083 231 7613 or charles@dewetsdorp.co.za
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              22 June 2015
Venue:            Fuji Lakeside Country Club
                      http://www.fujilakeside-cc.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    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
     
    Thailand Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              4 July 2015
Venue:            Rajmangala National Stadium, Bangkok
Contact:          Ms Jitra 02 369 3777-9 or thailandgolfassociation@hotmail.com
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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
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  Golf Australia Rules Courses 
Click here for details of available courses