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

     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             27 February 2015
Venue:           Yokkaichi Country Club
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             5 March 2015
Venue:           Asagiri Jamboree Golf Club
                     http://www.asagiri.net/golf/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             12 March 2015
Venue:           Katayamazu Golf Club
                     http://katayamazugc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             12 March 2015
Venue:           Shishido Hills Country Club
                     http://www.shishido.co.jp/shishido/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             13 March 2015
Venue:           Katayamazu Golf Club
                     http://katayamazugc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
 

  South African Golf Association/Southern Cape Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:             13 March 2015
Venue:           George Golf Club
Contact:         info@scgu.co.za or Telephone 082 786 3077
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             16-17 March 2015
Venue:           Ota City Sangyo Plaza
                     http://www.pio-ota.jp/plaza/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
 
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  R&A / Scottish Golf Level 2 Rules School
Date:      18-20 March 2015
Venue:         St Andrews, Fife
Contact:      For further information, see the following link:
       http://www.scottishgolf.org/players/club-members/sgu-rules-course/

     
  Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              20 March 2015
Venue:            Oita Country Club Tsukikata Course
                      http://www.oty.jp/occweb/html/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              20 March 2015
Venue:            Hidaka Country Club 
                      http://www.hidaka-cc.co.jp/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    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
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              14 April 2015
Venue:            Sendai Country Club 
                      http://www.sendai-cc.com/
Participation:    Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              15 April 2015
Venue:            Yamagata Golf Club
                      http://www.yamagata-gc.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Korea Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              18 April 2015
Venue:            Seoul
Contacts:         jwkim@kgagolf.or.kr and kga@kgagolf.or.kr
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             18-19 April 2015
Venue:           University Utara, Malaysia
Contact:         info@mgaonline.com.my
     
    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:         jaegerter@cubesg.com
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