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 2 Rules School
Date:             9-11 January 2015
Venue:           Hyderabad
Contact:         http://www.indiangolfunion.org/referee-certification-courses/
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             14 January 2015
Venue:           Kumamoto Chuo Country Club
                     http://www.chuogolf.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             15 January 2015
Venue:           Utsunomiya Country Club
                     http://www.utsunomiya-cc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             20-21 January 2015
Venue:           Tokyo Metropolitan Gynmasium
                     http://www.tef.or.jp/tmg/en_index.jsp
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             17 February 2015
Venue:           Ogori Country Club
                     http://www.ogoricc.com/index-pc.html
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             26 February 2015
Venue:           Gifuseki Country Club
                     http://www.gifusekicc.com/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    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:             12 March 2015
Venue:           Katayamazu Golf Club
                     http://katayamazugc.co.jp/
Participation:   Invitation only
     
    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/

     
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
     
    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