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:             25 April 2014
Venue:           Kemaman,Terengganu
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             27 April 2014
Venue:           Johor Bahru, Johor
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Kenya Golf Union Level 1 Rules School
Date:             28 April 2014
Venue:           Muthaiga Golf Club
Contact:         kgu@iconnect.co.ke
     
    Indonesia Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:              28 - 29 April 2014
Venue:           Rawamangun Golf Club, Jakarta
                     South Jakarta - www.golfpondokindah.com
Contact:         Eddie Putra - made.eddy.putra@gmail.com
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             3 May 2014
Venue:           Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             8 May 2014
Venue:           Morioka Highland Country Club
http://www.morioka-hcc.com/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             9 May 2014
Venue:           Kota Baru, Kelantan
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             16 May 2014
Venue:           Takamatsu Gold CC
http://www.gold-cc.com/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             17 May 2014
Venue:           Kuala Lumpur
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             18 May 2014
Venue:           Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             18 May 2014
Venue:           Kuantan , Pahang
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 50
     
    Brazilian Golf Confederation Level 1 Rules School
Date:             29 - 30 May 2014
Venue:           Gavea Golf Club, Rio de Janeiro
Contact:         golfe@cbg.com.br
     
    Argentine Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             30 - 31 May 2014
Venue:           Tandil Golf Club, Tandol, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contact:         golf@aag.org.ar
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             2 - 4 June 2014
Venue:           Tokyo Sport Benefits Corporation
http://www.tef.or.jp/tmg/en_index.jsp
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             10 - 12 June 2014
Venue:           Osaka Gakuin University
http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/english/index.html
Participation:  Invitation only
     
  Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             17 July 2014
Venue:           Morinaga Takataki CC
http://www.takatakicc.co.jp/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 1 Rules School
Date:             22 July 2014
Venue:           Sapporo Golf Club
http://www.sapporo-gc.or.jp/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Japan Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             6 - 8 August 2014
Venue:           Ota City Sangyo Plaza
http://www.pio-ota.jp/plaza/
Participation:  Invitation only
     
    Malaysian Golf Association Level 2 Rules School
Date:             17 - 19 October 2014
Venue:           KPGA, Kuala Lumpur
Contact:         MGA office in Kuala Lumpur, Entry fee RM 350
     
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 with the next school to take place in March 2015
Venue:  GUI National Headquarters, Carton House & GUI National Academy
Contact:  Mary Wehrly, Championship Manager, GUI, mark@gui.ie

* Taught with R&A support.