Working for Golf

Each year, The R&A distributes a substantial sum of roughly five million pounds to deserving causes from grassroots initiatives, through coaching and regional championships, to professional tours all over the world. In addition, best practice advice on sustainable golf course management, along with the distribution of brand-new greenkeeping machinery to golf courses in developing golfing nations, is also a priority. 

In recent years, a great deal of effort has been focussed on financing golf development in countries where the game is a relatively new sport. Grassroots initiatives have been supported in countries as diverse as the Falkland Islands, Cambodia, Nepal and the Cook Islands, whilst assistance for projects back home, like the Paul Lawrie Foundation in Aberdeen, Scotland, continues unabated.

Golf Development

The R&A is committed to encouraging the playing of golf globally.  Two factors make this possible:  one is the annual surplus from The Open and the other is the position of influence held globally by The R&A. Combined, they give scope for the world wide advancement of golf.

Course Management

The R&A is committed assisting golf course managers, superintendents and greenkeepers to care for the game's environment. Click to visit The Golf Course website, a fantastic resource for sustainable development and golf course management.

World Amateur Golf Ranking

The World Amateur Golf Ranking awards points to the top amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in counting events on a rolling cycle over the previous 52 weeks. Follow tomorrow's big names today.

Affiliated Organisations

The R&A has national affiliated organisations in 130 countries worldwide, and a further 12 transnational affiliated organisations. We exist to serve our affiliates, working for golf on their behalf and with their consent.