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. These two combined give scope for the worldwide advancement of golf.
Using an annual budget of around £5million, generated by the continued success of golf’s oldest Major, The R&A distributes funding to support coaching programmes and junior golf, which is channeled through various grassroots organisations. In 2010, for example, £460,000 was given to the Golf Foundation, a national development body that promotes golf in schools and runs special projects in inner city and urban areas. Support is also given to national organisations running international championships and bodies such as the Ladies' Golf Union.
Projects all over the world, from Brazil to Bulgaria and Venezuela to Vietnam, benefit from R&A assistance, whether in the form of coaching visits from the PGAs of Europe, junior golf equipment or capital to help build and develop golf facilities. Approximately half of the annual budget is used to support initiatives in Great Britain and Ireland, with the balance spent overseas. The aim is simple: to encourage more people to play golf in more places, more often.