How We Can Help


Using a budget of up to £5 million of Open Championship generated income, The R&A supports golf in several ways.

Our overall aim is to encourage more people to play more golf in more places more often.  Golf is not an easy game to play well and to do so coaching is required.  For this reason, we encourage all golfers to take professional tuition.

Although golf can be played for life, it is of the utmost importance that young people continue to be attracted to golf and for this reason, we place a high emphasis on junior initiatives.

We can be contacted with requests for assistance through Duncan Weir, Director of Golf Development, and Alison White, Assistant Director, Golf Development

Applications for financial support must be accompanied by budgets and submitted or endorsed by organisations affiliated to The R&A.

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Golf Development funding in 2009

Grants are awarded to many events around the world, both team and individual, for men, women, boys and girls.


This picture shows the Daily Telegraph junior finals played in Abu Dhabi.  This is the biggest amateur event in the world in terms of entry size – over 40,000 boys and girls played last year.


We support coaching initiatives by providing project specific grants and, working alongside the PGAs of Europe, send golf professionals to “train trainers” all over the world.

This picture shows David Howell, a Ryder Cup player in 2004, conducting a clinic for juniors in the middle east.  David won our Boys’ Championship in 1993 and played in GB&I’s winning 1995 Walker Cup team.


Via TaylorMade, we send over 1,000 sets of clubs all over the world each year.

In addition, we provide new greenkeeping machinery and although this has so far been focussed on Africa, we now do more elsewhere and recently helped courses in Bangladesh, Nepal and Paraguay.