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.


The advent of Olympic golf will surely lead to the emergence of more public facilities and this is an area we have already taken an interest in by supporting innovative projects in Brazil and Peru.

Closer to home, The R&A is represented on the newly formed Fife Golf Trust which will look at ways to help seven public courses in our local area.

These pictures show Japeri near Rio de Janeiro and San Bartolo south of Lima.

Although The R&A is closely associated with the amateur game, we currently support four tours for professional players; the PGA European Tour, the PGA European Challenge Tour, the Tour de las Americas in central and South America, the Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

The picture below highlights our long term support of the LET which recently passed the £1 million mark.

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Finding the next generation of golfers and encouraging them to join clubs is high on everyone’s agenda and ours is no different.

We are receptive to requests to support junior initiatives of any type anywhere in the world and this is reflected in our Swingzone facility at The Open Championship.

The biggest single grant we make annually is to the Golf Foundation, a charity committed to introducing young people to golf, mainly through schools, in England, Scotland and Wales.

This picture shows Ian Poulter, currently ranked 7th in the world, on a visit to our Swingzone.


The R&A Foundation scholarship scheme is how we support student golf and any leading amateur, male or female, can apply for scholarship aid if in full time education anywhere in the world.

Matteo Manassero, our Amateur Champion last year and now competing successfully on the PGA European Tour, was a scholar as was Catriona Matthew, the 2009 Ricoh Women’s British Open Champion.

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Please click this link for further information/application form.


The R&A has a long history of supporting golfers with special needs and spends up to £50K annually in this important area of the game.

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