The R&A - Working for Golf

R&A Rules Academy

The Rules Academy is The R&A’s free online course that covers Etiquette and the most frequently occurring Rules of Golf.

Since the website was launched in July 2013, over 10,000 golfers from over 120 countries have accessed the Rules Academy. The website has also won awards at both the 2013 Herald Digital Awards and the 2014 Digital Impact Awards.

Following the invaluable feedback we received to last year’s user survey, we have added to the Rules Academy with:

  • an enhanced Home page
  • the provision of feedback on errors made in answering revision questions
  • making the optional exam FREE of charge.

Who is the Rules Academy aimed at?

It is aimed at teaching golfers of all abilities and ages the fundamental Rules and Etiquette.   It features videos, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section. Users are guided through the course by selecting Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen, both R&A Working for Golf Ambassadors. At the end of the course there is the opportunity to take The R&A’s Level 1 Exam.


The Rules Academy is available at

Why do it?

A better understanding of Etiquette and the basic Rules of the game can help every golfer increase their enjoyment of the game. The online course should take no more than a couple of hours to complete and it can be taken when you want and where you want.

We need your help…

We strongly believe that a sound knowledge of Etiquette and the basic Rules is important and beneficial for golfers and administrators alike. Following the improvements to the Rules Academy there is no better time for golfers to learn about, or to refresh their knowledge of, Etiquette and the basic Rules.


If you’ve not had a look at the Rules Academy take the opportunity to do so now. More importantly, tell others about the Rules Academy and help us to promote it, for example:

  • mention the Rules Academy in your next club’s newsletter
  • add a permanent link to the Rules Academy from your own website

To help promote the Rules Academy, website promotional materials are available from The R&A on request.  Please email us if you would like some more information at:

With your help and working together we can ensure more golfers have a better knowledge of the Rules and Etiquette of the game.