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The R&A
About Us


The R&A is a leading body within the world of golf and engages and supports activities to ensure it is a thriving sport for all on a global scale. 

We are based in St Andrews, the home of golf, and are here to make golf more accessible, appealing and inclusive. Our unique position and profile within the sport enables us to inspire, influence and engage people all over the world to take up and follow golf. Emanating from the rich heritage of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, formed in 1754, The R&A has evolved to play a global role in the sport. The R&A group of companies was formed in 2004 to take on The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews’ responsibilities for governing the Rules of Golf, staging The Open, golf’s original championship, and developing the sport. The World Golf Museum in St Andrews is part of The R&A group. In 2017, The R&A merged with the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and now stages the AIG Women’s Open and amateur championships and international matches for women and girls.
About Us

Governance

Together The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions with a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and the World Handicap System. The R&A, through R&A Rules Ltd, governs the sport worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, on behalf of over 41 million golfers in 144 countries and with the consent of 159 organisations from amateur and professional golf.

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Golfers
41 Million
Countries
144
Organisations
159
Championships
28
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“As custodians of the sport, we should be inspired to do all that we can to ensure that golf continues to thrive in 50 years’ time.”

Martin Slumbers

Chief Executive of The R&A

Championships and Matches

The R&A has responsibility for running a series of world-class amateur events and international matches in women’s and girls’ as well as men’s and boys’ golf.  The R&A stages the AIG Women’s Open and works with the DP World Tour to stage the Senior Open presented by Rolex.
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Women & Girls' Golf

#ForeEveryone

The Women in Golf Charter was created by The R&A in 2018 to inspire an industry-wide commitment and conversation with the ultimate goal of enabling more women and girls to maximise their potential at all levels of the sport.  The #FOREeveryone campaign creates a more accessible platform which the golf industry is uniting behind and through which existing and prospective golfers can engage.