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Golf's Modernised Rules of Amateur Status

Golf’s new Rules of Amateur Status have been published by The R&A and the USGA ahead of coming into effect on 1 January 2022.

The work is the latest step by the governing bodies to make the Rules easier to understand and apply and follows the modernisation process of the Rules of Golf in 2019.

The new Rules were informed by golfer and golf industry feedback as part of a comprehensive review, to ensure they continue to reflect how the modern game is played by millions of golfers around the world. 

This review, along with the global feedback received when the proposals were publicly shared earlier this year, reaffirmed amateur golf’s important position in the game and the value in maintaining amateur status Rules. 


Amateur Status Resources and Explanations

To provide greater insight into the new Rules of Amateur Status, effective January 2022, they are accompanied by the below guidance notes, overview and infographic.

Contained in the overview, there are explanations of the revisions which detail the current Rule, the new Rule, and the rationale for why changes have been made or why a Rule or part of a Rule has remained the same.


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