Rules of Golf

Rules of Golf

The new Rules of Golf are now in force

The Rules have changed to make the game easier to understand and more welcoming for new players.

The new Rules include changes to:

  • Dropping procedure
  • Measuring in taking relief
  • Removing the penalty for a double hit
  • Balls lost or out of bounds

You can read the official 2019 Rules of Golf at The R&A website.

Take a look at our Rules advice

Rules of Golf education

England Golf offers three levels of rules education, using R&A teaching resources.

At each stage, there is the opportunity to sit an exam which is recognised nationally by England Golf and throughout The R&A’s jurisdiction.

Club presentations

England Golf also has presentations available which club officials can use to tell their members about the new Rules. To request these presentations please contact

R&A Level 1 Online Rules Academy

This online academy is now available, click here. It covers the most common Rules situations and leads to the official R&A Level 1 exam.

Level 1 seminars:

There are two Level 1 Rules Seminars scheduled this October:


  • 20 October 2019 – Fingle Glen Golf Club (Please email for more information)
  • 22 October 2019 – Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club (Please email for more information)


Level 2 seminars:

Level 2 seminars are held over two days. They are for the referees on county tournament panels and they are run by a county or region, in conjunction with England Golf. In 2019, the priority is for current referees to re-qualify in the new Rules. After this, Level 2 Rules Schools will be run to meet counties’ needs for more referees.


Level 3 seminars:

Level 3 seminars are held over three days and are run by The R&A.