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:

Level 1 Rules Seminars are held over one day and run by a county, in conjunction with England Golf.

There are currently no Level 1 Rules Seminars scheduled.

Level 2 seminars:

Level 2 Rules Seminars are held over two days and run by a county or region, in conjunction with England Golf.

Below is the current list of Level 2 Rules Seminars scheduled for 2020:

  • Durham/Northumberland: Ponteland Golf Club – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Email for more info)
  • Cambridgeshire: The Gog Magog Golf Club – POSTPONED UNTIL 28 – 30 September 2020 (Email for info)
  • Yorkshire: Garforth Golf Club – POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE (Email for info)

Level 3 seminars:

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