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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 seminars take place on one day and are hosted by counties.
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.