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Tackling the use of banned substances or methods

Anti-doping in golf

We’re committed to tackling doping and promoting the World Anti-Doping Code.

Our anti-doping programme helps us maintain the integrity of golf and protect the health and rights of players.

England Golf are committed to complying with the National Anti-Doping Policy set out by UK Anti-Doping (“UKAD”) – the national anti-doping authority in the UK.

England Golf’s Anti-Doping Rules

All members of England Golf, and all participants, including non-playing support personnel such as coaches and managers, in the sport of golf are bound by England Golf’s Anti-Doping rules and regulations.

England Golf has directly adopted the UK Anti-Doping Rules, which can be viewed and downloaded here. England Golf has a responsibility to enforce these anti-doping rules throughout the sport of amateur golf in England.

The UKAD Anti-Doping Rules themselves are based on the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) World Anti-Doping Code (“WADC”).

The code applies at all levels of golf for women, girls, men and boys. This includes players in our performance programmes, competitors in our championships and events, and club golfers.
Broadly speaking, the rules prohibit the use, possession, and trafficking of all performance enhancing and non-performance enhancing drugs that are set out in the WADA Prohibited List.

Myths and Facts on Anti-Doping

Anti-doping rules apply to all levels of sport, spanning professional golf, elite amateur golf, club competition golf and even non-competitive social golf. To help you recognise some of the myths and facts on anti-doping we’ve created this useful information sheet.

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Nutritional Supplements

Nutritional supplements are increasingly popular in golf. There are many products designed to help sportspersons enhance their performance through nutritional aids such as vitamin pills, protein powders, and snacks.

Whilst supplements may claim to be ‘safe’ ‘legal’ and ‘WADA compliant’ or ‘WADA approved’ athletes should take extreme caution when using any nutritional supplements as this is no guarantee that they do not contain prohibited substances.

Contaminated nutritional supplements are common, and have led to a number of high profile anti-doping rule violations in recent years.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, has offered guidance to athletes in cases throughout recent years on the levels of research and testing that athletes are expected to conduct before taking nutritional supplements.

The following real-life examples of anti-doping rule violations committed by elite and professional athletes demonstrate the level of caution that athletes are expected to exercise. Anti-doping rule violations have recently arisen from:

Ingesting traces of a colourless, tasteless, odourless substance left in a seemingly empty used glass which the athlete later drank from.

Ingesting a prohibited substance from a contaminated nutritional supplement, even after testing a number of different batches of the supplements.

Anti-doping regulations

Find out more

If you’d like more information about anti-doping, the following links may be useful:

UK Anti-Doping

International Golf Federation

Global DRO

Informed Sport

If you’ve got a question about anti-doping, contact