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The new Rules of Golf are now in force

Rules of Golf

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.

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 seminars scheduled in England.

Level 2 seminars:

Level 2 seminar – Wollaton Park Golf Club – 19th and 20th October 2022

The cost is £20 to cover refreshments and a sandwich lunch on both days. To book a place at the seminar please email Mandy Bee at or call 0115 928 4891.

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

Level 3 seminars:

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