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R&A Rules Academy

Please see the attached poster and further information below.

R&A Rules Academy Advert

What is the R&A Rules Academy?

The R&A’s Rules Academy is a free online course that covers Etiquette and the most frequently occurring Rules of Golf.  It is aimed at teaching golfers of all abilities and ages these fundamentals.  It features videos, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section.  Users are guided through the course by either Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen, both R&A Working for Golf Ambassadors and at the end of the course there is the opportunity to take The R&A’s Level 1 Exam.

The Rules Academy is available at

Why do it?

A better understanding of Etiquette and the basic Rules of the game can help every golfer increase their enjoyment of the game.  The online course should take no more than a couple of hours to complete and it can be taken when you want and where you want.

Is it any good?

Since the website was launched in July 2013, over 10,000 golfers from over 120 countries have increased their knowledge of Etiquette and the Rules through the Rules Academy.  The website also won awards at both the 2013 Herald Digital Awards and the 2014 Digital Impact Awards.

Following a user survey we have made the following improvements:

  • enhanced Home page
  • provision of feedback on errors made in answering revision questions
  • the optional exam is now free of charge

 We need your help…

We strongly believe that a sound knowledge of Etiquette and the basic Rules is important and beneficial.  With the golfing season just around the corner, there is no better time for golfers to learn about, or to refresh their knowledge of, Etiquette and the basic Rules.  We would, therefore, be grateful for your help in raising awareness of the Rules Academy.

We are happy for you to do this in any way that you can, for example:

  • mention the Rules Academy in your next newsletter
  • put up a copy of the attached advertisement in the clubhouse
  • add a permanent link to the Rules Academy from your own website

If you have any questions regarding this, or anything else to do with the Rules Academy, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you in advance for your help and assistance in promoting the Rules Academy.

Yours sincerely


Executive Director – Rules and Equipment Standards