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Are you rules ready?

The new Rules of Golf are here!

As part of The R&A’s goal to ensure that the game of golf is thriving in 50 years from now, we believe you will find the modernised Rules fairer, less complicated, more welcoming, and more aligned with issues facing the game such as improved pace of play and environmental stewardship. The R&A and the USGA embarked on the process to modernise the Rules in 2012, which was initiated to ensure that the Rules were easier to understand and apply for all golfers as well as making the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers.

“This is the biggest set of changes to the Rules in a generation and a major step forward in our efforts to make the Rules, and golf itself, more accessible and more in tune with the way the modern sport is played.” David Rickman - executive director governance - r&a