Rules Seminars

Golf Canada offers several programs to learn the Rules of Golf. The Golf Canada Education Program is designed for all golfers wishing to improve their level of knowledge of the Rules of Golf including recreational golfers, competitive golfers, professionals and rules officials, or those wishing to become a rules official. Whether you have an interest in learning the basics or wish to pursue national certification as a rules official, Golf Canada offers the right program for you. Read about each level of education below and then click on the appropriate link for more information.
Level 1

Level 1 of the program is a beginner program that introduces the basic concepts and language of the Rules of Golf. Examples, videos, animations and exercises are used to introduce the student to the principles of the Rules and how to use the Rules book. The program is ideal for juniors, beginners and golfers who have had no previous experience with the Rules. This program is available online by clicking on the link above.
The Rules of Golf are the code by which the game is played and their roots stretch all the way back to 1744, when the first formalized Rules were developed in Scotland.

The Rule Book consists of 3 Sections: Etiquette, Definitions and the 34 actual Rules of Golf. There is a Table of Contents and a “How to Use The Rule Book” section at the front of the book, and a detailed Index at the back.

You will receive a copy of the Rules of Golf if you register for Level 1.
Level 2
Level 2 introduces the key reference manual for officials: the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. This complex publication is the key to understanding how the Rules of Golf are applied on the course. In addition to introducing some of the fundamental rules through examples, videos and exercises, Level 2 teaches the student how to use the Decisions book effectively when the Rules book alone does not provide the answer. To be certified at Level 2, an official must successfully pass the online exam and meet the minimum practical requirements.
This level of the program contains four modules: Definitions, How to Use the Decisions Book, Rules of Play and the Level 2 Exam. It is important that you follow this order so that you are prepared for the content in each module. There are exercises to help learn the definitions and Rules of Play.
You will receive a copy of the Decisions Book, Rules of Play if you register for Level 1.

Level 3

Level 3 of the program is comprised of a two-day seminar conducted by the provincial golf associations. The seminar covers the most common Rules of Golf and includes practical sessions that demonstrate how the Rules apply on the golf course. To be certified at Level 3, an official must successfully pass the exam and meet the minimum practical requirements. The Level 3 program leads to provincial certification as a tournament official. Once Level 3 certified, an official is qualified to attend the Level 4 national certification seminar. Visit our website  to consult the list of available seminars.

Level 4

Level 4 of the program leads to national rules certification. This is a necessary, but not sufficient qualification to work as a rules official at an Golf Canada national championship. The Level 4 program is intended for experienced rules officials who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a rules official. Considerable time is spent on the golf course discussing complex issues of the Rules of Golf. The optional 3 hour exam is a rigorous test of the Rules of Golf intended to identify those candidates with the highest level of knowledge. Registration is available online by clicking the Level 4 link.

Rules of Golf

In the winter of 2012, The Rules of Golf and the Rules of the Amateur Status and the Golf Canada Handicap Manual (which are valid for four years) as well as the book of Decisions on the Rules of Golf which is good for two years were re-printed.

The books are available on Golf Canada online boutique.

Rules Seminars
If you are registered or want to register for the Level 3 or 4 of the Rules of Golf, make sure to read our Expense policy for rules training to better understand how Golf Québec can help you through this process.
Level 3
Level 4

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