OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP ORGANISER, the R&A, has launched a new, free online course to help golfers and administrators improve their knowledge of the Rules of Golf.
The Rules Academy is based on the Etiquette and Quick Guide sections of the Rules of Golf with the audience guided by either Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen, two of the R&A's Working for Golf ambassadors.
The course features video, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section. It covers the essentials that all golfers should know such as sportsmanship, integrity and respect. It adopts a tee to green approach and tells you what you need to know at each point; from where to tee your ball, to taking relief from various conditions, to holing out and returning your scorecard.
At the end of the course, golfers can, for a £10 fee, take a Level 1 Rules exam and receive a certificate signed by their guiding player.
Double Open Champion Harrington, who has suffered more than his fair share of Rules penalties, commented: “The Rules Academy is a great idea for helping golfers to improve their knowledge of the Rules of Golf in a quick and easy way. A short online course will make the Rules and how they are applied much less daunting and the game more enjoyable.”
Pettersen, a former LPGA champion, said: “It’s easy to take the Rules for granted but in golf it is so important to understand the values of the game and show respect to your playing partners. Learning more about the Rules can help you get more out of the game so I would urge people to get online and take the course.”
The R&A operates a three-tier Rules education programme and the Rules Academy is based on the Level 1 Introductory Rules Schools it conducts around the world.
David Rickman, The R&A’s executive director of Rules of Golf and Equipment Standards adds: “I’m delighted that we can now offer the online Rules Academy to those that want to master the basic Rules and Etiquette of this great game. The course will guide people as to how the game is meant to be played and the Rules that apply in particular situations which can happen to anyone out on the course. It may even save golfers the occasional precious stroke or two.”
The Academy is free to view and should take no more than two to three hours to go through. The Exam costs £10 to take with the proceeds going to The R&A’s Working for Golf programme. Each year The R&A invests £5 million in the programme which supports the development of the game around the world.