Learn to play by the rules online


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Enrolment is now open for The R&A’s Level 2 Rules Seminar and Exam, which is this year being offered as an online course by the GUI and ILGU.

The Seminar has been conducted in Ireland annually since 2014 by the GUI and ILGU by combining classroom and practical delivery, but in 2020 the Unions have sought to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result have developed an online alternative, which is open to golfers at a cost of €20, a fraction of the standard in-person course fee.

The Level 2 programme is designed to build on and improve existing knowledge, looking at the Rules in more detail, particularly the more important playing Rules, e.g. Course Played as it is Found (Rule 8) and Relief Situations (Rules 15-19). This seminar also explores the role of the Committee in golf and golf competitions.


Students enrolling for the online course will have access to 10 video presentations, by referees from the ILGU and GUI, of varying length on the core topics of the Level 2 Seminar. The course page also contains a downloadable preparation guide to assist students in their study of the rules and preparation for the exam, as well as links to online resources and The R&A’s order page for a free copy of the Rules of Golf (p&p fees will apply).

The exam itself will be available via weblink on the course page and should only be attempted following completion of all of the study materials and videos. The exam can only be taken once, and must be completed by the end of October this year to successfully complete the 2020 Seminar.

All who enrol will be invited to attend a one-day practical session later in the year at a date and venue to be confirmed.

This Level 2 Rules Seminar is aimed at individuals with an involvement in tournament administration at any level of the game or a desire to have such an involvement, e.g. club managers, committee members, referees, club professionals.

The objective is to produce competent and confident individuals who are able to apply their knowledge, for example as part of a Committee running a competition.

Click here to purchase this online course.


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