Rules of Golf

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As the governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada holds the exclusive right to publish and distribute the Rules of Golf in Canada.

The Rules are updated every four years through the work of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland and the United States Golf Association. A joint committee of these associations, on which the Rules Chairman of Golf Canada sits, is charged with revising, modernizing and improving the Rules of Golf and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf. These two documents form the complete Rules of Golf that are used universally throughout the world of golf.

Golf Canada has the exclusive right to publish and distribute the Rules of Golf throughout Canada. All Rights Reserved. The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf are available for purchase online or by calling us at 1-800-263-0009. You can also view a PDF version of the Rules of Golf here.

In addition to publishing the Rules, Golf Canada has created a national Rules Education Program that leads to national certification as a Rules Official. The program description is contained on the Rules Education page on this website. You will also find links to the lists of conforming clubs and balls that are used by all associations and updated monthly by the USGA.

For clubs or committees in charge of competitions, the Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules that Golf Canada implements at all championships is posted for your reference. In addition, a list of local rules that should be considered is available on this website.