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R&A Pace of Play Manual

A new manual providing guidance to golf clubs and golfers on ways of improving pace of play has been published by The R&A. The new manual provides practical guidance in the three key areas of management, course set-up and player behaviour.

The R&A carried out an extensive international survey into golfers’ views on pace of play in 2014/15 which attracted more than 56,000 responses from golfers in 122 countries. The findings were discussed at the Time for Golf conference last November, which was attended by professionals and administrators from throughout the world of golf and those discussions helped shape the new manual.

> R&A Pace of Play Manual

The Rules of Golf can be a little daunting, particularly for golfers who are new to the game. However, the basic Rules are not as hard to learn as you think.

Basic rules would include, for example, where play of a hole commences; what to do when your ball is in a water hazard, lost or out of bounds; interference from immovable obstructions such as cart paths; and playing a provisional ball.

Why learn the basics?

Aside from the fact that it is important to know the Rules of the game that you are playing, and to ensure consistency amongst players, a knowledge of the basics will enable you not just to get round the golf course incident free, but it may save you one or two precious strokes in the process.

The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 143 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.

> Watch the R&A’s Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf with Padraig Harrington

The R&A has also recently launched a new free online Rules course – The Rules Academy.

The Rules Academy is available at and is based on the Etiquette Section and the Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf. The course features video, images and diagrams of Rules situations and includes revision questions after each section. Users are guided by either Padraig Harrington or Suzann Pettersen, who are both R&A Working for Golf Ambassadors.

Users have the opportunity to take The R&A’s Level 1 Rules Exam at the end of the course and successful users will receive an official certificate. The Exam itself costs £10 to take with the proceeds going to The R&A’s Working for Golf programme.

For more information on the Rules of Golf please visit The R&A website:

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