Minnesota Golf Association

Rules of Golf

The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland (R&A), jointly write and interpret the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. A new "Modernized" set of Rules goes into effect on January 1, 2019.  The changes result from the initiative that began seven years ago in an effort to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of today's global game.

The initiative had two guiding themes:

  • Even far-reaching Rule changes should be open for discussion, but golf's essential principles and character must be preserved.
  • Revisions should be assessed with all golfers in mind, so that the Rules are easier to understand and apply not only for professionals and elite amateurs, but also for beginners, high-handicappers and typical club and recreational golfers at all levels of play around the world.
Click HERE for more information on the changes and to see the modernized Rules set to take effect on January 1, 2019.

The Minnesota Golf Association (MGA) is readily available to provide answers to any Rules of Golf questions or concerns. The MGA is an experienced liaison between the USGA - the ultimate authority on the Rules of Golf - and its Member Clubs.

The MGA also is available to assist Member Clubs with any rules questions, as well as assist with course marking questions and to provide rules programs tailored for its golfers.  For more information, please contact Doug Hoffmann, MGA Director of Rules and Competitions, at Doug@mngolf.org or (952) 345-3963.


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MGA Rules & Tournament Volunteer Education Programs

The MGA conducts rules education programs for all individuals - beginners to tournament players, rules novices to experienced tournament officials.  Rarely will a person be able to say he knows the Rules well enough.  And, the Rules can help players be more confident when playing because they can be certain that the relief procedure they followed is correct.  If you play golf, you should attend!

Due to the release of the "Modernized Rules," the MGA is offering a wide variety of programs and sessions.  Programs include the three-hour "Mini-Class" dealing with the major changes only, the "One-Day Abridged Class" focusing on the major changes as well as the more common Rules and the comprehensive "Two-Day Workshop" giving a thorough overview of the Rules with the major changes included within the discussion.  Also offered is the "Tournament Volunteer Orientation" for anyone wanting to become a tournament volunteer for the MGA. 

Click 
HERE to view a complete schedule of sessions.
 
  • MGA Tournament Volunteer Orientation                   Click HERE to register!
    The Orientation is for individuals who wish to become a Tournament Volunteer or Rules Official for the MGA.  The program covers the steps necessary to become a volunteer, the different classifications of tournament volunteer, expectations (of you and the MGA) and the other details of volunteering for the MGA.  This is required for anyone who wants to become a Tournament Volunteer.  Cost is free. (1.5 hours)
               
  • MGA Rules Mini-Class                      Click HERE to register!
    This three (3) hour class will focus solely on the major changes to the Rules for 2019.  Instruction will include a PowerPoint presentation and video segments as well as interactive discussion.  For the morning sessions, coffee, soda and water will be available at registration and lunch will be provided at the conclusion of the program.  Evening programs will have a light dinner available prior to the workshop.  Attendees receive the new Rules of Golf Player's Edition book and other material.  This workshop is open to anyone who wants a review of just the major changes.  Perfect for competitive players and recreational golfers.  Cost: $25/person, or $10 for current and active MGA Tournament Volunteers. (3 hours)
     
  • MGA One-Day Abridged Rules Class                            Click HERE to register!
    This all day class focuses on the major changes and the more common Rules as well as a brief overview of the Rules in general.  This class will not give you a complete review of the Rules.  Instruction will include a PowerPoint presentation and video segments as well as interactive discussion.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as beverages throughout the day.  Attendees will receive a Rules of Golf, Rules of Golf Player's Edition and Official Guide to the Rules of Golf as well as other materials.  This workshop is ideal for anyone who wants to learn or be refreshed on the basics as well as the changes for 2019.  It is a must for anyone who is responsible for overseeing the Rules on behalf of a league, group, course or is a rules official.  Cost: $75/person, or $30 for current and active MGA Tournament Volunteers. 
  • MGA Two-Day Rules & Officiating Workshop                        Click HERE to register!
    Returning for 2019!  This workshop is the only session that will provide a comprehensive study of the Rules.  Instruction will include a PowerPoint presentation and video segments as well as interactive discussion.  Weather permitting, an outdoor session will be included on the afternoon of Day 1.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days as well as beverages throughout the days.  Attendees will receive a Rules of Golf, Rules of Golf Player's Edition and Official Guide to the Rules of Golf as well as other materials.  This workshop is for individuals who already have an understanding of the Rules and use them frequently while overseeing competitions at all levels or are interested in officiating at the higher levels.  Cost: $125/person, or $50 for current and active MGA Tournament Volunteers. 

USGA Rules of Golf Exam

The MGA is authorized to administer the USGA 80-Question Rules of Golf Exam.  A person does not have to attend one of the MGA or USGA Rules programs to take the exam.  However, a person may take the exam only once during the Winter/Spring 2019 schedule (January-April).  This exam may be used to qualify a person for USGA Rules Certification as well as MGA Rules Official certification.  The fee to take the exam is $20.  Registration is through the MGA Online Registration website.  Click HERE to register.

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