Rules of Golf

As the governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada holds the exclusive right to govern, publish and distribute the Rules of Golf in Canada and therefore within the province of Manitoba.  For additional information on the Rules of Golf, please visit the Golf Canada website.

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Rules of Golf Education Pathway

  • 2024 Winter Rules Education Series

    Rules of Golf 

    Our Nationally certified instructors, Don MacDonald and Rob Bell will update you on the changes to the Rules of Golf that are in effect as of January 1, 2024.  They will also provide an overview of the key rules that golfers need to be aware of.

    Session 1

    January 25, 2024
    7:00 – 8:30 pm

    Session 2

    February 15, 2023
    7:00 – 8:30 pm

    All sessions are complimentary for Golf Canada/Manitoba members. If you would like to attend any of these sessions, please send your name and email address to David Borowski at

    We will need a minimum of 30 attendees for each of these sessions to go ahead.

  • Member Club Sessions

    As part of your Golf Manitoba membership, we would be happy to set up a rules session at any Golf Manitoba Member Club.  For details, please email Director of Competitions & Rules David Borowski.

  • Level 1

    Level 1 focuses on easy ways to learn the basics of the Rules of Golf with its main interest on Etiquette, the principle definitions and commonly encountered situations on the course.

    Level 1 is available online and students will be able to test their knowledge by taking the review questions at the end of each section before attempting the online Level 1 Exam.

  • Provincial Certification

    2024 Provincial Certification Session

    Rules of Golf Level 2 Seminar

    • Friday, April 19, 2024 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 20, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 21, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    In person seminar at Sport Manitoba in Conference Room B in the basement, 145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    This provincial certification is designed for individuals with an active involvement as a tournament referee, or a desire to have such an involvement and PGA members.

    If you would like to register for this seminar, please send your name and email address to David Borowski at


    • has achieved 85% or better on the Level 1 Online Exam.

    Requirements to be Provincially Certified:

    • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the Provincial exam, administered by Golf Manitoba.
    • Complete 50 hours of on-course experience as a Referee.
    • Complete an additional 10 hours accompanying a Nationally certified Referee at a championship.
  • National Certification

    Seminars will be conducted by Golf Canada. It serves to give guidance and advice on refereeing at the highest level.

    This national certification is intended for experienced referees who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a referee.


    • Provincial level certification (written and practical components completed).

    Requirements to be Nationally Certified:

    • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the National level exam, administered by Golf Canada.
    • Complete 100 hours of on-course experience as a Referee, including 10 of those hours accompanying a current Nationally certified Referee.

    Further information on 2023 sessions, please visit the Golf Canada website.


  • 2023 Rules of Golf Changes
  • Rules of Golf Publications

    Officials Guide to the Rules of Golf

    This “guidebook” contains information to best support committees and officials.  It includes the Rules of Golf, its clarifications and Committee procedures.  It is a “long – form” resource document intended as a supplementary publication and for golf administrators, Referees, Officials, and Rules enthusiasts.

    Rules of Golf

    The full edition of the Rules is written in the third person and will include illustrations.  The Rules of Golf is intended to be the primary publication for officials and is expected Golf Club Committees and Referees will use the publication as their primary Rules of Golf resource.

  • Equipment
  • Rules of Golf Apps