Date: June 17, 2015
Author: David Blake

Rules Accreditation & Services

Golf Victoria works with Golf Australia to provide a number of services in relation to the Rules of Golf. 

If you are interested in the 2019 Rules of Golf changes, please click on the following link:


(INSTAGRAM: @GOLFRULES_QUESTIONS for interesting Rules situations.)


Competition Management

For every competition, a Competition Committee should be formed and Competition Conditions established in order to run a successful competition.

For more information on the setting up and running of a competition, please proceed to the following:


Level 1 Rules Exam

Level 1 Exam

If you are interested in testing your understanding of the Rules of Golf, you can access the online R&A exam here –

The exam consistst of 34 questions, and has a time limit of 60 minutes.

To gain Level 1 accreditation, you are required to gain a passmark of 60%. It is an open-book exam, and once you achieved a 60% mark you will receive your exam, which you may wish to print off.

Please forward through your result to if you wish to be listed as Level 1 accredited.


Level 2 Rules Workshops & Exam

The Level 2 exam is the pinnacle Rules Accreditation administered by the State. It features very indepth training on the running of golf competitions, setting Local Rules, and the practical and theoretical application of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf.

It is a not a pre-requesite that you have passed the Level 1 Rules Exam, however it is highly recommended. 

The workshop dates will be released soon to coincide with the 2019 Rules changes.

Attendees should already have a reasonable knowledge of the Rules of Golf before attending the Workshop.


Rules Referees

After you have completed either the Level 1 or both the Level 1 & 2 exams, you will be registered as a Rules Referee. You will receive a quarterly newsletter from 

Golf Australia, and golf clubs around the State are encouraged to utilise accredited referees when running golf competitions.

*Accredited Level 1 & Level 2 Rules Referees search under construction*

In the mean time, please contact David Blake during business hours:
Phone: (03) 8545 6210


Rules Queries

Golf Victoria conducts a rules enquiries service for affiliated golf clubs; Country District Golf Associations and the Victorian Golf League. 

Clubs wishing to submit rules enquiries should do so in writing via email to

Individual players with a rules query may also contact the Golf Victoria office for assistance, but we ask that you first contact your relevant golf committee.


Rules of Golf Resource Material

Golf Victoria distributes Rules of Golf books to all Victorian Golf Clubs which are supplied free of charge every four years by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.  

In addition, the following rules resource items are also available for purchase from Golf Victoria:

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Further information these can be located at the following sources:


Rules of Amateur Status

Golf Australia and its Member State Associations strictly enforce the Rules of Amateur Status as laid down by the international governing authority, R&A Rules Limited. 

A copy of the Rules of Amateur Status is available from Golf Australia and each state association.  

The Rules of Amateur Status can be found in the Rules of Golf Book, on pages 183-204.


Procedure for Enforcement and Reinstatement of Amateur Status

Upon a decision that a player has breached a Rule, Golf Australia or the State Association may withdraw the player’s Amateur Status or require the player to stop specified actions.

A player applying to be reinstated to Amateur Status should obtain the appropriate form from the State Association, which will then consider the application. (see below)

Each case will be considered on its merits. Usually the applicant will be required to undergo a minimum period of 12 month awaiting reinstatement during which time the Rules must be fully observed. A wilful breach of the Rules can attract a period awaiting reinstatement of up to two years.