Rules of Golf

Rules Education Pathway | Amateur Status | Standard Local Rules | Equipment Standards


As part of your Golf Manitoba membership, we would be happy to set up a rules session at any Golf Mantioba member club.  For further details, please call Director of Competitions, Lisa Andersen at 204-291-8030.


Would you like to learn about the Rules of Golf? The Golf Manitoba Rules Committee offers Winter Rules Sessions each season. No prior knowledge is required, just come and learn in a relaxed setting with those of a similar interest.

For further information please read our seminar section on our website.


This is a beginner program that introduces the basic concepts and language of the Rules of Golf.  Examples, videos, animations and exercises are used to introduce the student to the principles of the Rules and how to use the Rules book.  The program is ideal for juniors, beginners and golfers who have had no previous experience with the Rules.

Register online at Golf Canada Rules Education


Level 2 of the program builds on the experience of Level 1 and introduces the key reference manual for officials: the Decisions on the Rules of Golf.  This publication is the key to understanding how the Rules of Golf are applied on the course.  In addition to introducing some of the fundamental rules through examples, videos and exercises, Level 2 teaches the student how to use the Decisions book effectively when the Rules book alone does not provide the answer.

Register online at Golf Canada Rules Education


Level 3 of the program is comprised of a three day seminar conducted by Golf Mantioba.  The seminar covers the most common Rules of Golf and includes practical sessions that demonstrate how the Rules apply on the golf course.  To be certified at Level 3 an official must successfully pass the exam and meet the minimum practical requirements. The Level 3 program leads to provincial certification as a tournament official.  Once Level 3 certified, an official is qualified to attend the Level 4 national certification seminar.


  • Level 2 Certification
  • Complete Level 3 Rules of Golf Seminar
  • Achieve 85% on Level 3 Exam
  • 10 hours accompanying a Certified Rules Official as an observer at a regional or provincial event
  • Minimum of 50 hours of satisfactory on-course experience as a Rules Official at regional or provincial event

For further informaiton on the current year's session, please visit the seminar section of our website


Level 4 of the program leads to national rules certification.  This is a necessary, but not sufficient qualification to work as a rules official at a Golf Canada national championship.  The Level 4 program is intended for experienced rules officials who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a rules official.  Considerable time is spent on the golf course discussing complex issues of the Rules of Golf.  The optional 3 hour exam is a rigorous test of the Rules of Golf intended to identify those candidates with the highest level of knowledge.


  • Level 3 Certification
  • Complete Level 4 Rules of Golf Seminar
  • Achieve 85% on the Rules of Golf exam
  • 100 hours of satisfactory on-course experience as a Level 3 Rules Official at regional or provincial events.
  • have achieved 70% or better on the Level 4 Rules Exam or 80% or better on the USGA Rules Exam within the last four years; or
  • have achieved 92% or better on the USGA Rules Exam after January 1, 2004; or
  • are currently or have been previously certified at Level 4 or equivalent by Golf Canada.

For further information please current year's session, please see Golf Canada's website