Rules of Golf & Workshops



Golf Ontario is committed to administering the Rules of Golf and to the education of member clubs and golfers across the province. Through Golf Canada’s Rules Education program, Golf Ontario members will have access to learning the three levels of the Rules of Golf.


Whether you are just interested in learning the Rules, a tournament player, a club professional, or a volunteer wanting to become a provincial Referee, Golf Ontario is committed to providing educational services and tools for everyone to be rules ready!


Level 1

The Level 1 Rules of Golf is free and online available through the R&A Rules Academy. The program is a fun and easy way to learn the basics of the Rules of Golf and will focus on commonly encountered situations on the course. As part of Level 1, participants will be able to test their knowledge by attempting the Level 1 Exam. Participants who achieve a passing grade of 80% on the Level 1 exam may advance to Level 2 of the Rules of Golf.


Level 1 is perfect for:

  • Everyday golfers
  • PGA Professionals & proshop staff
  • Course superintendents
  • Junior Golf Tour operators
  • Golf academies


Golf Ontario Provincial Rules Workshops


Looking to become a Referee for a provincial/national championship? Or are you a club professional ready to take on a rules matter at a club event? Instructed by a nationally certified Golf Canada Rules Referee, Golf Ontario’s Provincial Rules Workshops take an in-depth look at concepts, procedures and outcomes that are more intuitive and easier to learn in today’s game.


The workshops will also examine the use of the Interpretations that are found in the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf book to help participants better prepare for rules situations as a referee or in the pro shop for club events.


Also available in the Golf Ontario Provincial Rules of Golf program are 9 weekly online webinars. The webinars are optional but are strongly recommended for those individuals wishing to pass the optional Provincial Rules exam.




Need more info? Here are some additional websites and additional resources:

Golf Canada Rules of Golf (Resources, Education)

R&A Rules Modernisation (Full Rules, Searches, Videos, Quizzes)

USGA Rules Hub (Full Rules, Searches, Videos, Quizzes)

R&A Committee ToolKit (Local Rules Toolkit for Golf Clubs & Committees)

General Area (Quizzes, Referee Tools)


Still have a question? Golf Ontario also responds to rules of golf questions via email. Please email