Rules of Golf

An essential role of the USGA is to write and interpret the Rules of Golf.  The MGA is a resource for golfers to learn and play by the rules.  Below are some resources to help golfers find the facts.
 

USGA Resources

 

MGA Resources

  • MGA Instructional Videos - Tournament Director Doug Hoffmann's videos on the rules of golf in particularly tricky situations.
 

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!

Here is the list of available Rules Education programs offered by the MGA in 2017.  Click HERE to register online.
 
  • MGA Tournament Volunteer Orientation                   Register Online
    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 be a volunteer.  Cost is free.

             Wednesday, April 5 – Golden Valley Country Club (Golden Valley), 6-8pm
             Thursday, April 13 – MGA Office (Edina), 1:30-3:30pm
             Tuesday, April 18 – Edina Country Club (Edina), 6-8pm

             
  • MGA Regional Seminars                  Register Online
    Each year the MGA conducts multiple one-day educational seminars around the state. Participants will learn basic and vital concepts about the Rules of Golf and USGA Handicap System. This year we'll focus on the Rules and Handicap System changes that became effective January 1, 2016, and explain how these changes will affect individual members and member clubs. Participants will also be introduced to the programs and services of the MGA, and have the opportnity to meet with others in the Minnesota golf community. Each person will receive a USGA Rules of Golf book, USGA Handicap System manual, an educational packet, and lunch and beverages. Open to anyone who is interested in learning the Rules and Handicap System. If you are interested in solely the USGA Handicap System or onlythe Rules of Golf, please feel free to join us for the morning Handicap System session, beginning at 10:00 am, or for the afternoon Rules of Golf session, beginning at 12:00 pm. Cost is only $20/person
    • Dates and site coming soon...
 
  • MGA Two-Day Rules & Officiating Workshop                   Register Online
    This two-day workshop is patterned after the PGA/USGA Intermediate Rules Workshop.  All of the Rules and Defintions will be discussed with a focus on some of the more critical Rules.  Format includes the PowerPoint presentation, including video segments and interactive discussion, as well as the always-popular outdoor session (weather permitting) on Day 1.  This workshop is ideal for individuals who want or need a more extensive study in the Rules and have solid understanding of the basic Rules.  Prior attendance at a previous MGA or PGA/USGA Rules Workshop is not mandatory but strongly suggested. Cost is $120 and includes the current USGA Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf books and other materials. A continental breakfast and lunch, as well as beverages throughout the day, is provided daily.
    • NOTE: There will be an optional Rules Test available at the conclusion of Day 2.  The Test will be from 3-5 pm with a review immediately following.

      Tuesday-Wednesday, April 18-19 – Edina Country Club (Edina), 8 am - 5 pm 
       
  • MGA One-Day Rules of Golf Workshop                   Register Online
    This all day workshop will focus on the Definitions as well as the more common Rules.  Instruction will include a PowerPoint presentation and video segments as well as interactive discussion.  A continental breakfast, lunch and beverages through the day are provided.  Attendees will receive the current USGA Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf books and other material.  This workshop is open to anyone who wants a more thorough review of the more common Rules.  Perfect for competitive players, persons interested in becoming or are currently volunteering as tournament officials, and professionals and the staff at golf courses.  Cost: $70/person.

              Wednesday, April 5 – Golden Valley Country Club (Golden Valley), 8 am - 5 pm
              Saturday, April 15– Valleywood Golf Course (Apple Valley), 8 am - 5 pm