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 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 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