Rules of Golf

As the governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada holds the exclusive right to govern, publish and distribute the Rules of Golf in Canada and therefore within the province of Manitoba.  For more information about the Rules of Golf, including rules resources and information on the 2019 Rules Modernization Initiative, please visit the Golf Canada website.

20 Must Know Rules of Golf Changes for 2019


The Rules have changed! Before you tee-off this season, educate yourself on the modernized Rules of Golf.

20 Must Know Rules of Golf for 2019 (PDF printable)

Member Club Rules Session

As part of your Golf Manitoba membership, we would be happy to set up a rules session at any Golf Manitoba member club.  For further details, please email Director of Competitions, Lisa Andersen at lisa@golfmb.ca.

Winter Rules Sessions

Would you like to learn about the Rules of Golf? The Golf Manitoba Rules Committee offers Winter Rules Sessions each season to Golf Manitoba/Canada members as well the general public. No prior knowledge is required!

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

Rules Education Pathway

Level 1

Level 1 focuses on easy ways to learn the basics of the Rules of Golf with its main interest on Etiquette, the principle definitions and commonly encountered situations on the course. Level 1 is available online and students will be able to test their knowledge by taking the review questions at the end of each section before attempting the online Level 1 Exam.

Register for Level 1

Provincial Certification

Seminars will be conducted by the provincial golf associations.  The focus will begin to look at the more important playing Rules in detail.  This provincial certification is designed for individuals with an active involvement as a tournament referee, or a desire to have such an involvement.


  • has achieved 85% or better on the Level 1 Online Exam

Requirements to be Provincially Certified:

  • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the Provincial exam, administered by the PA.
  • Complete 50 hours of on-course experience as a Referee.
  • Complete an additional 10 hours accompanying a Nationally certified Referee at a championship

National Certification

Seminars will be conducted by Golf Canada. It serves to give guidance and advice on refereeing at the highest level. This national certification is intended for experienced referees who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a referee.


  • Provincial level certification (written and practical components completed)

Requirements to be Nationally Certified:

  • Attend and achieve a minimum of 80% on the National level exam, administered by Golf Canada.
  • Complete 100 hours of on-course experience as a Referee, including 10 of those hours accompanying a current Nationally certified Referee.

Further information on 2021 sessions available at a later date.

Standard Local Rules

Equipment Standards

Amateur Status

For any questions on Amateur Status or reinstatement please view Golf Canada’s information page.

Rules Resources