Handicap Certification Seminars

Since 2003, Golf Manitoba and Golf Canada have been providing member clubs with educational sessions relating to the handicap system.  To date, approximately four hundred participants have attended these seminars.

These seminars are being offered as part of the copyright agreement between Golf Canada and the United States Golf Association (USGA) to try and maintain a consistent manner in which the handicap system is utilized.  Each member club is required to have at least one person participate in the seminar.  Golf Manitoba would encourage clubs to consider both volunteers and staff to attend.  These people will then become resources at the club level for all handicap inquiries.  If you have already had someone attend, we would also encourage you to send others.

These seminars are a more in-depth look into Handicapping and will give attendees a thorough knowledge of the Golf Canada Handicap system. The Handicap Seminars are beneficial for Handicap Committee members, Golf Professionals, Superintendents, General Managers, Club Members and others interested in learning more about Handicapping in general. These seminars are approximately 4 hours long, and include a copy of the Golf Canada Handicap System Manual, as well as other relevant Handicap topics and materials. The cost for the seminars is $25 + GST and covers the cost of the room rental, food and beverage and all course materials.

NEW for 2020 is the introduction of the World Handicap System. More information on the World Handicap System (WHS) and its implementation, is available HERE >>.

Online Rules of Handicapping Certification

As the governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada requires that all member clubs have at least one certified Handicap Official, as well as have a Handicap Committee in place.

In order to help each club achieve this requirement, Golf Canada is pleased to launch the Online Rules of Handicapping Certification — a series of videos will guide you through the Rules of Handicapping, providing the knowledge necessary to achieve certification and successfully oversee handicap duties at your club. Click here to access the Rules of Handicapping certification videos.

A short quiz will test your knowledge, and successful completion will provide you with Handicap Certification.

Member Club Rules Seminars

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

Winter Rules Seminars

Golf Manitoba will once again be hosting free education clinics during the winter for Golf Manitoba members and non-members who want to learn more about the rules of golf.  If you are a casual or competitive golfer, work in golf or want to volunteer with Golf Manitoba, you will find these sessions to be fun and informative.  All clinics are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2019 was a year of change in golf with the release of the 2019 Rules of Golf which took effect on January 1, 2019.  At the education sessions we will review the new rules, discuss how they went over in 2019 and work through some examples to give you practical experience in determining how a rule applies.  Of course, you will be able to ask our instructors any rules question you like.

These are very relaxed seminars – whether you know everything or nothing about the rules of golf, you will take something positive out of these sessions.  Even better, you can come to one or all of the four clinics  – they are held independent of one another so you won’t miss anything if you cannot attend one session and you won’t have to endure repeat information if you attend all four.

*Note: If you plan on attending our winter rules seminars, we strongly encourage to download the free R&A Rules of Golf App or purchase a copy of the 2019 Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf so that you may follow along during the seminars. We will have a limited supply of the Player’s Edition available for purchase at the seminars.

2020 Winter Rules Seminar Schedule:

Monthly sessions will consist of the following agenda:

– recap of the 2019 rules of golf
– Introduction to the World Handicap System
– rule scenarios
– rules for the new competitor


  • January 15 – Breezy Bend Country Club
  • February 13 – Niakwa Country Club
  • March 11 – St. Charles Country Club
  • April 7 – Southwood Golf & Country Club **CANCELLED**

Did we mention the sessions are FREE?  This is just one of the many benefits you receive from Golf Manitoba.  Please email the Golf Manitoba office at info@golfmb.ca  or call 204.925.5730 to RSVP your attendance.

Provincial Certification Rules Seminar

Seminars will be conducted by Golf Manitoba National Certified Referees.  Our focus will look at the more important playing Rules in detail.  Provincial Certification is designed for individuals with an active involvement as a tournament referee, or a desire to have such an involvement (for a minimal charge) or PGA members (for a minimal charge).

Cancelled for our 2020 spring session.