Schedule Set For 2015 PGA/USGA Rules of Golf Workshops

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FAR HILLS, N.J. – As part of a longstanding cooperative effort to provide service to the game and enhance understanding about the Rules of Golf, the USGA and the PGA of America will again conduct Rules of Golf workshops around the United States in 2015. These workshops are open to the public and bring together several of the foremost Rules of Golf educators in the game, with the goal of making the Rules accessible to anyone who wishes to learn more about them or sharpen their existing knowledge. 

In 2015, 21 workshops, in 3 ½-day and 2-day formats, will be offered throughout the country from January through March. These programs are led by two instructors, one affiliated with the United States Golf Association and one with the PGA of America.

3½-Day Workshops

• Rules of Golf Workshop: Covers all 34 Rules of Golf, unabridged and in detail.

• 85+ Rules of Golf Workshop: Covers all 34 Rules of Golf, unabridged and in detail for individuals who have demonstrated a very high level of Rules knowledge by scoring 85 or   higher in the past six years on the 100-question Rules of Golf exam given in conjunction with the 3½-day workshops.

• Officiating and Tournament Administration Workshop: Covers officiating techniques, golf course setup, golf course marking and tournament administration. Approximately half of each of the first three days will be held outdoors at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., immediately prior to the tournament week of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic. The other portions of the program will be conducted in a nearby classroom.

Classroom presentations for 3½-day workshops are done utilizing PowerPoint with photographs, illustrations, animations and videos. All attendees will receive the current editions of 1) The Rules of Golf, 2) The Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 3) The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf by Richard S. Tufts and 4) online access to USGA University, where there are a variety of study materials and practice exams.

The cost to register is $350*. The registration fee covers the cost of the workshop sessions, study materials (detailed above), a continental breakfast each morning starting at 7:15 a.m. that includes at least one hot item, complimentary coffee, tea, water and soft drinks during scheduled breaks and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at the conclusion of the workshop’s first day. The registration fee does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, incidental expenses or other food and beverage expenses not otherwise specified. 

* At most workshops, participants are responsible for lunch and convenient choices are available. Because off-site lunch options at the workshops to be held in Far Hills, N.J., and Atlanta, Ga., are not conducive to keeping those programs on schedule, an on-site buffet lunch will be provided during the first three days for all participants. The registration fee for those workshops is $385 and will include the cost of lunch during the first three days.

2-Day Workshop

• Fundamentals of the Rules of Golf: Covers an overview of the 34 Rules of Golf, presentations on how the Rules of Golf and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf books are organized, the defined terms used in the Rules of Golf and their importance in fully understanding the Rules, the philosophical principles upon which the Rules of Golf are based, and in-depth presentations on the fundamental Rules governing match and stroke play, playing the ball as it lies, playing the course as it is found and those dealing with relief situations (water hazards, ground under repair, obstructions, balls lost or out of bounds and balls which are unplayable).

Classroom presentations for the 2-day workshop are done utilizing PowerPoint with photographs, illustrations, animations and videos. All attendees will receive the current editions of 1) The Rules of Golf, 2) Golf Rules Illustrated, 3) Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 4) The Principles Behind the Rules of Golf by Richard S. Tufts and 5) online access to USGA University, where there are a variety of study materials.

The cost to register is $175†. The registration fee covers the cost of the workshop sessions, study materials (detailed above), a continental breakfast each morning starting at 7:15 a.m. that includes at least one hot item, complimentary coffee, tea, water and soft drinks during scheduled breaks and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception at the conclusion of the workshop’s first day. The registration fee does not include the cost of transportation, lodging, incidental expenses or other food and beverage expenses not otherwise specified.

† At most workshops, participants are responsible for lunch and convenient choices are available. Because off-site lunch options at the workshop to be held in Far Hills, N.J., are not conducive to keeping that program on schedule, an on-site buffet lunch will be provided during each day for all participants. The registration fee for this workshop is $200 and will include the cost of lunch both days.

Click here for the 2015 schedule and additional information

Online registration at USGA.org begins Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.


Phone-in registration begins Monday, October 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

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