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Thank you for clicking the Volunteer and/or Learn the game with Golf Saskatchewan link. In this section we will provide you with insightful information about some of our CORE programs/services. We hope you find it informative and if you have any questions, please let us know.

If you are interested to volunteer with Golf Saskatchewan, do not hesitate to contact our office to get started today!

Without volunteers, we cannot deliver all of our programs and member services.
Please get involved today!

Golf Saskatchewan

Volunteers have access to training opportunities, are reimbursed for costs incurred while volunteering and are invited to the yearly Volunteer Appreciation Day which usually takes place in September every year. There are several ways to become involved with Golf Saskatchewan as a volunteer.

Board of Directors

Golf Saskatchewan has volunteer positions available with the executive board, standing committees and some operational committees. Board of directors meet no less three times per year (two face-to-face board meetings and one general meeting per year). If you are or know someone who is interested in becoming a director, please read the Director Nomination Information and fill out the nomination form in one of the options available below.

TBA – 3-year term positions

Please click on the following forms if you are interested:

Tournament Volunteer

Golf Saskatchewan can always benefit from individuals willing to contribute their time to the delivery of tournaments and provincial championships. Tournament administration volunteers will be tasked with duties that may include general operations, set up and take down, media (such as taking pictures and posting updates to the website), starting, pace of play, and scoring and results.

Contact Steve Ryde for more details (306)975-0834 or via email.

Course Rating

Course Rating Team(s)

A course rater with Golf Saskatchewan travels to various courses with a team of other course raters and rate a course in order to measure and rate the relative difficulty of the golf course so that a player’s handicap is accurate and transportable from golf course to golf course. Course rates are expected to attend a course rating seminar each year and stay current on the Golf Canada Course Rating System (GCCRS). Course raters can expect to rate between two and four courses per season.

The purpose of the GCCRS is to measure and rate the relative difficulty of golf courses across Canada so that a player’s Handicap factor is accurate and transportable from golf course to golf course. The Course Rating System takes into account factors that affect the playing difficulty of a golf course including yardage, effective playing length and number of obstacle factors such as topography, elevation, doglegs, prevailing wind, bunkering, etc. After a thorough study of the Course and Slope Rating System developed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Golf Canada approved and adopted the system for Canada in January 1995.

The Golf Canada Course Rating System consists of two basic elements:

Course Rating – the evaluation of the playing difficulty of a course for scratch golfers under normal course and weather conditions expressed as number of strokes (e.g. 72.5).

Slope Rating – the evaluation of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch golfers compared to the difficulty of the course for scratch golfers. The lowest Slope Rating is 55 and the highest 155. A course of standard playing difficulty will have a Slope Rating of 113.

Every member golf course should have a Course Rating and Slope rating for each set of tees at the course.

Accuracy and consistency are the keys to effective course rating. Golf Canada and the provincial golf associations work together to rate golf courses and ensure that course ratings are accurate and uniform from coast to coast. Only Golf Canada authorized provincial golf associations may rate golf courses. If a club disagrees with its ratings, it may request that the provincial golf association review the ratings.

Golf Saskatchewan offers an annual workshop for both introductory (novice) and advanced course raters. Course raters are provided with a course rating manual in addition to the men’s and women’s guides. Teams of four are set up for the on-course experience and are a combination of experienced and novice course rating participants with experienced raters serving as mentors. From there, rating teams go out and rate all of the Saskatchewan courses requiring a re-rate as per the manuals.

Golf Saskatchewan hosted an online seminar led by Richard Smith on May 20, 2020.

2022 Course Rating Seminar |

TBDVirtual Zoom MeetingRichard Smith
Course Rating Team
TBDVirtual Zoom MeetingRichard Smith
Course Rating Team
TBDVirtual Zoom MeetingRichard Smith
Course Rating Team

For more information please contact Candace Dunham at (306) 975-0850 or by email.

Rules of Golf

Updated Rules of amateur status | Posted Oct. 26, 2021

Rules of Golf/Handicapping COVID-19 Modifications | Posted April 9, 2020

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.

The Rules are typically updated every four years through the work of the R&A and the United States Golf Association. A joint committee of these associations, on which the Chair of Golf Canada’s Rules and Amateur Status Committee sits, is charged with revising, modernizing and improving the Rules of Golf. These two documents form the complete Rules of Golf that are used universally throughout the world of golf.

For clubs or committees in charge of competitions, the Conditions of Competition and Standard Local Rules that Golf Canada implements at all championships is posted for your reference. In addition, a list of local rules that should be considered is available on this website.

2019 Rules Modernization Initiative

As the National Sport Federation and governing body of golf in Canada, Golf Canada, in conjunction with the R&A and the USGA, have unveiled the 2019 Rules of Golf. This joint initiative was designed to modernize the rules and make them easier to understand and apply.

Full details about the Rules Modernization Initiative

Overview of the Rules Modernization Initiative

Top 20 Rules of Golf changes for 2019

Frequently Asked Questions of implementation in Canada

2019 Rules of Golf Publications

‘Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf’: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.

Click here to view the 2019 Player’s Edition.

Purchase Player’s Edition

‘Full Rules of Golf’: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and will include illustrations. The Rules of Golf is intended to be the primary publication for officials and is expected Golf Club Committees and Referees will use the publication as their primary Rules of Golf resource.

Click here to view the 2019 Rules of Golf.

Purchase Rules of Golf book

The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a “long-form” resource document intended as a supplementary publication.

Click here to view the 2019 Official Guide.

Golf Canada offers several programs to learn the Rules of Golf. Our education program is designed for all golfers wishing to improve their level of knowledge of the Rules of Golf including recreational golfers, competitive golfers, professionals and rules officials, or those wishing to become a rules official.

Whether you have an interest in learning the basics or wish to pursue national certification as a rules official, Golf Canada offers the right program for you. Read about each level of education below and then click on the appropriate link for more information.

Rules Education

In addition to publishing the Rules of Golf, Golf Canada is committed to train and educate all golfers that could ultimately lead to national certification as a Referee.

New for 2019, Golf Canada will be adopting the R&A’s Rules Education system. One of the main objectives of the Rules Modernization Initiative was to create consistency around the world in many facets of the Rules of Golf, including educating and training referees. The exams that Golf Canada will use and the designation by marks achieved will be consistent throughout the countries allied to the R&A, such as Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

While Golf Canada traditionally has employed a four-level system, the R&A’s Rules education program consists of a three-tiered approach. In order to align the programs, Golf Canada’s current Levels 1 and 2 will be consolidated into just one level (the new Level 1). We will maintain separate programs for individuals to continue through our Rules Education Pathway at the provincial and national level, which will be the new Level 2 and Level 3.

The chart below compares the Levels from 2018 to what will be in place for 2020:

Level 1 (Online)Level 1 (Online)
Level 2 (Online)
Level 3 (Provincial)Level 2 (Provincial)
Level 4 (National)Level 3 (National)

Whether you’re interested in becoming a referee or just want to learn more about the game, our rules education program offers plenty of great content including a fun and interactive way to learn the rules of golf.


In partnership with the R&A, level 1 provides an interesting and easy way to learn the basics of the Rules of Golf. This level will focus on etiquette, the principle definitions and commonly encountered situations on the course. As part of the level 1 program, 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. The program is ideal for juniors, beginners and golfers who have had no previous experience with the Rules.


Level 2 (provincial certification) seminars will be conducted by provincial golf associations, and the curriculum will begin to look at the more important playing Rules in detail. Some of the complexities that are found in the decisions book are introduced along while also implementing on-course demonstrations. Level 2 (provincial) will be designed for individuals with an involvement in tournament administration, or a desire to have such an involvement.


Level 3 (national certification) will consist of a three-day seminar run by Golf Canada. It serves to give guidance and advice on refereeing at the highest level. This program is intended for experienced referees who wish to improve both their technical and practical knowledge as a referee.

Golf Canada’s seminars on the Rules of Golf are intended for experienced referees.

Entry Requirements – 2022 Rules of Golf Spring Seminar Series

3-DAY SEMINARS (Fri. to Sun.)

Priority for registration for the spring 2022 series of Rules of Golf seminars on the new Rules of Golf will be given to persons who:

NOTE: For this seminar series, there will not be an option to write the exam without attending the seminar.


Info-graphics – 2019 Rules Modernization

For some downloadable and shareable illustrations or info-graphics, please click:

The List of conforming drivers and conforming golf balls are universal lists used by all golf associations.

  1. List of conforming driver heads
  2. List of conforming golf balls