The R&A’s Official Rules of Golf App for the iPhone and iPad offers you the complete package, covering every issue that can arise during a round of golf. The App includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help to explain the Rules effective from 2019 and give guidance for many common situations.
Other features include:
• Improved Search Functionality
• A Visual Search - to help you quickly find the Rule you need
• Rules of Golf Quiz
• A Rules Essentials section (will follow later in 2018 to help you learn the basics).
This is an essential App that every golfer needs to ensure they are up to date and ready to play by the Rules in 2019.

The App also includes the Interpretations on the Rules of Golf and Committee Procedures – both essential for Committees and Referees running competitions from 2019.

What’s New

Version 1.3.6

- We’ve added a new section which includes a set of 10 videos to help Junior Golfers (and golfers who are young at heart) learn the Rules of Golf. This is currently available in English only.
- We've also fixed a crash that was occurring.

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
177 Ratings

177 Ratings

GBTedd ,

Doesn’t work

I have down loaded this several times and it simply doesn’t open .. when the rule changes came in it was ok but now is useless . I see reviews commenting on this so clearly the developers are not on top of this .


Developers now have cracked the issue and it works again. This was always a useful app as there are so many rules (!) but I won’t give it 5* till I see if it remains useable .

Developer Response ,

Hello, I'm really sorry you've experienced an issue with our Rules of Golf App. We suffered a few unexpected problems when iOS 13 was launched, but these have now been resolved and you should be able to open the App without any problems. We'd love to hear if this has solved your issues? Kind regards Graeme The R&A Digital Team

Bird Doc11 ,

Well thought out, highly useful reference

Rules are rules. What makes this app shine is the ease of use in jumping from one place to another in order to cross reference what you’re reading and to figure out how to apply the at times very complex rules. The basic organisation is in chapters, which makes sense. The point is, if you’re in, say, chapter 13, and you need to go back to chapter 6, it is very easy to do this and then return to your original place. There are many terms which are highlighted. Touching these takes you to a definition of the term. Hitting the X takes you right back where you were. There are several useful diagrams explaining specific rules. Touch these diagrams, and they enlarge to include text explaining the meaning of the diagram in more detail; close it and your back exactly where you were. I am highly impressed by the thought which went in to the construction of this reference. Highly recommended.

Dixxun ,

Now works under iOS 13, & includes landscape & portrait format

Like others, this excellent & well used app failed to open after I upgraded my iPad & iPhone to iOS 13. I’m pleased to note that it now opens again, and in both landscape & portrait formats. Well done ... at last!
However, I note that the search feature still needs attention:-
a) the insistence in rotating from landscape to portrait when search is requested;
b) multiple answers to any search, e.g: in the -2018 version, “fairway” returns just 2 instances in the Rules; in this version there are apparently 318 instances in ‘the’ Rules & similar amounts in all the other sections, total 1284 - really?

App Privacy

The developer, The R&A, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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