Changes to the Rules of Golf from January 1st 2019.

To: Club Communication Officers

FAO: Club Committees, Handicap Committees, Competition Committees / General Member Awareness

Following on from the Rules of Golf Roadshows which took place recently and were well attended, we have prepared a short video to highlight the changes to the Rules of Golf from January 1st 2019.

Updated rules can be viewed here :




Resources from The R&A are available at

Please circulate these to your members to make them aware of the changes.

I draw your attention specifically to the requirements of CONGU for qualifying competition conditions – this is referenced in the video.

Queries from GUI clubs should go to your relevant GUI Provincial Branch Office.

Kind regards


Alan Kelly

Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland

Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf