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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, Golf Saskatchewan cannot deliver our programs and member services.
Please get involved today.
“Love the Game. Grow the Game.” ~ Golf Canada

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.

For the 2020 Golf Saskatchewan AGM there are the following positions available:

  • TBA – 3-year term positions

Please click on the following forms if you are interested:

The Annual General Meeting was held:

  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 in Regina
  • Location: Wascana Country Club
  • Start Time: 10:30 with lunch to be served 12:15 PM

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. Course raters can expect to rate between two and four courses per season.

The purpose of the Golf Canada Course Rating System 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.

2019 Course Rating Seminar

  • To Register, please click HERE (online form and the preferred method)
  • Accommodations: Travelodge Hotel, Saskatoon
  • Registration is free to Golf Saskatchewan members
  • The deadline to register is May 10, 2019
Date Time Location Instructors
May 14
11 AM – 5:15 PM Saskatoon, JVR Building
510 Cynthia St. (Golf Office)
Richard Smith
Course Rating TEAM
Wed May 15 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM On Course Physical Training
Course to be determined
Richard Smith
Course Rating TEAM
Wed May 16 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM Saskatoon, JVR Building
510 Cynthia St. (Golf Office)
Richard Smith
Course Rating TEAM
May 17
8:00 AM – Physical Rating of Golf Course
(Saskatoon Area) – Willows GCC
Richard Smith
Course Rating TEAM
  • The Workshop Agenda posted HERE (2019).

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


Rules of Golf

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.

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.


Handicap System

Golf Canada is the authoritative body for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a uniform handicap system for golf clubs in Canada in co-operation with the provincial golf associations.

The purpose of the Golf Canada Handicap System is to make the game of golf more enjoyable for golfers by providing a means of measuring one’s performance and progress and to enable golfers of differing abilities to compete on an equitable basis.

Through this system, each golfer establishes an “Golf Canada Handicap Factor” which is a numerical measurement of a player’s potential (not actual) scoring ability on a course of standard difficulty.

The Handicap Factor is calculated using the best 10 of the player’s last 20 rounds and updated with each new round played. The Handicap Factor travels with the golfer from course to course and is adjusted up or down depending on the length and difficulty of the course played, resulting in a “Course Handicap”. The Course Handicap is the number of strokes a golfer receives from a specific set of tees at the course played and represents the number of strokes he would require to play equitably against a “scratch” golfer (a golfer with a Handicap Factor of “0.0′). The more difficult the golf course, the more strokes the golfer receives and vice versa.

The relative difficulty of a golf course is determined jointly by Golf Canada and the provincial golf association using the Golf Canada Course and Slope Rating System. Specially trained Course Rating Teams evaluate the difficulty of a golf course based on such variables as length and a number of obstacle factors (e.g. topography, bunkers, water hazards, severity of rough, etc).

Only Golf Canada member golf clubs are permitted to use the Golf Canada Handicap System and Golf Canada Course Rating System and related trademarks and service marks and must do so in a manner that preserves the integrity and reliability of these systems. All rights to use these systems and related trademarks and service marks terminate should the golf club cease to be a member in good standing with Golf Canada.

Online Handicap System

Golf Saskatchewan will not be offering any handicap seminars during the spring of 2019. Reminder, each member club must have a certified Handicap Chairperson by the end of 2019 (or within the 4 year manual cycle) as per the agreement with the United States Golf Association (USGA) Handicap Agreement. Please click the online handicap seminar link below.

2019 Handicap Workshops are as follows:

  • NOTE: we may be offering seminars in the fall however we encourage people interested in the handicap system to take the online course
Date Time Location Location Instructors
Postponed until
the fall
TBC TBC Saskatoon
Postponed until the fall
 Brian Lee
Postponed until
the fall
TBC TBC Regina
Postponed until the fall
 Brian Lee
  • To register for the Handicap Workshops please fill out the registration form linked above.
  • The Handicap Workshops are open to all Handicap Chairpersons plus anyone interested from a Golf Saskatchewan member clubs.
  • Please bring your club’s Golf Canada Handicap System Manual to the workshop.

World Handicap System 2020 ….

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by the USGA and The R&A and developed following an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities – Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).

The new system will feature the following:

  • Flexibility in formats of play, allowing both competitive and recreational rounds to count for handicap purposes and ensuring a golfer’s handicap is more reflective of potential ability.
  • A minimal number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap; a recommendation that the number of scores needed to obtain a new handicap be 54 holes from any combination of 18-hole and 9-hole rounds, but with some discretion available for handicapping authorities or National Associations to set a different minimum within their own jurisdiction.
  • A consistent handicap that is portable from course to course and country to country through worldwide use of the USGA Course and Slope Rating System, already successfully used in more than 80 countries.
  • An average-based calculation of a handicap, taken from the best eight out of the last 20 scores and factoring in memory of previous demonstrated ability for better responsiveness and control.
  • A calculation that considers the impact that abnormal course and weather conditions might have on a player’s performance each day.
  • Daily handicap revisions, taking account of the course and weather conditions calculation.
  • A limit of Net Double Bogey on the maximum hole score (for handicapping purposes only).
  • A maximum handicap limit of 54.0, regardless of gender, to encourage more golfers to measure and track their performance to increase their enjoyment of the game.

Quantitative research was conducted in 15 countries around the world, through which 76 percent of the 52,000 respondents voiced their support for a World Handicap System, 22 percent were willing to consider its benefits, and only 2% were opposed. This was followed by a series of focus groups, in which more than 300 golf administrators and golfers from different regions around the world offered extensive feedback on the features of the proposed new system.

This feedback has helped shape the WHS, which has been developed by the USGA and The R&A with support from each handicapping authority as well as the Japan Golf Association and Golf Canada.




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 2019:

2018 2019
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.

  • Golf SK Dates – Tentative to be held in Saskatoon on May 3-5


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 2019 Rules of Golf are intended for experienced referees.

The spring 2019 seminars will be focused mainly on the changes to the Rules for 2019 with less time spent on officiating.


Entry Requirements – 2019 Rules of Golf Spring Seminar Series

3-DAY SEMINARS (Fri. to Sun.)

Priority for registration for the spring 2019 series of Rules of Golf seminars on the 2019 Rules of Golf will be given to persons who:

  • have achieved 85% or better on the Level 3 Rules Exam written in 2013 or later; or
  • have achieved 85% or better on the Level 4 Rules Exam written in 2013 or later; or
  • have achieved 70% or better on the USGA Rules Exam written in 2013 or later; or
  • have been previously certified at Level 4 or equivalent by Golf Canada;
  • AND
  • have completed the required practical hours for Level 3 or Level 4

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


2019 Spring National Rules Seminars

March 29 – March 31 | Moncton, N.B. (Location: Royal Oaks Golf Club)

March 29 – March 31 | Victoria, B.C. (Location: Royal Colwood Golf Club)

April 5 – 7  | Ottawa, Ont. (The Royal Ottawa Golf Club)

April 26 – 28 | Montreal, Q.C. (FRENCH Only – Elm Ridge CC)

April 26 – 28 | Winnipeg, M.B. (St. Charles Golf & CC)



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

Local Rules

  • Golf Saskatchewan’ 2019 Standard-Local-Rules – pending

Equipment & Golf Balls

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