Professor Brian Hughes, PGA Master Professional and Golf Program Director, took his Rules of Golf class to the field after six weeks in the classroom, for practical application of specific scenarios requiring interpretations of the Rules of Golf.

Hughes planned and laid out a dozen different Rules of Golf situations and had students act as Rules Officials, requiring them to assess the situation, determine the appropriate ruling, apply the required penalty, and demonstrate the correct procedure for relief.

The exercise required students to experience the pressure of making correct rulings under time constraints while also confronting golfers who may or may not know the Rules of Golf themselves. The ‘real world’ experience challenged students to think on their feet and to learn how to use the rule book to ensure the integrity of the game and its contestants.