Hole-In-One Prize No Longer Costs Amateur Status

As of January 1st, 2020, an amateur golfer may accept a prize in excess of the limit in Rule 3-2a, including a cash prize, for making a hole-in-one during a round of golf on a golf course.

As well the Rules will no longer limit the prize an amateur golfer may win when making a hole-in-one outside a round of golf, including “stand-alone” and “multiple-entry” hole-in-one events (e.g., on a driving range, golf simulator, or putting green) provided in all cases that the length of the shot is at least 50 yards.

In a separate move, The R&A and the USGA are conducting a review of the Rules of Amateur Status to make them easier to understand and apply. The aim is to provide the golf community with a modernized set of Amateur Status Rules in late 2021, with the goal of an effective date of 1 January 2022.

More information on the Rules of Amateur Status can be found at www.RandA.org and www.USGA.org.