How we govern and report
The member federations appoint the Board Members to govern the International Golf Federation.
The Board Members are appointed in the following way:
- National Federation Members – four Board Members
- R&A – one Board Member
- USGA – one Board Member
- IGF Administrative Committee – two Board Members
- Professional Members – five Board Members
- PGA Tour– one Board Member
- European Tour – one Board Member
- LPGA – one Board Member
- PGA of America – one Board Member
- IGF Executive Committee – one Board Member
- IGF President – ex officio Board member
- IGF Vice President – ex officio Board member
The IGF Board maintains a strategic focus in its governance of golf. However, the responsibility for implementing the strategic plan and managing International Golf Federation’s operating activities rests with the Executive Director.
Click here to view the Board of Directors members.
Audit & Risk Committee
The Audit & Risk Committee is a committee of the Board responsible for corporate governance and the oversight of financial strategies and integrity, internal controls, risk management and audit. The members of this Committee are nominated by the IGF Board.
This is a committee of the Board to assist and advise the Board to fulfil its responsibility on matters relating to the compensation, bonuses incentives and remuneration of the Executive Director (ED) and the IGF’s staff. The Committee shall also review and advise the Board on the succession plans for the ED and IGF staff.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the approval of Professional Membership, the oversight of the organisation of the golf competition at the Olympic Games and the financing of the IGFs activities undertaken by the Executive Committee.
View the Executive Committee.
The Administrative Committee is responsible for the approval of National Federation Membership, the oversight of the organisation of the golf competition at the Youth Olympic Games and the World Amateur Team Championships and the financing of the IGFs activities undertaken by the Executive Committee. The Committee also oversees the interaction between National Federation Members and National Olympic Committees. View the role description of the Administrative Committee’s members and of the Womens Chair.
View the Administrative Committee.
Ad Hoc Standing Committees
Ad hoc Standing Committees can be established on short term basis for specific purposes.
JUDICIAL & INTEGRITY BODIES
IGF Integrity Committee Chairman
The IGF Integrity Committee Chairman is appointed annually by the IGF Board. Currently, this position is held by Mr. Andy Levinson.
The role of the IGF Integrity Committee Chairman is to examine possible breaches of the IGF Code of Conduct for Tournament Personnel, the IGF Code of Conduct for Athletes and Athletes Support Personnel, any IGF policy, the IGF Code of Ethics or the IOC Olympic Charter.
Not every breach of the above-mentioned Code must be the subject of a formal investigation and determination.
The procedure used will be determined by the nature and the seriousness of the breach. In some cases, the IGF Integrity Committee Chairperson will appoint the IGF Integrity Unit to investigate the facts and material relevant to the allegation(s).
In other cases, the IGF Integrity Committee Chairperson may determine the sanction and/or may decide to refer, at his/her sole discretion, the case to the IGF Tribunal for Hearing and/or to the relevant Professional Member or National Federation Member to which the athlete is a member.
The principle of confidentiality shall be respected strictly by the IGF Integrity Committee Chairman in all of its activities.
In the course of its inquiry, the IGF Integrity Committee Chairman is entitled to benefit of legal counsel or other activities.
The IGF Integrity Committee chairman must be either a retired judge of a court or statutory tribunal, or a senior barrister or solicitor. The Chairperson must also have significant understanding of and interest or experience in sport.
The IGF Integrity Committee chairman is a person trained to be the point of contact for a person reporting a complaint under, or a breach of an IGF policy. He or she provides impartial and confidential support to the person making the complaint.
The types of disputes that IGF Tribunal can hear and decide include:
- Anti-doping violations
- Betting and anti-corruption policy violations
- IGF Code of Conduct for Tournament Personnel and Officials
- IGF Code of Conduct for Athletes and Athletes Support Personnel
- IGF Code of Conduct for Olympic Golf Competitions
- IGF Code of Ethics’ violations
- IGF Member Protection policy violations
- IOC Olympic Charter violations
- Any other matter referred to the Tribunal by the IGF Integrity Committee Chairman
The IGF Tribunal’s chairperson must be either a retired judge of a court or statutory tribunal, or a senior barrister or solicitor. The Chairperson must also have significant understanding of and interest or experience in sport, preferably golf.
The other members of the Tribunal must have substantial experience in sport over a minimum of a 10-year aggregate period.
Members of the IGF Tribunal shall be appointed to a pool by the IGF Board, and, for each dispute hearing, the Integrity Committee Chairman shall decide a minimum of three people (the Tribunal Chairperson and two others) who will adjudicate on a particular case.
If an issue is particularly complex or significant, more Tribunal members may be involved in deciding the dispute. The Tribunal Chairperson is responsible for guiding the procedure of the hearing and for issuing the Tribunal’s directions on the dispute.
IGF Appeals Panel
The IGF Appeals’ Panel shall hear appeals filed by an affected party against a decision of the IGF Tribunal with the exception of any anti-doping related decisions.
Appeals against decisions of technical officials or IGF chief referees made during a competition are dealt with in accordance with the R&A/USGA Rules of Golf and are not subject to appeal to the IGF Appeal’s panel.
Composition of the Appeals’ Panel:
The IGF Appeals’ Panel chairperson must be either a retired judge of a court or statutory tribunal, or a senior barrister or solicitor. The Chairperson must also have significant understanding of and interest or experience in sport, preferably in golf. The Chairman shall oversee the activities of the IGF Tribunal.
Appeals to the Appeals Panel shall be heard by a panel of three (3) members acting as judges.
Members of the IGF Appeals’ Panel shall be appointed to a pool by the IGF Executive Director, and, for each dispute hearing, the Executive Director shall decide a minimum of three people, unless the Chairman of the Appeals’ Panel decides that the matter can be ruled upon by a single judge because it is of minor importance, not of a difficult nature, or requires an immediate decision. If the Chairperson is not one of those nominated, the Executive Director shall designate an alternate Chairperson for the hearing (Deputy Chairperson). The Chairperson or presiding Deputy Chairperson is responsible for guiding the procedure of the hearing and for issuing the Appeals’ Panel directions on the dispute.
In each case, the judges must be independent of the parties and must disclose immediately to the IGF Appeals’ panel chairman any circumstance likely to affect their independence. The Appeals’ panel will not include any person who has any actual or perceived conflict of interest or bias regarding the complaint/allegations.
If possible, the Appeals’ Panel should include at least one person with knowledge or experience of the relevant laws/rules (e.g. anti-discrimination).
IGF Integrity Unit
The Integrity Unit shall conduct an investigation into the activities of any Participant that it believes may have committed a Violation of an IGF Policy. Such investigation may be conducted in conjunction with relevant competent national or international authorities (including criminal, administrative, professional and/or judicial authorities) and all Participants must co-operate fully with such investigations. The IGF Integrity Unit shall have discretion, where it deems it appropriate, to stay its own investigation pending the outcome of investigations conducted by other competent authorities.
Following an investigation, the IGF Integrity Unit shall provide the IGF Integrity Committee Chairman with a report including the findings and facts, the conclusion and recommendation(s) of its investigation.
The Executive Director leads the Executive Office. This supports the business on all strategic projects, manages our financial accounts, works on all legal matters and is responsible for recruitment, payroll, and business administration. Together with the Functional Leads and International Golf Federation staff, the Executive Director’s role is to work closely with all of Golf’s stakeholders to provide effective management and leadership for international Golf. The Executive Director reports to the IGF President.
Anti – Doping & Medical
The Anti-Doping and medical function facilitates the activities of the IGF Medical Committee and the IGF Anti-Doping Committee. The IGF Medical Committee provides medical advice to the IGF and deals with all medical issues enabling or encouraging participation in Golf as a safe and healthy sport. The IGF Anti-Doping Committee advises the IGF on all matters relating to Anti-doping and ensures that the IGF and events under its authority are complaint with the World Anti-Doping Code.
The International Golf Federation recognises the importance of the rights and obligations of our athletes. The Athletes function acts a consultative body and link between active athletes and ensures that their interests are protected.
The Communications function is the face and voice of the IGF. Its role is to educate audiences about the sport of golf, highlight the development initiatives already underway and planned for the future, and shine the spotlight on the world of the Olympics and the aspirational and inspirational qualities it evokes, for players and fans of the game.
The Commercial function supports the Commercial Committee and is responsible for revenue-raising and new business activities for the International Golf Federation.
Development & Sport For All
The IGF’s Development & Sport For All function’s role is the development of golf, from grassroots to the highest levels with the aim of inspiring future players and fans to play golf and increase participation in the sport.
Golfers with Disabilities Committee
The IGF Golfers with Disabilities Committee is an advisory body appointed by the Board that has been established to advise on all matters related to disabled golf. Key areas of responsibility include:
- Promote and encourage participation and accessibility of disabled golf
- Enourage the International development of disabled golf
- Create a pathway across all disabled golf classifications for elite disabled golf compétitions from club level through to establishment of international events
- Support and encourage National Fédérations to actively affiliate existing disabled golf organisations and promote integration of disabled golfers into their membership
- Establishment and management of an international classification system for disabled golf
- Develop the bid for golf’s inclusion as a sport on the 2024 Paralympic Games programme
The Olympic Games function (OGF) provides support to the Operations Committee. It works closely with each Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) to ensure that all elements of the golf venue and the field of play conform to IGF technical standards. OGF also oversees the overall service provision to IGF personnel and Technical Officials at the competition venues to enable them to conduct their Games time role, in support of the competition. At Games time, the IGF will oversee the running of the Olympic event in conjunction with the OCOG and provide the focal point for OCOG contact in relation to competition issues.
The International Golf Federation is committed to sustainability. The Sustainability function is responsible for promoting practises in sustainable design and construction of golf courses. It also ensures in-bed sustainability within the operations of the organisation and that all activities and related events of the IGF provide positive examples of sustainability in practice.
World Amateur Teams Championships
The World Amateur Teams Championships is held biennially and the role of this function is to ensure the successful delivery of this event working with the host national federation members of the IGF.
Youth Olympics & Multi-Sport Events Function
The Youth Olympics & Multi-Sport Events function provides and facilitates the appropriate technical advice and support to the organising committees of the Youth Olympic Games and multi-sport events.
View the Youth Olympic Games Competitions Committee Members and the Charter.
Policies, charters & Guidelines
This section comprises the IGF constitution, policies and other governance documents. The technical rules governing the sport can be found under the Rules of Golf section and the IGF Anti-Doping Regulations under Medical & Anti-Doping.
The main governance documents can be found below:
- IGF Policies and Charters
- IGF Constitution (changes to 2010 version)
- IGF Code of Ethics
- IGF Assignment of Authority Policy
- IGF Anti Discrimination Policy
- IGF Tribunal Policy
- IGF Appeals Panel Policy
- IGF Code of Conduct for Tournament Personnel and Officials
- IGF Equal Employment Opportunity
- IGF Conflict of Interest Policy
- IGF Betting and Anti-Corruption Policy
- IGF Sexual Harrassment Policy
- IGF Olympic Golf Regulations
- IGF Classification Rules
Commissions & Committees Charters:
- Anti-Doping Commission
- Athletes Commission
- Audit & Risk Committee
- Coaching & Development Committee
- Medical Commission
- Olympic Games Competition Committee
- Remuneration & Nomination Committee
- Youth Olympic Games Competitions Committee
- WATC Competition Committee
- IGF Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020
The process for Nationality Change Applications is as follows:
An athlete wishing to officially request a Nationality change will be requested to fill out and sign the “Nationality Change Rolex World Ranking form” or the “Nationality Change Official World Golf Ranking form” stating that they meet the criteria set out within the IGF Nationality Policy. Once the form has been completed by the athlete, the request will be put in front of the IGF panel for review.
The IGF Nationality Policy may be found here.
Excerpt from IGF Nationality Policy:
An Athlete who has represented one country in an International Golf Competition*, and who has changed nationality or acquired a new nationality, may participate in another International Golf Competition representing the new country provided that, as of the start of the qualification period for such event, at least four years have passed since the Athlete last represented his/her former country. This period may be extended, reduced or even cancelled, with the agreement of the sanctioning organization, which takes into account the circumstances of each case and any applicable guidelines and standards provided by the IGF.
An Athlete eligible to participate in an International Golf Competition* (eg Olympic Games or Youth Olympic Games) by representing another country to the one previously represented (by either changing nationality or acquiring a new nationality) in accordance with this policy will only be eligible for International Golf Competitions for which the qualification period has not yet started, unless otherwise allowed by the sanctioning organization.
*see definition of International Golf Competition within the Nationality Policy itself.