Although Barry Rhodes qualified as a Chartered Accountant he spent most of his career in senior sales, marketing and management roles within the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. He is an enthusiastic, high handicap golfer who developed an interest, then a fascination, and now a passion for understanding the Rules of Golf. He is resident in Dublin, Ireland, where he is an active member of Milltown Golf Club.
Barry’s relationship with the Rules began in 2000 with his participation in the Inter-Club Rules of Golf quiz competitions for Golf Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, supported by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. This progressed to him writing articles, running quizzes and delivering presentations on the Rules at various Golf Club and corporate functions. In March 2008, Barry became the first person to achieve a 100% correct mark on the public Advanced Rules of Golf Course examination, run by the PGA in their headquarters at The Belfry, West Midlands, UK. In April 2015, Barry received a ‘pass with distinction’ in the R&A’s Level 3, Tournament Administrators and Referees School examination, the highest certification awarded.
Also in 2008, Barry commenced writing his regular web blog, which is increasingly popular amongst golfers of all abilities, as it is the only source on the web totally dedicated to miscellaneous content on the Rules of Golf. A year after he started to blog, his first book, ‘999 Questions on the Rules of Golf’, was published in the UK and has now been sold in over 50 countries. Soon after, he launched “Rhodes Rules School” a weekly series of emails posing questions based around photographs of Rules incidents that may be encountered by golfers whilst on the course. He is also a guest contributor on several international golfing web sites. Following the success of his first book Barry has now published a second book, cleverly (!) titled ‘999 More Questions on the Rules of Golf’. The two books are complimentary, as they are have totally different formats.