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The following general conditions under which Club competitions are to be played have been drawn up by the Competitions Committee and approved by the GUI Committee.

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1.1.  At the beginning of each year a Competitions Committee will be appointed by the GUI Committee. This Sub-committee will consist of at least 3 ordinary members and they will have the authority to act as a Referee in all matters vis-à-vis competitions. If a member of the Competitions Committee is not readily available the General Manager has the authority to act as Referee on their behalf. In either case the decision of the Referee is final and binding.

1.2.  The Rules of Golf as approved by R & A Rules Committee in addition to Local Rules as made and published by the GUI Committee shall apply to all competitions.
(Players should familiarise themselves with these rules, particularly Rule 6: Player's Responsibilities).

1.3.  The Competitions Committee may for any individual competition, publish additional Conditions of Competition Rules or alter / waive any clause in these general rules by prior notice to the membership.


2.1.  Two regular siren blasts will be sounded.  This will indicate the course is closed. It is then mandatory to vacate the course. 

2.2.  One regular siren will indicate that play has been suspended; you must mark your ball immediately and vacate the course.  The Competitions Committee, General Manager or the Professional will make a further decision within the next 1.5 hours. Should weather conditions not improve and 75% of the entries have completed their round, then the competition will be considered to be valid. Resumption of play will be indicated by a single siren once players have returned to their marked positions.

2.3.  A competition will be cancelled if for any reason, adverse weather or otherwise, play does not commence within 2 hours after the initial starting time.


3.1.    Only players who meet the eligibility rules for certain competitions, as laid down by the Competitions Committee, may enter those competitions. The Committee may waive or add restrictions in certain circumstances. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that they only enter competitions for which they are eligible.

3.2.    Only those whose annual subscription levy is up to date may compete in Club competitions.

3.3.    In open or semi-open competitions guest(s) must be member(s) from an affiliated club with a valid ‘C’ status GONGU Handicap.  Breach of this rule may result in their disqualification. It is the Club's policy to notify all guests and visitors scores including ‘no returns’ from all qualifying competitions held at the Club via the central handicapping data base (CDH).  Entrance fees must be paid before playing in any competitions. Any breach will result in disqualification.

3.4.    Five day members cannot enter a competition played over the week-end unless this restriction is explicitly waived by the Competitions Committee.

3.5.    Restrictions for young adult & student members:

3.5.1. In a Life Officers or Officers’ Competition they shall be only eligible to win the gross prize (if provided) or a young adult & student prizes(s).

3.5.2. Student members with a handicap of 19.4 or lower who have received permission from the Student Committee may play in adult competitions and win all prizes except in Life Officers, Officers, Captain’s Prize and other competitions that may from time to time have specific pre advised restrictions.

3.5.3. May only win class,’9’s and student prizes in the following major competitions: Captain’s Prize, Vice Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize & Life President’s Prize. Stanley Adams Trophy, Maurice Cohen Trophy, Captain’s Prize to the 5 Day Members. Restrictions may apply to other competitions.

3.5.4. The Jacobson & Smullen Shields are open to full, young adult and student members. At least one member of the competing pair must be a full member.

3.6.    A lone competitor may only play if he/she has a marker appointed by the General Manager, member of the Competitions Committee or the Professional.

3.7.    Country members, where permitted to play in Club competitions, can only win a ‘class’ or ‘9’ prize.

3.8.    Members who do not have a CONGU ‘C’ Status handicap are permitted to enter competitions  they are eligible for, but can only win a Class or ‘9’ prize in the following major competitions: Life Officers or Officers’ competitions, Stanley Adams Trophy, Maurice Cohen Trophy, Captain’s Prize to the 5 Day Members. Restrictions may also apply to other competitions by prior notice.

3.9.    Members who receive an initial handicap from the Competitions Committee, based on 3 submitted Cards, can only win a Class or ‘9’ prize in any 18 hole competition prior to  completing 3 full single competitions.

3.10.    Handicap restrictions, where applicable, will be published by the Competitions Committee in advance of the competition.

3.11.    Life Officers or Officers’ competitions (other than those provided explicitly for the 5-Day Membership):

3.11.1 Only full members may win the net prizes.
3.11.2 The Captain’s Prize: to be eligible to win the 1st prize a competitor must have been a member of the Club for more than one year and must have competed and returned cards in at least five 18 hole qualifying competitions in the Club in the current season, prior to the first round of the competition.

3.12.    George White Trophy (All Winners Competition): To qualify for this end of season competition a competitor must have won an 18 hole Sunday/Saturday singles trophy competition in the current year or  have been part of the winning pair in the annual Henry Jackson 4-ball event.

4.    ENTRY:

4.1.    Initial entry to a competition is normally through the on-line booking system and is pre-paid via the competition purse procedure. Competitors should familiarise themselves with the on-line timesheets rules (published on web-site) vis-à-vis booking and cancelling of time slots. In other cases (usually match play) entry will be via the Office/Proshop either by manual timesheet or through an entry form.

4.2.    In all cases a competitor is responsible for ensuring his name only appears once on the timesheet. This includes competitions held over two days (e.g. Saturday & Sunday). Breech of this rule will be disqualification from the competition for the competitor and team partners.

4.3.    Once the timesheet is closed (Time Sheet Rules on web site)

4.3.1. The competitor’s allocated time is deemed to be fixed and can only be changed with the authority of the Competitions Committee and/or General Manager. The Proshop can only record cancellations or late additions to the timesheet.

4.3.2. The timesheet defines the playing groups and players can only switch groups to rectify a situation where another player in an adjacent group has no marker. In all other circumstances players may only switch groups with the authority of the General Manager or the Competitions Committee.

4.4.    Formal Registration to competitions takes place when the competitor completes the mandatory signing in on the computer in the pro shop. Multiple competitions may be available and it is up to the player to ensure that they enter the correct competition for the correct course. Entering the wrong competition will result in disqualification.

4.5.    If competitors are late by more than 5 minutes for their tee time they are disqualified and shall not be permitted to compete in the competition. Players arriving up to 5 minutes late on the tee box incur a two stroke penalty applicable to the first hole.


5.1.    All cards should be checked, marked and signed before entering the clubhouse. Competitors must return, and are responsible for the return, of their cards in all competitions. R & A. Rule 6.

5.2.    When the computer is in use for a competition it is mandatory for every competitor (even if ‘no return’) to personally enter his score on the computer and return their card in the scorecard box provided.  Failure to do so could make you liable to disqualification and or disciplinary action.


6.1.    The timesheet/entry form will indicate the format of the competition and the relevant tee markers. These can only be changed, in exceptional circumstances before start of play, by a member of the Competitions Committee or the General Manager.

6.2.    The competition will be played over the stipulated course which in the absence of notification to the contrary, will be an 18 hole competition played from holes 1 to 18 in sequence. Competitors must play from the designated competition markers of the day.

6.3.    It is the responsibility of each competitor to be aware of the local rules of the day.

6.4.    In non-match play competitions and match play qualifiers ties will be decided via the count back method as provided by the computer system. In the absence of the computer system the count back will be applied as follows:

6.4.1.  36 Holes – last 18-9-6-3-1, If still no Resolution Last 9-6-3-1 of First 18 Holes

6.4.2.  18 holes - last 9-6-3-1,   If still no Resolution Last 6-3-1 of First 9 Holes               

6.4.3.  12 holes - last 9-6-3-1

6.4.4.    9 holes - last 6-3-1

6.4.5. The Competitions Committee may announce a different method of deciding ties for any given competition.

6.4.6. If any of the Above Count Back Methods do not Provide a resolution Then the Result will be Decided by Lot


7.1.    This competition is played over a designated number of 18 hole Single competitions throughout the year.

7.2.    The winner is the player with the best accumulated score over a set minimum number of rounds.

7.3.    In the event of a Tie, the Winner will be decided by an 18 hole Stableford Singles Playoff played from the Fixed Blue markers, each player playing off his full current Handicap.

7.4.    In the event of the Playoff reaching no result after the stipulated holes and the competitors cannot agree on a tie breaking method, the winner must be decided by a “sudden-death” stableford play-off starting at the 19th hole.


8.1.    The Competitions Committee will publish prior to the competition:

8.1.1.  Number of players on each team.

8.1.2.  Minimum Number of drives per player required.

8.1.3. Handicap allowance.

8.1.4. Tee markers to be used.

8.1.5. Stipulated round for the day.

8.2.    Format will be strokes.

8.3.    Team members may tee off in any order and follow the following procedure until a ball in play is holed out:

8.3.1. Team members decide which ball they prefer to play.

8.3.2. Preferred ball must be marked within 6 inches through the green and as close as possible on the green, not nearer the hole.

8.3.3. The owner of the preferred ball must play first. He/she must play the ball as it lies unless placing is permitted or the ball is on the green.

8.3.4. Team members can then play in any desired order by placing their ball within 6 inches of the marker through the green and as close as possible on the green, not nearer the hole. If the preferred ball is in the rough or in a hazard then the ball must be dropped in the rough/ hazard as close as possible to the marked position not nearer the hole. Bunkers may be raked after each ball is played.

8.3.5. If the ball is lying off the green it cannot be placed on the green.

8.3.6. Once a ball is ‘holed-out’ the accumulated team score is the score that counts. The team is cautioned not to make ‘tap-in’ putts until all team members have had the opportunity to attempt the team’s original putt.


9.1.    Entry will be by participation in a Pre-qualifier or an Entry Form as specified each year.

9.1.1. Entries submitted after the specified closing date for the competition will not be accepted under any circumstances.

9.2.    Defending Champion(s):

9.2.1.  If the defending champion(s) have entered and played together in the qualifier they will be deemed to have qualified in first place.

9.2.2.  If the defending champion(s) have entered the competition they will be given precedence if any byes are required, followed by leading qualifiers in order of qualification.

9.3.    The match play draw will be published from either the leading 32 qualifiers or the list of entrants.

9.3.1. The draw following a qualifying procedure will be made in accordance with appendix 1 B of the Rules of Golf. The draw, if no qualifying procedure takes place, will be a blind draw.

9.4.    The Competitions Committee will post a play-by date for each round of matches. All matches must be decided by the ‘play-by’ date. No extensions will be granted, except in extreme circumstances and with the authority of the Competitions Committee.

9.5.    Matches should be arranged as early as possible to avoid last minute, unforeseen difficulties and all players are equally responsible for ensuring the result is posted by the play-by date.

9.6.    Results of ties should be posted, by the winner, on the published draw sheet.

9.6.1. If a match cannot be completed by the play-by date, then the Competition Committee would expect that a concession should be afforded to the party(s) who offered most ‘play dates’ over the play-by period. If this cannot be agreed then a ‘coin-toss’ should decide the winner.

9.6.2. In the event of a result not being posted by the play-by date, the Competitions Committee will disqualify both parties. However the Committee can decide the tie in favour of one party if they are aware of equitable reasons for doing so.

9.7.    Match play handicaps:

9.7.1. The rules and allowances that shall apply for handicapping are those prescribed by the Golfing Unions and set out in the CONGU Unified Handicapping System. Players should familiarise themselves with this handicap system.

9.7.2. In singles match play events, the full differential in handicap will apply.

9.7.3. In foursomes’ match play events, half of the differential of the combined handicaps will apply.

9.7.4. In fourball match play events, 90% of the differential will apply. The lower handicap player reverts to scratch and all other players lose the equivalent strokes and receive 90% of the remaining shots. E.g. Player 1 has a handicap of 10, all other players have a handicap of 20. Player 1 reverts to scratch, the three other players go to 90% of 10 (20-10 x 90% = 9 strokes each).

9.7.5.In all match play events players must play off their handicap applicable on the match day throughout the competition.

9.8.    Matches must be played over the stipulated round.

9.8.1.  The stipulated round will be course and greens of the day (normally Holes 1 – 18 in sequence) played off the correct tees for the competition.


9.8.2. Players may, if necessary to complete the match by the play-by date and only if both parties agree, play the match over 9 holes starting at the 1st tee of the Day. In this case the handicap differential and ‘shots’ given will be the same as if the match was played over the full 18 holes

9.8.3. In the event of a match reaching no result after the stipulated holes and the competitors cannot agree on a tie breaking method, the match must be decided by a sudden-death play-off starting at the 1st hole of the Day.

9.8.4. All matches will be played off the Fixed Blue Posts except as follows:              Rosefield singles match play will be off the Fixed White Posts.              Winter matches will be off the White Tees of the Day.

9.9.    In the event of a dispute or disagreement, a member of the Competitions Committee shall be the sole Arbitrator/Referee. If no members of the Competitions Committee are available, the General Manager has the authority to make a ruling on behalf of the Competitions Committee. Such rulings are final and binding.


10.1. The competition is played over two days and the format and tees of the day are the prerogative of the presiding captain. Handicap adjustments arising from 1st days play will not be applied to the 2nd days play but will apply immediately for all other competitions.

10.2.                      In the event of ties a 36 hole count-back will prevail.

10.3.                      Entry is open to full members.

10.4.                      The Captain’s Prize to students & young adults may be held either on the same days or alternative days if decided by the Captain and GUI Committee. Should they be held on the same day, students & young adults may only win specific designated prizes.

10.5.                      1st round maybe either an open draw per time-zone on an Entry Form or an open timesheet bookable online.

10.6.                      2nd round leading group (30 plus tied scores) go out last. All other players book online. This leading group of players must play in the allotted tee times provided. If a player is unable to do so then he is only eligible for the following prizes:

10.6.1.    Past Captains Prize.

10.6.2.    Veteran’s Prize.

10.6.3.    Daily and Novelty Prizes.

10.7.                      Players are not allowed caddie for fellow competitors.

10.8.                      It is a strict condition of competition that players must declare their scores to the official scoreboard operators when asked.

10.9.                      The Captain’s Prize to 5 day members is open to that category only. The format will be decided on an annual basis by the Captain after consultation with the GUI committee.


11.1. The prize fund will be approximately 60% of fees collected per competition. The balance will be used to fund and resource the GUI section, including inter club team competitions.

11.2. Competition fees will only be refunded if the competition is cancelled. There will be no refunds for inclement weather where the course remains open.

11.3. The number of prizes awarded will reflect the number of individual entries. If less than 12 competitors enter (6 in the case of an 9 hole competition), no prizes will be awarded and the competition will be cancelled.

11.4. In the case where weather adversely effects one or both days of the same competition, played over Saturday and Sunday, 75% of total players entered on the timesheet for Sunday must complete their round or the competition will be cancelled. Separate reduced prizes may be awarded for the Saturday competition.


12.1.       The use of buggies is permitted, whenever weather conditions allow, for all players

12.2.       Unless otherwise stated the use of caddies is permitted. A player who has already competed or is due to compete in the same competition cannot caddie for another player.


13.1. Rule 7-1 prohibiting a competitor practising on the course before a stroke play event is overridden (Rule 33-1) under following conditions:

13.1.1.    Player practises within the Marked Designated Practise Areas.

13.1.2.    Player is playing on the course on the Saturday between the dual times allotted to the week-end competition.

13.1.3.    On any day when a 'mixed' stroke play competition follows or proceeds another ‘non-mixed’  competition, practice will be permitted, during the first competition, on the competition course by those participating in the first competition prior to competing in the 2nd  competition  In essence this means a player can participate in a ‘mixed’ and ‘non-mixed’ Competition on the same day.

14.   WINTER RULES (additional to Local rules):

14.1.         Placing on fairways only: A ball may be lifted, cleaned and placed within 6 inches (not nearer the hole) in any closely mown area through the green i.e. fairways, tees, paths through rough. A ball should be marked before lifting and replacing.

14.2.         Lift clean & drop in the rough: A ball may be lifted, cleaned and dropped within 12 inches, not nearer the hole. A ball must be marked before lifting and dropping.

14.3.         Embedded ball & pole forked holes on greens: A ball embedded in its own pitch mark through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped without penalty, as near as possible not nearer the hole and not in a hazard.  On the green, if a ball rests in a pole forked hole, it may be moved and placed in the nearest position, which affords relief, not nearer the hole.

14.4.         Winter greens: (when not in play): Winter greens are to be regarded as ground under repair from which play is prohibited.  Refer to local rules for dropping position.

14.5.         Winter mats: When winter mats are in play the player must stand on and play the ball within the area of the mat. Failure to play from within the mat area as above will result in penalties or disqualification