Rules for Local Competitions

The Rules of Golf as published from time to time, made, altered and applied by R&A Rules Limited, will be the Rules of Play in conjunction with Local Rules established and adopted by the Committee. 

Any members found in serious breach of these rules will render themselves liable to disciplinary action in accordance with clause 7 of the Constitution. 

Members entering a competition must have a current handicap at the closing date for entries of that competition. 

In competitions, ties take priority over other matches where there is no Starting sheet in operation. 

 Completion dates for each round of all competitions will be clearly shown on the draw sheet. 

 Rules of Challenge: 

  • The first named person in each tie is the challenger. 
  • Within 7 days of the start of the round, the challenger should offer 3 dates, one of which must include a Saturday/Sunday, the first and the last date being no less than 10 days apart. If none of the dates is accepted by the challenged, the challenger will go through to the next round.  
  • Failure to challenge at least 10 days before the closing date of the rounds will result in the challenger being scratched from the competition and the challenged going through to the next round.  
  • The loser of the tie should enter the result on the draw sheet immediately after the completion of the tie. 

Starting times as per the starting sheet for competitors must be strictly adhered to unless at the discretion of the Committee of the Professional. 

Failure to attend for competition without notification may result in a written warning and finally it may result in disqualification from ALL events under the auspices of the Ladybank Golf Club. 

In the event of a tie being abandoned because of bad light or of a match finishing all square, the competitors may agree between themselves how to continue: 

  • In the first case either return at a later date and carry on from the point where they left off or to start afresh from the first tee. 
  • In the second case either to play sudden death in which case strokes are given at the same holes as before or to start afresh from the first tee playing a full round or as many holes as are required to come to a result.  
  • Failing an agreement the decision of The Match and Handicap Committee will be final. 
  • No extensions will be given for the replay of a tied or delayed match. 

The combining of stroke and match play is not permitted. 

All disputes shall in the first instance be referred to the General Manager and if not resolved shall be referred to Match and Handicap whose decision shall be final. All disputes re Ladies competitions must be referred to Ladies Committee. 

No returns must be recorded by competitors as if entering a score. Alterations must be initialised on the scorecard and handicaps MUST be shown. Persistent failure to follow these rules will result in suspension from competitions. 

All ties MUST start at the first tee unless otherwise approved by the Committee or Professional. 

Only members entitled to play the links are entitled to enter competitions. JUNIORS ON OBTAINING A HANDICAP OF 12 WILL BE ALLOWED TO PLAY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MATCH AND HANDICAP COMMITTEE AND THEY MUST APPLY IN WRITING FOR APPROVAL PRIOR TO ENTERTING COMPETITIONS. 

Competition cards cannot be signed by a non-member of the club (except for Invitation and Open comps) and a junior may only sign the card if he is eligible to play in the competition. Ladies rules permit a non-member of the Club to sign cards provided they are an annual playing member of a recognised golf club and have, or have had a LGU handicap. 

Competitors who are late for their tee time will be disqualified from the competition. 

If for any reason it is necessary to stop play during a competition, this will be signalled by THREE loud blasts of a fog horn. Players should mark their golf balls and stop play. If after a reasonable time the course is still deemed unplayable, the competition will be abandoned. The decision of the Match and Handicap Committee will be final. ALL decisions for Ladies competitions following the use of the foghorn remain with the Ladies Committee 

Transportation – the specimen condition in the Rules of Golf is in effect – see page 142. 

Practice chipping on or near the walk off area behind the 18th green/1st tee is prohibited. 

Members are reminded to read the notices regarding the rules and regulations for entering competitions.

Tee Reservations

Monday – Friday: Members may book all times up to one week in advance. 

Weekends: All times may be booked up to one in advance, the exception being balloted competitions when spare times can be taken by non-competitors after the draw is made on Thursday. 

No four-balls are allowed prior to 3pm on Gents competition days at weekends. When Ladies have competitions on Mondays, Saturdays or Sundays (except winter) no four-balls are allowed 15 minutes before or during the relevant starting times. 

Visitors 

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 12.00 noon & 1.15pm – 4.00pm 

Weekends at the discretion of The General Manager and Professional.
 

Any member or Visitor arriving late for their starting time will forfeit their time. 

 Competition Start Sheets 

i) No member may book more than one tee time. 

ii) No member may enter more than 3 names. 

Balloted Competitions – Late entries may only be requested on the day of the competition and the Professional will allocate individual requests in the following priority: (a) randomly fill gaps by withdrawals or (b) randomly increase matches of 2 players to three players.  

Members booking times and failing to turn up without warning will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Members who have booked times should in order to help continuity of play be READY TO PLAY 5 minutes prior to their due time.

National Handicapping Scheme

Members are requested to acquaint themselves with their obligations under this scheme. A copy of the Standard Scratch score and Handicapping Scheme is available from Match & Handicap. 

IMPORTANT: PLAYERS ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO RETURN AWAY SCORES – FAILURE TO REPORT AWAY SCORES (including no returns) IS LIKELY TO RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF THEIR HANDICAP. 

NB. All rules for Ladies handicaps are posted on the Ladies Notice Board.

Alteration of Handicaps

Alterations of handicaps will be posted after each competition. Increase and decrease are effective immediately.
HOWEVER players are reminded that if they have returned a score with a net differential of less than zero, they must, before competing in another competition, reduce their handicap either by using the CSS (if known) or the SSS of the course. 

Aware scores will be updated weekly prior to a Saturday competition BUT PLEASE NOTE point 1 above.

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