Thanks for selecting Outback Golf Society to enjoy regular daily golf in a slightly competitive format. We hope this guide will help you to understand the local rules and procedures for joining our daily competitions.
Section A: Tournament Format and Procedures
1.1. Visiting and New Members: All players will be registered in the Birdie Handicap system that we use for our society tournaments. Members joining us with valid overseas handicaps will be given a starting handicap equal to their foreign handicap. This starting handicap will count as 5 scores in the Birdie system, giving them a valid handicap. From there, the normal USGA rules of handicap determination take place, with these 5 starting scores included. This does mean that new players joining us will immediately be cut if they enter better scores than their starting handicap, but it also means that a lot of “bad rounds” will have to be played before the players handicap starts moving up. This system is specifically designed to protect our regular golfers from visitors playing far better than handicap for the short period that they visit us.
1.2. Maximum: The maximum handicap index and playing handicap for this club competition will be 36. Any player with a higher slope handicap than 36 will be assessed as a 36-playing handicap.
1.3. Handicap Indexes: Each player is responsible for ensuring that the organizer is given the correct and most recent handicap index information. The tournament organizer will facilitate players by collecting their hcp indexes ahead of time, working out the correct playing handicap etc, but under Rule 6-2b/3.5, the onus remains ultimately on the player to indicate the correct handicap index. Should a player’s handicap index differ from that provided by the tournament organizer on the competition day, the onus is on the player to provide the correct handicap index.
1.4. Playing Handicap: Slope rating adjustments will be made as appropriate for players who’s indexes are based on a Slope handicap system like USGA or GA. This means that most players will gain between 1 and 4 shots depending on their handicap index and difficulty of the course and tee box and when using a USGA handicap system like Birdie or PSC, this is the correct method and gives higher handicappers a farer chance in competing against lower handicappers (who are more consistent in their scoring).
2. Competition Format: Unless otherwise stated in the competition format, Stableford points will be calculated for each hole in the competition and the players with the most stableford points will be declared the winner. Strokeplay rules are to be used at all times, no gimmies etc. To speed up play, players should pick up their ball and proceed to the next hole where stableford points cannot be accumulated (net double bogies or worse).
3. Scorecard procedures:
3.1. All Players must exchange cards. Cards must be properly completed using the first line for Gross Scores and the second line for Stableford Points. The Marker should record his own ‘scores’ on the player’s card in a manner that is clearly distinguishable from the player’s scores. Gross hole scores are used by the tournament organizer to determine stableford points. Our standard policy is to regard all scores where Stableford points cannot be scored as a net double bogey for handicap purposes on hole by hole entry, and holes where stableford points cannot be scored must be marked with a “X”, “/”, “-“ instead of a gross score. Our computer program automatically convert these to net double bogey scores which ensures that the adjusted gross scores and Stableford points always match up. Be aware that incorrect gross hole scores may lead to disqualification even if stableford points are correct!
3.2. Cards must be signed by the Player AND the Marker, and Caddies may not be used to mark a card. Members of the same family should not mark each other’s cards and friends should avoid repeatedly marking each other’s cards.
3.3. Although useful, players are not responsible for allocating correct stableford points nor for the correct addition of stableford points. This task is the responsibility of the organizer as per competition regulations.
4. Competition Formalities: After each day’s play, it is the Players responsibility to hand in scorecards to the Organizer as soon as possible every day, and preferably whilst still at the course by a designated player collecting the cards. Cards handed in later than this, may not be accepted, and such players may be assessed as not having scored on the day.
5. Prize Presentations: There is a short prize presentation held at Retox Outback after every day’s competition round, usually before 4pm depending on the tee time. Players that are physically there at the time of the presentation, receive prize money in cash, otherwise it is kept as vouchers for later use by the player at the bar or golfshop.
6. Prizes: Every player in the tournament contributes Thb 200 to the competition pot for the day. Non subscribed members contribute Thb 50 extra as an admin fee. Prizes are awarded in cash or vouchers according to the following table:
Section B: Tournament Local Rules
1. The USGA RULES of GOLF, including Definitions, Decisions, Etiquette and Rules on Amateur Status apply at all times, supplemented by TOURNAMENT LOCAL RULES and Golf Club Local Rules. In the event of conflict between TOURNAMENT LOCAL RULES and Golf Club Local Rules, TOURNAMENT LOCAL RULES shall prevail.
It is the Players responsibility to know and be aware of all the above.
2. The SPIRIT of the GAME of GOLF: All players should conduct themselves in disciplined manner demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times. Players should always show consideration for other players on the course and should not disturb their play by moving, talking or making any unnecessary noise. Players should not stand close to or directly behind the ball or directly behind the hole, when a player is about to play. Caddies should be encouraged to be similarly aware.
SLOW PLAY: If a group loses more than one clear hole on the players in front, they should invite the following group to play through. Caddies should be encouraged NOT to ‘mark’ balls on the green until requested to do so.
4. Golf Club LOCAL RULES as laid down by the Golf Club are usually posted in the club house or on the scorecard.
5. DROP ZONES – Drop Zones will NOT be used.
6. CALL HOLES: there shall be no calling up of players or groups during a competition except when other players or members not participating in the competition request this courtesy.
7. FLOWER BEDS: Check Golf Club Local Rules.
8. RED ANTS: Relief may be taken from red ants if they constitute a ‘Dangerous Situation’ (Rule 1-4/10), but agreement must be obtained from a marker or a fellow competitor. A player may NOT obtain relief if INTERFERENCE by anything other than the ‘Dangerous Situation’ makes the stroke impracticable. In that case, the only option is to proceed under the ‘Unplayable’ Rule. Ants attacking in groups near a nest is deemed as a Dangerous Situation under this definition.
9. OBSTRUCTIONS: Relief must be taken from STAKED TREES and YOUNG TREES (not bushes) less than two metres in height. They are to be treated as Immovable Obstructions.
YARDAGE MARKERS – All manmade yardage markers should to be treated as Immovable Obstructions.
11. A CONCRETE DITCH (not marked as a water hazard) should be treated as an Immovable Obstruction.
12. STONES in bunkers should be treated as Movable Obstructions.
13. ABNORMAL GROUND CONDITIONS: It can be difficult for all areas of GUR to be properly marked, if the ground conditions appear to be GUR, then it should be treated as GUR subject to the agreement of a marker or fellow competitor.
14. EDGING GROOVES around the fringes of Greens may be treated as GUR.
15. EMBEDDED BALL: A ball embedded in its own pitch mark, through the green, may be Lifted, Cleaned and Dropped without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay.
16. WASHED OUT AREAS and damage caused by excessive drainage of flood waters may be treated as GUR. If applicable in a BUNKER, the ball must be dropped in the same bunker.
17. When GOLF CARTS are NOT allowed on fairways and wet conditions prevail, a player may Lift, Clean and Place the ball ONLY on FAIRWAYS and on GRASS cut to fairway height or lower. The ball must be marked and replaced within six inches of where it lay. For avoidance of doubt since carts are not allowed on some courses by default, this rule only applies if specifically announced by the organizer at the start of play, otherwise play the ball as it lies.
18. The Tournament Organiser may, should the Golf Course conditions merit it, apply additional rules on the day. Example:- Lift, Clean and Drop Through the Green. By default, if nothing is announced prior to the day’s competition start, all balls should be played as is.
19. WATER HAZARDS: If hazards are unmarked or insufficiently marked, the line defining the margin of the hazard is where the ground breaks down to form the depression. If a water hazard is completely unmarked it should be treated as a Lateral Water Hazard. Exceptions:- Unmarked Concrete Ditches should be treated as Immovable Obstructions.
20. MEASURING DEVICES: In all tournaments a player may obtain distance information by using a device function that measures DISTANCE ONLY, provided that it does not unnecessarily disrupt the pace of play.