Notes to Members

  1. Competition Rules
    1. The Rules of Golf as set down by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, along with local Club Rules, apply to all competitions. All members are obliged to familiarise themselves with these Rules. Before playing in any competition, members are required to pay their entry fee and in all singles competitions they must swipe into the computer.
    2. Players are asked to be ready to play at least 10 minutes prior to their tee time.
    3. Competitors must commence play from the designated first tee, unless authorised by the Competitions Committee. Players in a competition have priority over players who are not playing in a competition. It is the responsibility of players to be aware of competition type, course in play and Local Rules displayed on club notice boards.
    4. Players are not allowed play outside the times stipulated on the timesheets, without prior permission of the Competitions Committee.
    5. On completion of play, players are obliged to return their card, appropriately signed and with correct handicaps (Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Playing Handicap) identified, to the competitions box. All scores (Single & Team) must be entered into the computer and the card returned as soon as possible after the round, whether the round is completed or not. Failure to return scorecards impacts on the PCC calculation for a competition and therefore affects all players’ handicap adjustments. In addition, it results in significant additional work for committee members.
    6. Failure to enter a score in the computer for a singles competition will, in the first instance, result in a warning being issued to a competitor. In the case of a second offence the competitor will be ineligible to compete in the Club’s next members singles competition (excluding open competitions). In the case of a third or subsequent offence, the competitor will be ineligible to compete in the Club’s next two members singles competitions.
    7. Non-Returns in Qualifying Singles Competitions. WHS recommendations in regard to NRs will be enforced.
    8. If for a genuine and unforeseen reason a player has to terminate a round early the player should submit a written explanation to the Handicap Secretary within three days with an email to being the preferred option. Brief excuses written on scorecards are not acceptable.
    9. For Major Events, such as Captain’s Prize, Lady Captain’s Prize and President’s Prize, Timesheets will be available two weeks prior.
    10. Entry to all competitions, unless stated is through the BRS booking system. It is important that members acquaint themselves fully with the system and keep their purse topped up so that they can book tee times. A player may book themselves and two others in singles competitions or three others in team events. Those booked may include guests, for the appropriate fee, depending on the competition type, open or invitation.
    11. In fourball competitions, when only 3 players are on the timesheet and no other player is available, they may play as a three ball. In such cases, the person with the lowest handicap partners the other two players in 2 two balls.
    12. In fourball competitions, where no opposition exists on the timesheet, 2 players may compete and submit a card.
    13. Eligibility to win:
      1. In order to win the Captain’s Prize or President’s Prize a member is required to be a full Ordinary member and completed the previous year as one of the following: Ordinary member, 5-day member, Introductory member, student member or intermediate member. Persons not eligible to win the main prize may win any other prize on the day.
      2. For other Singles Competitions (excluding opens), a person eligible to play who has joined in the current calendar year is eligible to win first prize provided they have submitted 5 cards from qualifying competitions played at Donabate Golf Club. All players not eligible, by virtue of the fact of not having sufficient qualifying cards, may win another prize in these competitions. Note: See rules for Junior Members below.
      3. Guests of Members appropriately signed into a competition may win any prize in Invitational Competitions.
  2. Etiquette: All Members should be familiar with Rule 1 of the Rules of Golf which sets out the conduct expected of all players. This rule should be observed at all times.
  3. The Committee reserves the right –
    1. to correct any mistakes in the checking of cards
    2. to alter a competition or rules if it is deemed necessary
    3. to cancel a competition due to insufficient entries or to postpone or abandon it in any circumstances or at any stage of the competition if the Committee so decides.
  4. Handicapping Rules
    The World Handicapping System applies to all players. Copies of these booklets are available from the Competitions offices. Members should familiarise themselves with the system.
  5. Handicap Allowances
    1. For Match-play Competitions please refer to the Match-play section of the website (
    2. For Stroke-play (including Strokes, Par and Stableford competitions)
      1. Singles – 95% of Course Handicap
      2. Fourball (better ball) Stableford/Strokes – Each partner receives 85% of their course handicap
      3. Fourball (better ball) V-Par – Each partner receives 90% of their course handicap
      4. Foursomes – Half the combined course handicap of partners.
  6. Honorary Members
    While all Honorary Members may enjoy the courtesy of the Course and Clubhouse only Honorary Members who were former Ordinary or Lady Members of the Club may compete in Club Competitions.
  7. Reserved Playing Times For Men
    The reserved time for Men’s Competitions is on Wednesday from 8am to 6pm and on Sundays from 8.30am to 10am and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  8. Students and Intermediate Members
    1. In men’s competitions Students and Intermediate members have the same rights and privileges as an Ordinary (Full) Member, except where outlined above (see note M – Eligibility to win). Male student members playing in official Club competitions must play off a maximum handicap of 18.
    2. In Ladies’ Competitions Student and Intermediate members may play in Ladies’ Competitions on Tuesdays and Sundays. They are eligible to play in the Majors but not win the main prize. They are also eligible for G.O.T.Y., the Challenge Cup, Ferguson Cups, the Club Mixed Foursomes match-play and to represent the Club in inter-club Matches.
  9. Junior Members
    Male Junior members may compete in members competitions on the following basis:

    1. Singles competitions: Unless the Committee decides otherwise, Class 1 Junior members (18 handicap or lower) and Junior members over 16 years of age may play in all singles competitions except in Majors – (Captain’s, President’s, Vice-Captain and Past Captains’ prizes and in singles Qualifiers). A junior member cannot win in singles events – a prize intended for the adult members. Where a score returned by the junior is a prize winning score he shall be awarded a special prize. This does not apply to turkey or vouchers.
    2. Open and Invitation Competitions: – Class 1 Junior members and Junior members over 16 years of age may compete in all invitational, open and semi-open events.
    3. Father and Son Match-play: – All Junior members are permitted to compete in this competition, max handicap for juniors is 28.
    4. All Junior members and junior visitors Class 1, must indicate they are juniors on returned scorecards.
    5. Junior Girls 8 – 20 years: Juniors with an official handicap may play in ladies’ competitions on Tuesday and Saturday. They may enter the Ferguson Cup, Challenge Cup or Club Mixed Foursomes Match-play. They are eligible to play in Majors but not win the main prize.
  10. Dress Code
    Neat dress is mandatory at all times. The wearing of denim jeans by members or visitors is permitted in the Clubhouse but not on the course at any time. It is prohibited to wear singlets, collarless shirts and shorts (except tailored) on the course or in the club house. Trousers tucked in socks not permitted at any time. The wearing of golf shoes, hats, caps, overcoats and anoraks etc. is strictly forbidden in the Bar and Dining Room.
  11. Visitors
    Members should ensure that the appropriate green fees are paid for their visitors before commencing play. Members who invite visitors to the Clubhouse must ensure they are signed into the visitors’ book.
  12. Visitors in Open Competitions
    Visitors to Donabate Golf Club who wish to play in Open Competitions must use their GUI swipe card, to enter. For overseas players an up-to-date handicap certificate will suffice. Juniors must have an 18 or under official handicap and acquaint themselves with rules pertaining to juniors (see rule 9 above).
  13. Presentation of Prizes: Men’s Club
    Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize and Fundraiser Prizes will be presented on the day of the competition unless indicated beforehand. All other prizes will be presented, where possible, on the second Sunday of every month. Prize winners and sponsors will be notified in advance.
  14. Presentation: Ladies
    Presentation will take place every second Sunday at 7.15pm in the Summer (restrictions permitting). The presentation date will be indicated on the winners’ sheet in the Ladies Locker Room
  15. Prize Donors
    The President (Paul Flood), Captain (Peter Brown) and Lady Captain (Mary White) would like to thank all sponsors and members for their generous sponsorship of this year’s competitions