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 18 hole singles competitions they must swipe into the computer. The attention of members is directed, in particular to Rule 6 (Player’s Responsibilities).
    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. For team events and fourball – On completion of play, players are obliged to return their card, signed by marker and one competitor with correct handicaps to the competitions box.
    6. Unless in the exceptional case that the computer is out of order, singles scores 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 CSS calculation for a competition and therefore affects all players’ handicap adjustments. In addition, it results in significant additional work for committee members.
    7. Failure to enter a score in the computer for a Club 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.
    8. Non-Returns in Qualifying Singles Competitions. The CONGU UHS recommendations in regard to NRs will be enforced. These can be viewed online.
    9. The 0.1 increase to handicaps will not apply if a player fails to submit a completed scorecard or play less than 18 holes. Reasons such as inclement weather or fellow competitors abandoning a member during a round will not be accepted. When a group decides to leave the course during a round they forfeit their entitlement to the 0.1 increase in handicap. If for a genuine and unforeseen reason a player has to terminate a round early he 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. If the Handicap Committee subsequently accepts the reason for a Non-Return or Partial-Return, the 0.1 increase to a player’s handicap will then be processed.
    10. For Major Events, such as Captain’s Prize, President’s Prize etc. timesheets will be available two weeks prior.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. In fourball competitions, where no opposition exists on the timesheet, players may present a card signed by both.
    14. Eligibility to win the Captain’s or President’s prize require a member 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 may win any other prize on the day.
  2. Etiquette: All Members should be familiar with Section 1 of the Rules of Golf booklet which set the rules etiquette under the headings “Courtesy on the Course”, “Priority on the Course” and “Care of the Course”. These etiquette rules 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 CONGU Unified Handicapping System 2016-2019 applies to Men and Ladies. Copies of these booklets are available from the Competitions offices. Members should familiarise themselves with the system and give particular attention to Clause 8 (Responsibility of the player).
  5. Handicap Allowances
    Handicapping allowances are governed by Appendix F of the CONGU Unified Handicapping System 2016-2019. The allowances may be summarised as follows :-

    1. Match play allowances
      1. Singles – The full difference between the handicaps of the player
      2. Foursomes – Half the difference between combined handicaps of each side
      3. Fourball (better ball) – Back marker concedes strokes to the other 3 players based on 90% of the difference between the full handicap.
    2. Strokeplay allowances (including Strokes, Par and Stableford competitions)
      1. Singles – Full handicap.
      2. Foursomes – Half the combined handicap of partners.
      3. Fourball (better ball) – Each partner receives 90% of full handicap
    3. Scotch Foursomes – Lower handicap x 0.6 plus higher handicap x 0.4
      Note: Half strokes or over to be counted as one; smaller fractions to be disregarded except in Foursomes Strokeplay when ½ strokes are counted as such.
  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 8.00am to 6.00pm and on Sundays from 8.30am to 10.00am and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
  8. Students and Intermediate Members
    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 and Ferguson Cups and the Club Foursomes matchplay and to represent the Club in inter-club Matches. In men’s competitions Students and Intermediate members have the same rights and privileges as an Ordinary (Full) Member, except –

    1. in the President’s Prize and Captain’s Prize,
    2. in the Officers’ Prizes where they may play but cannot win the main prize except Intermediate members,
    3. male students members playing in official Club competitions must play off a maximum handicap of 18.
  9. Junior Members
    Male Junior members may compete in members competitions under the following conditions:

    1. Confined Competitions: Singles: 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 Matchplay: All Junior members in this competition max handicap for juniors 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 or Club Foursomes Matchplay. 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 in 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 almost every second Sunday at 7.15 in the Summer. The presentation date will be indicated on the winners sheet in the Ladies Locker Room
  15. Prize Donors
    The President (Paul Flood), Captain (Brian Mullen) and Lady Captain (Mary Tobin) would like to thank all sponsors and members for their generous sponsorship of this year’s competitions.