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Our Tournament Rules


Some Rules for both Tournaments


Some of our Rules are common for both tournaments and these appear below. For anything NOT covered, please scroll down to the particular Tournament Rules.

 Please be aware of the new Rules introduced by the R&A at the start of 2019. Your Club should have publicised these but you should make yourself fully aware of the changes as they can affect your score. Some of the new Rules work to your advantage. We have also made a couple of changes to our Rules so you should read the following very carefully. Once a match has been completed and signed-off there can be no changes made to the outcome.


Visitors' Green Fees


We hope (and find in about 98% of cases) that courtesy is offered to visiting players. However, when this is not available we have a ruling that the visitors' green fees shall be shared 50-50 with the home team (or Pair). Thus if, for example, the visitor-with-Member green fee is £30 the home player would pay £15 and the visiting player would pay £15.


Age & Handicap Limits


AGE LIMIT is 55 at 31 March 2019. All players must be registered members of their Golf Club (though in the Pairs both players do not need to belong to the same Club - see below). HANDICAP maximum is 18 - all handicaps must be "active." Visiting players will be given ONE extra stroke. This is calculated AFTER any handicap difference is adjusted. This will not apply in the semi-final or final as these are played on neutral territory. However, if any Pair or team in the semi-final or final is from the host course the one-stroke rule will apply for visiting players.


Distance-Measuring Devices


Distance-measuring devices ARE allowed in all tournaments but only DMDs that calculate distance will be permitted. Those providing other information, such as wind speed, temperature and elevation, will NOT be allowed. Any player found using such a DMD will be in breach of Rule 4-3a (1) for which the penalty is disqualification, regardless of whether any such additional function is actually used.


General Rules


All other rules are those of the R&A. In the event of play being suspended due to adverse conditions the state of play should be carefully noted and the matches restarted from the same position. If no further play is possible on that day and it is necessary for the visiting team or Pair to return on a different date play will resume from the tee of the hole on which play was suspended. Golf carts are permitted, though discouraged unless absolutely necessary. Caddies are allowed though no professional golfer may caddy for any player. Preferred lies have been authorised to be used in England between October 1st and April 30th - any matches played in England during that time will use preferred lies. Any matter requiring a ruling from the Organiser should be emailed as soon as possible. His decision is final.


Arranging your Match


The draw for each round will be notified by email as soon as it is made and will appear on this website at the same time. Home Pairs/teams MUST contact their opponents ASAP to get the match arranged. If you are the away Pair/team, and have not heard from your opponent within 48 hours, get in touch with them. It takes two to tango ! If you cannot play the match within the time-limit specified for each round you should withdraw from the competition and allow your opponents to proceed to the next round. If you have a major problem fixing a date get in touch with the Organiser as soon as possible. Where a reasonable extension can be given it will be. We want you to play matches and enjoy the tournament. The winning team/Pair must email the result to the Organiser asap after the match.


National Seniors Club Classic


The competition is played between two teams of four players, with individual head-to-head singles matchplay. Matches should not be played as fourballs unless the home Club demands this to minimise tee-times. If that does happen there should be no help given by one member of a Club to another during the match. FULL Handicap difference is used - please see the Rule (above) concerning visiting players' extra stroke. Play is in handicap order with the highest handicaps playing first. In the event of the matches being tied at 2-2 the two lowest handicap players (who will be playing one another) continue on a sudden-death basis.

The home team Captain should notify his guests of the holes to be used for a play-off BEFORE the matches begin. But it is also the shared responsibility of the away team to verify which holes will be used - BEFORE the match begins.

The tees to be used are those designated by the home Club Committee for competition play on that day for seniors.

Each Club entering the tournament may nominate up to seven players in the squad for the season. If one member of that squad who has not played a match needs to drop out for any reason, another Club Member may be substituted, but no team may use more than seven different players in one season.

No player may play for more than one team in each season - thus, if a Club enters two or more teams any player who plays for team A cannot then play for team B, or vice-versa. All players must be Members of the Club, though one (and only one) member of the squad may be a Member of a different Club.

Entry fee is £43 per team.


National Seniors Pairs Championship


The competition is played between two Pairs, in fourball matchplay. It is NOT a requirement of the Competition that both players should be Members of the same Club, though they need to choose which Club will be the "home" Club for the season and at which all home games must be played. One named reserve will be allowed in this tournament so if one player is unable to play for any reason, the reserve will play. In the event of the match being tied after 18 holes the players continue on a sudden-death basis.

The home Pair should notify their guests of the holes to be used for a play-off before the match begins but it is also the responsibility of the away Pair to ask which oles should be used if that information is not forthcoming. You must both take responsibility.

The tees to be used are those designated by the home Club Committee for competition play on that day for seniors.

In accordance with the new handicap allowances introduced in 2016, 90% difference is used in this tournament - the back marker conceding strokes based on 90% of the full handicap of the other three players.

Please see the Rule regarding visiting players' extra stroke (above). Entry fee is £27 per pair.


Ladies & Mixed Teams/Pairs

Questions have been asked recently regarding the entrance of Ladies into our tournaments. Ladies are welcome to enter and will play from the Ladies' tees and use their own card for SI and par. 

There is a very handy and easy-to-use calculator on GolfEngland website - go to the page: - go to the 2-tee Calculator on the bottom left of that page, type in the different SSS and Par and you will find the difference to be applied. If the Lady is a visiting player the extra shot for visiting players is applied after the full difference in handicaps (Seniors Club Classic) or 90% difference (Pairs) and then the visitor's shot is calculated.