rules of the game of golf, with such additions or modifications necessary
for local requirements, shall be those adopted from time to time by the
Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
Members must pay competition fees and have their names entered on
competition sheets before commencing play.
Handicaps range from 1 to 36 for men (‘A Grade 0-18, B Grade 19-36).
However, GA handicaps are limited to a maximum of 27.4 for monthly medal
competitions and other V.G.L. events.
Ladies handicaps range from 1 to 45, with a maximum of 45 for monthly medal
Scores must be legibly recorded by the marker who must be a fellow
competitor holding an Australian handicap and each player is responsible for
the return of his own card. All cards must be returned.
Scorecards must be returned immediately on completion of the round. They
need to be signed by the marker and countersigned by the player. Cards must
also show the correct date, event played and current handicap.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification.
However, the score returned will be eligible for handicap purposes.
Should any dispute arise on the day of an event, presentation of trophies,
including the declaration of the winner(s), will be held over until a
meeting of the Match Committee can be arranged to settle the dispute.
Behaviour deemed to be unacceptable and unseemly language occurring on the
course and reported to the Match Committee shall be subject to censure and
such disciplinary measures as may be appropriate.
Note: Local rules are usually shown on the scorecard, however if the print
of cards currently in use does not show them, members are still obligated to
be fully aware of them and may carry a separate copy of the local rules if
convenient. Additional local rules will be posted on the notice board.
TIES IN EVENTS
Major events are to be decided by a play off over 18 holes except for the
teams of three event. If there are any ties in this event, additional
trophies will be awarded.
which end in a tie will be decided by a count-back using the following
Golf Australia recommendation:
1. The best score over the last nine holes, or last 6 holes for a 12-hole
2. Should there still be a tie, the best score over the last six holes,
and if still tied, the last three holes.
3. Should there still be a tie, the count-back will then be made hole by
hole from the last hole in the competition.
STROKE EVENT OR MEDAL
The number of strokes taken at each hole is entered on the card and the
card totalled for each nine holes and for the full eighteen holes. The
player’s full handicap is deducted and the nett score is shown on the
card. The player with the lowest nett score is the winner.
As of the 23rd January 2014, the scorecards for stroke rounds will
need to fill with the stroke scores and the stableford scores as part of
the Stableford Handicap Adjustment section of the new Golf Australia
This event is played as for a stroke round. Players have finished their
round when they have completed a number of strokes equal to the par of
the course (as shown on the scorecard) plus their stroke handicap. The
player who carries the flag the longest distance from the first tee is
the winner. Normally this position is somewhere beyond the eighteenth
green. If the ball is in the rough, the flag should be planted on the
edge of the fairway no nearer the hole. If men’s and ladles’ events are
run consecutively, two different flags are used.
INDIVIDUAL MATCH PLAY
In match play the game is played by holes, rather than by calculating the
total number of strokes. A player who holes his or her ball in the least
number of strokes wins a hole. The hole is said to be halved if both
players complete the hole in the same score. The terms used are holes up,
‘all square’ and so many ‘holes to play’. A player is ‘dormie’ when there
are as many holes up as there are holes remaining to be played. The match
is won by the player who is leading by a number of holes greater than the
number of holes remaining. The V.G.L. Pennant and the Knockout
Competitions are an example.
In a handicap match, the lower nett score wins the hole. The handicapping
system in match play is based on the difference between the players’
stroke handicaps, so that a player on a handicap of 10 would have to give
an 18 handicapper eight strokes. These strokes would be allocated on the
holes numbered 1 to 8 on the V.G.L. Match Play Index. Where there is more
than eighteen strokes difference between handicaps, players receive two
strokes per hole where applicable, using the same Index. The Club’s
knockout competition is an example.
Match play has its own set of rules which is incorporated In the Rules of
Golf. It is advisable for players to be familiar with these rules, as
some of them differ from the rules covering stroke play.
The stableford competition involves scoring points based on results at
each hole. Using the index for each hole, players allocate their full
handicap over eighteen holes.
For example, a player on a handicap of 18 will add one shot to the par
value for each hole to determine their own par for the hole. Thus, a hole
rated as a par 4 becomes a par 5 for the player.
The points scoring method is calculated by allocating two points for a
par, one point for one over, three points for one under, four points for
two under, etc. Players who exceed their own par by two strokes score no
points for the hole, so since they cannot improve on the result, they
should pick up their ball.
At the end of a round, all points scored are added for each nine holes,
and totalled for eighteen holes. The player with most points is the
winner. The number of strokes must always be shown for holes where points
The example below shows that Anthony playing off
16 would get a shot on mosts holes except the 17th and 18th hardest
holes. Sylvia, playing of 32, would get 2 shots on the toughest 14 holes
and then one shot on the remaining four holes.
FOUR BALL AGGREGATE
This competition is played with a partner using the stableford scoring
system. Individual full handicaps are applied to each player and the
number of points scored by both players is totalled. The team with the
highest number of points is the winner. Both strokes and points should be
shown on the holes where points are scored. This event can be played as a
mixed, men’s or ladies’ competition. Ladies use their own tees and
This novelty event is played in teams of 2, 3 or 4. Each team member
plays each hole as for normal stableford but their points are multiplied
to get a team result for that hole. Keep in mind that any number
multiplied by zero results in zero.
PINK BALL STABLEFORD
This novelty event is played in teams of three, each player plays their
own ball and one team member plays the pink ball. In the aggregate format
the pink ball score is added / or multiplied with the better score of the
other two balls counted for each hole. Each team member has 6 holes each
where they are to play the pink ball, maybe in turns of three or six hole
at a time holes each.
The highest aggregate score and the highest team pink score would take
the win. If you lose the pink ball, zero score for the hole.
THREE CLUB EVENT
Novelty event. Players carry a maximum of 3 cubs in lieu of 14. Players
make their own selection before the round begins. No other clubs may be
This event is a variation of the Individual Stableford competition, where
players allocate their full handicap to each hole however they like. It
is not necessary to allocate your handicap before the event, as this is
normally done on a hole-by-hole basis. In some Bisque competitions,
players will determine their handicap stroke allocation for a hole prior
to playing that hole (and mark that allocation on the score card at that
time). The allocation of handicap strokes will obviously cease once the
player’s full handicap has been used. The game is then played as an
Individual Stableford competition, and scored in the same fashion.
This event is a variation of the Individual Stableford competition, This
points scale encourages aggressive play, since the reward for scoring
under par is higher than the penalty for scoring over par.
Points - Albatross
Points - Eagle
Points - Birdie
Points - Par
-1 Points - Bogey
-3 Points - Double Bogey or Worse
As explained for Individual stableford, players determine their own par
for each hole. If players beat their par, they score a + (plus) for the
hole. If the players equal their own par, they are said to have halved or
squared the hole which is scored with a (nought) 0. If par is not
achieved, a - (minus) sign is recorded.
At the end of each nine holes and at the end of the round, the score is
calculated by deducting the number of minuses from the number of pluses.
Halved holes are not taken into account. An even number of pluses and
minuses cancel each other out, the result is then an even ‘0’. The player
with the highest result is the winner.
The number of strokes must always be shown where the player has halved or
beaten par. Once a player cannot halve a hole, he/she should pick up the
FOUR BALL AGGREGATE
This competition is played with a partner using the par scoring system.
Individual full handicaps are used for each player and the number of wins
and losses by both players totalled. The team with the highest result is
the winner. Strokes must be shown where holes are won or halved. This
event can be played as a mixed, men’s or ladies competition. Ladies use
their own tees and scorecard conditions.
FOUR BALL BETTER BALL
- PAR or STABLEFORD
This competition is played with a partner using the par or stableford
scoring system. At the completion of each hole, the player with the best
score has it recorded. Once it is impossible for a player to better their
partner’s score, the ball must be picked up. The team scoring the highest
result is the winner. Strokes must be shown where holes are won or
halved. This event can be played as a mixed, men’s or ladies’
competition. Ladies use their own tees and scorecard conditions.
Foursomes is a stroke event played with a partner using only one ball.
The partners hit off from alternate tees as mutually agreed before
hitting off. Player A may select the odd numbered holes 1 to 17, which
leaves player B with the even holes. Once a player has teed off, the
partners strike the ball alternately until the hole is completed.
Therefore, if it is player A’s turn to hit off the tee, player B will hit
the second shot, player A the third. etc.
Note that if either player incus a penalty stroke, it does not alter the
rotation of play. This includes the playing of a provisional ball.
Foursomes can be played as a mixed, men’s or ladies competition. Ladies
play off their own tees. Scoring is the same as for a stroke round. The
team’s handicap is half the aggregate of both players’ handicaps. The
team with the lowest nett score is the winner.
Chapman’s Foursomes is a stroke round played with a partner. Both players
tee off at each hole, and then play a second shot with their partner’s
ball. The players mutually decide which ball is in the best position and
the other ball is picked up.
proceeds as for a foursomes competition. If player B hit the second shot
with the selected ball, player A hits the next shot and play alternates
until the hole is completed. The order of play is unaffected by penalty
Handicapping is half the aggregate handicaps of both partners. The team
with the lowest nett score is the winner.
This competition is played with one or more partners. Players nominate
the order in which they wish to play from the tee. All players drive off
and then select what they consider the best-positioned ball. The owner of
this ball plays first and as it lies. The other players place their balls
within one hand span of the spot where the selected ball lay and play
their shots, continuing the hit off order from the owner of the selected
ball.This process continues for each shot until the hole is completed.
For two players the handicaps are totalled and then divided by four.
Note for Pairs / 2
Ball Ambrose: Each player must contribute a minimum of
six drives to
the team score.
Note for 4 Ball
Each player must contribute a minimum of
three drives to
the team score.
This novelty stableford event is played in teams of 2, 3 or 4. Similar
to Ambrose where all players drive off and then select what they consider
the best-positioned ball where they play their next shot from. However
after the second shot is played the team member plays their ball until
into the hole and then scores individually. All team members scores are
totalled at the end.
This competition is based on the best stroke score over at least two
rounds. The eclectic score is the lowest score obtained at each hole
during the competition. These scores are then totalled for the full
eighteen holes for the gross score and subject to deduction of the full
player’s handicap as it stands on the last day of the competition for the
The players with the lowest gross and nett scores are the winners.
Entries in the Eclectic Book must be made on the day of play and must be
initialled by the marker or a committee member.
There are twelve putting competitions during the year. The members with
the least putts in the best eight of the twelve competitions are the
winners. There are men’s and ladies’ competitions. Only players
completing at least 8 such rounds are eligible.
This men’s competition is held in May The winner is the member over 65
years old with the best stableford score on the day.
The member with the highest percentage improvement in their handicap in
the year commencing from after King of the Mountain Is the winner. A
minimum of eight competition rounds at the club is required for
qualification for this award
The winner of the men’s competition is the member with the highest
aggregate points scored in nine stipulated rounds (3 stroke, 3
stableford, 3 par) as shown in the syllabus. Points are 25 for the best
score, then 20,17,15,14,13,12,11,10,9,8,7,6 and 5 for all others on each
This ladies’ competition is played on the same days as the President’s
Plate. Points are 20 for the best score, then 15, 10 and 5 for all others
on each day.
– White Markers – VGL Handicaps (Max 27.4)
There are ten Monthly Medal competitions: November and from February to
October, as shown in the syllabus. The men’s winners play in October in
the Medal of Medallists play off. The winner represents the Club in the
V.G.L. Medal of Medallists event.
TEAMS OF 3
– White Markers – VGL
Handicaps (Max 27.4)
This is a VGL sanctioned single day 36 hole stroke team event resulting
in 6 scorecards. The best 5 scorecards are used to determine the winning
team and representatives in the VGL Teams Event in July.
– White Markers – VGL Handicaps (Max 27.4)
This is a VGL sanctioned two week 36 hole stroke team event. Foursomes is
a stroke event played with a partner using only one ball. The partners
hit off from alternate tees as mutually agreed before hitting off. The
winning team and representatives in the VGL Foursomes Event in September.
– White Markers – VGL Handicaps (Max 27.4)
This is a VGL sanctioned three week 54 hole stroke event played in
October. There are multiple grades (A,B,C) which are determined by size
and handicap. As well as grades there is Open (Gross Stroke) and Nett
titles. The lowest gross score is winner of the Open and Grade events.
The Winner of the Open title will represent the club at the VGL Champion
of Champions event in November.
– White Markers –
This is a match play competition where half the field is knocked out on
each round until there is only one player left. If a match is square
after 18 holes, it is continued on a hole-by-hole basis until there is a
winner. Players’ handicaps, after completion of processing of the
qualifying event, shall be fixed for all rounds of the competition.
Eclectic results will also cease during the 4-week duration of the
KING OF THE HILLS
– White Markers – Normal Handicaps
This is a 27 hole stroke individual event. The KOTH Open and club
competition is played over the 27 holes and the best Gross and Nett
scores will receive trophies.
MURRAY WEEKEND EVENT
– White Markers – Normal Handicaps
This is a 36 hole stableford individual event played over two days on the
President’s and Captains Courses at the Tocumwal Golf Club during late
winter (July - August) The player with the best stableford score after
the two rounds will win the Ned Kelly Perpetual Trophy.
ETIQUETTE - SPIRIT OF
Unlike many games, golf is played for the most part without the
supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of
the individual to show consideration to other players and abide by the
Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner
demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of
how competitive they may be.
This is the spirit of the game of golf.
Safety is a paramount requirement when playing the game, please always
Players should not
play until players ahead are out of range.
Shout a warning
“FORE!” if your ball looks like it may hit someone.
Do not move, talk or
stand close to a player about to make a stroke.
Ensure mobile phones
and distracting devices are switched to silent during play.
Do not stand close to
or directly behind the ball or hole when a player is about to putt.
Do not cast a shadow
on the putting line or walk on a person’s intended putting line.
Wait for all players
to complete their putting before leaving the green.
Pace of Play
Always play without
delay and keep up with the group in front.
Play a provisional
ball if the ball in play may be difficult to find or lost.
When searching for a
ball, if it is apparent that it will not be easily found signal players
behind to play through.
If after 5 minutes of
searching and the ball cannot be found, declare the ball lost and proceed
Care of the Course
Repair all divot holes
and ball marks.
Before leaving a
bunker rake smooth any footprints and holes made during your stroke.
Replace the flagstick
after putting, ensure it stands straight.
Obey notices directing
the movement of golf carts.
Teeing ground: The
starting place for a hole, defined by the tee-markers.
Through the green: The
whole area of the golf course except the hazards, teeing ground and the
putting green of the hole
Out of Bounds: ball
out of defined playing area. Out of Bounds is defined by the black topped
natural objects i.e stones, leaves, sticks and twigs provided they are
not fixed or growing,
not embedded or
sticking to the
Obstructions: - any
man-made object, except:
defining out of bounds
(2) any part of
an immovable man-made object which is out of bounds; and
construction declared by the Committee in the Local Rules to be an
integral part of the course.
Casual Water - any
temporary accumulation of water on the course which is visible before or
after the player takes his
and frost are
not casual water).
Ground Under Repair -
any portion of the course so marked by the Committee. Also includes
material piled for removal
and a hole
made by a green
keeper, even if not so marked.
Team dress standards
will apply for all Pennant matches. The OGC club shirt is mandatory.
Mobile phones MUST be
turned off, failure to do so with result in a loss hole or forfeit of the
carrying of ALCOHOLIC beverages by players, caddies or club officials on
the course during pennant
Players with a medical
certificate and with V.G.L approval may only use motorised carts.
the course (home and away) 45 minutes before the scheduled tee time to
make sure you have plenty of time
for the matches
and be available at the 15-minute cut-off time for the team sheets to be
If you are having
issues regarding being able to represent the club on a pennant round,
please notify your pennant captain
so they can
arrange a suitable replacement.
are representing the Club. Make sure your behaviour and course etiquette