The General Rules of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club shall apply. In addition all players who enter a competition at Ventnor Golf Club agree to abide by the Local Rules.
1.0 Eligibility - Competitions are open to members with a current published handicap. Some competitions will have additional qualifying requirements and these will be clearly indicated on the notice board.
Members without handicaps may play in competitions to get handicap qualifying cards, but will not be eligible to win prizes. Score cards to be marked "Handicap Qualifying".
Players wishing to enter the match play competitions must have submitted a minimum of three Medal or Stableford cards in competition play in the previous 12 months.
2.0 Unavailability for Play - If a player appears on the competition entry sheet and then fails to appear for the competition without contacting a member of the Match & Handicap sub committee, Club Captain, Clubhouse Manager, the player will receive a two week suspension from competitions. Persistent offenders will be subject to further action. Please note - even if your playing partner enters you for a competition it is still your responsibility to turn up if your name appears on the sheet. Not knowing you were down to play is not a valid excuse.
3.0 Entry Fees - Entry Fees for competitions will automatically be deducted from the Member’s Club Account.
4.0 Start Times - The Match & Handicap committee has decided to adopt rule 6.3 regarding starting times. Players must tee off at the stipulated times. To facilitate this players are advised to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to their tee off time. Players who tee off within five minutes after their allotted time will incur a penalty of two strokes, at the first hole (stroke play) or loss of the first hole (match play). Players who are more than five minutes late on the tee will be automatically disqualified from the competition.
5.0 General & Local Rules - General & Local rules apply to all competitions. It is the responsibility of every player to obtain and understand the rules. A copy of the Rules of Golf is available in the Clubhouse. Local rules are published on the score card and additional local rules may be published on the Notice Board. Player should check the Notice Board periodically for changes to the local rules. If in doubt or if a ruling is needed, contact the Match & Handicap Secretary.
6.0 Obtaining a Club Handicap - If you do not have a current handicap, you may obtain one by submitting three counting score cards. Each round must be completed with a club member who holds an official handicap. If you achieve a score of around 100 for Men and 115 for ladies, over 18 holes, the Match & Handicap Secretary will issue you with a handicap and you will then be eligible to play in competitions. Juniors have a separate system for calculating handicaps but should also submit three cards. If you find it difficult to find players to mark your card you should contact the Club Captain or Ladies' Captain and they will arrange for someone to play with you.
7.0 Handicaps - It is a player's responsibility to check the handicap list before each competition to ensure that they apply the correct handicap. During the summer season handicaps may change weekly, so don't assume that your handicap has not changed. If a player uses a higher handicap than they are entitled to, they will be disqualified. Using a lower handicap will not cause disqualification, but will result in the player getting less strokes than they are entitled to receive.
8.0 Handicap Allowances - Once you have obtained a handicap you will be put into one of the following categories:
Category 1 - Handicap up to 5
Category 2 - Handicap 6 to 12
Category 3 - Handicap 13 to 20
Category 4 - Handicap 21 to 28
9.0 Score Cards - It is a player's responsibility to ensure that their cards are checked for correctness and signed before leaving the course. All cards are to be handed in, including Nil Return Cards. Cards not signed or filled in incorrectly will lead to disqualification. Any alterations must be initialled by the marker. The following information must be entered on a card or it will be disqualified.
Competition Name and Date
Gross score for each hole
Players and markers signatures
10.0 Slow Play - Beware of slow play, keep up with the group in front, keep ahead of the group behind and wave players through rather than delaying the game. Consistent slow play will result in players being banned from the next competition. If you hit a ball, which may be lost (i.e. in the rough or out of bounds) you must play a provisional ball. If the 1st ball is not found within 5 minutes then it must be declared lost and the provisional ball played (stroke and distance apply). Note that if the first ball is found, and is not out of bounds, it is "in play", and the provisional ball cannot be played under any circumstances, even if the first ball is in an unplayable lie.
11.0 Bad Weather - Unless informed by the Club that the course is closed, players must turn up for their Tee-off time. Failure to do so will result in Rule 2 applying. If the weather is bad, it is the player's responsibility to check that the course is open - ring the club to check. If no one is there an answer message will be available.
If bad weather descends on the course whilst you are playing in a competition a siren will be sounded by the Captain or appointed person. On hearing the Siren you should take the following action:
Discontinue Play Immediately (Lightening) - One prolonged note on the siren. Mark the position of your ball and take cover.
Discontinue Play - 3 consecutive notes of the siren, repeated. Finish the current hole.
Resume Play - 2 short note of the siren, repeated.
It is the responsibility of the Club Captain (In their absence the Vice Captain or in their absence an elected member of the Management Committee or in the absence of a Committee member a past Captain) to decide whether a competition should be abandoned due to bad weather. If you decide to discontinue play and walk in without the competition being officially call off you will immediately be disqualified from that competition.
12.0 Validity of a Competition - Although not a R & A Rule, the Committee has decided that the minimum number of competitors taking part in a stroke play competition shall be 12. With the exception of Peter Hurst Competitions. If less than 12 competitors start a competition then the competition shall be declared void and the entry fee money refunded.
For members who are new to the game a list of Competition Types can be found on the next page.