Club Champs 2024 Info and local rules

Welcome to Drakensberg Gardens Club Championships -2024

  1. The Club Championship will be contested in 4 Divisions
    A Division – Handicap index 7.6 and below
    B Division – Handicap Index 7.7-12.3
    C Division – Handicap Index 12.4 – 18.3
D Division – Handicap Index  18.4 and above
  1. Your Playing handicapwhich is your handicap for club champs will be your course handicap X the handicap allowance of 95%.Ie CH X 95% = PH .This is in accordance with the latest world handicapping system guidelines.
  2. A and B Division will be contested as a strokeplay medal competition. C and D Division Individual Stableford
  3. The maximum score will be capped at 4 over par on any hole for the A and B Division.  Therefore:
  • If you make an 8 on a par three you may mark it as a 7
  • If you pick your ball up and walk to the next tee without holing out on a par 4 you will not be disqualified and may mark an 8 on your card
  • If you make a 9 on a par 5 it stands(4 over par)
  • If you make a 9 on a par 4 you may change it to an 8
  1. C and D Division will be played as an individual stableford competition.  Once you have played more than net double bogey ( Cannot score any points) on a hole you should pick the ball up to speed up play.
  2. If there is a tie for 1st place in the A and B division there will be a playoff on the 1st and 2nd holes.  Total score over the 2 holes wins.  If there is a tie thereafter there will be a sudden death playoff on the 1st hole until there is a winner.
  3. If there is a tie for 1st place in the C Division, the winner will be decided on a count out.  The Stableford scores on holes with strokes 1-3 will be added.  Thereafter if there is a tie each hole will be checked for the highest stableford score starting at stroke 4, 5 and so on.
  4. There will be a ceded draw after day one based on the leaderboard positions.  The leaders playing with each other
  5. Your handicap index will be the handicap index reflecting on the HNA website on Tuesday the 27th February 2024. This handicap will not be adjusted after day one based on first day scores
  6. If bad weather intervenes, the committee may decide to reduce the competition to 18 holes
  7. Once the hooter blows you must stop play and head to the nearest safe place
  8. The B Division have been allocated carts.If you are in the B Division and do not want a cart let Tournament Director know.Players in the A and C divisions will not be allowed carts except for players with a medical certificate.There are only enough carts to accommodate the B Division.Cart fees not included in entrance fee.
  9. A limited number of caddies are available but caddies for everyone without a motorised cart is not guaranteed.Please bring a pushcart
Local Rules Club Champs 2024 - On the course
  1. A and B division- Yellow tee markersC and D Division – White tee markers Ladies – Red tee markers
  2. All ground under repair is marked with painted white lines.
  3. Preferred Lies within 1 club length is allowed on all closely mown areas, otherwise the ball must be played as it lies
Measuring devices are allowed
Q. What kind of distance-measuring devices are allowed by Local Rule?
A. A GPS, laser, smart phone, any really; however, it is important that the device only measures distance.
  1. Out of Bounds – These are defined by the white markers situated on:
  • Right of Fairway 14
  • Left of Fairways 6/7/12
  • Beyond boundary fence into Car park/Clubhouse on the 18th
  1. Penalty Areas
  • All unmarked lakes, ponds or open water courses - as if red penalty area.
  1. Immovable Rocks – Any ball coming to rest near same and which interferes with stroke or stance may be dropped without penalty within one club length from the nearest point of relief.Any artificially hardened road that interferes with your stance or intended area of swing may be dropped without penalty.
  2. Distance Markers to the front of the Green– 200m Blue – 150 m; Red – 100 m.
  3. Distance markers are deemed to be immovable obstruction
  4. Hoofprints and Tractor Tyre Treads – Relief of one club length from the nearest point of relief may be taken without penalty
  5. If in doubtabout a ruling play a second ball and ask for a ruling later
  6. Drop zone on the third hole is an extra option for relief from the penalty area

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